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  • Episcopal Church rejects BDS resolutions citing fears divestment would hamper church in Jerusalem
    • Archbishop Dawani's attitude reminds me of a talk by Professor Finkelstein in Dublin recently, he said 'you have to fight self' then recounted how the many NGO's in the West Bank exist because of the occupation and that many had a stake in the occupation, he also said if the occupation ended tomorrow "What would I do" no seriously "What would I do" He was only joking of course, but the point was well made. With leaders like Abbas and Archbishop Dawani the Palestinians outlook is bleak indeed.

  • Latest Netanyahu cartoon says west is allowing ISIS to build 'atomic bombs' aimed at US and Christianity
    • "Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon acknowledged on Monday that his government helps Syrian rebels fighting against the Assad regime on condition that they keep the Israel-Syria border secure". link to All the rebel groups share or sell arms to one another, and form alliances with one another to achieve specific goals. One thing they all seem agreed on is, never to attack Israel, I wonder why?

  • United Church of Christ votes to boycott & divest from companies profiting from Israel's occupation
    • Ellen@ Will there be lawfare? As Sarah would say,You betcha! " Shurat HaDin, an organisation with links to Israel's government and security services, is holding a seminar this week in Jerusalem "to train lawyers from abroad to litigate BDS." The gathering follows a period of intensified attacks by Israeli officials on the Palestinian-led boycott movement, including reports of imminent Justice Ministry-initiated lawsuits". link to

  • UN report on Gaza war is 'tepid,' 'unserious' and exhibits 'anti-Muslim bigotry' -- Finkelstein
    • Richard Falk described the Dahiya doctrine thus.. "the civilian infrastructure of adversaries such as Hamas or Hezbollah are treated as permissible military targets, which is not only an overt violation of the most elementary norms of the law of war and of universal morality, but an avowal of a doctrine of violence that needs to be called by its proper name: state terrorism."
      Then we have another Israeli 'doctrine', transferring citizens of the occupier into occupied territory. This is also described by the ICC as 'a grave war crime'. Once again Israeli state policy is to commit grave war crimes, all with the blessing of the US and Western Europe. And then they wonder why they hate us.

    • The cost/benefit of of this so called "war" was heavily in favor of Israel, many Israeli Generals have said civilians are being targeted, for instance in the Lebanon war in 2006 Gadi Eizenkot said "that what happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 would, "happen in every village from which shots were fired in the direction of Israel. We will wield disproportionate power against [them] and cause immense damage and destruction. From our perspective, these are military bases. This isn't a suggestion. It's a plan that has already been authorized. Harming the population is the only means of restraining Nasrallah." There we have it, war crimes are what Israel plans, and carries out.
      I have no objection to armed resistance, but that resistance has to be effective and capable of achieving a political objective. Hezbollah now have the capability to destroy a lot of Israeli infrastructure and have promised to do so when attacked again, that is why Israel will think twice about attacking Hezbollah. Hamas launched 4,000 "rockets" at Israel but caused very little damage, one rocket landed a mile from Ben Gurian airport and closed it down for a short period. One successful rocket, as opposed all those deaths in addition to 8 billion dollars to reconstruct Gaza, means that Hamas [although fighting bravely] need to go back to the drawing board. Closing the airport down for any length of time could have destroyed the Israeli economy, blowing up the desert is futile and played into Netanyahu's hands.

  • Oren pushed Random House to hurry his book so American Jews will 'intercede' to stop Iran deal and save millions of Jews
    • "You can’t call it the two state solution now, but you have a two state situation, de facto, in the West Bank, and let’s work to make it better," Here Oran is saying there will not be a 'legally' recognized Palestine state by the Israelis, so that the "Land of Israel" which Oran believes incorporates the whole of the West Bank, [or as he might say, Judea and Samaria], will not be compromised by the de facto fragments of land which the Palestinians now inhabit.

  • Israeli court sentences Palestinian man to 13 months in prison for Facebook post
    • “(Abbas) told me this government of national unity could only include women and men who recognize Israel, renounce violence and who are in agreement with the principles of the (Mideast) Quartet,” Fabius said at a press conference in Jerusalem after holding talks with Abbas in Ramallah. Noting that those conditions ruled out Hamas, Fabius added: “And that suits us perfectly.” Abbas like his friends Mubarak and Sisi would like to rule the Bantustans with an iron fist, Kate above, detailed how the PA police beat and jailed a Palestinian for a month for a facebook post "may the rule of the PA collapse" With an apolitical fool and collaborator like Abbas in charge, the Palestinians do not have a chance. That comment of mine should ensure 10 years in a PA cell.

  • Israeli diplomats 'are not allowed to speak' on US campuses, but North Korean diplomats are, Israeli official says
  • Does Israel have a toxic personality? Ask Michael Oren
    • " Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, has confirmed suspicions that Israel has taken the side of Syrian rebels in their bloody civil war and wants President Assad to fall even if that turns Syria over to al-Qaeda-connected jihadists",link to Oran of course thinks that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, I have no doubt he would like to see all Arab nations at war with one another, so that Israel does not have to compromise with anyone, in fact a far easier way to steal more land.

  • PLO: Abbas to head new Palestinian government, weighs national unity with Hamas
    • " Last year when the national consensus government was established as a body of technocrats it also said it would host legislative elections, yet no steps were taken" It's a good job Abbas is not 50 something, I can envisage him in power for another 50 years, he has no intention of stepping down or of holding elections. What would be the point of elections in any case, a Hamas win, as in 2006 would not be acceptable to Israel/US or the West in general. The Palestinians do need to end these splits, which only benefit the Israelis, in fact the dissolution of this technocratic government was what the Israelis wanted all along, strange how Abbas and Co always seem to adopt the Israeli/US positions with regard to Hamas.

  • Israel's race to economic (and moral) bankruptcy
    • The EU/US are already paying for the occupation in aid and infrastructure projects, if Israel was required to service the occupation as any occupier is normally required to do, they may have a different attitude. Maybe the Israelis think that the US whose Afghan and Iraq wars projected costs amount to 7 trillion dollars [Linda Bilmes, Kennedy Law School] will step in and keep them in the style to which they are accustomed, and it must be said, to which they think they are entitled.

  • Orange CEO flies to Jerusalem to apologize personally to Netanyahu: Israel is ‘fantastic’
    • Netanyahu should have insisted the CEO do a belly crawl. Or humiliate him as they did the Turkish Ambassador with the high chair, low chair routine. These people have no self respect. In fact if I put in words what I really thought of of this CEO, I would be banned.

  • Foxman bashes Israel for taking US and Jewish support for granted and not coming up with a peace plan
    • If not antisemitism, he is certainly delegitimizing Israel, shame on you Abe, he must realize all the aid and support Israel receives from Congress is 'entitled'. Abe looks like a ventriliquist dummy with Joe's hand up his back. A gottle of geer please Joe.

  • Is BDS practicing a double standard with respect to Arab countries?
    • Beinart does not want Israel within the green line boycotted, why not, it has been, and still is the policy of all Israeli Governments since 1967 to settle Occupied Palestinian Territory, contrary to International law. The settlers themselves bear some culpability, to varying degrees. But the Israeli state have been encouraging with financial inducements, tax breaks, supplying infrastructure etc for the settlements, so the Israeli state is to blame. Totally.

