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Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: AFP)

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

Whether it is done, mostly done or just waiting for another opportunity to strike hard, Israel’s announced “withdrawal” from Gaza is a brilliant move. In one stroke, Israel at least partially removes its soldiers from the battlefield, maintains its ability to bomb from the air and sea and defies the most public aspects of international mediating efforts.

Yesterday that is exactly what happened.  More bombing. More carnage. More death.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t keeping his cards close to the vest. Ever the bully, Netanyahu promises Hamas that it will pay an “intolerable price” if continues firing rockets into Israel. Meanwhile, Israel’s military will “prepare for continuing action according to our security needs and only according to our security needs.”

So Israel is buying time, accomplishing what it wants, even as it thumbs its nose at the international community.

In its mind at least, no one in the world – not even the United States – tells Israel what it can and can’t do. The most amazing aspect of Israel’s strategy is that it works. No matter world opinion, Israel accomplishes its goal of further setting Gaza and the entire Palestinian enterprise back for years.

If the fighting eventually dies down, over the next weeks the rebuilding of Gaza will begin. Gaza’s partners will return. A new incarnation of the Goldstone Report will take shape. Israel will also thumb its nose at both. Gaza will remain an open air prison.

Meanwhile the burning children – and adults – of Gaza will be left to their own devices. The posturing of the outraged global community will make little difference in their prospects for the future. Likely, Hamas will stay in place or some variation thereof. Perhaps a unity government will be (re)announced. Egypt will work closely with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to quiet Gaza. Disguised as statehood, autonomy talks will reappear.

If luck holds, John Kerry will fade from the newspapers for a while. His posturing as a lone courageous figure seeking first a lasting peace then negotiating a ceasefire – both of which failed miserably – will be consigned to the dustbin of history where hypocritical political figures’ double talk defines them.

What are the lessons of Gaza for the NGO, religious communities and people of conscience on the ground and around the world?

As the burning children of Gaza are accounted for, there needs to be a reckoning. It won’t come from the powers that be. Will it come from the institutions that have expressed such moral outrage at Israel’s behavior?

Such a reckoning won’t matter – it won’t be authentic – unless the institutions that serve the Palestinian people note their own failures.

Despite their best intentions, these institutions are invested in the status quo. They are in many ways enablers of Israeli power.

Moral outrage has run its course. It simply isn’t enough.

Of course, as the day turns the siege of Gaza might intensify again. As if it could get worse.

Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of the Global Prophetic. His latest book is Finding Our Voice: Embodying the Prophetic and Other Misadventures.

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  1. Hostage on August 3, 2014, 10:32 am

    It’s not a withdrawal, its another Golan Heights-style annexation:

    Israeli forces that remain in Gaza are working on destroying one more tunnel near Rafah. Other units are operating in Beit Hanun. The IDF has decided to keep some forces within Gaza to protect Israeli communities near the border.

    A senior officer said on Sunday morning that a security zone within the enclave “should be maintained for defense purposes, and we are prepared to attack as well.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.608590

    • just on August 3, 2014, 10:40 am

      Yep. Occupation nation full steam ahead.

    • amigo on August 3, 2014, 11:53 am

      “A senior officer said on Sunday morning that a security zone within the enclave should be maintained for defense purposes, and we are prepared to attack as well.”

      Best of luck to those idffers policing 1.8 million even more pissed off people.

  2. American on August 3, 2014, 10:55 am

    ” Moral outrage has run its course. It simply isn’t enough.”’>>>

    No it isnt.
    Look ahead…will zionist money and influence continue to rule nations governments on Israel or not?
    And the critical question is what will the zionist domination of other governments lead to ‘even beyond Palestine?’
    Its the’ beyond Palestine’ the zionist Waterloo will be I believe.

    • Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 6:39 pm

      American, the zionist domination spreads, having done so much damage to the US, and having affecting the Western world, it now slowly seeps to parts of Southeast Asia. If I did not believe about zionists and world domination earlier, I am beginning to believe it now.
      Having lived in that area, I know that it will be child’s play to control some of those nations, because poverty and corruption rampart over there, will play a big part in “buying” their support. They are too naive to realize how devious and dangerous the zionists are, and it will be to their peril.

