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  • Controversial, illegal, and documented: Israeli military strategies in Gaza
    • Is Israel sending text SMS messages to Palestinians, warning them to move to avoid bombs, they way it did in Cast Lead?

      At the time, Israel and its supporters in the USA, such as New York Senator Chuck Schumer, gave this practice as evidence of the IDF's careful respect for civilian life.

      It subsequently emerged that IDF soldiers had orders to shoot and kill any Palestinian seen using a cell phone. So the 'humanitarian' text messages must have actually been death sentences for a number of people in Gaza.

  • 'Washington Post' exhibits naked double standard in Israeli, Palestinian deaths (and injuries)
    • The timing of this current bout of Israeli genocide might very well be due to the forthcoming US elections. Every fundraising Congressman, Congresswoman and Senator up for election want to do everything he or she can to flout their pro-Israel credentials. Furthermore, the November election is the last one in which Obama will have a personal stake. The Israelis might be wary of what Obama will do vis a vis Palestine, without having an election to worry about. So, the Zionists think, why not grab Gaza now?

  • Video: 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation' -- John Kerry caught criticizing Israel on hot mic during Sunday news show
    • 'Pinpoint Operation' : I wish not only Kerry had been asked what he meant by that, but more importantly, was that terminology given to him by someone else.

      I'm just guessing, but I wonder if Netanyahu or some other Israeli supplied him that phrase, promising that this indiscriminate, genocidal attack on Gaza would be a 'pinpoint operation'. Kerry may have been reflecting his disgust at once again being lied to by the Israelis.

  • Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
    • Does anyone realize that this kind of resolution and all the money and support the USA gives Israel means that more Americans will die in terrorist attacks? Does anyone understand that Ramzi Yusef and his Uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed attacked the Twin Towers and The Pentagon precisely because of US support for Israel?

  • 'Heartbroken' at 'horrifying' killing of boys, State Dep't says Israel must do more to prevent civilian deaths
    • Headlines around the world today abound with the shock and outrage at the slaughter of innocent children.

      Like this one at the London Evening Standard (link to

      Of course, it is not the death of Palestinian children which has evoked this reaction. The mainstream media never seems to be outraged when Palestinian children die.

  • Cantor's defeat had nothing to do with religion
  • Shalom Modi: India and Israel look to deepen ties following victory of the Hindu right
    • Don't forget that British Palestine and British Hindustan were partitioned at about the same time, 1947/1948. In both cases it ultimately served British imperial interests.
      Gandhi and others warned against partition; he'd spent time in British built jails in India, just as Palestinians today spend time in British built jails.

      Gandhi even offered to make Jinna, the Pakistani/Moslem leader, president of a united Hindustan, obviating the need for the creation of a separate Bangladesh or Pakistan.

      In both former British colonies, in the middle east and south asia, Britain's partitions have been total disasters.

  • Defending Apartheid – From 1968 to the present
    • While some will object to any Nazi comparison, but on ecan't help remembering that German rocket scientists were planning to take mankind to the stars. They did, to some extent; the first photographs of the earth from orbit were made from modified V2 rockets. Slave labour camps and the all the crimes of the Hitler era were, for some of these scientifics, completely justified by the promise of huge scientific advances, which they were sure in the end would benefit all mankind.

      Another thing, when you hear Israelis and their supporters like Taft talking in this vein, is to remind oneself that Israel is essentially a colonial project. Zionists themselves often referred to the 'colonization of Palestine' before WW2. Throughout the imperial/colonial, many of Europes' greatest technological advances were made either in the colonies or because of the colonies. The richest 'Europeans' were often those who lived abroad. Think of people like Elihu Yale, who made his money in India, or Cecil Rhodes in Africa; the richest French Dutch English etc men in the 17th & 18th & 19th centuries usually made their money in the colonies. In mid 17th century the richest English men often made their money in either Barbados or Jamaica, on the backs of course of slave labour.

      Israel is essentially the last European colony, and its wealth and success, like all colonies, has come largely at the expense of the indigenous people.

  • Tony Blair's Middle East speech: dangerous and anti-Muslim
    • “For the last 40/50 years, there has been a steady stream of funding, proselytising, organising and promulgating coming out of the Middle East, pushing views of religion that are narrow minded and dangerous.”

      As good a definition of Zionism as any.

  • 'A Painful Price': The escalating war on Palestine solidarity at U of Michigan and beyond
    • Thanks Max
      An article as riveting as it is depressing, and one is prompted to react along the lines of 'Where's my country, dude?!'

