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Netanyahu at the United Nations: Hamas, Iran, ISIS and 100 cheering Israelis

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With much anticipation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the stage at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Monday morning to lambast Hamas and refuting claims of his soldiers targeting civilians during Operation Protective Edge. He followed the Palestinian Authority President’s charges of “genocidal” Israeli army conduct in Gaza, but, like in years past, Netanyahu focused on Iran (and employed the use of a prop). As he spoke the galley of the GA assembly hall was stacked with members of the Israeli delegation, including casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who cheered at key moments while delegates from member countries refrained from applause.

“I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country,” opened a stern Netanyahu immediately turning to ISIS: “militant Islam is on the march.” When discussing Hamas at a later point Netanyahu unfolded a poster of a still by a France 24 journalist of a rocket launcher with Palestinian children feet away from the weaponry. “Let me show you a photograph,” he said exposing the blown up color image taken during Israel’s 50-day Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a war crime.” He made the case that while the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) chose to investigate Israel for crimes against humanity in the summer war, (which they will release in 2015) Hamas is not under review. “These are the real war crimes you should have investigated,” he said.

Netanyahu also compared Hamas’s political bureau leader to ISIS’s self-appointed head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as both operating under expansionists goals. He also likened the Gaza group to Boko Haram, al-Shabab; Hezbollah, al-Nusrah, Mahdi militants in Iraq, and al-Qaeda. Their threat, he said is global because both ISIS’s and Hamas’s “ultimate goal is to dominate the world,” continuing, “Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate.” (I’ve covered the fallacy of Hamas and territorial expansion before. It is unfounded that the group has any inclination to establish a caliphate or move beyond at maximum the borders of historic Palestine.)

While the bulk of Netanyahu’s remarks comparing Hamas to ISIS and other terror groups using resolute but broad strokes was a reiteration of statements made over the past month and a half, when turned to Iran, Netanyahu compared the country to Nazi Germany. “Ladies and Gentlemen,” he began,

‘Militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad. But so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept to power eight decades ago.

The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree about who among them will be the master… of the master faith. That’s what they truly disagree about. Therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.

There is one place where that could soon happen: The Islamic State of Iran.’

Using a non-sequitur Netanyahu then related Iran back to ISIS:

‘Ladies and Gentlemen,
 Would you let ISIS enrich uranium?
 Would you let ISIS build a heavy water reactor?
 Would you let ISIS develop intercontinental ballistic missile?

Of course you wouldn’t.
Then you mustn’t let the Islamic State of Iran do those things either.’

At times Netanyahu’s speech seemed directed directly at American sensibilities: “To say that Iran doesn’t practice terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees.” And in his opener he echoed a famous maxim from former Speaker of the House of Representative Tip O’Neill: “’All politics is local’? For the militant Islamists, ‘All politics is global.’ Because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world,” said Netanyahu. He closed with an Old Testament verse that perhaps spoke to allies in the U.S. as well as a constituency back at home, “For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent. For the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still.” This phrase from the prophet Isaiah has become a slogan for the settler movement and American Christian Zionists.

For the most part member states in the UNGA sat quietly with only a handful of applause from Israel’s strongest supporters (Czech Republic and Denmark). Yet throughout the talk scores of Israelis cheered at key moments. They had filled an alcove on the floor and an upper level, which traditionally is the press viewing station. Notably Sheldon Adelson was among the some 100 Israelis (around a quarter of the total number of people seated in the room). When Netanyahu said sound bites like, “We will defend ourselves against our enemies on the battlefield” and “Today we, the Jewish people, have the power to defend ourselves,” they rallied.

Netanyahu’s words directed at the leaders who had railed against him earlier in the week were with rancor, but lacked the same attention given to Iran and ISIS. To Abbas who on Friday accused him of presiding over a genocide in Gaza, without naming the Palestinian leader, Netanyahu said, “I suppose it’s the same moral universe where a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust, and who insists on a Palestine free of Jews, Judenrein, can stand at this podium and shamelessly accuse Israel of genocide and ethnic cleansing.” Similarly, Netanyhu held back personal comments on Iran’s Hassan Rouhani other than stating he had “crocodile tears” and “phony tears,” when addressing the UNGA at the beginning of last week.