  3. Mike Northern on August 3, 2014, 11:04 am

    Just read The Israel Projects 2009, Global Language Dictionary you can find it at Cryptome.org 2014/07/il- global language dictionary has to be made public!!
    This playbook lays out how all media people on the Israeli side are to respond to any massacre or operation to shape the US response.

  4. piotr on August 3, 2014, 11:09 am

    I raised the issue of hypocrisy as a resource that can be depleted if used too frequently. Here is US taking a courageous stand against terrorist. Fighters from Syria (recipients of our aid, most recent request was to add 500 million to that aid) got mauled close to Lebanese borders, their commander was wounded and transported to a Lebanese hospital. There he was arrested. The fighters attacked 9 checkpoints on the border and many buildings in the town where their commander was arrested. American statement seems to blame Lebanon: “U.S. vowed support for the Lebanese Army and urged respect for Lebanon’s policy of dissociation from the crisis in Syria. ” Today’s news.

    You may call taqfiris terrorists or not, they surely are much more bloodthirsty and ruthless than Hamas or Hezbollah, so we have a case of naked hypocrisy, which in my opinion, is a sign of depletion of hypocrisy as an effective tool of statecraft.

    • samlebon2306 on August 3, 2014, 12:51 pm

      ” they surely are much more bloodthirsty and ruthless than Hamas or Hezbollah”

      Hamas fight for their land, ISIS fight for the Zionists.

    • Walid on August 3, 2014, 1:04 pm

      piotr, so far, 12 Lebanese soldiers have been killed and over 25 injured and 20 missing possibly taken prisoner in the clash with the Nusra people(that the US is funding and arming in Syria) and that have sworn allegiance to ISIS (Israel’s pals). Thousands of Nusra fighters are on their way to enter Lebanon from Syria.

      It’s really bad news that now these terrorists are on Lebanese soil and equipped with modern American arms more superior than those of the Lebanese army and it looks like the start of something long and vicious as they are calling up armed recruits to join them from the Syrian refugee camps inside Lebanon. People in Lebanon still haven’t gotten over the 2007 battle at Nahr al-Bared with the Muslim fundamentalist Fatah al-Islam in which 168 soldiers were killed and 400 injured because the US would not let the Lebanese army properly arm itself. I’m sure there are a lot of people in Lebanon tonight that had been clamoring for Hizbullah to give up its arms relieved that Hizbullah did not do so. FWIW, the American ambassador called on the army chief and pledged American help. Last year the US donated 2 Cessna’s to the Lebanese armed forces with a promise to supply them with missile launchers at one time in the future. Lebanon has about 25 helicopters, none of which are armed. The French too have been promising to supply missile launchers for the Lebanese Gazelle helicopters since 7 years but they keep getting postponed year after year because the US wouldn’t allow it.

      The terrorist commander that was arrested that you mentioned, piotr, confessed that there was a plan to attack several army posts in the coming 48 hours.

      • just on August 3, 2014, 1:07 pm

        ;((

      • Taxi on August 3, 2014, 2:57 pm

        ISIS (Israel’s pals)

        Snowden reckons ISIS and israel are tight as a tick:

        The former NSA and CIA agent Edward Snowden revealed that the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi was trained in Israel.

        Snowden added that the American CIA and the British Intelligence collaborated with the Israeli Mossad to create a terrorist organization that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”.

        The “Hornet’s nest’’ strategy aims to bring all the major threats to one place in order to track them, and mostly to shake the stability of the Arab countries. The NSA documents revealed that the ISIS “Calif”, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi went trough intense military training in the Israeli intelligence “Mossad”.

        Besides military training, Al Baghdadi studied communication and public speaking skills in order to attract “terrorists” from all the corners of the world.

        http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=76b_1406255768

      • Taxi on August 3, 2014, 3:14 pm

        NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans.

        According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”.

        http://www.globalresearch.ca/isis-leader-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-trained-by-israeli-mossad-nsa-documents-reveal/5391593

      • can of worms on August 3, 2014, 4:32 pm
      • piotr on August 3, 2014, 2:59 pm

        It seems that this hit the nerve even of those Lebanese who are normally pro-American.

        By the way, can Lebanon purchase Russian helicopters?