      Zionists are destroying American intellectual life.

  • St. Louis dumps Veolia
    • Veolia is a French Company; Saint Louis was founded by the French and is named after Louis IX, King of France; Furthermore, as it happens, the architecture of the Saint Louis City Hall, including the staircase pictured above is modeled on the Hotel de Ville in Paris.

      Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

  • Self-exiled Israelis in Berlin now number 20,000
  • AIPAC's 'unlimited' funds are greatest obstacle to peace, former British foreign sec'y says
    • Don't forget that Jack Straw is Jewish; as far as 'black marks' against him, don't forget he was Tony Blair's Foreign Secretary at the time of the 2003 Iraq invasion.

  • Twenty years since Oslo, US leadership has yielded endless 'process' with no 'peace' in sight
    • nothing wrong with Oslo, except a detail of spelling

      It should be called the 'Oslo Piece Process'

      Then people would understand it is a process which lets Israel take control of Palestine piece by piece by piece....

  • Will there be fallout from the NSA sharing intel with Israel?
  • Obama punts on Syria
    • The US/Israeli alliance has bagged a lot of countries, reconquering Kuwait, conquering Iraq, regime change in Libya and so on. But Syria is proving to be a regime change too far. This time the US and Israel have come up against Vladimir Putin's Russia.

      Russian and American ships are closely watching each other in the Eastern Mediterranean; war between the 2 countries is unlikely but still a slim possibility.
      The point is that the US can not proceed with regime change against Assad without impunity. You can't be a bully when you are up against the biggest country on earth.

      Putin feels like he was duped by the US in Libya; he was assured that US/European intervention there was for humanitarian purposes, and not about regime change. He feels Obama was lying to him all along, and that killing Muammar Qadafi was the secret goal of the US from the very beginning. It probably was.

      America's supposed indignation at the use of chemical weapons is as thinly disguised causus belli as you are ever going to see.

      In the case of Syria, Putin is not going to let America play him for a fool again.

  • Obama lost his English poodle, but it looks like he'll get a French one
    • When mining the endless seam of US government hypocrisy, don't forget chemical weapons in Iraq. First of all the US Government is undoubtedly complicit in the use of these weapons while Saddam was in power and supported by the US.

      More to the point, people are suffering right now in Iraq from 'chemical weapons' used by none other than the USA. This is due to the widespread use of depleted uranium in weaponry, by the US in Fallujah and elsewhere. While not usually referred to as a chemical weapon, depleted uranium definitely has chemical as well as biological toxicity. Today the number and type of birth defects in Fallujah and other areas where depleted uranium was used is comparable in some ways to the number and type of birth defects recorded in the post WW2 Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What could be more unspeakable?

  • Israel's Rx for the Palestinians, and the region: managed conflict
    • instead of 'managed conflict' one might better use the term 'managed extinction.'

      Palestinian civilization is being extinguished before our eyes; the Israeli's may be the agents of this extinction. but the USA it the manager.

      Don't doubt that the USA is at war with Palestine, the people of Palestine. One should look at the US government's role as analogous to the Indian wars of the 19th century. Just as the USA provides money and backs the Palestinian authority today, it provided reservations, money, and funding for compliant native American organizations 2 centuries ago. Americans living in the Eastern United States, in general, did not perceive that their government was at war with native Americans; they thought the role of the government was generally helpful and benevolent in dealing with the the non -Christian 'savages.' We talk today of the 'Israeli-Palestinian' conflict. In the future it will be known by other names, including one's like the US-Palestinian conflict.

  • Spock visits the holy land
  • 'The one and only Jewish state,' Netanyahu says, pounding the rostrum
    • "The Prime Minister knows that occupying Palestinian land is not a long term solution...."

      The Prime Minister knows no such thing! The Prime Minister in fact believes that occupying Palestinian land IS the long term solution....

  • CL Sulzberger believed in the Israel lobby
    • "the U.S.A. couldn’t sell Israel down the river or blackmail it, even if it wanted to (which it doesn’t) because of the influence and wealth of its Jewish minority of about 6 million."

      A purely anti-Semitic statement (unless of course, you are a Zionist; then it is simply stating an obvious truth).

      I wish somebody had a collection of similar 'ant-Semitic' statements made by Zionists.

  • BBC to censor violinist Nigel Kennedy's statement about Israeli apartheid from TV broadcast
    • The Zio-Baroness tweeted "Imagine outcry if Proms conductor with Spaniards in the orchestra used platform to protest re Gibraltar occupation!"