The following day among supporters in New York, Netanyahu said the battle with Hamas, Iran and ISIS were wars against our “common civilizations.” He went on, “Every time I come to the UN I try to tell the truth as it is. But here’s a picture I didn’t show in the UN yesterday. This is an impending execution.”

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  1. DaBakr on September 30, 2014, 8:00 pm

    “it is unfounded that the group has any inclination to establish a caliphate or move beyond at maximum the borders of historic Palestine.) – See more at:

    Oh. That makes everything A-ok from an Israeli standpoint. Once they occupy ‘historic’ Palestine (which is completely up for interpretation anyway) the Israelis can rest assured the Hamas has no desire to set up a regime past these borders. Another fine joke.

    • eljay on October 1, 2014, 7:22 am

      >> DaBakreee: … Another fine joke.

      Says the defender of the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel – a state that has been stealing, occupying and colonizing land outside of its / Partition borders since its inception.

      • DaBakr on October 1, 2014, 2:45 pm

        another juvenile response from one who thinks that adding vowels at the end of a name somehow ‘feminizes’ it in an effort to disparage the comment. how very progressive.

      • eljay on October 1, 2014, 7:17 pm

        >> DaBakr: another juvenile response …

        A juvenile response to a juvenile. Seems appropriate.

        >> … from one who thinks that adding vowels at the end of a name somehow ‘feminizes’ it …

        There’s no feminizing going on here. eee was a rabid Zio-supremacist who used to frequent Mondoweiss. You may or may not be him, but you – and other Zio-supremacists here – are very much like him. That’s why I append eee to your usernames.

      • eljay on October 1, 2014, 7:21 pm

        > DaBakr: another juvenile response …

        The juvenility of my response doesn’t diminish its accuracy. But you already knew that. ;-)

    • pabelmont on October 1, 2014, 8:46 am

      Israel itself (never mind Hamas) has never declared either its own boundaries or its maximal boundaries. It has held for 47 years with no sign of relinquishment, for example, the Golan Heights, part of Syria, which is way outside historic Palestine and of course way outside of “Israel 1948-1966”. To criticize Hamas for much less is (to say the least) monumentally hypocritical.

      • DaBakr on October 1, 2014, 11:55 am

        I think I made my point though there is far too much fog good it to be seen for what it is.

        The Golan is a separate issue for the Hamas, but obviously not for you who has a much bigger stake in seeing Golan returned to whatever regime is in power. Anything to reduce the massive size of expansionist Israeli empire would be good for MW folks.

        3rd…what is it about posters here that sink to the level of junior high schoolers by adding vowels at the end of posters names in an effort(I suppose) to feminize the poster thereby belittling the comment? @ej above and many others as well. I quoted think a progressive site like mw would have issues with denigration but apparently not. It does however mange the one changing the names appear juvenile and not the other way around.

  2. Bumblebye on September 30, 2014, 8:16 pm

    Wasn’t the picture shown by Nutty discredited and proven to have been taken in Syria? The man has never spoken a truth in his life!

  3. Bandolero on September 30, 2014, 9:06 pm

    Have a look at the picture Chinese state news agency Xinhua used from Netanyahus speech:

    Looks like someone in China is making fun of Bibi. :-)

  4. Kay24 on September 30, 2014, 9:52 pm

    As soon as his speech was over, the panel on CNN with Blitzer said that it was “vintage Netanyahu”, one of them also said that once, Madeline Albright remarked that Netanyahu was like Newt Gingrich, I think he is worse. I do not think these were flattering remarks. They also mentioned that this speech was aimed at his own people, rather than the international community.
    It is unbelievable that Adelson would also be there in that arena, planted there with others to applaud the war criminal, and his usual doomsday and threat speeches. It is pathetic that the PM of Israel has to have people planted there to show support and applaud him. It must make this arrogant man feel inadequate, to know that his speech will be met with stony silence, with lukewarm applause, and that he is not a popular leader, just like his nation, both disliked.