      • Walid on August 3, 2014, 4:03 pm

        It did over 4 years ago, but the long reach of the US is preventing their delivery. The 6 Gazelles were donated 7 years ago by the UAE during the Nahr al-Bared war when the army had been reduced to having to hand-drop bombs over the rebels from Vietnam-vintage Hueys that had been donated by the US, (minus the gun mounts). Just before delivery of the Gazelles to Lebanon, the UAE got a call from Washington to remove the missile launchers. So all they served for at Nahr al-Bared was to ferry wounded soldiers to various hospitals.

        Yes, the pro-US factions are also spooked by the prospect of ISIS overrunning Lebanon as these ISIS people have no mercy for anyone. BTW, I consider myself pro-US although I’m not anti-Iran but very anti Israel. According to an ISIS press release, the only country not on its hit list in the Middle East is Israel. An article in the as-Safir quotes a former ISIS commander saying that ISIS’ next major target is Saudia:

        http://www.assafir.com/Article/50/364268

      • Shingo on August 3, 2014, 4:41 pm

        According to an ISIS press release, the only country not on its hit list in the Middle East is Israel.

        Is it any surprise that Netanyahu said the US should not interfered in Iraq and let the sides kill each other.

        Waft about Jordan and Egypt Walid?

      • Walid on August 3, 2014, 5:12 pm

        Shingo, they appear to be gradually shifting away from fundy religious orientations to becoming oil-producing capitalists. They are making a fortune with the oil now, first with the Syrian oil fields that are bringing them in about $400 million a year even at the bargain basement price of about $25/barrel they are selling at and much more from the fields they control in Iraq, plus they are picking up royalty fees of $1/barrel on the Kurdish oil going through the pipeline that travels through their territory on the way to Turkey to be shipped to the US and Israel.

        In Jordan it’s slowly building up steam in Zarqa (Zarqaoui’s hometown before he was killed) and Maan. But they’re too busy with the oil producing areas now to actively try for Jordan or Egypt.

        After having rid Mosul of its Christians, today they started picking on the Kurds to also fall in line by converting, or paying the special tax, or losing their heads.

        In Mosul, even Sunnis were not spared, like the others, they were asked to register all their unmarried daughters with ISIS to be eventually picked for marriage to ISIS fighters. Vacated Christian homes have been taken over by ISIS fighters.

        Not a word about these happenings from the West, the Vatican, the Saudis or anybody.

      • Walid on August 3, 2014, 6:01 pm

        Shingo, you want spooky?

        VOA confirms:

        Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and two more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June

        Local officials said militants with the extremist group Islamic State took control of the towns of Zumar and Sinjar near the city of Mosul on Sunday, waging fierce clashes with Kurdish forces.

        The French news agency AFP quoted a United Nations spokesman saying 200,000 people have fled Sinjar and said there are grave concerns for their safety.
        It gets worse: control of the dam could give ISIS, which has threatened to march on Baghdad, the ability to flood major cities. This in turn will merely serve to further facilitate the expansion of ISIS as it approaches Baghdad from the north…

        Meanwhile, ISIS also seized two small towns in northern Iraq after driving out Kurdish security forces, officials and residents said, according to the Associated Press.

        The fresh gains by the Sunni extremist militants have forced dozens of residents to flee from the religiously mixed towns of Zumar and Sinjar, near the militant-held city of Mosul, to the northern self-ruled Kurdish region.

        Earlier on Sunday, ISIS militants have successfully captured an oil field close to the Iraqi town of Zumar after fighting with Kurdish forces who had control of the area.

        ISIS, which had a lightning advance through northern Iraq in June, warned residents in nearby villages along the border with Syria to leave their homes, suggesting they were planning an assault, witnesses said. ISIS fighters killed 16 Kurdish troops in attacks in northern Iraq, while 30 pro-government forces died battling the jihadists on other frontlines, officials said Saturday.

        Zumar is a small Kurdish-majority outpost northwest of Mosul, which used to be under federal government control but was taken over by the Peshmerga in June.

        In other attacks on Saturday, five would-be volunteer fighters were killed and 16 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a Shiite militia recruitment center in the town of Balad, north of Baghdad, police said.
        … and from the south.