      I bet if that had happened, it might not have been censored; the ZBC (sorry, BBC) would have explained that this was just one person's opinion, with which it disagreed. Same as just about any other criticism of any other country. For precious Israel, however the Ziocrats at the BBC have to make sure that even one little critical sentence had to be censored.

  • US aid to Egypt is not for Egypt but Israel, JJ Goldberg explains
    • I appreciate that the Suez canal has diminished in importance, Dan. I only wanted to make the point that, just as was the case of British in the 19th and 20th centuries, , the US is working in its own interests (of which Israel is paramount), in conjunction with an Egyptian junta, against the interests of the bulk of the Egyptian people.

      What the Suez canal once was for the British Empire, Israel is now for the USA.

    • "US supported a dictatorship in Egypt for decades because of US support for Israel"

      Perfectly correct. The US is at war with Egypt. On the one side are the Egyptian people, and on the other side are the US supported military dictatorship, the USA, and Israel.

      This has all happened to Egypt before. The British position in the 1880s was the same as the American position today. British and European investors financed the Suez canal for their own benefit; the only Egyptian beneficiaries were the semi independent Ottoman viceroy (Khedive) and his cronies; the people of Egypt benefitted little from the canal. Egyptians came to realize there country was being used by foreigners in conjunction with a corrupt local elite, and a revolted led by a leader called Orabi. The British sent in the troops, arrested Orabi, and put the Khedive back in power.

      Morsi is a 21st century Orabi; the US doesn't have to send in troops as of yet, because the Egyptian military are just like so many mercenaries; but who knows, maybe Israel/USA will intervene militarily in a more obvious fashion to ensure that Egypt is run for western/Israeli interests, rather than for that of the Egyptian people.

  • Why the coup determination is now irrelevant to the question of US aid to Egypt
    • The US is at war with Egypt; On the one side are the Egyptian people, and on the other side is the Egyptian military, which has become little more than a proxy for the US and Israeli governments.

      Never forget that Al-Qaeda is essentially an Egyptian phenomenon; Al-Qaeda was born in the torture cells of Egypt; Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current head of Al-Qaeda, was one of those tortured by the Egyptian military; his main grievance was the military regime's accomodation with Israel.

      When assessing the history of Al-Qaeda and its nature, now that Bin Laden is dead, the Bin Laden/Saudi era will seem more like an aberration; with al-Zawahiri in charge the organization's essential Egyptian-ness is clearer. Al-Qaeda then are more like Hamas; just as Hamas are the more radical part of the Palestinian resistance, Al-Qaeda are radical side to the resistance against US/European/Israeli domination of Egypt.

  • Nazareth Illit mayor says, 'If you think I’m a racist, then Israel is a racist state'
    • "“Covenant of the Pieces” [that God made with Abraham, recounted in Genesis 15:1–15] and the explicitly racist promise: “To your seed I have given this land” [Genesis 15:38] . . ."

      Has anyone told Gapso that Muslims believe that Prophet Mohammed, and his Quresh clansmen who began Islam all believed themselves to be the direct descendants of Abraham?

  • 'This is worth it, folks,' Kerry says of talks-- and warns of 'avoiding war'
    • Kerry simply hasn't offered the Palestinians enough money yet. Once Abu Mazen gets the funds he wants, he'll at last agree to yet another meaningless meeting, and then Kerry and Netanyahu can congratulate himself with this sign of 'progress.'

      Abu Mazen and his delegation are doomed to watch Palestine disappear before their eyes anyway, so they might as well charge as high a price as they can for the theft of their land.

  • End your illusion: Israeli government will never implement a two-state solution, top official says
    • If by the term 'state,' one is referring to a entity which is equal in rights and sovereignty to any other state, there has never been a "2 State Solution", advocated by anyone in any position of real authority. The only proposals that have been put forward or for a neutered, truncated Palestinian entity completely subjugated to the whims of Israel.
      Such an entity would never last.
      No one should therefore lament the death of the '2 state solution', because it never existed as a realistic possibility.

      Barring the appearance of a new Saladin, Israel will continue to grow as an apartheid state, any will probably be around in that in that form after everyone using this website is dead. It will continue to call itself a 'democracy', while it immiserates and/or expels the indigenous people of Palestine. And Uncle Sam will continue to pay for it all.

  • Anthony Weiner spoke at 1993 anti-Rabin rally where participants called for Israel PM's assassination
    • Mondoweiss should have a contest:

      What could an American zionist politician NOT get away with, as long as he or she remains a fanatical supporter of Israel? Personally, I just can't think of answer.