    • Horizontal on September 30, 2014, 9:58 pm

      @ Kay24 ~

      “It is pathetic that the PM of Israel has to have people planted there to show support and applaud him. “

      Pathetic, yes, but isn’t that what all tin pot dictators do? And speaking of pathetic: CNN.

      • Kay24 on September 30, 2014, 10:35 pm

        CNN is pathetic, but it was surprising to hear some criticism from the panel.

        Netanyahu does not have to plant fake supporters in congress though, he gets standing O’s when he makes his speeches over there. Our congress cannot wait to show him so much love and devotion, even more than any of their own Presidents.

      • Horizontal on September 30, 2014, 10:51 pm

        @ Kay24 ~

        I get your drift, but I would say that many in congress ARE fake supporters, having been either bought with Zionist money or cowed by Zionist threats. Otherwise, AIPAC wouldn’t need over 300 lobbyists to ride herd. Same with the 24/7 BS campaign on the media and everything else. At some level the Zionists must sense that they are hated and what they are peddling is BS.

    • ckg on September 30, 2014, 10:33 pm

      The Jeter comment show that he wasn’t addressing the world, but rather Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

      • Horizontal on September 30, 2014, 10:55 pm

        @ ckg ~

        Bibi thinks all Americans are in love with the New York Yankees. I hate the New York Yankees, and his ingratiating name-dropping was just the brown cherry on top of his shoe polish sundea.

      • Marnie on October 1, 2014, 1:36 am

        The “I’m one of you” and “we’re all in this together” is disgusting.

    • DaBakr on October 1, 2014, 11:59 am

      So what’s new about that at the UN. Israel has been met with mostly stone silence for decades.

      • John O on October 1, 2014, 4:54 pm

        Have you ever asked yourself why?

    • catporn on October 2, 2014, 6:53 am

      Having Adelson there is the most natural thing in the world, he’s Netanyahu’s Goebbels, the owner of free newspaper Israel HaYom which has 39.3% of weekdays readership, the lions share. To say Israel HaYom has pushed politics and the population in Israel to the right is a gross understatement, it backs Netanyahu & Likud unashamedly. That Adelson should be present at this little propaganda stunt for the folks back home, is, if anything, a bit clumsy, like showing your hand, but maybe they feel untouchable, and maybe they are.

      • James Canning on October 2, 2014, 4:51 pm

        Of course Sheldon Adelson feels free to advertise his contempt for the interests of the American people. And his willingness to promote endless war in the Middle East.

  5. just on September 30, 2014, 9:56 pm

    “PM roasted for non-kosher meal with Adelson
    Netanyahu shows up to NY restaurant with 30 security guards, orders veal”

    The fatted calf?

    • Horizontal on September 30, 2014, 10:00 pm

      He needs 30 security guards?

      (wait for it…)

      In New York?

      Man, that says it all . . .

      • ckg on September 30, 2014, 10:41 pm

        I was in Ramallah where Abbas spoke in July, unannounced. PA security troops in helmets with automatic rifles everywhere. That says it all, too.

      • Horizontal on September 30, 2014, 11:15 pm

        @ ckg ~

        Yeah, if I represented the Palestinians in the West Bank I’d want protection, too. Israel has a way of making people disappear, along with lots of crazed squatters close by . . .

        Israeli Forces Mass Arrest Palestinian Activists

        Human Rights Organizations: “Refrain from Collectively Punishing Palestinians.”

        Like they say, Abbas lives in a rough neighborhood.

      • just on October 1, 2014, 11:27 am

        Funny how the Secret Service can’t really protect the President of the US but The King and Oppressor in Chief comes to the US with 30 bodyguards in order to meet with Yuck Adelson and order and swallow VEAL!!!!!

        we are so messed up.

      • Mooser on October 1, 2014, 2:16 pm

        “He needs 30 security guards? In New York”

        Used to be 15, but then he found out Phil Wiess didn’t get eaten by the bears and is back in the Big Apple.