        In equally intense overnight fighting on the main front south of Baghdad, at least 23 pro-government forces were killed by relentless mortar shelling of their positions in Jurf al-Sakhr.

        ISIS militants began attacking the town late Friday, killing 11 soldiers and 12 members of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, an officer and army medic said.

        Another seven soldiers were wounded during a subsequent government operation against jihadist fighters in Jurf al-Sakhr, Al-Hamya and Latifiya, the sources said, claiming 37 IS fighters were killed.

        Using the western city of Fallujah as a rear base, jihadists have repeatedly attacked Jurf al-Sakhr, where pro-government forces are keen to prevent a foray that would expose the nearby holy Shiite city of Karbala and further encircle Baghdad by cutting the main road to the south.
        And if Baghdad does indeed fall, all those recent Crude shorts will be less than happy.

        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-03/isis-captures-iraqs-biggest-dam-baghdad-water-supply-jeopardy

  5. PAF on August 3, 2014, 11:15 am

    Why was my post re Amos Oz withdrawn?
    I can not see which item of policy it infringed.
    Paf

  6. Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 11:18 am

    Elliot Abrams fierce zionist and pro Iraq war architect is speaking down to Rula Jebreal on CNN. I am tired of hearing facts twisted to suit the Israeli narrative, and the constant blame on Hamas for ALL lives lost. When will Israeli shills admit that usually it is side that pulls the trigger when it fires it’s missiles against structures holding women and children, killing hundreds, are the criminals.

    When will someone ask them if militants were hiding among Israeli people, would they fire into these structures so easily? Then the justifications for such violence would be entirely different.

    • just on August 3, 2014, 11:28 am

      Hamas needs to be reclassified as the Palestinian Resistance and partners in the Unity government of the People of Palestine.

      GoI needs to be reclassified as a terrorist regime.

      • Citizen on August 3, 2014, 7:38 pm

        OK, just
        I will send your memo to AIPAC.

  7. amigo on August 3, 2014, 11:41 am

    The answer is in the BDS movement which has been given a massive boost.People all around the world are beginning to see that BDS is the only way to end the scourge of Zionism.

    The Images of the carnage being carried out by the rogue state is etched on the minds of all Irish people who have a heart.They just need to be educated in how to boycott effectively.Ireland is just a very small piece of this pie

    .

    I spoke to many people at the protest in Dublin( three to four thousand people on a wet day) yesterday who are all in favour of visiting supermarkets and trying to get them to voluntarily stop selling contraband from Israel or they will stand outside these premises and educate those going in.A large group is planning visits to all the shops on Henry Street on Tuesday.

    Next weekend Ireland Palestine Solidarity is planning a National Day of protest and is hoping to get thousands on to the streets all over Ireland.

    It will take time but so did the Boycotts against the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

    Israel can do as it wants for the foreseeable future but all the while BDS will be growing and biting away at it,s economy and making the lives of Israelis less than pleasant and they cannot hack that .

    Reverse aliyah anyone.

  8. Hostage on August 3, 2014, 12:03 pm

    AP The Big Story: UN chief: Attack at school in Gaza ‘criminal act’

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says an attack that killed 10 people at a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip is a “moral outrage and a criminal act.”

    Ban says the attack Sunday “is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law, which clearly requires protection by both parties of Palestinian civilians, U.N. staff and U.N. premises, among other civilian facilities.”

    In a statement, the U.N. chief said the attack “must be swiftly investigated and those responsible held accountable. It is a moral outrage and a criminal act.”

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/un-chief-attack-school-gaza-criminal-act

    • just on August 3, 2014, 12:10 pm

      I’m still waiting for his and Obama’s apology for the swift, erroneous judgement and condemnation of Hamas for “kidnapping” the Israeli soldier.

      • just on August 3, 2014, 12:44 pm

        “Pierre Krähenbühl @PKraehenbuehl · 1m

        I strongly condemn Israeli Rafah strike, only four days after dead & injured civilians were last carried out from a UN Gaza installation.”

        https://twitter.com/PKraehenbuehl/status/495958322735243264

      • Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 1:09 pm

        Don’t hold your breath just, none of our arrogant leaders are going to apologize for the erroneous judgement and the so called accusations of an Israeli soldier being captured. Neither will the zionist media, that was continuously showing pictures of this soldier and whining about it.