  • Netanyahu cabinet members reject two-state solution; call for annexation of occupied territories
    • Sibiriak, you seem to be implying that the Palestinians who live in Gaza [which is under Israeli occupation] and is not a state in its own right nor does it wish to be, are not part of the Palestinian people with the same right to self determination as anyone else, and who have been recognized as an integral component of the Palestinian state, and recognized as such by the UNGA in that famous vote in 2012.

    • "I negate the idea of a two state-solution,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said " Then she said "they have to recognize Israel as a jewish state and express their will to live alongside it"; Well which is it? If she wishes to annex the West Bank, it can only be one state, not two. Unless she means expulsion.

  • New low: Israeli conference boos and heckles Obama's treasury sec'y when he says US looks out for Israel
    • Just @ "There have been no consequences to the terrible behavior and actions by Netanyahu and his crew toward this administration and, by extension, the citizens of the US". Unfotunately there has been. More uprated weapons systems including the iron dome, increased US funds to Israel and an 'I love Israel more than you' contest amongst US politicians, the bottom line is, the more they whine, the more US politicians [probably through gritted teeth] try to placate them. There's method in their madness.

  • Saban and Adelson put aside presidential differences to save Israel in Las Vegas this weekend
    • "Adelson suggested that he and Saban team up and make them an offer that cannot be refused"
      The Godfather of that other crime family the Corleone's said that very same thing.
      But maybe not with a horses head in the bed of one of the Sulzberger family for refusing.

  • First the occupiers exploit a Palestinian spring. Then 'The New York Times' does
    • According to International Law, the occupant [the Israeli military Commander] is not allowed to exploit the occupied territory for the benefit of the home economy. He must 1. look after the needs of the military whilst 2. Look to benefit the needs of the local protected population, not the settlers obviously, since according to article 4 of the Geneva Conventions they are not protected persons. (1) The Israeli high court of justice ruled that The Hague regulations prohibit the exploitation of resources of occupied territory for the economic needs of the occupying country. “The military commander may not weigh national, economic, or social interests of his country in so far as they have no ramifications on his security interest in the area, or on the interest of the local population. Even military needs are his (i.e. the military commander’s) needs and not national security needs in the broad sense. Territory held in belligerent occupation is not an open field for economic or other kinds of exploitation” [HCJ 393/92 Teachers Housing Cooperative V Commander of IDF forces. Honourable justice A Barak 1983].

      (2) The Israeli state attorney’s office relied on this principle in its response to the petition The Ma’ale Adumin Municipality filed to exempt it from paying for burying Palestinian waste in the Abu Dis waste-disposal site:

      It is absolutely clear that the powers specified in Article 55 too are subject to the fundamental principal involving the powers of the military commander in territory that is subject to belligerent occupation, as appears from Article 43 (Hague 1907) whereby the area is not an open field for economic exploitation. Therefore the entire authority of the military commander in the region is exercised for security interests or for civilian needs of the population living in the territory, and this includes also the authority under Article 55.

  • Turning Lebanon into Gaza -- Israel's hole card against Iran deal?
    • Inspection of all military sites, interrogation of nuclear scientists, we have been here before. These conditions preceded the Iraq war. In this case, as in most cases, it is policy, not intelligence which will decide any future agreement. I suspect the goal posts will be moved again, right up to the finishing post. One thing is for certain, the Iranians will not be humiliated and I think they have the ability and military wherewithal to deter any aggression.

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  • Red lines, shmed lines-- U.S. must buy Israel's compliance with Iran deal
    • I agree Iran would be foolish not to try and get a nuclear bomb, but they have said they do not want one, and the Supreme leader has issued a fatwa against possessing a nuclear device, plus with the safe guards the 5 + 1 insist on being in place, it is not possible for them to acquire one in a clandestine way. The question is, does it pay to be honest in today's world, especially in the middle east?

    • The US may well have been pushing for nonproliferation, until they heard Israeli objections, then soon changed their tune. "After four weeks of negotiations, a revised UN treaty on nuclear disarmament has been torpedoed by the United States, leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years. The US tried to make it look like the revised treaty’s demise was Egypt’s fault, since that country had put in the clause concerning Israeli nukes.
      But it is perfectly understandable that Egypt wants a nuclear arms-free zone in the Middle East".
      link to

  • International calls rise for FIFA to suspend Israel
    • It is unlikely FIFA will suspend Israel since 75% of the nations have to agree, it is however a secret ballot??? The Issue of settlement teams competing in Europe I think is wrong and tantamount to recognizing an illegal situation, since no Palestinians are in such teams. There could be no reasons that may have applied for instance to the recognition of acts of the occupant in the 'Namibia' example at the International Court of Justice. Then registrations for births, deaths or marriages or other such practices which were deemed to help the protected occupied population as defined in the Geneva Conventions, article 4, could be accepted, and did not recognize South Africa's illegitimate occupation over the territory.

  • Israel’s state ideology tantamount to the ongoing Palestinian Nakba
    • Amira Hass with an article in Haaretz on the Israeli authorities moving two Palestinian villages to make way for more settlements said They have confirmed what Israel’s most virulent critics say about the country – that it is a colonialist, dispossessing entity. The justices have parroted what the state has been screaming all along: It’s my right to dispossess, my right to expel, my right to demolish and crowd people into pens. I have demolished and will continue to do so. I have expelled and will continue to expel. I have crowded people in and will continue to do so. I never gave a damn and never will do. link to Of course Abbas [the pharaoh] has put his latest ideas forward for negotiations to begin, "they must last at least one year" blah blah blah. Netanyahu would likely better that by offering a minimum of 10, no 20 years of futile negotiations.

  • Adelson primary heats up -- fawning George Bush gives him a painting of his casino
    • Jeb Bush has been flip flopping on the Iraq war over the past 4 days. But now he concludes that "What we know now...I would have not engaged" "I would not have gone into Iraq". link to American democracy is still the best in the world. The best money can buy.

  • It’s time to boycott Ben & Jerry’s
    • I had many visions of what Hostage looked like, but at 6 ft. 1 in., 165 pounds, and 32 in. waist. Never in a million years, an intellectual James Bond lookalike.

    • Ben and Jerry "We have no economic interest in the occupied territories". Sure, they only sell it in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and source the machinery to make it from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Boycott! Boycott! Boycott!

  • Senator Cardin's double standard on nukes in the Middle East
    • “Never argue with stupid people[Zionist] trolls, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
      ― Mark Twain

  • As presidential field broadens, GOP candidates race to show their love for Israel
    • A Scots 'Mars Bar' is a Scar, usually found on the facial features. Franko got chibbed by the Tongs and noo has a big mars bar across his face. "It's a braw, bricht, moolicht nicht tonicht" and "Hoots mon there's a moose loose aboot this hoose". It's the only foreign language I know.