      • Keith on October 1, 2014, 4:54 pm

        HORIZONTAL- “He needs 30 security guards? In New York

        Perhaps he is afraid of being raped by Pam Geller and/or Debbie Schlussel. Those two eat nails for breakfast and complain about them getting soggy in milk.

    • DaBakr on October 1, 2014, 12:01 pm

      Veal is kosher

      • piotr on October 1, 2014, 8:01 pm

        This is the link to the lunch menu in that restaurant. Prosciutto, crab cakes, calamari, buffalo milk (perhaps kosher, but rather suspicious), veal may be kosher but I suspect that not in that restaurant: why bother with kosher meat if you serve prosciutto and crab cakes? Shame on you, Mr. Adelson! But Adelson had to foot the bill for 30 body guards, and that eliminated more expensive places. Although for lunch one can get very good kosher knishes, I guess you can feed 30 for 100-200 bucks. But you can’t possibly sit more than four people in the place that was recommended to me, it would need to be a takeout.

      • Peter in SF on October 2, 2014, 3:29 am

        According to the lunch menu linked by piotr, the only veal dish on the menu is this one:
        Rigatoni with Chicken & Veal Bolognese
        slow cooked, hearty veal and chicken ragu with white wine, tomato and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

        Definitely not kosher.

      • eljay on October 2, 2014, 8:29 am

        >> Peter in SF: According to the lunch menu linked by piotr, the only veal dish on the menu is this one …

        Surely, though, Bibi has the clout to simply demand that his fresh biscuit goombah prepare a kosher dish for him?

        “Si, si, signor Bibi! For you, I prepare anything!”

  6. Accentitude on October 1, 2014, 4:33 am

    Again with the props, huh? Thank God for Netanyahu. A horrible terrible person but one hell of a meme generator.

    • catporn on October 2, 2014, 7:22 am

      Maybe Adlai Stevenson’s dramatic photographic evidence at the UN during the Cuban missile crisis captured his imagination, if he has an imagination, it feels strange to ascribe human quality’s to someone bereft of attributes like compassion, empathy or a conscience.

  7. justicewillprevail on October 1, 2014, 6:06 am

    He comes across as a kindred spirit of the deranged Glenn Beck. The teaching aids just demonstrate how he views the childlike simplicity of his audience and his exaggerated sense of how he can influence them. Those, of course, would the same kids that he has no hesitation about carpet bombing, whether they are in school, at home, hospital or in a mosque. Or indeed kidnapping in the middle of the night, imprisoning and torturing. Did you forget, Benjie, those much scarier pictures which would demonstrate your undoubted heroic manhood as a lesson to us all?

    • ritzl on October 1, 2014, 10:57 am

      The technique works in Israel.

      • justicewillprevail on October 1, 2014, 12:42 pm

        Well, it would. A population primed since birth to believe this kind of hysteria and hate.

    • Kathleen on October 1, 2014, 12:46 pm

      He has come right out and said he knows how to lead (threaten) the US congress…etc how they and our Presidents will not get in their way. Israeli leaders and the I lobby been doing this in the U.S. for a very long time.

      • Kathleen on October 1, 2014, 12:47 pm

        Netanyahu In 2001: ‘America Is A Thing You Can Move Very Easily’

  8. michelle on October 1, 2014, 7:51 am

    one question …. why?
    G-d Bless

  9. Talkback on October 1, 2014, 8:22 am

    “militant Islam is on the march.”

    Militant Judaism has arrived 75 years ago.

    • Kay24 on October 1, 2014, 9:43 am

      Good point. Militant Judaism operates under the guise of “defending itself” and playing victim, but it is there, spreading like fires from hell. They have made demons out of the Islamic extremists, but basically they operate even from the US, using American leadership to their advantage.

      • Mooser on October 1, 2014, 2:18 pm

        Uh,oh, “Militant Judaism” That could catch on, as a description.