  • Weiner's Park Ave apartment belongs to man whose 'only agenda' is Israel
    • "Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and other House Republicans, who suggested that Ms. Abedin may be tied to Muslim extremists."

      Bachmann and the other House Republicans are totally correct.
      Ms. Abedin IS tied to extremists!
      It is just that these extremists are not Muslims....

  • Diaspora Jews must speak out against the Israeli Law of Return
    • ANTISEMITISM: The belief that there is something wrong with being Jewish.

      ZIONISM: The belief that there is something wrong with NOT being Jewish.

  • Obama has done nothing to alleviate 'explosive' occupation -- eminent Europeans
    • I don't think the present crop of leaders are any more idiots than those 'former' ministers listed in the letter to Catherine Ashton. In another decade or two, similar letters might be written by a bunch of current European politicians when they are in retirement.

      The USA has its own former President, Jimmy Carter, who has echoed many of the same things as in the Ashton letter. It all seems pretty meaningless and hopeless; all these people are out of power.

  • Reality check-- John Kerry prepares to stick fork in two-state solution
    • Keep in mind that THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A "TWO STATE SOLUTION" in terms of two equal states. Every proposal has been for a neutered, subservient Palestine alongside a belligerent, US backed Israeli regional superpower.

  • Obama scared AIPAC into silence, then defeated it
    • m j rosenberg's analysis is thoughtful but I don't quite agree.

      Hagel is an outstanding American, who has obtained a job that only marginally impacts the overall US/Israeli relationship. By attacking him, the lobby is saying that even if you someone of the calibre of Chuck Hagel, and if you seek any important job in the government, the lobby is going to come after you in a severe way if there is anything about your statements or record vis a vis Israel that zionists don't like.

      Any ordinary person planning a career in US politics, especially someone seeking a job which might touch on the US/Israeli relationship, will have gotten the message. Nobody who wants to have an easy nomination, or any easy career, will defy the lobby without thinking twice; otherwise they would take the same flak that Hagel took.

  • Chuck Hagel confirmed as Secretary of Defense by 58-41 vote (Updated)
    • A victory for the Israeli lobby. It was always going to be.

      The point of the anti Hagel fight was to show anybody and everybody in America what you are up against if you don't pay obeisance to the Israeli lobby. Even though he is a great American, a wounded and decorated soldier, a successful businessman and Senator, anybody who wants to succeed in American politics certainly won't choose Chuck Hagel as a role model. Not unless they want a difficult life.

  • The controversy over the Oscars joke that Jews run Hollywood
    • I think you are wrong; too many are not ready to have this conversation.

      In America, the Emperor still has no clothes. In the story written by Hans Christian Andersen, an obvious truth denied by the majority despite the evidence of their eyes is proclaimed by a small child; but the emperor carries on as if he had clothes; too much is invested in the lie.

      The teddy bear at the Oscars is just like the little boy in the Danish fairy tale, enunciating an obvious but unwelcome truth. Some very powerful people in America will continue to see themselves as persecuted victims, so much so that their overwhelmingly obvious power and influence can not be discussed.

  • Comparisons to Nazi Germany are exaggerated
    • Zionism is Jewish fascism. The same basic philosophy-blood, soil, land, people- simply applied at a different time and place and to different peoples. Zionists haven't killed millions of people, because they haven't needed to. Not yet.

  • Orlando paper feels it has to balance local woman's op-ed explaining Nakba with Israeli gov't official's response
    • Has the USA had a half century of occupation of all of Cuba? Are there "American Only" Roads in Cuba, and hundreds of American colonies, turning Cuba into an unviable collection of Bantustans? Is there some 100 year old philosophy, like for example, "Cubanism" which claims that Cubans have to leave Cuba, and make way for Americans? If all these things were true, one would expect rockets to be fired from Cuba at the United States, at the very least.

  • No surprise: Chuck Schumer refuses to stand up for Hagel
    • there are all kinds of tactics employed in the politics of nominations. Couple of examples:

      If Obama dumps Hagel, and is later criticized for his policies vis a vis Israel, he'll be able to say to people like Schumer, look, help me on this issue, I' did you a favor before by not nominating Hagel.

      Another reason, is that floating one controversial nomination can help the actual nominee have an easier time getting Senate approval. Senators as well as Presidents have a finite amount of political capital to spend; having made the point they won't nominate anybody, Senators will be that much more congenial to the next candidate for nominee, whoever it is.

  • New J Street spokesperson promoted GOP 'Palestinian culture of hate' comments in his last job
    • After a half century of a brutal and merciless occupation, isn't some degree of hatred of the Israeli occupiers completely normal.

