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Labor leader attacks Netanyahu for going easy on Gaza

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“New Labor ad: Netanyahu didn’t hit Gaza strongly enough, early enough,” reports Dimi Reider.

And you thought Isaac Herzog was running to Netanyahu’s left on the occupied territories. Guess again. Here’s the ad, and here’s the news in the Jerusalem Post:

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog sharply criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of Operation Protective Edge Sunday in a campaign video he released.

Herzog attacked Netanyahu from the Right in the video, which is entitled “Netanyahu – weak against Hamas.”

“You had to hit them on the head and on time,” Herzog said, speaking to Netanyahu in the video. “You failed. What accomplishment did you have in the war? Did you destroy Hamas? You strengthened Hamas.”

Larry Derfner says,That’s it – Mighty Mouse Herzog just crossed over to the dark side.”

Remember that 95 percent of Jewish Israelis supported the Gaza slaughter of last summer. The Gaza onslaught killed more than 2100 Palestinians, including about 500 children. More than 70 Israelis died, almost all soldiers. This is a rightwing polity.


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  1. Bornajoo
    February 9, 2015, 11:15 am

    The only way anyone can get into power in israel is to appeal to the Right. The majority, the very vast majority now sit very much to the Right. The fake face of the Zionist camp didn’t work so far and they are lagging behind in the polls so they’ve had to take off the fake mask and actually criticise Netanyahu for not being a big enough war monger!

    They probably just had a strategy meeting and realised that the nice words weren’t working so they’ve reverted to the tried and tested winning formula of ‘we will kill more Palestinians than you’

    Works every time. Oh and they’ve already said they will never divide Jerusalem and will continue building in the settlement blocks.

    I disagree with Derfner. They didn’t cross over to the dark side. They already live there, that’s their natural home

    • just
      February 9, 2015, 11:34 am

      “They didn’t cross over to the dark side. They already live there, that’s their natural home”

      Yeah, he just pulled his mask off. He and Ms. Cast Lead of the Zionist Camp…

      “You had to hit them on the head and on time,”

      Says it all, doesn’t it? None of it “pretty”.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      February 9, 2015, 1:00 pm

      One of the people over 972mag said in an article last year that there are only two things most Jews want from their government: protect me from the Arabs and protect my Jewish privileges. So in order to win office you must assure the Jewish public that you take their fears (which you have stoked to a fever pitch) seriously [..].

    • bintbiba
      February 9, 2015, 2:26 pm

      Bornajoo ….+1

    • Rodneywatts
      February 9, 2015, 3:17 pm

      Hello again Bornajoo!

      Another pithy comment . A whole lot of predictions about what the labor party would be like in power are now revealed to be the case. i.e. essentially status quo. I think Corey Robin might describe Israel as being in the grip of the politics of fear, but of course just a manipulation of the zio-camp. Depressing in one way, but at least the world sees Israel for what it is and gives impetus to the BDS movement in the meantime. I just wish there was someone in Israel of the stature of the late Helen Suzman in South Africa ( ).

      This brings me back to our exchange of comments in the thread under the Dr Alice Rothchild article. (Alice and Helen seem to share similar brave characteristcs) Your super reply I wanted to acknowledge and it was much appreciated of course by others – but I have contacted George Galloway and Nicky Morgan, and not minced my words. In relation to this post we must do all we can to ensure that whoever is in power in the UK after May will take a right stance wrt I/P , whatever the outcome of the Israeli elections.

      At least other news today about BDS on UC campuses causes one to be ever hopeful, though the attacks on Druze IDF soldiers indicates our just cause is going to need some real muscle.

    • German Lefty
      German Lefty
      February 10, 2015, 7:44 am

      “I disagree with Derfner. They didn’t cross over to the dark side. They already live there, that’s their natural home.”

      Isn’t Derfner a “liberal Zionist”? So, of course, he believes that the “Zionist left” are the good guys who support Palestinian rights.