  10. seafoid on October 1, 2014, 9:42 am

    I really don’t think it is good for the soi disant King of the Jews to adopt such an anti Islam stance. It can’t be “good for the Jews”. Did Hillel ever say anything about arseholes in leadership positions ?

  11. Kathleen on October 1, 2014, 10:26 am

    Today Code Pink will be protesting in front of White House during Netanyahu’s meeting with Obama. Have suggested to Medea and othrs that some of them take Ohio University Megan Marzec’s BBC (Blood Bucket Challenge) in front of White House or the Israeli Embassy. Would so be in DC today (have protested with that remarkable human rights and social justice group many times) but taking care of 86 year old mother after a stroke so no go for me. But sure great example by Megan that others across the nation could take today while Netanyahu meets with Obama. The latest massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza has fallen off the main stream media’s charts (their coverage of the latest slaughter of Palestinians was more than in the history of the conflict) but now silence about the state of the Gaza and Palestinians living there now. Code Pink is damn effective in getting this issue back in the eye of the public. You can participate where ever you are by doing the BBC (Blood Bucket Challenge) today

  12. Kathleen on October 1, 2014, 10:27 am

    Information about Code Pink’s protest in front of White House at Noon today Oct 1 over at their website.

  13. subconscious on October 1, 2014, 12:22 pm

    >>>”The following day amongst supporters in New York, Netanyahu said the battle with Hamas, Iran and ISIS were wars against our “common civilizations to the Jewish Federation . “Every time I come to the UN I try to tell the truth as it is. But here’s a picture I didn’t show in the UN yesterday. This is an impending execution,” he said.”<<<

    Here's a related clip from that meeting w/ Jewish Federation leaders:

    And here's Malcolm Hoenlein Jeter-honoring the "captain of the Jewish ship":

    And text of his remarks to lieutenants of the "Jewish ship":

  14. HarryLaw on October 1, 2014, 12:36 pm

    One phrase in Natanyahu’s speech captures what this dispute is all about.. “The people of Israel are not occupiers in the Land of Israel”. Sorry, the rest of the world thinks you are, even the US will admit the settlements are illegitimate.

    • justicewillprevail on October 1, 2014, 12:49 pm

      That rather begs the question of who are the people of israel (the indigenous people who have lived there for hundreds of years presumably, not eastern europeans like Yahoo and the mob) and where precisely Israel is.

      • seafoid on October 1, 2014, 4:12 pm

        History began in 1948. 4 generations is a very long link for bots to Israel.

      • piotr on October 1, 2014, 8:07 pm

        This is very offensive to people from my parts. Central Europe, central! Plus, didn’t they found ancient pottery shards in Israel with “Milikowski” scribbled on them? Or was it Milevicius, as they would spell it now in Lithuania?

    • eljay on October 1, 2014, 1:07 pm

      >> “The people of Israel are not occupiers in the Land of Israel”.

      There is no “Land of Israel”. There is Israel – as defined by Partition and accepted by Israel – and not-Israel.

      For over 60 years, the “people of Israel” – that is, Israelis – have been stealing, occupying and colonizing land that does not belong to them.

      • Talkback on October 1, 2014, 2:10 pm

        Yeah, and the German people were not occupiers in the “land of Germany”, too.They just redefined its borders through war. LOL.

        Btw, Joseph Goebbels: “And nothing makes me madder than someone calling German troops occupiers rather than liberators. Tell that to the Czechs, Poles, Frenchmen, and Belgians who have been freed because Adolph Hitler led an army of liberators, not occupiers.”

        Bibi, the leader of the morst moral army of liberators …

  15. RobertB on October 1, 2014, 12:38 pm

    Turkey and Israel Are Directly Supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria
    U.S. Allies Support the Terrorists We’re Supposedly “Fighting”

    By WashingtonsBlog

    October 01, 2014

    ” “WashingtonsBlog” – The Jerusalem Post reports that an ISIS fighter says that Turkey funds the terrorist group. Turkey is a member of NATO and a close U.S. ally.

