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Abbas: Israel instigating ‘blood bath’, aimed at sinking endeavors to reach the UN

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On Tuesday we asked if Israel provoked rockets from Gaza to pressure Palestinians to back off UN bid, the next day all hell broke loose. Thursday we reported the Palestinian UN envoy claimed Israel’s attack on Gaza was ‘deliberately timed to torpedo the UN vote.’ Yesterday Abbas accused Israel of instigating a “blood bath.”


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of launching an assault on the Gaza Strip to undermine his efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations.

Israel began its air offensive on Wednesday with the declared aim of stemming surges of rocket strikes by Islamist militants that have disrupted life in southern Israeli towns.

Abbas, whose forces were chased out of Gaza by Hamas in 2007, accused Israel of instigating a “blood bath”, telling reporters he thought the escalating military campaign was aimed at sinking his own diplomatic maneuverings.


“Everything that is happening is in order to block our endeavors to reach the United Nations,” Abbas told journalists.


“Undoubtedly we consider that this aggression is against us, the Palestinian people,” he said.

Despite the violence, he said he would push ahead with plans for a vote at the U.N. General Assembly before the end of the month to give the Palestinians the rank of an “observer state” within the world body rather than the present “observer entity”.

The upgrade would enhance Palestinians’ legal rights at a time when peace negotiations with Israel have hit a wall over Israel’s refusal to halt settlement building in territory where the Palestinians want their state.

“We are going to the United Nations to vote on the resolution of our becoming an observer state on the 29th of this month. Nothing will deter us,” Abbas said.

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  1. seafoid on November 17, 2012, 8:35 am

    Some realpolitik from the FT

    “What is unclear, however, is what concrete help Cairo, Tunis and Ankara can offer to Hamas – aside from solidarity visits and rhetorical condemnation. Military assistance seems out of the question, and Arab diplomatic pressure is likely to be outweighed, at least for the moment, by the strong support for Israel coming from the US and Europe. Indeed, Prof Milton-Edwards believes that the escalation could even end up hurting relations between Hamas and Egypt, as Cairo tries to juggle competing pressures from Hamas, Israel, the US and its own people. “If things go wrong for Egypt, Hamas could become the whipping boy for Cairo,” she says.”

    It’s all about power. Either European public opinion changes, some Israeli movement arises to challenge the dominant nihilism or US Judaism moves away from Israel. Otherwise the nihilism will intensify, Israel will strangle its own democracy, the Arabs will get more frustrated, antisemitism will flourish in their newspapers and it will be even harder to avoid a conflagration.

    • David Doppler on November 17, 2012, 9:56 am

      “or US Judaism moves away from Israel.”

      How about if US Judaism moves decisively away from Likud-Beiteinu?

      Dump Likud-Beiteinu. Save Israel. Save the Middle East. Save America.

      Now is the time to condemn these right wing idiots before they do more harm.

      • AhVee on November 17, 2012, 1:41 pm

        “Save Israel. Save the Middle East. Save America.”

        Call Captain Planet!
        But really. It’s not just the right-wing that’s the problem here. Obama’s only marginally better, and even then, mostly only outwardly. Just who are you doting on to bring about the necessary changes FOR PALESTINIANS? And by that, I mean who is VIABLY an option here? What US Jew-or-otherhow could force Israel to open up Gaza, enforce the right to return, and put an end to all this segregation going on as well as change the laws in Israel to be fair to people of all religions equally? Peter Parker or Clark Kent?

        “How about if US Judaism moves decisively away from Likud-Beiteinu?”

        Or how about if they move away from supporting Israel all-together, like many liberals who have more than just superficial knowledge of the I/P conflict have already done? Any liberal zio is more damaging than a crazy US Likudnik mouthpiece. (Or do you seriously believe that if you move away from the Likud line in the US, you’ll magically get Finkelstein-clones in charge of US-Israel affairs?) Why? The liberal zionists can tune their hasbara down to the extent of finessing dems and armchair activists to join their ranks, and once they do, can be made to passively consent the IDF terror and Israel’s land grab and apartheid, etc., while the crazies are just alienating. And that’s what America and the world needs to see to wake up to the truth.

