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In the video below Katie Halper “translated” Netanyahu’s racist emergency election appeal to get out the vote. Titled “An American Translation of Benjamin Netanyahu’s own words”, she noted in the video all the words are Netanyahu’s with a few changes:

The only changes were replacing:
“Arab” with “Black”
“right wing” with “Republican”
“Likud” with “Republican”
“Labor” with “Democrats”
“Israel” with “United States”

The alarmingly racist appeal has been cited as being responsible for a surge in the polls for Likud. Let’s watch the video:

The Republican leadership is in danger.
Black voters are coming out in droves to the polls
Left wing organizations are busing them out.

Get out to vote, bring your friends and family, vote Republican in order to close the gap between us and the Democrats.

With your help and the help of God,
We will build a nationalist government that will protect the United States of America.

We’re grateful to Halper for making Netanyahu’s screed more accessible to the American public. There’s something very eery about hearing the tone of his voice while reading those words.

At the end Halper asks “Can you imagine if an American politician said that?” There’s been an excess of commentary about the racist nature of the speech on social media with many wondering how it would fly in this country. Of course all hell would break out in the press if during a U.S. presidential campaign one of the leading candidates warned blacks, or Jews, were flooding to the polls funded by foreign interests and we should all go out and vote to counter them. It would be condemned (even if there is a history of doing just this). But the issue here is that Netanyahu did exactly this in 2015, and in a place like Israel it works. Why is that? And what does it say about the supposed shared values between Israel and the United States?

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  1. just
    just on March 20, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Thanks to you and Katie Halper, Annie.

    I think this is as good a place as any to quote this:

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not sufficiently clarify his position on a Palestinian state during his phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, the White House said on Friday.

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at a daily briefing that the administration “has doubts” whether Netanyahu’s remarks to U.S. media in the past several days – in which he said he does support a two-state solution – represent the prime minister’s “true view.”

    Earnest was asked at the briefing whether Netanyahu clarified his position during the phone call with Obama on Thursday. “I would say that was not the result of the call,” Earnest replied cynically, adding that it is unclear which of Netanyahu’s statements on a Palestinian state should be believed.

    “The divergent comments by the prime minister call into question his commitment to a two-state solution,” Earnest added. “He indicated a weakness in his commitment [to a two-state solution]… And I think that’s putting it charitably.”

    Criticism of Netanyahu’s remarks against a Palestinian state was also leveled by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who spoke on the phone with the Israeli premier on Friday. According to a statement released by the UN, Ban asked Netanyahu to recommit himself to a two-state solution. “The two-state solution is the only way forward,” Ban told Netanyahu.

    European diplomats say German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande relayed similar messages to Netanyahu in phone calls on Thursday and Friday. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius released a statement Thursday following the elections in Israel, stressing that France expects the new Israeli government to “show responsibility and take swift steps to allow the Palestinian Authority to function properly and to renew negotiations over a comprehensive and final peace agreement.”…….”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.648059?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    The fixation on a 2 state solution is a little “funny”, but it is what everybody says they’ve been committed to all these years. The fact that they’re not satisfied with Netanyahu’s backtracking does show that they acknowledge that he’s been lying right along. (and so were his predecessors~ all of them!)

    The citizens of all of these complicit countries have to hold their pols’/governments’ collective feet to the fire.

    As for:

    “But the issue here is that Netanyahu did exactly this in 2015, and in a place like Israel it works. Why is that? And what does it say about the supposed shared values between Israel and the United States?”