    A German news program – with English subtitles captions – shows that Turkey is sending terrorists into Syria:

    Foreign Policy documents that Israel is also treating ISIS terrorists for free in its hospitals:

    Israel is … providing medical care and other unidentified supplies to the insurgents ….”


    Who is ole Bibi trying to deceptively fool…the critters in the US Congress(AIPAC/Israeli Occupied)…the American public ??? ….Just look at the photos…in the link below:

  16. gracie fr on October 1, 2014, 1:12 pm

    A fundamental question not raised by mainstream media and some established academics and the likes of Netanyahu is if Iran wants the capability to develop nuclear weapons, what could be her reasons……

    • Horizontal on October 1, 2014, 2:42 pm

      @ gracie fr ~

      I think a disarmed ME would make too many portfolios tumble, so that’s not going to happen. Big bombs are big business, after all, although, obviously, disarming the entire region — beginning with Israel’s nukes — is a wonderful idea.

    • Kay24 on October 1, 2014, 2:50 pm

      If there was one big bully in the neighborhood, supported and aided by the world’s police, and able to have shiny toys, wouldn’t it be logical for the other kids to also want some of those shiny toys, so that they can level the playing field, and not be afraid of the bullying thug?
      No one can blame Iran or any other nation in the region for wanting to “protect” themselves too.

      • seafoid on October 1, 2014, 4:08 pm

        All Iran has to do is look next door to see what happened. 3 American wars in less than 30 years.

      • Horizontal on October 1, 2014, 5:29 pm

        Oh yeah. The sight of Israel pointing a finger at another country who wants maybe one nuclear weapon (which isn’t even a fact) when they have 200 +/- is enough to make any sane person throw up. Bullies always hate it when the little guy picks up a rock.

        The flipside to this is the calls for Hamas to disarm when guess who has a complete assortment of state-of-the-art weaponry pointed at them, thanks in a large part to the USA. The Zionists are dangerously deluded.

      • catporn on October 2, 2014, 10:08 am

        Lets be fair Horizontal the US only supply 98% of Israel’s arms.

      • Kathleen on October 2, 2014, 10:19 am

        There is absolutely no hard evidence that Iran is trying to make a nuclear weapon. As signatories of the NPT (we know Israel continues to refuse to sign) they have the right to enrich for peaceful purposes. While wanting to have break out capabilities makes sense…Iran offered long ago to have Brazil and I believe Turkey do their enriching but the U.S. under the bad influence of Israel with their nuclear weapons said no.

      • Shmuel on October 2, 2014, 10:55 am

        Lets be fair Horizontal the US only supply 98% of Israel’s arms.

        No need to let Israel’s other accomplices off so easily. Italy alone (by far the largest European exporter of arms to Israel) issued licences for the sale of nearly half a billion euros worth of arms and military systems in 2012. (see table at the end)

        That’s what the upcoming joint manoeuvres in Sardinia are about:

  17. James Canning on October 1, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Let’s remember that Sheldon Adelson wants the Palestinians to disappear. And, one assumes, for Israel to annex entire West Bank and expel the non-Jews from it.

    • piotr on October 1, 2014, 8:18 pm

      Fact check: Adelson teaches that Palestionians do not exist.

      By the way, someone raised the issue that there is a group that sues every possible bank that can be tied with “having an account for Hamas”, and they sued a Chinese bank. Israel refused to cooperate with that lawsuit, although they helped suing a Jordanian bank. I was wondering what did Chinese do to squash that irritation? It would be somewhat complicated to whack Israeli commercial interests in China, perhaps it would be simpler to threaten Adelson with Putinesque investigations of his casinos.

    • Kathleen on October 2, 2014, 10:21 am

      The majority of Israeli’s want Palestinians to disappear. A large majority of Israeli’s support the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank, illegal housing in E Jerusalem. A large majority of Israeli’s supported the recent massacre in the Gaza. Ruthless

  18. Horizontal on October 1, 2014, 3:12 pm

    Going back to the France24 photo that was referenced upthread: this kind of shows how ridiculous Israel’s claims are regarding their targeting of “terrorists” and their supposed avoidance of civilian casualties. What they don’t want to do is risk IDF soldiers, but that’s what you would need to do to effectively combat small, easily transported rocket tubes in an urban area.