      • Avi_G. on November 17, 2012, 2:11 pm

        Yes.move away from likud and cozy up to Labor who massacred 1400 Palestinians in 2009.

        Save Israel.

        Save the Middle East.

        Save America.

        You forgot to add:

        Save the world.

        Save the children.

        No more taxes.

        Drink responsibly.

        And Got Milk?

      • seafoid on November 17, 2012, 4:22 pm

        I think Cast Lead was Olmert and Kadima.
        But they are all the same sociopaths.

      • seafoid on November 17, 2012, 4:16 pm

        I think Israel is lost. Meretz have 3 seats.
        Every other Jewish party is right wing.

      • thankgodimatheist on November 18, 2012, 4:23 am

        “or US Judaism moves away from Israel.”

        “How about if US Judaism moves decisively away from Likud-Beiteinu?”

        And you think Labor and others are more palatable? Same sh*t different flavor my friend.

  2. douglasreed on November 17, 2012, 9:15 am

    Gaza Israeli violence resulting from illegal land grabs condemned by the UN, EU, Britain & the world

    Israeli settlements, intended to abort the establishment of a Palestinian state, have been condemned by the UN, the EU, Britain, Russia and the US as illegal and a deliberate obstruction to peace. As a direct result, the Palestinians in Gaza have been bombarding southern Israel with home-made rockets, for years, as their only method of resistance to the right-wing, occupying Likud government under Binyam Netanyahu whose policy is to ethnically cleanse the entire West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    This week, ahead of the coming Israeli elections, Netanyahu ordered the brutal assassination of a Palestinian leader in Gaza. It was carried out in the usual method of such state sponsored assassinations against a people with no aircraft and no tanks with which to defend itself.

    So far, Saturday November 17th has seen 38 Palestinians killed by Israeli air strikes, the vast majority being civilians including children. The Israelis have lost 3 civilians to rockets fired from Gaza.

    Israel is now massing tens of thousands of its troops and armour against the virtually defenceless 1.7 million people of Gaza in much the same way as in Operation Cast Lead in which they killed 310 children under the age of sixteen together with over 100 of their mothers. Another massacre is expected as the world looks on.

    Now, not only is Gaza at great risk but also Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Netanyahu in his quest for re-election has started a war that can have enormous and terrible consequences for the Middle East and for global peace.

    • seafoid on November 17, 2012, 9:26 am

      Apparently it is all because the Palestinians don’t love their children.

      • douglasreed on November 17, 2012, 1:23 pm

        Unfortunately, the root cause of the current conflict is the policy of the Israeli government in offering financial inducements for its citizens to leave their homes in Israel and to illegally settle in the occupied West Bank, thereby deliberately aborting the establishment of a Palestinian state in accordance with the wishes of the UN and the international community. That is absolutely the reason for the current damaging conflict which can now potentially affect millions if not successfully mediated.

        The only solution is for all 500,000 illegal settlers to start to be repatriated back to Israel at the earliest possible opportunity. The West Bank and East Jerusalem are Arab lands as certified by the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.

        Israel cannot continue to stand outside the law and still expect to trade with the democratic nations of the world.

      • seafoid on November 17, 2012, 4:14 pm

        750.000 Jewish settlers now.

        It’s too late for repatriation. Time for justice. One person one vote.
        If Jews don’t like it then maybe they should vote for change now.

  3. Kathleen on November 17, 2012, 9:27 am

    Thanks for this Annie. As you have so clearly pointed out would be so wonderful if this date could be moved up.

  4. ramzijaber on November 17, 2012, 12:29 pm

    194… ICC and ICJ here we come!

    • annie on November 17, 2012, 12:51 pm

      exactly ramzi

    • Hostage on November 18, 2012, 2:18 am

      194… ICC and ICJ here we come!

      Palestine is being forced to jump through a bunch of non-existent bureaucratic hoops because the US and Israel are trying to move the goal line. I don’t expect the UN vote to change that situation.

      Any full state member of a UN agency, like UNESCO, is already entitled to become a state party to the UN’s Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties and Diplomatic Relations and to make declarations accepting the jurisdiction of the ICJ and ICC without any further to do. This is all happening because Israel is lobbying its enablers to prevent the Courts from bringing its criminal leadership to justice.