    I can refer folks to Avigail Abarbanel:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahu-won-what

    and Dan Cohen:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/witnessing-american-borderlands

    • Hostage
      Hostage on March 21, 2015, 1:38 pm

      I think this is as good a place as any to quote this:

      Here’s some more. Politico is reporting on Netanyahu’s blundering attempts to clarify his own campaign remarks:

      “I was trying to mobilize my own forces,” Netanyahu said in an interview with NPR published Friday. “And that mobilization was based on Arab money — sorry, on foreign money, a lot of foreign money that was coming in.”

      http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/benjamin-netanyahu-election-arab-money-comment-116261.html

      Of course, Zionists claim that any mention at all of “Jewish money” is automatically an example of blatant anti-Semitism. So they try to style their objections as being against “foreign money” in interviews like that one and the one with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. When she asked if the money came from America? He replied that some of it was from America, and that some of it was from Islamic and anti-Israel sources. Considering that Netanyahu has no objection to American money, so long as it’s coming from the likes of Sheldon Adelson, Irving Moskowitz, the ZOA, et al, his remarks and clarifications can only be interpreted as racism and religious bigotry directed against Gentile voters or Gentile money.

  2. ckg
    ckg on March 20, 2015, 4:44 pm

    The lead story over at Huffington Post right now is ‘Apartheid Is The Path Israeli Voters Have Chosen’… More and more, the A-word is not taboo.

    • lysias
      lysias on March 20, 2015, 5:09 pm

      I remember when using the A-word about Israel was grounds for banning at Daily Kos. I wonder if it still is. (It’s been a couple of years since I’ve visited the place.)

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus on March 20, 2015, 10:01 pm

        Why, has the Daily Kos management changed the party affiliation?

      • ckg
        ckg on March 20, 2015, 10:34 pm

        Daily Kos has always been Democratic and PEP (Progressive Except on Palestine).

  3. just
    just on March 20, 2015, 5:39 pm

    I recommend reading the whole (disturbing) article about Ben Carson, but this is pertinent to MW. (h/t Max B.)

    “……..Carson called up Bloomberg’s Dave Weigel today as part of the mop-up effort. “I’m in the process of acquiring a lot of information,” he said. “It’s like being in medical school–you acquire a lot of information, you learn very quickly, you learn to process that information.” Hear that? Learning the basics of foreign policy a couple years before you’ll be in charge of global foreign policy is a lot like being in medical school. He became a good doctor, so there’s no doubt he’d be a swell President of the United States.

    Carson also weighed in on the Israeli election and the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state. “We need to look at fresh ideas,” he says, which is something that politicians who aren’t familiar with the details over a certain issue like to say. What sort of #innovative think-leadership would Carson bring to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

    “We need to look at fresh ideas,” said Carson. “I don’t have any problem with the Palestinians having a state, but does it need to be within the confines of Israeli territory? Is that necessary, or can you sort of slip that area down into Egypt? Right below Israel, they have some amount of territory, and it can be adjacent. They can benefit from the many agricultural advances that were made by Israel, because if you fly over that area, you can easily see the demarcation between Egypt and Israel, in terms of one being desert and one being verdant. Technology could transform that area. So why does it need to be in an area where there’s going to be temptation for Hamas to continue firing missiles at relatively close range to Israel?”

    “Sort of slip that area down into Egypt” is a fairly cold way to describe a mass removal of a people from their homeland. But sure, it would indeed make this problem much easier for Israel if Palestinians completely abandoned their legitimate territorial claims. He should suggest this to the Palestinian leadership. They’ll be all, “Whoa hey, now there’s some thinkin’ — check out the noggin on this guy!”

    Carson doesn’t need to worry all that much, though. Aside from nailing down a few key facts — what countries are in what alliances, which countries share borders, etc. — you don’t need all that much foreign policy knowledge to compete in a GOP presidential primary. You just need to know that aggressively pushing Russia into a corner is always a great idea that can only have positive consequences and never backfire, the proper Middle East policy is to kill everyone who gives America a nasty look, and same deal for all the other countries everywhere else. Leftism in South America must be dealt with — that too. Leftism in our hemisphere is bad. “Stand up to badness” is the general idea.

    Another few minutes with the books should be enough.”

    http://www.salon.com/2015/03/20/ben_carsons_fresh_foreign_policy_just_sort_of_slip_palestinians_down_to_egypt/

    Amazingly ignorant. Racist, too.

    • annie
      annie on March 20, 2015, 6:11 pm

      fresh idea: ““I don’t have any problem with the Palestinians having a state, but does it need to be within the confines of Israeli territory?”

      talk about brilliance. and sooo fresh.