    Instead, it’s easier to drop one-ton bombs or hurl 155mm howitzer shells close to where you think the rockets came from and then blame the predictable carnage on the enemy. From what I’ve seen, Gaza is pretty densely populated, and you can’t very well expect a resistance fighter with a rocket tube to stand in the middle of an open field waving a flag, waiting to get droned. Reminds me of when the Brits were complaining that the revolutionary Yanks fought like Indians.

    Often, these tubes are mounted on trucks and are highly mobile. So let’s say they fire off a couple of rounds, then speed away. Since the Most Moral Army in the World© is meanwhile engaging in a frantic door-to-door, cellphone-dialing, letter-writing campaign letting nearby civilians know of their impending attack, the rocket-firer is by now halfway across the city. Of course, all the civilians slaughtered in the ensuing assault have now been magically transformed into either terrorists themselves or human shields. In ether case, they’re dead, and can no longer speak for themselves. This is a war crime, and to try to wrap it in a cloak of morality is doubly disgusting.

    Should Hamas be shooting missiles from populated areas? No, they should not. But Israel likewise shouldn’t be using battlefield-grade weapons in those same areas where the chances of actually killing the rocket-launcher are minimal and the chances of wholesale innocent civilian deaths are guaranteed.

  19. Keith on October 1, 2014, 5:33 pm

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, Would you let ISIS enrich uranium? Would you let ISIS build a heavy water reactor? Would you let ISIS develop intercontinental ballistic missile?”

    PM Netanyahu, would you support ISIS in its attempt to overthrow Assad?

    “Foreign Policy documents that Israel is also treating ISIS terrorists for free in its hospitals:

    In the past three months, battle-hardened Syrian rebels have transported scores of wounded Syrians across a cease-fire line that has separated Israel from Syria since 1974, according to a 15-page report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the work of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). Once in Israel, they receive medical treatment in a field clinic before being sent back to Syria, where, presumably, some will return to carry on the fight.

    The Israeli government has been providing medical assistance to Syria’s wounded for more than a year. In February, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to a military field hospital in the Golan Heights.”

    • Keith on October 1, 2014, 5:39 pm

      For those confused about ISIS versus al Qaeda versus the “Free Syrian Army,” I provide a link to Cindy Sheehan interviewing Brandon Turbeville.

      • Kathleen on October 2, 2014, 10:16 am

        Still no one covers the make up of ISIS. Did hear one news piece that reported two of Saddams former Baathist Generals in the Iraq army disbanded by Paul Bremmer soon after the US invasion lead ISIS. Few mention Al Qeada not in Iraq before the invasion. Or that Assad was willing to make a power sharing deal three years ago. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians would be alive today if the U.S. etc had been willing to consider. But Israel would not hear of it

  20. catporn on October 2, 2014, 9:56 am

    Netanyahu has just shown Obama who’s the boss. The announcement, just before the two met yesterday, of 2610 units to be built in East Jerusalem, effectively cutting it off from the West Bank and ghettoising Bethlehem, was timed perfectly. What will Obama do about this public slap in the face, what can he do apart from getting someone from the state department to go on camera and denounce it?
    The message is clear, don’t mess with us, know your place.

  21. Pixel on October 4, 2014, 3:46 pm


    I think the world “has his number”.

    It’s laughable.

    Whatever he says, all anyone ever has to do is change all the key words to “Israel” and Zionism, and there’s the truth.

    In my day, a somewhat effective comeback to a taunt from one child to another was,

    “Well, I’m rubber and you’re glue.
    Everything you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.”


    “You’re rubber and I’m glue.
    Everything I say bounces off of you and sticks to me.”

  22. talknic on October 5, 2014, 11:27 pm
  23. QLineOrientalist on October 19, 2014, 5:46 am

    Here’s an article I wrote on the subject for my blog, Iran Rises.

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