  • Sanders is leftwing on economic issues, but sees Israel as up against ISIS
    • Ex Ambassador Michael Oran prefers Al Qaeda to any combination of Iran Syria and Hezbollah, he told the Jerusalem Post recently. "Even Assad's defeat by al Qaeda-aligned rebels would be preferable to Damascus's current alliance with Israel's arch-foe Iran", Ambassador Michael Oren said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post. link to That is why the Israeli government treat injured Islamist fighters in the Golan Heights and Netenyahu and his Defence Minister pay visits to those to

  • As pressure rises on Robbie Williams and UNICEF over Israel gig, conflict of interest emerges between singer and NGO
    • Alice Rothchild wrote on this site a couple of weeks ago about Gaza's children, under the headline "The most massive child abuse in the world" and the UK Representative of the children's charity UNICEF is going on a singing tour of Israel, the perpetrators of those children's abuse. He should be kicked out of his position.

  • Obama's role model to journalists -- Dorothy Thompson -- turned against Zionism and was silenced
    • It might appear the Arab dictators have conceded Israel's power in the middle east, together with the backing of the US and most of the west, to its imagined and hoped for 'leading power' status. One only has to hear what Prince Turki al-Faisal said to Amos Yadlin at a meeting in Israel.. "The most striking statement came from Prince Turki. He said the Arabs had ‘crossed the Rubicon’ and ‘don’t want to fight Israel anymore.’” link to The dictators can speak for themselves, in my opinion, the so called 'Arc of extremism' Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon will one day sweep these parasites from power.

  • Mark Shields blasts Adelson for 'making foreign policy for the United States'
    • Yes lysias, translated "Germany wins on all fronts" and "The German character, the world will recover" meaning, the Germans are an arrogant people who want to impose power with the world their Germanness. I don't know about that, but Lindsey Graham did not get an invite to the arse licking contest in Vegas, apparently he was overqualified. Or they think his doubts on war with Iran is a hanging offence.

    • "We are the leaders of the Western World!". "We are the exceptional and indispensable nation!" And we are going to be led by McCain, Cotton and Lindsey Graham. Oh my God!!! Bozos united.

    • Both parties are debasing themselves to get that money. The United States interests be damned. Traitors all.

  • EU must take stronger action to sanction Israel following high court decision banning boycott
    • According to the Brita judgment at the ECJ in 2010 only the Palestine Authority have the competence to issue movement certificates in their territory as defined by protocol 3. they declared at 51 and 52.
      51 It follows from the foregoing that the ‘customs authorities of the exporting [State]’, within the meaning of the two protocols mentioned above, have exclusive competence – within their territorial jurisdiction – to issue movement certificates EUR.1 or to approve exporters based in the territory under their administration.

      52 Accordingly, to interpret Article 83 of the EC-Israel Association Agreement as meaning that the Israeli customs authorities enjoy competence in respect of products originating in the West Bank would be tantamount to imposing on the Palestinian customs authorities an obligation to refrain from exercising the competence conferred upon them by virtue of the abovementioned provisions of the EC-PLO Protocol. Such an interpretation, the effect of which would be to create an obligation for a third party without its consent, would thus be contrary to the principle of general international law, ‘pacta tertiis nec nocent nec prosunt’, as consolidated in Article 34 of the Vienna Convention. link to A similar finding was made earlier by the same court when Anastasiou [Pissouri] Ltd and others were referred to it on whether the Republic of Cyprus had the sole competence to issue movement certificates, EURI's and since the Association Agreement was with them, they had. link to

    • Does Resolution 242 as unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council require the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from all of the territories occupied by Israel during the 1967 war? According to Artur J Goldberg one of the drafters of the resolution the answer is no. In the resolution, the words 'the' and 'all' are omitted. Resolution 242 calls for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the 1967 conflict, without specifying the extent of the withdrawal. The resolution, therefore, neither commands nor prohibits total withdrawal link to There you have the problem, the French text against the English text, and many other different interpretations. The bottom line is, the major movers and shakers all agree, final borders have to be negotiated by all sides. Which means of course if the Israelis don't agree, the occupations [The West Bank including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights] can continue indefinitely, which suits the Israelis. They have already annexed [de facto] the Golan Heights and hope to add Area C [60% of West Bank] in the near future, the rest to follow. Who is going to stop them?

  • Accusations of anti-Semitism roil Stanford campus as student coalition denies discrimination charges
    • “There’s no way to prove whether what I’m saying is true or what they’re saying is true,” Yes there is, nine other students present at the interview, together with documentation. Now you apologize to them, you bigoted sore loser.

  • Graham and Rubio are dependent on pro-Israel money in bid for White House
    • Thanks for that Eva, the Electronic Intifada think that forum was set up to stifle Palestinian solidarity activism and criticism of Israel. Who can doubt that? link to

    • “If I put together a finance team that will make me financially competitive enough to stay in this thing… I may have the first all-Jewish cabinet in America because of the pro-Israel funding. [Chuckles.] Is what Graham said the very definition of Antisemitism? According to the European Union working definition is.." The myth about a world Jewish conspiracy, or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions"
      And when Sheldon Adelson can say "I am a one issue guy 'Israel', 'Israel' and 'Israel". Here is what that same working definition says.. "Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations". link to

  • Kristol frets that he walked into Obama's 'trap,' and Rubio says he'll demand Iran recognize 'Israel's right to exist'
    • Walid, you may well be right, but there are groups trying to make it it a purely sectarian issue.
      The Saudis who back some of the Islamists, and who want to cut off the head of the snake [Iran]. Also GW Bush wanted to back the Sunni against the so called 'arc of Resistance' as explained by Seymour Hersh some years ago. It is to be hoped the majority Sunni population in the middle east reject the Medievalists, ISIS, Al Qaeda and other assorted head choppers, or the Sunni, and everyone else in the middle east, as well as ourselves have a huge problem.

    • Justin Raimondo has it right with this piece at 'Our enemies the Saudis' link to

    • Over at "Informed Comment" there is a commentator called 'Spyguy', who gives very good opinions on the middle east, here is part of a comment of his several weeks ago which I think is excellent. Hope he does not mind me repeating it.
      - HOW many dead Americans are they OK with when the USA attacks Iran?
      - HOW soon will they authorize a draft to triple the size of the USA military so it is comparable to Iran's current active military? (this ignores the 25 million military capable humans in Iran that have a 50:1 advantage over the USA)
      - HOW soon will they triple the taxes for the wealthiest Americans to pay for the war with Iran? For example, Bibi's interview this weekend was basically an uncontested rant full of lies.
      - HOW soon after the USA loses the war will they apologize for being so stupid?
      Basically the republicans are delusional about the real world. They appear to think all we have to do is snap our fingers and the world will obey blindly, whereas in the REAL WORLD countries like China, Russia, India, Japan and even many in Europe will do what they want, when they want and will defy the USA and there is ZERO the congress critters can do about it.
      Journalist should do their job and point out how delusional republicans are, but given how meek most journalists are, I do not expect very much. For example Bibi's interview this weekend was basically an uncontested rant full of lies.