      • just
        just on March 20, 2015, 6:24 pm

        You bet, Annie.

        I think he turned his Bible upside down and inside out. A reverse Exodus…

      • bryan
        bryan on March 21, 2015, 5:09 am

        If you believe the bible is the word of god then Sinai is a perfect solution – since a mass horde of a couple of a million people survived there perfectly happily for 40 years with all their flocks. Trouble is no serious scholar gives any credence to this foundation myth, so perhaps we need some fresh creative thinking. If the civil wars continue in Syria and Iraq then large areas there will become seriously under-populated. Perhaps that would provide the perfect location for a Palestinian state. Perhaps though if we are going to legitimize the resolution of the conflict by population transfer we should be really creative and not rule out the transfer of the Israeli people to their ancestral homelands in Poland, Ukraine, Morocco, France, America and elsewhere.

    • ckg
      ckg on March 20, 2015, 8:01 pm

      Thanks, just. I’ve linked to Carson’s advocacy of the “Sinai Desert Solution” on MW in the past, but these are apparently new remarks.

      I recently saw a University of Michigan recruiting video, which showcased their famous alumni. Nowhere was Ann Coulter (JD) or Ben Carson (MD). No surprise.

      • just
        just on March 20, 2015, 8:15 pm

        I must have missed it, ckg.

        I had so much admiration for him as a neurosurgeon.

        His’ foreign policy’ views are atrocious.

      • ckg
        ckg on March 20, 2015, 8:38 pm

        @just, he’s also a 6-day creationist. I respect all religious beliefs, but I worry about National Science Foundation funding when politicians believe they know more than the National Academy of Sciences.

      • just
        just on March 20, 2015, 8:42 pm

        Well said, ckg.

    • Hostage
      Hostage on March 21, 2015, 4:42 pm

      “We need to look at fresh ideas,” said Carson. “I don’t have any problem with the Palestinians having a state, but does it need to be within the confines of Israeli territory? Is that necessary, or can you sort of slip that area down into Egypt? Right below Israel, they have some amount of territory, and it can be adjacent. They can benefit from the many agricultural advances that were made by Israel, because if you fly over that area, you can easily see the demarcation between Egypt and Israel, in terms of one being desert and one being verdant. Technology could transform that area. So why does it need to be in an area where there’s going to be temptation for Hamas to continue firing missiles at relatively close range to Israel?”

      Any student of history knows that those particular Zionist schemes and propaganda talking points are not “fresh ideas”. On the contrary, the whole Zionist camel train got its “nose in the tent”, so to speak, by promising that their superior technology would be a boon to the Arab inhabitants of a territory that they had identified as “Palestina” (not Israel) in the platform of the Zionist Congress of 1897. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/33/The_%22Basel_Program%22_at_the_First_Zionist_Congress_in_1897.jpg

      Many of the militants in Gaza are refugees, who are simply firing missiles at the inhabitants of the “verdant” agricultural land that the new state of Israel seized from them as plunder during the war of 1948. Likewise, there is nothing new about proposals to move penniless Palestinian refugees “across the border” into less desirable and presently barren places in the Sinai. Those ideas have been around ever since the days of the Johnston Mission (1952-1954) and neither the water nor the technology have ever been able to meet the demands of a project of sufficient scale. Here is some context about that territory of Israel from official U.S. documentary sources:

      8. Israel, even with its present expanded boundaries (as compared with the 1947 Partition Plan) is a crowded land of 1.6 million, yet her avowed intention is to welcome 2 1/2 million Jews (or any releasable fraction thereof) from behind the Iron Curtain. Her renewal of relations with the USSR, while probably intended primarily to increase Israel’s maneuverability between East and West, has the stated objective of encouraging this emigration to Zion.
      9. Israel is in a weak moral position in welcoming such immigration, or any substantial fraction thereof, while insisting as she does that she will not permit repatriation of any Arab refugees. She therefore points to the security risk of such repatriation. While we recognize the security factor, it is not a decisive argument against re-admission of up to 100,000 peasants, who might work land which has lain fallow since 1948.
      10. The one firm Palestine issue in which we can take a balanced, impartial position now is in regard to the duty of both sides to assist the UN in an accelerated program to give many of the refugees a chance to work and make their living.
      11. We therefore think we should separate the refugee problem for special attack at this time. The report of the Near East Sub-committee of the Foreign Relations Committee (Tab B [C]) is helpful in this connection.
      12. Following is a rough outline of possibilities open to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees:
      In Jordan-A general agreement has been signed that holds out prospects, if engineering and political problems are solved, of settling (out of approximately 450,000 in Jordan) between . . . 150/200,000
      In Syria-Shishakli has signed an agreement covering the 80,000 refugees now in Syria, but he will not publicize this agreement and is slow in making land available to UNRWA . . . 80/80,000
      In Egypt-The government has signed an agreement to provide for settlement in Sinai, has made this agreement public, and engineering studies are going ahead. Out of approximately 200,000, this might cover . . . 100/150,000
      In Israel-No progress toward repatriation is noted, but a case could be made and pressed for as many as . . . 100/100,000

      In Lebanon-Lebanon has so far refused to settle any of the approximately 100,000 refugeees camped in her territory, fearing to upset her delicate balance between Christians and Muslims.
      In Iraq-Iraq has refused to cooperate beyond sheltering approximately 5,000 refugees. Her reasons are insistence on repatriation and on her primary duty to settle Bedouins and other indigents. Total prospects in sight therefore are within the range
      of … 430/530,000

      — United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1952-1954 – United States interest in promoting a reduction of tension between the Arab States and Israel; United States relations with Israel; the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria; United States interest in the development of the water resources of the Near East; the missions of Eric Johnston, page 1272 http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/FRUS/FRUS-idx?type=turn&id=FRUS.FRUS195254v09p1&entity=FRUS.FRUS195254v09p1.p1312&q1=Israel&q2=refugees&q3=Sinai

      • just
        just on March 21, 2015, 4:50 pm

        The US has certainly been complicit for a long time… since the very beginning.

        Thanks, Hostage.

        Thanks for your comment @ 1:38 as well.

        (It’s so great to have you and your wonderful mind back here @ MW again!)

  4. seafoid
    seafoid on March 20, 2015, 6:02 pm

    A pyrrhic victory. Zionism is fucked when anti BDS campaigners say Israel is unbackable. Phil’s mom may keep the faith but young American Jews will not. Lose the universities and it is over. Khalaas. God and her dopey people AGAIN. Dersh must be sickened. It is almost like Bibi is an antisemitic conspiracy rather than a jewish bogeyman. A fitting end to a sick hate filled career.

    • just
      just on March 20, 2015, 6:36 pm

      Dershowitz is ranting again because J Street won’t have him at their conference…

    • ritzl
      ritzl on March 21, 2015, 2:47 am

      Hi seafoid. This is pretty far OT but I just responded to billmon (big twitter following/seen it all) with your “remorseless working of things” Whitehead quote. He retweeted it, which is witness to the power of the observation.

      I attributed it to an “online friend” not knowing whether you were comfortable with more specific attribution. I hope you don’t mind. If you do mind, please forgive me.

      https://twitter.com/grizzlebar/status/579139897627316224

      Thanks for your insights.

  5. seafoid
    seafoid on March 20, 2015, 6:04 pm

    The Hebrew trap. What is logical in hebrew sounds vile in English. And it does matter what the goys think , Israel.

  6. pabelmont
    pabelmont on March 20, 2015, 6:58 pm

    “And what does it say about the supposed shared values between Israel and the United States?”

    Good point. America is going towards “majority minority” to use a horrible phrase, that is, people “of color” will soon if they do not already outnumber people “of white”. So racial prejudice already on a decline (as far as outward expression goes anyhow) will further decline, and Bibi’s incitements to racism in Israel will be (or should be) seen as driving a wedge between America’s “values” and Israel’s “values”.