        They do not have the honesty to admit their mistakes, or the fact that they keep the Israeli false accusation going without obtaining proof.

      • just on August 3, 2014, 1:19 pm

        I know, but I can dream.

      • Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 6:48 pm

        You can dream but don’t make dreams your master. Heh. Just joking.

        Seriously, the day we see ONE US official regret the lie he propagated, or the media report they misreported something that made the Palestinians look bad, will be that day when hell freezes over.

      • can of worms on August 3, 2014, 1:44 pm

        @Kay24,
        We all realize that something is terribly wrong with the system. Our system. Not Israel’s system. Their system is fine, functioning consistently, even rationally, and according to their own national consensus, following their own codes and hierarchies. If the way was opened, really they can’t be blamed for entering in. But it is our own system that appears inconsistent. It is our own system that is broken and that needs to be thrown out.

    • Justpassingby on August 3, 2014, 12:10 pm

      Note that israel isnt named.

    • Tobias on August 3, 2014, 2:53 pm

      The Israeli line is that they were going after two guys on a motorbike that happened to be passing in front of the UN school. They got them but unfortunately, they inadvertently hit those other Palestinians outside the school. This morning I watched the very sad Australian, Mark Regev and his equally sad English IDF counterpart, Peter Lerner and some other extremely despondent English speaking South African – or maybe Australian – whose name I didn’t catch, but who had similar gloomy features to the other two and a comparable sorrowful tone bleat that story.

      The speed of the Israeli response, the message disciple, the uniformity of the language their melancholic spokesmen use, remind me very much of a well oiled US election campaign. Brand Israel certainly knows what will sell in America.

      Just caught David Gregory interview Ron Dermer. Gregory is an Israeli cheerleader and nearly as big an arsehole as Dermer. He allows him to lie like a sack. Would love to see Dermer interviewed by a real journalist like Jon Snow or Jeremy Paxman

      • Hostage on August 3, 2014, 10:42 pm

        The Israeli line is that they were going after two guys on a motorbike that happened to be passing in front of the UN school.

        Yeah right, because the military necessity of taking out two guys on a motorcycle was “instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation.”

      • just on August 3, 2014, 10:45 pm

        My only question is was it a 500, 1000, or 2000 lb “pinpoint” bomb that they used?

      • RoHa on August 3, 2014, 11:07 pm

        And, of course, a huge bomb was proportionate to the desired end.

  9. crone on August 3, 2014, 2:01 pm

    “Concentrate” and “exterminate”: Israel parliament deputy speaker’s Gaza genocide plan

    Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has published a plan for the total destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

    His detailed plan, which calls for the use of concentration camps, amounts to direct and public incitement to genocide – a punishable crime under the Genocide Convention.

    In a 1 August posting on his Facebook page, Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, calls for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.”

    “This is our country – our country exclusively,” he writes, “including Gaza.”

    Feiglin’s posting is the text of a letter he addressed to Netanyahu.

    Citizens and public authorities around the world should attempt to have Feiglin arrested and prosecuted under the Genocide Convention for his statements, should he set foot in their territories.

    His abominable plan comes as the death toll from Israel’s ongoing slaughter in Gaza reaches 1,752 people, including ten persons killed on Sunday morning when Israel once again bombed a United Nations-run school being used as a shelter, this time in the southern town of Rafah.moshe-feiglin-sq.jpg

    Moshe Feiglin (David Rabkin/Wikimedia Commons)

    Feiglin, like his Knesset colleague Ayelet Shaked, has previously made genocidal statements, but these are perhaps his most specific and explicit.

    Calling for mass extermination and ethnic cleansing, Feiglin now urges Netanyahu to “turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.”

    Jaffa is a major Palestinian coastal city that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist militias in 1948 and incorporated into present-day Israel. The few thousand Palestinians who remain in the city face ongoing attempts to force them out.

    As of this writing, Feiglin’s Facebook post had more than eight thousand “Likes” and had been shared almost two thousand times.