    • On Friday, former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton also claimed that Israel has speeded up its decision to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities following Russia’s move to sell S-300 missile system to Tehran.
      President Barack Obama “says all options are on the table. Nobody believes him. The Iranians don’t believe him. The Israelis don’t believe him. He doesn’t believe it,” Bolton said in an interview with Bloomberg.
      “So, the spotlight is on Israel as twice before in their history they’ve struck nuclear weapons programs in the hands of hostile states,” he to
      Meanwhile Senator Graham is warning of the dangers of attacking Iran, claiming blow back would be enormous, closing the Strait of Hormuz etc, he seems to be distancing himself from those whack jobs Cotton and Bolton.

  • When it comes to untrustworthiness, the U.S. trumps Iran
    • Kathleen, you missed, that it is the one indispensable nation. Sir! Yes, sir!

    • That's right pabelmont, the veto wielding powers are above International law for all time, if four of the five tried to introduce a resolution against lets say the US, the US simply vetoes the resolution, and it goes down the memory hole. Cute ain't it? Yes Siree Bob.

    • Chomsky when interviewed in 'Salon' recently, had this to say on US duplicity.. "Once NATO had expanded to East Germany, Gorbachev was infuriated. He was informed by the Bush 41 administration that it was only a verbal promise. It wasn’t on paper, and the implication is if you’re dumb enough to accept a gentleman’s agreement with us, that’s your problem. Then Clinton came in, expanded NATO to the borders of Russia. And now it’s gone further, even to Ukraine which is right at the heart of, apart from historical connections, of Russian geo-strategic concerns. That’s very serious".

  • Baptism of Kardashian/West daughter moves celebrity press to place Jerusalem to Israel
    • Oldgeezer now this is what I call deceptive...Notice the false representations 'Wine of Israel' and 'Produced in Israel'. As an added factor, labels when viewed as a whole, show at least five other indicators
      1/ Golan Heights Winery with Galilee underneath, ‘Galilee’ is a region of Northern Israel.
      2/The wine is Kosher for Passover; And is authenticated for the Jewish religious holiday of Passover by a Rabbi from the Northern Israeli City of Tiberias.
      3/ The web page indicates an Israeli country code [il]
      5/ Barcode first three digits 729 indicates Israeli origin, although not conclusive proof of origin.

      link to

    • Another example is when wine from the Golan Heights enters the UK, the Food Standards Agency have inspectors who when inspecting the relevant documentation can when incomplete or inaccurate, or if there is a fault with the labelling insist that either distribution is suspended, or corrective action is carried out to comply with the relevant EU legislation. Wine and documentation coming from the Israeli Occupied Golan Heights is labelled 'Wine of Israel' and Produced by Golan Heights Winery Katzrin Israel. Again a blind eye is turned to this blatant fraud and breach of EU Legislation.

    • The Israeli Tax Authority issued instructions to Israeli exporters, for exports to the European Union. Here is an example..7. 2[b]. Invoice Declarations covering goods which obtained their originating status entirely in locations that according to the EU's position are not included in Paragraph 83 of the Association Agreement for the purposes of preferential tariff treatment, or entirely in other locations in Israel - the names of all the locations (including postal codes) where production conferring originating status took place shall be indicated in parenthesis next to the word "Israel". link to So all documentation issued by Israel from Occupied Territories whether it be the EURI or Invoice declarations are marked as from Israel. The EU turns a blind eye to this Israeli claim, Since the EU can refuse preferential duty on a post code or settlement not within Israel proper. But in the EU-Israel Technical Arrangements [non binding] no such license was given to Israel to include the word 'Israel' on the documents. In fact the documents being used by Israel to export produce from occupied territories the EURI and Invoice declarations should only be used for goods with an originating status and preferential duty status. In theory only the PA for the PLO have the right to issue those documents under the relevant EC-Israel and EC- PLOAssociation Agreements. Blind eyes being turned everywhere.

  • Marco Rubio and AIPAC allied in effort to insert poison pill into Iran deal
    • No country which is in breach of so many resolutions of the UNSC, is continually expanding and cannot describe where its borders are, cannot have a right to exist. Even having an agreed border within International law, does not mean 'any' state has a right to exist. For instance if Scotland had voted for independence at the recent referendum and left the UK, the UK as it exists today, would cease to exist.

  • Video: Pressure mounts on Robbie Williams to choose between Tel Aviv and UNICEF
    • Alice Rothchild writes in today's Mondoweiss about Gaza's children "The most massive child abuse in the world" and the UK Representative of the children's charity UNICEF is on a singing tour of Israel, the perpetrators of those children's plight. He should be kicked out of his position.

  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
    • The US Greens official platform makes no sense, why should facts on the ground make any difference to the legal situation as informed by International law. If those "facts on the ground" are to be recognized, then they would be acknowledging that it is legitimate to colonize and take over a territory [armed aggression] with no recourse to all the rights enshrined in International law for the dispossessed, and the right of the Palestinian people to self determination. The expulsion of the indigenous Palestinian people from the occupied territories into Jordan and Egypt as espoused by many Israelis would also establish "Facts on the Ground". If the former argument is sound, which it is not, so is the latter.

  • French philosopher who shut down Paris BDS event as 'anti-Semitic' and one-sided will lecture in NY on 'Free Speech'
    • Pabelmont, this from Haaretz "Trichine, 54, is one of approximately 20 anti-Israel activists who have been convicted under France’s so-called Lellouche law. Named for the Jewish parliamentarian who introduced it in 2003, the law is among the world’s most potent legislative tools to fight the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, and has catapulted France to the forefront of efforts to counter the movement through legal means". link to

  • Rand Paul's antiwar populism should be celebrated, not scorned
    • If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now.
      Richard Perle
      Need I say more?

    • Rand Paul, definitely not a chip off the old block, with the presentation of his foreign policy a backdrop of the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, and his promise of billions more for defence. Nobody is going to call Paul a wimp. Seems the US electorate like tough guy Presidents. If the neo-cons get their way the next war, possibly with Iran, will cost far more than the 6 trillion dollars, Linda Bilmes of the Kennedy Law School estimated the long term costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But hey, whats a minimum of 6 trillion dollars and the economic meltdown of Western economies, when all the neo-cons want is to facilitate Israels expansion into other peoples land, surely a small price to pay.

  • White House 'trolls' Netanyahu by co-opting infamous UN cartoon to sell Iran deal
    • "We are well aware of the support Iran has been giving Yemen," Kerry said. "Iran needs to recognize that the U.S. is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines — international boundaries — in other countries."
      Kerry is out of his mind. What must other countries think of him? No wonder Russia and China are making their own trade and financial arrangements with the other BRICS. It is a fact that International law no longer exists, if the US have a problem they no longer go to the UNSC. They have workarounds, economic sanctions, threats if they don't work, send in the marines. they even back so called "Good terrorists" provided they attack the countries who are not willing to be vassals of the US. US foreign policy is creating wars all over, with no end in sight. When will the US electorate rise up?

    • Kerry has the nerve to castigate Iran for "interfering" in Yemen, that is just unbelievable, The Iranians have not done anything in Yemen except call for a cease fire, followed by negotiations involving all concerned parties. Whereas the Saudis with the backing of the US, are bombing Yemen, against all norms of International Law, killing civilians and other war crimes. Yet it is all Iran's fault. You just could not make it up. Should Iran trust the US? No way, they should assume the worst and arm themselves to the teeth. Only when the bully on the block is confronted and the consequences of the inevitable disasters in the middle east to which US policy is leading, will the US electorate reject the warmongers, Tom Cotton, McCain and the other lunatic Israeli firsters.