    A wedge, not no light between etc, etc, etc. And Jews should lead the way in making this clear. The human-rights fraternity, the pro-Palestine fraternity should be making alliances with all the people “of color” in America on Palestine and police brutality (it seems USA’s police are the last to “get it” on race).

    • lysias
      lysias on March 20, 2015, 7:04 pm

      Ali Abunimah in his latest book points out the parallels between Israeli racism and the “new Jim Crow” in this country. He stresses all the training U.S. police have been getting in Israel.

    • seafoid
      seafoid on March 20, 2015, 7:25 pm

      Jews in diaspora behave differently to jews in israel. Israel has to be racist because of Judaism and exclusion/chosenness. This is suppressed in the diaspora because it is not practical but in israel which is full of half educated bigots it is let rip.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on March 20, 2015, 8:56 pm

        “This is suppressed in the diaspora because it is not practical”

        Or maybe, I don’t know, maybe people in the Diaspora don’t cultivate bigotry like they do in Israel? I’d hate to think it was only “suppressed”.

  7. just
    just on March 20, 2015, 7:02 pm

    “UN commission blames Israel for plight of Palestinian women

    Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor denounced the resolution saying it was further proof of the UN’s bias against Israel.

    The UN Commission on the Status of Women has approved a resolution blaming Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory for “the grave situation of Palestinian women.”
    ……

    “Of the 193 member states in this institution, dozens slaughter innocent civilians and impose discriminatory laws that marginalize women and yet they all get a free pass,” he said, noting that the commission includes “some of the worst violators of human rights like Iran and Sudan.”

    The 45-member commission on Friday adopted the resolution, which was sponsored by Palestine and South Africa, by a vote of 27-2 with 13 abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against it while European Union members abstained.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.648068?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Maybe Samantha didn’t get the memo.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson on March 20, 2015, 7:12 pm

    RE: “And what does it say about the supposed shared values between Israel and the United States?” ~ Robbins

    MY COMMENT: It says that Israel shares the racist values of Walter Russell Mead’s “Jacksonians”.

    • seafoid
      seafoid on March 21, 2015, 1:22 am

      Torture, shortsightedness, plutocracy, underfunded education systems, inequality, police brutality, settler colonialism, exceptionalism syndrome- the 2 countries have quite a lot in common. But the US has a much more robust public debate and capacity to change when necessary. Israel has put all its eggs in the basket of darkness.

  9. ramzijaber
    ramzijaber on March 20, 2015, 8:21 pm

    Thanks for this Annie, so true.

    zionism = racism
    and now
    zionism = racism = jingoism

  10. ckg
    ckg on March 20, 2015, 9:50 pm

    On his Facebook page, Finkelstein writes

    Israel’s Prime Minister has said he will never agree to a Palestinian state and will not halt settlement building.

    Without sanctions on Israel, this means continuous occupation, apartheid and siege for the Palestinians.

    Sign PSC’s petition now – demand immediate sanctions on Israel until it abides by international law and ends the occupation and the siege of Gaza.

    I guess we who advocate sanctions aren’t a cult anymore.

    • annie
      annie on March 21, 2015, 12:00 am

      wow ckg, that’s huge. i am about to watch a recent interview of his. late late late!

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones on March 21, 2015, 11:19 am

        Yes, it’s huge.

        I think FInkelstein was previously parroting Chomsky on BDS because he said Chomsky was his ideological mentor now that he left Maoism. For him, the affect of such a strong mentor could be like reading that George Washington, the Bible, and Lenin were all against BDS. (and BTW this is not to denigrate Chomsky’s good contributions otherwise)

        So I am simply skeptical that Finkelstein was so opposed to BDS all on his own. I think that someone who studied the issue so well as a radical should know better. But then, who knows. He used to be starry eyed about the peace process (to the extent that he thought it was realistic even if not ideal). Now Netanyahu has crushed Finkelstein’s faith in the Israelis achieving the 2SS.