      Did the French Resistance have a 'culture of hate' against the Nazis? The Fascist plan was to make France part of a greater 'Germania', just as the Zionist plan is to incorporate all of Palestine into a Greater Israel.

  • Israel responds to UN vote by approving 3,000 new settlement units and plans to build in strategic West Bank corridor
  • Day Eight of Israeli Attack on Gaza: Ceasefire agreement reached; Palestinian death toll climbs to 145
    • I agree with BillM, but it is also a victory for Egypt and President Morsi.

      Netanyahu suddenly seems a diminished figure.

      One can only ask how Netanyahu, and his zionist allies in the US, will react.

    • This cease fire is great news.

      What a difference a US election makes. Congratulations to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (assuming the cease fire holds). A President Romney or a President GW Bush would have continued to mouth 'israel has the right to defend itself' till the last Palestinian was killed; while Obama's rhetoric may have been similar, he acted differently, by despatching Clinton; a Romney or Bush would never have sent their secretary of state in similar circumstances; their only worries would have been to do with the logistics of supplying endless munitions to Israel.

      When Clinton and Netanyahu issued their joint statements, you could see that Bibi was furious at her presence on his turf.

      I only hope that this is used by Obama and Clinton as an opportunity for some kind of comprehensive peace deal, but who knows?

  • Winona LaDuke: 'We can't talk about Israel because we are Israel'
    • I'm not sure that i agree with Winona. The 19th century, blood and soil philosophies of race, separateness, imperialism, colonialism, apartheid and jim crowe have largely been abandoned by western states. (at least as ideals to be aspired to). People accept multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi racial societies as completely normal, in which the rights of colonizers do not trump the rights of indigenous peoples. Israel is the glaring exception to this rule; zionism is the last of the colonial blood and soil philosophies to still have life in it. Europe has given up nazism, fascism, pan-slavism, etc. Only in israel is the belief in an ethnarchic colonial state still widespread.

  • On the Jewish Israeli street, there's no solution to Palestinian issue but more violence
    • I don't think any President was duped, Kathleen. They know the Israelis want to steal all the Arab land they can get. Both the US and Israel know full well that Palestine is disappearing and a Greater Israel is taking it place. To admit that would be tantamount to endorsing genocide, so Tel Aviv and Washington just play a game, to pretend to the world, and to themselves, that they are serious about peace. Talk of peace is just so much hot air to mask this process of ethnic cleansing. Israel is addicted to Arab land, and the US is the enabler of the addiction.

  • Avigdor Lieberman: 'When it comes down to the choice between Jewish or Democratic Israel it has to be Jewish'
    • what can be said for Lieberman, is that he is the only major zionist politician who is honest.

      Zionism is an ethnic cleansing non-democratic philosophy; 'liberal' zionists simply can not admit this obvious truth.

  • Stop calling him 'Bibi'
    • why all this focus on the prime minister's cute first name? Everybody already knows that American politicians love to call him 'bibi' to affirm their love for zionism and aipac.

      It is his second name, and the way in which he uses it, which demonstrates both the man and the zionist ideology he espouses are nothing but frauds.

      The netanyahus changed their name from Mileikowsky. There is nothing wrong with that. Your father could have changed his name to 'Presley', if he wanted to, and he could have named you 'Elvis' when you were born. Nothing wrong with that either.

      What would be creepy, however, is if you started pretending that you were the real Elvis Presley, the singer. If you collected presley memorabilia, and showed to it people as if it were yours, would be so strange that people would rightly assume you were deranged.

      But this is exactly what the prime minister does. He collects stuff from an ancient family called the Netanyahus, and displays it to visitors, telling them it comes from his ancestors in Israel. What a creep.

  • When it’s quiet in Jerusalem the settler security cameras are still rolling
    • WONDERFUL work by Alison.
      excellent report and insight, please keep it up, if you can.
      It might be dis-spiriting witnessing the annihilation of a nation.

      I can't help noticing how the two comments on the forum are tied together:

      "The Palestinians must feel as oppressed as blacks were in the Jim Crow South. "

      "i wonder if there has ever been an ethnic cleansing in the history of mankind so meticulously documented as what is going on today in palestine."

      Blacks in the jim crow south always had at least a few influential persons in washington concerned for their plight; eventually there were enough representatives in congress and senators to make a difference. This ethnic cleansing in palestine today is happening in plain view because there are no 'pro-palestinian' people of influence in power in washington now; america's elected representatives only differ in the degree of their support for zionism. Tel Aviv has washington's middle east policy completely in its pocket.