  • Iran is 'congenital cheating' 'Islamic power bent on world domination' -- Netanyahu tells US media
    • I think the reason we have these hysterics from Netanyahu is because of Iran's growing regional power, economically, militarily, and its soft and hard power influence throughout the region. A deadly combination for Israel. It is the major component of the arc of resistance to Israel, GCC and US hegemony. Israel knows Iran cannot acquire nuclear weapons capability with all the safeguards now in place, so it wants do do the next best thing, keep the sanctions in place, try and stymie the Iranian economy in any way they can, short of a direct assault on it. Of course the Israelis could not do this on their own in any case, the Iranian response would be devastating, some estimates are of 150,000 rockets [confirmed by Israeli intelligence] and aimed at the vital economic areas in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan area by both Iran and Hezbollah. These rockets could be called in conventional weapons terms, mutual assured destruction [MAD]. This is why Israel is so wary of attacking Hezbollah, with Iran, more so.
      They need a willing executioner, unfortunately Obama's Chiefs of Staff have told him Iran would be no pushover, and that not only would the region go up in flames, the economies of Western Europe would go with them.

  • Finkelstein on God and Dershowitz
    • “She’s going to jail,” a pair of partygoers at the Midtown shindig say Dershowitz predicted, before he added, “Now she’s put herself on the record under oath.” Meaning Virginia Roberts. link to Dershowitz quote.. I will try, by every fair and legal means, to get my client off--without regard to the consequences." In his memoir The Best Defense, Dershowitz noted that "almost all of my clients have been guilty." I hope that's true in his case.

  • Now Obama needs to 'compensate' Netanyahu -- NYT pipes Israeli propaganda (Update)
    • Netanyu sure has chutzpah, backing the Republicans against Obama in the Presidential race, then continually stabbing Obama in the back, and then trying to humiliate the President with that sneaky Congressional appearance, then to ask for compensation, you could not make it up. At least Rudoren did not refer to Obama as the Kenyan.

  • The epic season of spinning Iran deal begins!
    • Iran piles the pressure on, Iran said on Saturday that it will hold a much-awaited conference to present the new format of contracts for the development of its lucrative oil and gas projects in London in September 2015. Netanyu must be tearing his hair out link to

    • The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister seems to think ALL sanctions will be lifted, this from Press TV "All economic and financial sanctions as well as all resolutions issued by the UN Security Council (UNSC) against Iran will be null and void on the first day of the implementation of a final agreement to be reached between Iran and the six global powers, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said in a televised interview on Friday."

    • One of my doubts about the agreement was the ability of the IAEA to find excuses not to give Iran the clean bill of health only they can give, and since the IAEA and its current head Amano are heavily influenced by the US, I could see problems down the road, however Gareth Porter said.. "Iran, however, was demanding that those sanctions be lifted immediately upon delivering on their commitments under agreement. And a source close to Iranian negotiators told Middle East Eye that Iran was confident it could deliver on all of the actions related to its enrichment program and Arak within a matter of months". If that is the case we should know 'in months' rather than years, whether the deal will pan to

  • How Obama won on Iran
    • Banderolo, thanks for your interesting take on the situation in Yemen.

    • Walid I am surprised at you, at this very moment the US are coordinating massive air attacks on the civilian population of Yemen, one of the poorest countries on earth. Iran is still in the cross hairs, as far as the US are concerned those sanctions will stay until there is regime change in Iran. The BRICS and Europeans may have other ideas and when the US move the goal posts as I am sure they will, then they will start trading with Iran regardless of US wishes.

    • I agree joemowrey, can't see why there is so much optimism about this framework agreement, in my opinion Obama has been proven to be a serial liar on so many occasions, cast your minds back to 2010 when Brazil and Turkey took what they thought were Obama's terms for a nuclear deal with Iran and actually got a deal.
      The consensus in Washington at the time was Turkey and Brazil were wasting their time. When a deal was done, Obama reneged on it causing Brazil to release the letters from Obama proving that he had changed his mind. When those letters were published Obama could not give explanations as to why he changed his mind. link to

    • The IAEA have to declare Iran to be in compliance with IAEA safeguards, but who leads the IAEA.
      In a US embassy cable of October 2009 (released by Wikileaks in 2010) said Amano “took pains to emphasize his support for U.S. strategic objectives for the Agency. Amano reminded the [American] ambassador on several occasions that … he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.” Iran will never get the all clear from that stooge.

    • Here is the extended interview with former Director of the IAEA on the framework deal mentioned in my comment above. link to

    • Unfortunately the Devil will be in the details, one commentator on MoA had this very interesting observation of the agreement .... "retired IAEA guy 'analysing' the deal point out that this is the red flag. He reminded that the inspection regime in Iraq was orders of magnitude tougher than what's specified here ... and that the IAEA (a crypto US political operation) still wasn't 'able' to give Iraq a 'clear bill of health' TEN YEARS after those inspections were initiated. That would mean 10 more years of sanctions in Iran's case. And the destruction of their nuclear program, which they value, presumably." I do not trust the US government with this agreement, I hope I am wrong. Even the comments from H Clinton in Phil's piece above "It is also vital that these efforts be part of a comprehensive strategy to check Iran's regional ambitions" Now what does that mean? There is plenty of time for the deal to unravel and for the US to move the goal posts. Just watch them.

  • DEAL!
    • The worry is that Congress will try and block the lifting of sanctions, or those sanctions which only they can lift. On the other hand, once it is seen by the International community that trade can commence without the US Treasury Department trying to strong arm them, then the floodgates will open, the only ones to lose out in the rush for this lucrative trade will be US business, especially the oil companies, who will not be happy bunnies.

  • Day before deadline, Iran negotiations coming 'down to the wire' and Netanyahu still hopes to play spoiler
    • Dear Mr RoHa. Please do not refer to your ex School teacher as 7 feet tall and 3 feet broad. To do so could be an offence in the European Community [EC]. It should be she was 2.1336 metres tall and .91 metres broad. Since I suspect you live outside the EC, I will not report you, this once.
      “Queen obeys Europe and adopts metric rule” (The Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2001, page 5)
      The Queen has been told that the Sandringham Estate must stop selling wood in imperial measures within two weeks or trading standards officers will prosecute. The Sandringham sawmill, on the Queen’s Norfolk estate, has been selling oak and teak timber in feet and inches rather than metres, which is a criminal offence under EC metrication laws.
      Metrication in the UK is not the result of British membership of the EU. In 1965, …

    • John McCain suggests Israel "Go Rogue" Blow up Iran negotiations by starting war. link to The Logan Act (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 [1948]) is a single federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization. McCains talk is far worse than the Logan Act sets out. McCain actually wants to start a war. Not only has the 'Songbird' got a huge yellow stripe up his back, he is a psychopath. He should be locked up for everybody's safety.