    • seafoid
      seafoid on March 21, 2015, 1:33 am

      Fink had a different strategy and didn’t deserve the flak. He is one of the good guys. I guess this Israeli election and the reaction to it will reinvigorate BDS and stop a lot of pointless but perhaps unavoidable bickering.
      They may all be on message as Zionists but they support a losing ideology. Israel is a very sick puppy. Driving a wedges of justice between Sabra hardliners and US jews will be great fun.

      • Walid
        Walid on March 21, 2015, 2:10 am

        “Israel is a very sick puppy.”

        You’re being too kind, seafoid, I see Israel more of a boa constrictor queezing the life out of anything that’s Palestinian. When Israel talks about shared values with the US, it’s in fact making the US into an accomplice to its evil. Canadians should be grateful that Israel hasn’t started saying that it also shares its values with Canada.

      • ckg
        ckg on March 21, 2015, 8:09 am

        I agree he is a good guy. American Radical is my favorite non-mafia film. However, his name is invoked countless times in BDS efforts. But it is the BDS opponents who quote him.

      • seafoid
        seafoid on March 21, 2015, 10:04 am

        Walid

        Israel as a unit is sick. It can never find balance, hence all the wars.
        It is unlikely to end well. The standard of living is irrelevant. Deep dysfunction is what counts.

      • Walid
        Walid on March 21, 2015, 2:16 pm

        Very very sick, seafoid. Been that way from the start.

    • Pippilin
      Pippilin on March 22, 2015, 4:58 pm

      Link to petition?

  11. just
    just on March 20, 2015, 9:55 pm

    Max Blumenthal

    “Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu propelled his Likud Party to victory over the centrist Zionist Union in national elections this week with a vehement rejection of a Palestinian state and warning of “buses full of Arabs” inundating polling places. He understands that most Jewish Israelis do not want to live beside an independent Palestinian state or next door to a Palestinian. He is one of them, after all, and he shares their sensibility. His last minute desperate appeal to racism was an Israeli application of Alabama Governor George C. Wallace’s political rule: “I will never be out-niggered again.”

    By making Netanyahu the longest serving prime minister in Israel’s history, Jewish Israeli voters have chosen occupation, apartheid and periodic bouts of warfare. By signing onto Likud’s election list, they have sent figures to the Knesset who make Netanyahu look like Arlo Guthrie. They include Miri Regev, an Israeli blend of Sarah Palin and Marine Le Pen who incited racist riots at a 2012 rally when she called African migrants “a cancer in the nation’s body.” Also on the list is Avi Dichter, a hardline former Shin Bet chief who authored a bill that would have formally enshrined Israel’s Jewish character as superior to its democratic charter. (The bill may pass in diluted form in the coming months). Then there is Ayoub Kara, a rabidly anti-Palestinian Druze Arab legislator who flew to Berlin in 2011 to pal around with a neo-Nazi German millionaire and later described Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as “really a leftist.” Avigdor Lieberman, for his part, recently called for beheading Arab citizens of Israel he deemed disloyal—“we need to pick up an axe and cut off his head.”

    A minority of Israeli Jewish citizens have attempted to resist their country’s destructive path, but they have never been more stigmatized or marginalized. Meanwhile, millions of Palestinians live under Israeli rule without the right to vote or any legal rights at all. The war that left some 2,200 residents of the Gaza Strip dead last summer and reduced nearly a quarter of the besieged coastal enclave’s urban landscape to rubble was supported by over 90 percent of the Jewish Israeli public, with 45 percent of Israelis complaining that their army had not used enough force. This was the Israel that rewarded Netanyahu with his fourth term.

    Marketed to the Western world as a vibrant liberal democracy filled with sexy citizen-soldier girls, gay pride marchers and bespectacled Ashkenazi intellectuals anguishing over Israel’s excesses in quaint cafes, Israel today increasingly resembles the first-century CE desert fortress known as Masada. Now a popular tourist destination, Masada was the site of a mass suicide by Jewish fanatics who rebelled against the Roman Empire, then slaughtered and robbed a community of Jews at the village of Ein Gedi who had attempted to negotiate with the Romans. The Jewish Roman historian Josephus referred to the rebels as “Sicarii,” or terrorist bandits……..