  • Video: 'Tearing Palestine down-- Veolia!'
    • Further to MRW's USA List, it should be noted that in the UK, Veolia is quite literally a household name.

      Millions of people have their garbage collected by the company, which has contracts with lots of local governments. Some of the representatives who sit on the committees overseeing these contracts are quite sympathetic to Palestinian rights. If enough Britons wrote to their local authorities complaining about Veolia's record in Palestine, it might seriously threaten some of their UK contracts.

  • Netanyahu tells a Christian Zionist pal that the bible was Ben Gurion's claim to the land
    • The Ottoman Empire was a pretty sophisticated Empire, more sophisticated in many ways than contemporary European states.

      Many jews thrived under Ottoman rule. When Ferdinand and Isabella conquered the Kingdom of Granada (where, under Muslim rule, many Jews lived prosperously for centuries) many Jews fled to the Ottoman Empire.

      Without the British conquest of the Ottoman Empire province of Palestine at the end of World War I, Zionism would today be known as a quirky and discarded theory. The Jews of Palestine would no doubt be living relatively happily under Turkish rule.

  • American Enterprise Institute's Daniella Pletka goes quack quack quacky
    • I think Pletka is right about Obama. At least, I hope she is. She only mistaken in two things. The first is her belief that Obama is alone. The second is her assessment of what is driving this contempt for Israel, which is the actions of herself, AIPAC and the rest of the Zionist lobby.

      Former US Senator from South Dakota James Abourezk in 2006:

      " I can also tell you that very few members of Congress—at least when I served there—have any affection for Israel or for its Lobby. What they have is contempt, but it is silenced by fear of being found out exactly how they feel. I've heard too many cloakroom conversations in which members of the Senate will voice their bitter feelings about how they're pushed around by the Lobby to think otherwise. In private one hears the dislike of Israel and the tactics of the Lobby, but not one of them is willing to risk the Lobby's animosity by making their feelings public."

      Obama has given more money and more assistance to Israel than any other President. So you have to ask the question, what would the world be like if Obama LOVED Israel? How much money would we give Israel then? Would the Israeli Prime Minister have an automatic seat as a US Cabinet member. Would the Star of David become the 51st on the American flag. Would criticism of Israel be regarded as treason for American citizens, subject to the death penalty.

      I only hope Obama, and our legislators continue hating Israel, the way the American politicians and the American people came to hate fascism and apartheid. Its the only light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Walt, Munayyer, and Mearsheimer offer one state scenarios, and my response
    • What makes a "state" a "state?" I don't think there has ever been seriously considered any plan in with a Palestinian state with all the rights and freedoms of a normal state.

      From this it follows that there is not now, nor has there ever been, any seriously considered plan for a "two state solution."

      One could make an analogy with a mortgage when buying a house. Even if the lender offered you very good terms, but restricted how you could provide security in your own home, and who could live in your home, restricting when you could enter and leave your home, is that really a "mortgage?" Only in the technical sense, but it wouldn't be a mortgage than any reasonable person would accept.

      Palestinians have likewise only ever been offered a truncated, feeble and neutered version of a state. No real "state" has ever been on the table, and now its unlikely there ever will be.

  • Iran/Palestine (keep your eye on the ball)
    • i think it is logical to assume that Netanyahu, the ever complaining, nuclear smuggling fraud, sees the nonexistent 'iran threat' as a useful way to disguise and justify when necessary the ever expanding borders of israel.

      Any number of commentators have concluded that Israel gain nothing from bombing Iraq's Osirak nuclear facility, and it may have been a shot in the foot. Saddam Hussein and other Arab leaders simply became that much more determined to gain nuclear and other weapons for themselves.

      Its the USA military that later got rid of the threat from Iraq; the lesson for the Israelis is to get the US involved in the region on a permanent basis as de facto mercenaries for the growth of Israel's power in the middle east.

  • Obama's spineless deference to Netanyahu is now perceived by a wide range of Americans
    • "Netanyahu has blackmailed him with the possibility of an attack on Iran"

      if you have any evidence for this belief, i wish you would share it with us.

      the implications are pretty startling, for bibi and israel. If this claim is true, Bibi has failed to protect israel as he ought to, our of political considerations vis a vis the United States. I don't believe that. If Israel felt it needed to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities to survive, it would already have done so, regardless of American opinion.

  • Netanyahu can 'squeeze' Obama because media and Congress will take his side if he attacks Iran
    • Firstly, Bibi's been bluffing about iran for at least two decades. When are people going to stop believing him?