    • I would like to know how the US could ratchet up sanctions. Are there any US companies still doing business with Iran? What I think McConnell means, is threatening other counties not to trade with Iran. That will be a tall order, Russia, China and the other BRICS, with Europe waiting in the wings, will not tolerate US intransigence, and are eager to open up the lucrative trade with Iran. Of course, no deal, would mean that only the military option would be left. With that scenario, enter stage left the US electorate, who would rise up in far greater numbers than they did when bombing Syria was proposed by the usual suspects.

  • Thousands in Ramallah mourn Ali Mahmoud Safi, 20, killed by Israeli soldiers while protesting
    • Just when you thought the Palestinian Leadership could not stoop any lower a PA Official calls on other Arab states to bomb Gaza. "Arab states have a duty to “strike those who have violated legitimacy with an iron fist, regardless of the place, time or circumstances, beginning with Palestine,” said Mahmoud al-Habbash, religious affairs advisor to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas".
      link to

    • With all this resistance going on, we have the disgusting spectacle of Abbas supporting the Saudi bombing of Yemen. Nasrallah said of Abbas, when the Israelis decide to invade the West Bank and Gaza Strip you have no case, just go home you have no case to argue. Professor Norman Finkelstein on his blog rightly called Abbas, a brainless Traitor. link to

  • US Court of Appeals upholds discriminatory ruling against transit ads critical of Israel
  • Netanyahu's victory marks the end of the two-state solution
    • The White House said Wednesday the US may not use its veto power in the United Nations Security Council to shield Israel from unfavorable resolutions, a dramatic shift in a decades-old US policy.
      The US would reevaluate its approach based on Netanyahu's “change in his position,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
      “The United States and this administration are deeply concerned by divisive rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens,” Earnest said. link to Well we can dream can't we?

    • Interesting article, one wonders what ideas the Israeli leadership have to solve this question? 'Prisons', like Jeff say's would be the preferred option, then periodic attacks, like on Gaza, to put down any resistance, possibly followed by expulsion. Maybe they think they can get away with it, past experience could suggest they would. Even Jabotinsky envisaged a different scenario, when talking about the Palestinian people he said "And the leadership will pass to the moderate groups, who will approach us with a proposal that we should both agree to mutual concessions. Then we may expect them to discuss honestly practical questions, such as a guarantee against Arab displacement, or equal rights for Arab citizen, or Arab national integrity.
      And when that happens, I am convinced that we Jews will be found ready to give them satisfactory guarantees, so that both peoples can live together in peace, like good neighbors.
      But the only way to obtain such an agreement, is the iron wall, which is to say a strong power in Palestine that is not amenable to any Arab pressure. In other words, the only way to reach an agreement in the future is to abandon all idea of seeking an agreement at present". link to
      Get that, even Jabotinsky thought equal rights for Arab citizens could be possible. I am not optimistic,and think the prison scenario will play out, followed by a great war. Many problems in the world are not resolvable, and war is the great decider, at present the military balance favors Israel, it will not in the near future, that's the choice the Israelis seemed to have made.

  • The implications of a U.S. court's indictment of the Palestinian Authority
    • " The verdict is an egregious step towards to an approach which deals with political conflicts through a legal framework". I don't agree with you, that has been the problem with the PA all along, Abbas simply refusing to approach the courts, even after the political process has broken down. The Israelis have used the courts to their advantage often. I remember the Israelis getting the Cypriot authorities to stop a vessel bound for Gaza, for some pathetic reason to do with safety, dirty windscreen or such like. The Palestinians have all the law on their side, they need to take a leaf out of Israel's book and give them both barrels in every court venue they can find, starting with the ICC.

  • Palestinian leaders vote to end security coordination with Israel, a cornerstone of Oslo and the occupation
    • Hostage, Sorry no reply facility on your earlier comment on the ICC, According to this article only three people in the Palestinian leadership are eligible to initiate the complaint link to The only remaining hurdle was to have an application signed by one of three members who the ICC consider as lawful representatives of a State, which are the head of state, the head of government and the minister of foreign affairs. All Maliki needed to do was to confirm the application made by fellow ministers in the Palestinian Unity Government. This he was unable to do.

  • In praise of Mr. Netanyahu’s political theater
    • Philip Munger.-a low ball figure, I agree, Linda Bilmes at the Kennedy School of Government estimated the combined costs of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts would be up to 6 trillion dollars. This figure includes the long term costs of the wounded. link to I agree pabelmont's comment was good as usual, by the way here is what 1 trillion dollars looks to

  • Media are stunned by Congress's 'loyalty' to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it)
    • Right on cue Obama calls for a freeze on all nuclear work for 10 years, "Obama said on Monday that Iran must commit itself to a verifiable freeze on nuclear activities for at least 10 years in order for a comprehensive nuclear deal to be reached". link to No matter how demeaning and insulting Netanyahu is to the US, the US always folds or compensates with cash or 100 of the latest warplanes. The US does not have it in its DNA to do a deal with Iran, the sanctions have been in place since 1979, I suspect the US will insist on this freeze, and try to keep its sanctions in place, that's what delusional superpowers do. Will the rest of the world follow? I don't think so.

  • Warren's out, as list of skippers surges, and White House offers Selma for Iran
    • Any Palestinians who reads this puke inducing diatribe, must now be aware that the US is not in anyway a neutral or a friend to them in any sense, all the old cliches are there, one wonders whether she can believe what she is saying herself. But for one who admitted to spending more time defending Israel at the UN than anything else, surely it must dawn on her the futility of the Zionist project. But money talks, and her slobbering over Israel has certainly progressed her career.

  • Bipartisanship is dead, as Netanyahu, AIPAC, and GOP square off against Obama over Iran
    • “The U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics and it always will,” Power said. How is it possible for a so called representative of the United States of America to say such a stupid thing? Unless it was an established fact that the State of Israel is indeed the 51st state of the USA.

  • Netanyahu's speech and the American Jewish condition
    • That caption reminds me of what Bill Clinton remarked privately after his first meeting with Bibi, "Who the fuck does he think he is? Who's the fucking superpower here?" Obama's fawning makes it obvious. link to

  • It's not about nukes, it's about the US shifting the power balance -- Parsi
    • Thanks Walid, I didn't say they wore them. It may be show business, but if I was the enemy, It would sure spook me, look what happened when a couple of thousand Islamic state head choppers invaded Iraq, 30,000 heavily armed Iraqi troops dropped their weapons and ran for their lives, I think they are still running. Strange how losing your head concentrates the mind.

    • There have been three game simulations of war with Iran, the US has been defeated in all three. In one such encounter the US blue forces took on the Iranian red forces led by tough US marine Lt General Van Ripen [the millennium challenge 2002]. The US fleet was sunk by Van Ripen who used unconventional warfare, hundreds of small craft attacked the US fleet which succumbed to the sheer weight of numbers link to As Jack Straw former UK Foreign Secretary said not so long ago, an attack on Iran "would be nuts".