      By the way, I just saw this article:
      German Judge: Torching of Synagogue not motivated by anti-Semitism

      “A German court in the city of Wuppertal convicted two German Palestinians on Thursday of an arson attack on a Synagogue but denied the crime was motivated by anti-Semitism, prompting Green Party deputy Volker Beck to urge the court to designate the act as anti-Semitic. […] Beck said on Saturday the ‘attack on the Synagogue was motivated by anti-Semitism’ and blasted the court for issuing a decision stating that the goal of the attack was to bring ‘attention to the Gaza conflict.’ Israel, last summer, was involved a 50-day war in the Gaza Strip. […] A 13-year-old who lived near the synagogue and noticed the flames informed the police. Several days before the fire, a person sprayed ‘Free Palestine’ on a wall of the synagogue.”

  2. amigo
    February 9, 2015, 11:31 am

    “From 2000 until 2003, he served as chairman of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority.”

    No doubt he defended the widespread use of ziocaine in Israeli society and in the disapora .So much for being an anti drug czar.

    The sad part is that the people of Gaza are again being used as political fodder by Israel,s politicians.Will war criminal Livni up the ante .Evil incorrigible b——s .

  3. eljay
    February 9, 2015, 11:59 am

    Mr. Herzog is a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist. Guys like him say stuff like “I cannot consistently say that ‘ethnic cleansing is never necessary’.” It appears that Mr. Herzog is unable to consistently say that mass murder is never necessary.

  4. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    February 9, 2015, 12:29 pm

    It is a collective fear, mongered to by political leaders of all stripes, self-justifying, that paints anyone who would diminish it as naive, suicidal, or “denying Israel’s right to exist.”

    Ironically, it has become a threat to Israel’s good standing in the world.

    It takes a charismatic leader willing to speak truth, then withstand the withering contempt of those dead certain the leader is wrong. Perhaps Obama can be that leader, laying down unwelcome lines in the sand for the Israelis, demonstrating the world does not end when those lines are lived within.

    Perhaps Livni and Herzog are false war-mongers, saying what they do not mean, in order to curry favor in the political race. After all, look at what Lincoln promised the South in his first inaugural: that he would not free the slaves, and that the North that would continue to return runaway slaves.

    It is no easy or simple task to turn a fearful body politic away from one path and onto another. It requires first understanding that body and its collective mood. That mood is one of acute fear, which has been steadily mongered to for decades. The last political leader to seek to defy that fear and make peace was assassinated.

    It was Clinton and Rabin then, and they proved inadequate to steer Israel to peace. Twenty years later, it is Obama, and Herzog-Livni (or perhaps some dark horse).

    What is perhaps different is that twenty years of Netanyahu-Likud-Neocon leadership have completely worn down Israel’s luster and brand in the US and Europe. Beneath polite courtesy to Israel’s stupid, corrupt and obnoxious leadership lies seething contempt for the leader, his party and the Neocons in the US. The courtiers to Netanyahu-Likud-Neocon seek to equate discomfort with that policy as weakness within Israel, and seek to equate that contempt in Europe and the US with Anti-Semitism.

    But the vision and the actions to implement that vision of Likud and the Neocons, under Netanyahu, have increasingly been exposed as completely corrupt and intolerable, to discerning minds everywhere, who cannot bear another episode of “mowing the grass,” of naked, race-based violence against oppressed innocents, or of another Neocon-inspired war against another Islamic state, today Iran, sold as US patriotism, but in reality part of Likud-Neocon policy to destroy all Islamic and Arabic states that cannot be corrupted by Israel and the CIA, acting in secret.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      February 10, 2015, 9:18 am

      ”Perhaps Livni and Herzog are false war-mongers, saying what they do not mean, in order to curry favor in the political race”

      Oh, they mean it alright.

      You seem to be forgetting that Livni was one of the architects of the horrific ‘Operation Cast Lead’, a massacre in which she takes great pride.