  10. crone on August 3, 2014, 2:01 pm

    Max Blumenthal twitter:

    #Israel has now hit 7 UN schools with airstrikes, it’s as though they don’t even want to pretend they are not punishing all of #Gaza anymore

    There is a protest against the Gaza assault in Lod (Lydda). Right-wing nationalists have come to meet it.

    Palestinian and leftist anti-war demonstrators in Lod are contained in a protest cage. http://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/495959787763281921/photo/1pic.twitter.com/V1vVzSVvvB RW’ers are free range.

    Middle aged man approaches me: “Take them [Palestinians] away in a truck.” Pulls out his phone to show me a map of the Arab world.

    Israeli nationalist demonstrators have gathered across from one of Lod’s mosques in a Palestinian neighborhood

    Spoke to Kobi Snitz, veteran activist. “There is no space left for us in Tel Aviv. RW’ers have full permission from the top to attack us.”

    Moshe Feiglin, a deputy speaker of Israel’s Knesset, issues plan for concentration camps and genocide in Gaza: http://bit.ly/1nhHbjS

    Israel duped Obama, knowing Lt Hadar Goldin was dead – its soldiers likely killed him. And the cover-up continues: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/08/02/idf-censor-tells-ny-times-it-cannot-report-it-killed-2nd-lt-hadar-goldin/

  11. ivri on August 3, 2014, 5:25 pm

    That`s correct – the moral aspect of this war has already been by and large neutralized by now – and Gaza in effect joins Libya, Iraq and Syria as another place in the region with an Islamist key player, which is in a state of continual upheaval (at least until Hamas is in charge there). At some point, despite the customary “brave talk”, something is gotta give – and that`s the next turning point to expect now.

    • just on August 3, 2014, 11:00 pm

      There is NOTHING that Israel has done that is “moral”.

  12. Pixel on August 3, 2014, 6:11 pm

    .
    I think “Operation Protective Edge” may actually be remembered as “When Zionism Went Over the Edge.”

    These past weeks may look like more of the same ol’ same ol’ just one more lil’ Palestinian massacre but things have profoundly changed in the US in ways that aren’t fully apparent or appreciated, yet.

    The American people are waking up.

    Aside:

    Love this from MJ’s piece, The Jews of Silence

    “‘Back to the young man I spoke to yesterday. I mentioned that at least Jews his age don’t support it. Here is what he said (in my reconstruction):

    “‘Are you kidding? I quit Facebook rather than see people I like, friends who are often barely Jewish,putting out one hasbara argument after another. The Hamas charter. The greenhouses. They broke the truce. They could have made Gaza a Singapore. They want every Jew dead. What would you do if New Jersey fired rockets on Manhattan? All the propaganda points swallowed whole. Sorry, the kids are as bad as their parents. They know nothing. They don’t care what is happening to the people of Gaza except to say that all killing is bad but remember Sderot.'”

    Mark my word, when universities resume in a few weeks…

    • Citizen on August 3, 2014, 7:50 pm

      Doesn’t sound like the American people are waking up, not even the younger ones. Even the best of them are wanting to get a starter $75,000 annual wage from Rayethon, using their education to build Israel more Iron Dome at taxpayer expense. I have that right in my own family.

    • bilal a on August 3, 2014, 7:58 pm

      from above:

      This is different. But there is another difference. There were no photographs of the children killed in the Holocaust. In fact, the “world” didn’t know about them until after the killing was long over.

      This time the pictures are there. The little kids next to their mother’s body. The dead baby in a crib with a teddy bear. The three brothers screaming in agony because they are alone in the world. The father who lost all three children and his wife. The mother screaming in agony at the bombed hospital where her twins were killed. The 19-year old Israeli soldiers, smiling out of the front page of Ha’aretz. Their friends screaming in pain at the funerals.

  13. crone on August 3, 2014, 6:33 pm

    stopped by Josh Marshall’s site – just to see what’s going on…

    he’s recommending his followers read JJ Goldberg, and Amos Oz….

  14. lyn117 on August 3, 2014, 11:12 pm

    I think John Kerry is the least hypocritical of U.S. foreign secretaries in a long time. That, of course, is saying very little.

  15. Vera Gottlieb on August 4, 2014, 12:28 pm

    This man is evil. This man has no conscience. This man isn’t human.

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