    • Iran will be the dominant state in the region, that is why the arc of resistance Iran, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah are being attacked by the mercenaries of Islamic State and Al Nusra paid for by rich Saudi and other Gulf state individuals and on a sectarian basis, facilitated by Turkey and the US training so called moderates to fight the low hanging fruit of the arc in Syria and Lebanon. This strategy is not going well, even in Lebanon Harari's March 14 group of Sunni muslims who are formally opposed to Hezbollah are now in talks with them in order to thwart attacks on Lebanon from the organ eating monsters. An attack on Iran is not going to happen, because Iran is too strong, and in military terms, Israel and US bases in the Gulf could be targeted with at least 150,000 rockets from both Iran and Hezbollah. The US fleet would be extremely vulnerable since Iran has so many of the latest anti-ship missiles [bought from the Chinese]. A land invasion like the Iraq debacle, would need an army of one and a half million men to try to secure the nuclear sites, in other words US conscription. With a population of nearly 80 million most of whom would fight to the death to kill any invader, [remember the Shia take their shrouds into battle]. Any aggression against such a proud and independent state would be far too costly, and Obama and his chiefs of staff know it.

  • Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter
    • PLO/PA found responsible for terrorist acts in Israel, will the US try and extradite Palestinian leaders including Abbas, put them on trial and execute them? I would not put it past the Israelis to try. On the other hand the Israelis use the courts very effectively, the Palestinians even though they have all the law on their side are very reluctant to pursue legal options. With Israels de facto annexation of area C [62% of West Bank] that fried 'chicken solution' as advocated by David Bar-illan Director of Communication and policy planning in Netanyahu's office, is coming along fine, then when the Palestinians are in bantustans surrounded by settlements, cut off the electricity, flood their homes and kill them whenever they get the chance.

  • Netanyahu claims to know 'details' of Iran deal -- and State Dep't mocks him
    • Too true Ramzi, David Hearst said that the Saudis and Egypt colluded with Israel to attack Hamas in 'operation protective edge' the Saudis would sell their own Grandmothers to keep their crowns, half men all of them. link to
      With friends like the Saudis the Palestinians don't need enemies. I hope the monsters the Saudis created [IS] turn on them, and hang them all on lamp posts.

    • It is entirely possible Israel is aware of the state of the negotiation with Iran. "In yet another representative example, Wright writes that Wendy Sherman, head of the American delegation to the Baghdad negotiations of May 2012, chose first to go to Israel to debrief the country’s leadership before she returned to Washington".

      “As an anonymous American official explained to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, ‘We updated the Israelis in detail before we updated our own government.’ link to In my opinion this is not about a nuclear Iran, rather Israel wants sanctions to stay in place fearing not only Iran's growing conventional weaponry, but also its influence in the region. Iran joining the community of nations trading with the west in a normal way is anathema to the Israelis.

  • White House suggests Israel is lying about Iran talks-- as Obama officials shun Netanyahu
    • There is one thing the US [Masters of the Universe] fear more than anything, and that is to be laughed at. Ms Psaki your doing a great job, you have missed your vocation, stand up comedian.

  • Netanyahu's disaster: speech cost 'omnipotent' lobby a veto proof majority for Iran sanctions
    • First comment on that link from E Burke...Let all the Demcrats skip the event. It will demonstrate conclusively to the people of Israel and Jews in the U.S. that Democrats favor Hezbollah and Hamas over the U.S. ally Israel. Would not go that far, but would be a nice thought if they did.

    • Natanyahu's ploy to stymie the 5 plus one talks are not so much about nuclear weapons because all US Intellegence Agencies say Iran does not have the capabilities nor the will to acquire them. Rather Israel sees Irans conventional missile capabilities as the main threat, some analysts reckon there are 100.000 missiles aimed at Israeli cities and vital infrastructure from both Iran and Hezbollah. That is why the US are trying to include these missiles in the nuclear deal. It won't happen of course, I suspect the US will be so reluctant to do a final deal with Iran that the negotiations will fail and go the same way the North Korean ones did, then "In 1994, faced with North Korea’s announced intent to withdraw from the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which requires non-nuclear weapon states to forswear the development and acquisition of nuclear weapons, the United States and North Korea signed the Agreed Framework. Under this agreement, Pyongyang committed to freezing its illicit plutonium weapons program in exchange for aid.
      Following the collapse of this agreement in 2002, North Korea claimed that it had withdrawn from the NPT in January 2003 and once again began operating its nuclear facilities".
      Back then the Bush administration only had to supply 500,000 tons of oil and some light water reactors in order to do the deal. Unfortunately under pressure from hardliners he scuppered it. The difference today is that the US were probably aware North Korea might go for the bomb, but still took the gamble, how much harder is it going to be today to do a deal, when they know Iran does not aspire to nuclear weapons? There probably will not be a deal, and I suspect the sanctions will just fall away, the rest of the World finally exasperated by US incompetence.

  • Do we really want Benjamin Netanyahu guiding U.S. foreign policy?
    • CloakAndDagger@ "in an interview with American Lawyer insisting that he has always been a faithful husband of 28 years to his wife who he claimed always traveled with him. Yet the flightlog records show while flying with Epstein and company he never was accompanied by his wife".
      I can't quite get my head round this, are you suggesting that the world renowned and former Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University and famous Anti Semite hunter, is a liar? Hej

    • Krauss is this the quote? ...Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has never worried much about what foreign dignitaries think of him. Barack Obama is certainly not the first American president to find him a tough customer. In 1996, Bill Clinton remarked privately after his first meeting with Bibi, "Who the fuck does he think he is? Who's the fucking superpower here? link to

  • Find the Israel lobby in the 'NYT' story about Obama versus Menendez
    • What do more sanctions against Iran mean? Surely there are no US companies doing business with Iran, the only way the US can impose more sanctions, is if they threaten other countries more than they are doing now, China and Russia for instance, in which case they will rightly tell the US to 'take a hike'. Senator Menendez [Likud] is only singing for his supper. How the American electorate put up him and that other crazy fool McCain, they have to explain.

  • Biden will skip Netanyahu's speech
    • Only give him 28 standing ovations, that will teach him a lesson.

    • "Matthews asked wisely. If we struck Iran we’d have to do so again every two years." That's wishful thinking, The US will not bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, the middle east would erupt in flames and Israel would be blamed. An Iranian General said if just one nuclear facility was hit then Dimona would be destroyed link to In my opinion all Israeli cities and infrastructure could be hit with a barrage of hundreds of Iranian missiles, so that the US would need to neutralize any possible retaliatory strike, which would entail a massive air campaign spread over many weeks, and over the whole of Iran and possibly Lebanon too. It ain't going to happen, the US electorate, along with Russia and China will see to that.

  • Lawrence Summers says BDS movement is 'persecuting' Israel
    • A German Judge thinks anti-Zionism equals, or is code for, Antisemitism when sentencing an activist recently
      During the hearing, Can claimed he was not an anti-Semite and had nothing against the Jewish people but only against the Zionist state. In response, Judge Sastry is quoted by Die Welt saying, “‘Zionist’ is the language of anti-Semites, the code for ‘Jew.'”