  5. saramus
    February 10, 2015, 9:40 am

    If anyone has any illusions about the coming elections and the aftermath, Gideon Levy on the End of the Israeli Left (Palestine Chronicle Feb 5) is a must.

  6. Rodneywatts
    February 10, 2015, 10:22 am

    Hello David

    I think your comment deserves commendation from both historical and current viewpoints. I wondered too if Livni and Hertzog were really as bad as they appear to be at the moment, and because of my pretty deep involvement with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, I know it could be either way.. I have already made reference above to an amazing Jewish lady – the late Helen Suzman who would have fit your point about the need for a charismatic leader.

    I, of course, totally support BDS, but mindful that the situation in I/P is now far worse than it was in South Africa, it is going to take a concerted efforts on other fronts as well. In South Africa the roots of apartheid lay in a doctrine of the Dutch/Afrikaaner Reformed Church, which in fact was already being challenged by some of their own theologians in the early 60’s. However we know that the ideas became the basis of political movements of white supremacy, and it took many years before F W de Klerk’s Christian conviction enabled him to overturn his party’s supremacist base.

    There were other pressures pertinent to I/P. Over time the BDS movement grew to include many national governments, and that undoubtedly played a huge part, but there were military defeats, mainly in Angola and partly South West Africa (now Namibia) where the SA equivalent of the IDF had outreached its capability and then ‘moral’ backing. Also by the way, the US backed SA , but in the end it was Cuban troops that helped in their defeat. One would have hoped that the US would have learnt a lesson or two by now.

    I truly would hope and pray that more military misery does not embrace all the peoples of I/P, but short of a rapid deconstruction of the neocon-zionist paradigm , with the support of the American people, I see the situation worsening. On the hopeful side, just as there were Jews and Christians (and others) of conscience involved in SA, so we are seeing others of similar conscience emerging today in gradually increasing numbers.

  7. Kay24
    February 10, 2015, 12:03 pm

    What a blood thirsty lot, and here they are trying to outdo each other in the massacre business.

    Wow, now just when you think the zionists cannot go lower, they always are able to convince you otherwise.

    On the subject of the big war criminal, it looks like one more Senator will not be attending his chest thumping speech in Congress:

    Good for Senator Leahy. He seems to be telling this shameless war monger, to do exactly what Dick Cheney told him on the senate floor. :))

    • just
      February 10, 2015, 12:47 pm

      Yay Vermont!!!

      Love what he said from your link, Kay24:

      “Leahy called the speech by Netanyahu — whom House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited to speak without consulting with the White House — a “tawdry and high-handed stunt”:

      The unfortunate way that House leaders have unilaterally arranged this, and then heavily politicized it, has demolished the potential constructive value of this Joint Meeting. They have orchestrated a tawdry and high-handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel but the Congress itself. It has long been an unwritten rule and practice through the decades that when it comes to American foreign policy, we speak and act thoughtfully, with one voice when we can, with the national interests of the United States as our uppermost consideration, and with caution about the unintended consequences of unilateral actions like this. They have diminished that valuable precedent.”

      (I like the guy~ a lot). I can only hope that he will soon invoke his own law wrt Israel:

      “The Leahy Law or Leahy amendment is a U.S. human rights law that prohibits the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.[1] It is named after its principal sponsor, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.[2]”


      • Kay24
        February 10, 2015, 9:19 pm

        Now Sen. Leahy has always shown independence and is a classy Senator. There is a quiet dignity that he shows, and I wish the rest of them had that same quality.

        He has done and said the right thing, and shown the much deserved disdain for this entire fiasco, and wants no part in this disrespectful act by Boehner/Bibi and that despicable Israeli in American clothing, Dermer.

  8. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    February 11, 2015, 12:01 pm

    Yes, by all means…keep adding fuel to anti Semitism – you are on the right track. Just don’t come whining to the world.

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