      Secondly, the US is already at war with Iran. A war of economic sanctions, cyberwar, and assasinations. If a country was doing all that to the USA, wouldn't the USA consider itself at war with that country.

      Thirdly, Iran is a great distraction from Palestine. While Ahmadinejad never actually said he wants to 'wipe Israel off the map,' Israel keeps repeating that lie, while it it Palestine which is actually in the process of being 'wiped off the map'; talk of Iran re-enforces Israel's sense of victim hood, excusing it from ethnic cleansing and house demolitions in Palestine.

  • American Jews who choose 'humanitarian values' over Zionism are tempting another Holocaust --Gordis's blackmail
    • American Jews do not need the State of Israel for a "self-confidence and sense of belonging" any more than African American need the State of Liberia for "self-confidence and sense of belonging."

      Furthermore, the policies of the State of Liberia have little on African Americans or any Americans.

      By contrast, with its current policies, the state of Israel has become a liability for American Jews in equal proportion to its status as a liability for all Americans, for the United States in general.

  • In attacking Romney, Democratic p.r. firm embraces 'pro-Israel necons'
    • neo conservatives are not merely 'pro-Israel'; neo-conservatism is a branch of zionism.

      Has anyone ever heard of an 'anti-Israel neocon'? It is unthinkable.

      Every neocon will admit that supporting Israel is important. What they won't admit is that supporting Israel is the basis of the whole neo-con philosophy.

      Without Israel, neo-conservatism would not exist. There would still be right wing, war mongering Americans, but they wouldn't be called neo-cons, they'd be called something else.

  • Romney says that Obama 'has thrown... Israel under the bus'
    • I think one reason the "thrown Israel under the bus" phrase is so beloved by Romney and his team is because they think it has the added purpose of telling ordinary Americans that even though unlike them, Romney never uses public transportation, at least he knows what a bus is.

  • My grandfather sparked my interest in debate over Zionism
    • There are lots of businessman who consider themselves socialist, especially in Europe. The Labour in Britain still considers itself socialist, even though it doesn't use the 's' word often. It has many prominent business men and women who support it, as does the Socialist Party in France, and other parties on the left in Europe. Are there no businessmen and women who vote for left leaning parties in israel? Of course there are.

  • Follow the money, stupid
    • In some districts, the 'jewish vote' is crucial in elections In general, American politicians have found its convenient to to mask how they've betrayed their country to the Israel lobby by emphasizing the 'jewish vote.' While the 'jewish vote' is usually small and usually doesn't decide elections, but 'jewish money' always matters.

      This site has already noted the example of the film, where a Congressman acknowledges that 'jews' control his middle eastern policy, even though to his knowledge the number of jews in his district is only seven. The film is something of a parody but its brief admission that money from pro-Israel supporters controls american foreign policy in the middle east is spot on.

  • Paul Ryan said to be meeting with Adelson
    • If one can't mention rich jews in this context, yonah, perhaps you can explain the context in which you feel that the phrase "rich jew" is permissable. Perhaps you feel one should never mention that an individual is Jewish and rich?

      VP candidate Ryan is off to solicit funds from Adelson, a "rich jew" who undoubtedly doesn't care for Arabs. Why shouldn't it mentioned that Ryan is an advocate of a philosophy expoused by another rich jew who didn't like Arabs? If the phrase "rich jew" can not be used in this context, jonah, you must feel that it never can be.

  • Paul Ryan describes Israel as issue of 'Homeland Security'
    • America's 'Homeland Security' department already goes just about everywhere in the world. Wherever there are American oil platforms, you will find that Homeland Security personnel not only oversee their security but send their personnel their as well. Homeland Security is very active in the Persian Gulf, in the form of one of its principal sub-departments, the US Coast Guard.

      Homeland Security's power is growing and growing all the time, and in future years and decades, protecting Israel will no doubt be considered a part of its remit.

  • The world according to Sheldon Adelson
    • Gore Vidal claimed that Harry Truman's election in 1948 was assured after Zionists secretly gave him a briefcase containing $1 million in cash. The only thing that has changed is that now Zionists no longer feel the need to disguise the obsence amounts of money they give to their favored American politicians.

    • amazing photos and trip. Its a vision of apartheid in blossom, or the democide of the nation of palestine in plan view.

      Are your sure the image of the girl with the discus isn't taken from the 1936 Berlin Games in Nazi Germany. Hitler and Leni Riefenstahl would surely have loved the photo.