      Sastry’s judgment, which does not form a binding precedent in German law, essentially semantically equates antisemitism and anti-Zionism.
      Can was sentenced to three months’ probation and a fine of 200 euros. He has until Friday to appeal.
      On his Facebook page this week, Can reiterated he that he is not against Jews and stated his intention of appealing to both the district and federal courts. link to

  • Netanyahu is a paper tiger
    • One problem with that analysis is that if Natanyahu is replaced by Labor/Livni then the International community will laud that as an opportunity to return to the peace talks for the next 5 years?, when not only were Labor instrumental in starting the settlement enterprise, but have said they will keep it going.

  • Palestinians to take Israeli settlements to the ICC following announcement of 450 new units
    • Two comments stand out for me in Ocampos piece in the Israeli paper, 1. "and can also argue that the Oslo agreements exclude Israelis from Palestinian jurisdiction and as a consequence from the ICC’s authority". Does he not know Palestine is officially occupied territory? Israel can go anywhere and do anything [within the parameters of International law] in that territory, and it does so.
      2. On the settlements "This will be a difficult debate for Israel, but it should be ready to participate in order to do damage control. Israel could present its arguments connected with the jurisdiction but also allege that settlements are not in Palestine but rather in disputed territories, and additionally that the alleged crimes were eventually committed in the past by those who decided the settlements. The possibility to discuss the legal limits could contribute to a peaceful negotiation of the problem".
      Ocampo should apply to be Israels lawyer, "Disputed territories" please consult the opinion of the ICJ in 2004 all 15 Judges agreed the settlements are illegal.
      Good work Hostage

    • Professor William Schabas has resigned from the UN Commission, if he did that under pressure from Israel, [they said he was biased] by resigning wouldn't he be admitting there might be some truth in the allegation? He must have known the Israelis would attack him, far better to stand your ground and fight on principles. Why hasn't he done that?

  • 'Two Blue Lines,' Tom Hayes's third film on Palestine, premieres tonight in Columbus
    • "Zionist “settlers” claim all of historic Palestine", I'm afraid its worse than that, all the major movers and shakers in Israel from Livni to the extreme right including Likud claim all of historic Palestine and will not relinquish sovereignty of one inch without being forced to. That does not necessarily mean Palestinians will be expelled, only provided they keep their heads down and accept living as second class citizens in some kind of constitutional monstrosity called Bantustans. All paid for of course by handouts from the EU/US and rich Arab states. Any complaints and they will receive the Gaza treatment. The world will not put up with this, I suspect the axis of resistance Iran Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah will stockpile 100's of thousands of rockets that would have the capacity to destroy Israels infrastructure, together with BDS. A fatal combination for Israel coming down the pike, unless it changes its ways. All power to Tom Heyes and the success of his film.

  • Phila Inquirer publishes a lie: 'Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are one and the same'
  • Occupier’s justice: heads and tails you lose
    • This case is just a symptom of a much bigger malaise, one that can only be solved by a court applying International law, first by declaring all the settlements illegal and then indicting the individuals responsible. Although Abbas has signed up to membership of the ICC, I suspect Abbas will hold off any actual complaints. So, perverse as these Israeli decisions are, ultimately the Palestinian leadership are also partly responsible.

  • Netanyahu speech could turn Israel lobby into a political football
    • More US sanctions, just what might those be? The US has done all it can to threaten other countries from trading with Iran, we will see those sanctions fall away when others see US/Israeli intransigence. Short of a catastrophic war [which will not happen] the US has shot its bolt, the US public has not even spoken yet, when they do it will be Congress critters who will be fearful [remember the Syria fiasco]. One question which should be asked by the press when the professional bullshit artist Netanyahu addresses Congress is...Are you, the US electorate, willing to see your children go to war and die for Israel? I wonder what the answer would be?

  • In Iraq and Syria the US sanctions its allies while its friends back its enemies (got that?)
    • Whizdom. "Iran stays out of KSA and Gulf states, but gets Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Russia is guarantor for Iran", that's basically the position now but Israel does not like it, fearing the so called "Arc of extremism" Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah will threaten its hegemonic aspirations in the region. The GCC worry for similar reasons, all their crowns are at stake. In my opinion the Sunnis now under the rule of IS will soon tire of living in the medieval middle ages and under threat of having your head cut off for the slightest misdemeanor, they call watching a football match worthy of death link to In my opinion IS is anti human and should be wiped out.

    • Ted Snider makes a good explanation here on who the good and bad guys are. For those who are still confused here is a summary from a comment in Moon of Alabama last September. "ARE you confused about what's going on in the Middle East? Allow me to explain.
      We support the Iraqi government in the fight against the Islamic State. We don't like IS, but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia, whom we do like.
      We don't like President Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but not IS, which is also fighting against him.
      We don't like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government against IS. So, some of our friends support our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, whom we want to lose, but we don't want our enemies who are fighting our other enemies to win.
      If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who surely actually they're to begin with until we went in to drive them out". Do you understand now?

  • 'No to martyrdom by hunger in Yarmouk camp': Palestinian refugees protest Assad’s siege
    • Some of those opposition groups support this link to

    • "During the rally, a representative spoke on behalf of the local armed opposition groups insisted that “our military factions in this camp all agree for an immediate ceasefire to open the camp and let in aid workers" Oh, so the armed groups are partly responsible for the conditions, most Palestinians reject those Islamist groups like Al Nusra and IS, but some [a distinct minority] and from a sectarian basis do. That's unfortunate since the Hamas leadership and other Palestinian resistance factions support Hezbollah and Iran and are thankful for their military and financial support.

  • Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams 'breach of protocol'
    • Congress should be aware, cameras will be watching their every move, who is the first to stand up, but more importantly who is the first to stop clapping, money and careers are at stake, my advice start training now link to bibi and the yoyos.

    • This is a stunning breach of protocol, but it could backfire big time on Israel, Congress critters had to face the wrath of their constituents over bombing Syria, Syria would be a walk in the park compared to this. More sanctions would see the 5+1 group split Russia and China would back Iran, the others would get cold feet and the US imposed sanctions would fall away. Iran has promised that more sanctions would mean they will resume enrichment to 20% once again. Israels gambit has never been about the bomb, but to hamstring Iran's growing economic and conventional military capabilities. Like Russia, Iran cannot and will not capitulate and become a vassal state. I agree with Maximus Decimus Meridus that this could be a fatal move for Israel if Netanyahu accepts the invitation [how could he refuse]. As George would say "bring it on".

  • French terror attacks contribute to Israeli's isolation
    • Strangely enough the Arab peace plan of 2002 based on the 67 borders and an agreed formula for a limited right of return would have been the basis for a majority of people of Jewish origin to govern Israel for the foreseeable future, probably on something like approx 75%-25%. This together with the prospect of peace with all its Arab neighbors and the entire Islamic world was summarily rejected by the Israeli government. They want all the 'Land of Israel' and they are prepared to fight and kill in order to get it, their prospects are not good, 1/The demographics are against them, many people think there is already a majority of Palestinians between the Jordan and Mediterranean, 2/The world will not put up with an Apartheid regime, 3/ The technological and military developments of their enemies grow by the day, Hezbollah have 150,000 rockets aimed at Israels vitals, Iran has an even more destructive capacity, link to

  • Obama cites donor pressure re Iran, but 'NYT' won't tell you what he means

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