      The Rome Statute does not require a State to become a member and pay dues in order to file a declaration that gives the Court jurisdiction. There is already a great deal of evidence that the Prosecutor won’t act on Palestine’s complaint unless it becomes a member. Many countries will condition or terminate their financial assistance to prevent the upgrade and that sort of legal follow-up action from happening.

      The Rome Statute also has provisions which would allow any of the member states to make a state referral in support of the Palestinian situation to the Prosecutor. Haaretz reported today that the Tunisian Foreign Minister visited Gaza and said Israel should realize it no longer has a free hand. It does not have total immunity and is not above international law. After the Arab Spring, Tunisia became the 116th member state of the ICC.

      He also said that “Israel should understand that many things have changed and that lots of water has run in the Arab river”. Israeli fighters bombed the PLO headquarters in Tunisia back in 1985. The impunity that Israel enjoys to conduct operations like that is rapidly coming to an end.

      • Shingo on November 18, 2012, 6:30 am

        Palestine is being forced to jump through a bunch of non-existent bureaucratic hoops because the US and Israel are trying to move the goal line. I don’t expect the UN vote to change that situation.

        Perhaps, but it’s going to become increasingly more difficult I suspect. Once this vote passes, there can no longer be any denial that Palestine is a state, and the ICC will have a more difficult time avoiding the cases the PA refer to it.

        If Israel and the US had this matter in hand, they would not be demonstrating such desperation. I was listening to an podcast of Scott Horton interviewing Joe Lauria. Lauria revealed that Francis Boyle had told him that the last time the PLO tried for non member state status in 1989, the US practically threatened to being down the whole of the UN.

        Surely this is evidence that they feel they don’t believe they can contain the situation indefinitely.

      • pabelmont on November 18, 2012, 9:47 am

        Every state, almost, has become a High Contracting Party to the Geneva Conventions and undertaken to ensure that [Israel] respects the convention in all circumstances. Bit of a joke, as it worked out! Still, if little Tunisia could bring Israel (or its leaders past and present) to ICC, it would be marvelous, and more countries (say, South American countries, India, Turkey, Arab states) could follow suit.

  5. W.Jones on November 17, 2012, 12:57 pm

    It’s obvious that the timing of the massive attack is to avert attention from the UN bid.

  6. amigo on November 17, 2012, 2:20 pm

    “The date of the Palestinians’ statehood bid has great historical significance. On Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending implementation of a plan to partition what was then British-ruled Palestine into independent Arab and Jewish states. The Jewish community in Palestine accepted the plan, but Arab leaders, including Palestinians, rejected it.”

    Pure propaganda repeated ad nauseum.

    One day after the UN vote to partition Palestine, Menachem Begin, the commander of the Irgun gang and Israel’s future Prime Minister between 1977-1983, proclaimed: “The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized …. Jerusalem was and will for ever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for Ever.” (Iron Wall p. 25)

    Note that it was less than 24 hours before Israel rejected the partition.

    Of course they do not lie when they say Israel accepted and Palestinians rejected.

    But we all know who the liars are and what it is they want and they,or it aint pretty.

    • talknic on November 18, 2012, 11:00 am


      Friday, 5 March 1948 Rabbi Silver stated to the UNSC

      “Nevertheless, reluctantly but loyally, we accepted the decision which appeared fair and reasonable to the United Nations”

      “We feel under the obligation to make our position unmistakably clear. As far as the Jewish people are concerned, they have accepted the decision of the United Nations. We regard it as binding, and we are resolved to move forward in the spirit of that decision. “

      Friday, 19 March 1948 Rabbi Silver replacing Mr. Shertok at the Council table as representative of the Jewish Agency for Palestine stated

      “We are under the obligation at this time to repeat what we stated at a [262nd meeting] meeting of the Security Council last week: The decision of the General Assembly remains valid for the Jewish people. We have accepted it and we are prepared to abide by it. If the United Nations Palestine Commission is unable to carry out the mandates which were assigned to it by the General Assembly, the Jewish people of Palestine will move forward in the spirit of that resolution and will do everything which is dictated by considerations of national survival and by considerations of justice and historic rights.”

      “The setting up of one State was not made conditional upon the setting up of the other State.”

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