  • Terror war comes home: White supremacist kills 6 Sikhs in Wisconsin
    • The irony of an 'anti-islamic' attack on a Sikh gurdwara (temple) is that many of the most prominent aspects of the Sikhhism as practised today were created as a response to what Sikhs themselves perceived as Islamic tyranny. Many Sikhs do not cut their hair, always carry a ritual knife (two of the mandatory 'five k's'). This is precisely because about 300 years ago the last of the Sikh gurus re-organized the religion along military/democratic lines to preserve Sikkhism from the repeated assault of the spreading Mughal Empire. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was particularly known for his piety, and spreading Islam was one of the principal reasons for his consistent persecution of the Sikhs.

      A Gurudwara is vulnerable precisely because Sikhs openly welcome visitors of all faiths. Many of them are very beautiful, and anyone can visit as long as you cover your head and take off your shoes.

  • New round of Iran sanctions pressures Obama to move closer to Israel's 'red line'
    • Pity Iran
      Imagine if there were nuclear armed Iranian cruisers and aircraft carriers churning along the coasts of the united states; iranian military bases in mexico, canada and other surrounding countries.

      The Iranians are enduring the equivalent of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, day after day, year after year, endlessly under pressure from the the US and its middle eastern allies. Iran doesn't threaten the United States in any way, and the US government should just leave iran alone.

  • Romney backs Israel in the battle of the Iran red lines
    • Everything Romney says is designed to help him get elected. Nobody has any idea what his policies will actually be.

      Remember the 'missile gap' in the 1950s? Kennedy actually led some people to believe he would be tougher on the soviet union than nixon/Eisenhower had been.

      Remember Reagan? He promised to 'go to source', blockade Cuba, and rescind the arrangement to give control of the panama canal to panama. Many people believed him; once in office, he did none of those things.

      Romney has no responsibility at the moment, and can say whatever he wants.

  • Ernie Els's tribute to Mandela
    • Mandela was in prison while Els was growing up. As a young boy the golfer would have been told over and over again, without any ambiguity, that Mandela was a terrorist. despite the fact that he proved to be the overwhelming choice of the people as president

      Israeli's believe in the same self evidently contradictory mindset today, but to even a greater degree. This is because the people Israeli's claim to be 'terrorists' like Hamas in Palestine and Hizbollah in Lebanon are in power because they are they democratically elected to be there.

      Israeli's also scorn the mullahs in Iran, but Iran is a far more politically representative state than most of the gulf states which are US and Israeli count on as allies.

  • 'We well understand' what you're experiencing -- Netanyahu to Colorado
    • What would Netanyahu's (and America's reaction) be if this was in the news (Would it be considered merely 'intriguing')?

      James Holmes: Cinema Killer is a Muslim “Big Brother.”
      The arrested terrorist, James Holmes, was known for his pronounced Islamic sympathies. He spent a significant part of time at an obscure organization which billed itself as the “Muslim Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles” . He worked as a “counsellor” at this Muslim organization, in charge of entertaining and indoctrinating young children. According to a spokesman for the Muslim Big Brothers Big Sisters, Holmes was in charge of the "the care and guidance of a group of approximately 10 children" at the Muslim “summer camp.” The ‘camp’ is strategically located near Glendale. The spokesman for the Muslim organization did not hide that fact that Holmes taught the young Muslims “how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes."

      That background, in part, has left those who know Holmes trying to process how his experience with the Muslim Big Brothers contributed to what happened Friday morning.

      Here is the text from the Actual Article:,0,6207253.story?page=2

      Holmes "worked one summer as a counselor at a camp for underprivileged children. The chief executive at Camp Max Straus said Holmes worked there in 2008 and "had no incidents or disciplinary concerns."

      In a statement to The Times, Randy Schwab, chief executive of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and director of Camp Max Straus, wrote that Holmes was responsible for "the care and guidance of a group of approximately 10 children" at the camp, in the hills above Glendale.

      "His role was to ensure that these children had a wonderful camp experience by helping them learn confidence, self-esteem and how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes," he said. In a later e-mail, he added: "That summer provided the kids a wonderful camp experience without incident."

      That background, in part, has left those who know Holmes trying to process what happened Friday morning."

  • Should maps ad be censored at Chappaqua rr station? a newspaper asks
    • the occupation of palestine is 'complicated' in the same way that apartheid was complicated, or that the jim crow separate but equal laws in the American South were complicated, or that slavery was 'complicated.'
      But all these things -slavery, apartheid, jim crow, occupation - are all equally and simply wrong.

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