    …..Masada was the symbolic space where all the demons of the Israeli psyche blended into a single phantasm of a last stand.

    Nearly all of Israel’s leaders have demonstrated symptoms of Masada Syndrome, but few have embraced it as enthusiastically as Netanyahu. His world is a dystopia filled with genocidal enemies hellbent on the destruction of the Jewish people. They range from the what he called “the insatiable crocodile of militant Islam” to the “modern Hitler” in Tehran, from the “goons in Gaza” to a Palestinian national movement controlled by anti-Semitic gamma rays emitted from Hitler’s brain. Netanyahu has identified the New York Times and Ha’aretz as two of Israel’s greatest foes, and once described former Obama advisors Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod as “self-hating Jews.” In the final days of his re-election campaign, he howled against an international conspiracy to overthrow him, with Barack Hussein Obama as its puppet-master. (A robo-call to voters in Israel warned them to vote for Netanyahu against “Hussein Obama.”)

    Given his paranoid style, it is unsurprising that Netanyahu has identified the leader of the suicidal Masada bandits, Elazar Ben-Yair, as one of his personal heroes in his ironically titled 1994 book, A Durable Peace. During his speech to the Congress just before the election, boycotted by 58 Democratic lawmakers and Vice-President Joseph Biden, Netanyahu channeled Ben-Yair’s final words: “For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves. This is why—this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

    Few observers of his extraordinary performance in Washington understood his subtext. Netanyahu’s statement can be read in the wake of his victory as his threat to Israel’s Western patrons. To him, the EU and US are not allies, but Romans attempting to impose their oppressive order on Jerusalem. If they refuse to bend to his will, he will defy them as his hero Ben-Yair did. Vowing to “stand alone,” Netanyahu has set the stage for an ultimate stand-off.”

    more Masada @ http://www.alternet.org/world/overcome-paranoid-delusions-benjamin-netanyahu-prepares-his-last-stand#.VQzAsYjmOCM.twitter

  12. Nina F
    Nina F on March 20, 2015, 11:30 pm

    pabelmont March 20, 2015, 6:58 pm
    Annie says,
    “And what does it say about the supposed shared values between Israel and the United States?”

    pabelmont says,
    “Good point. America is going towards “majority minority” to use a horrible phrase, that is, people “of color” will soon if they do not already outnumber people “of white”. So racial prejudice already on a decline (as far as outward expression goes anyhow) will further decline, and Bibi’s incitements to racism in Israel will be (or should be) seen as driving a wedge between America’s “values” and Israel’s “values”.

    In my view, no such wedge is being driven; and despite growing populations of people of color in the U.S., racial prejudice is decidedly NOT on the decline. We shouldn’t be misled in this; above all, it’s important that we harbor no illusions about the (relatively) benign conduct of democratic ideals in the American context.

    Despite its seemingly kinder and more inclusive rhetoric, The U.S. has long had its own ingenious ways of “discouraging” certain kinds of people from turning out at the polls. From gerrymandering, to laws that prohibit convicted felons (who have served prison time) from voting, to opening the polls only on Tuesday, to tampering with voting machines, to rolling back key aspects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to requiring I.D. at the polls, the practical result of our elections (remember 2000?) is tantamount to the kind of bigotry voiced by Netanyahu about Arab voters.

    The elderly, the poor, the very young, people of color, people who are in ill health, prisoners, felons, and other “undesirable elements” have all been vulnerable to voter intimidation that have, for a very long time, been a feature of the way elections are run in the U.S. The distinction between Israel and the U.S., then, is mostly rhetorical and symbolic; not much more. Racism is a “shared value” of both nations. A case can undoubtedly be made that Israel learned it from the U.S. in the first instance; and, increasingly, the US is re-learning it from Israel.

    This past summer when the unrest in Ferguson began, it was brought out that the St. Louis police department trained in Israel under the tutelage of the IDF. It shouldn’t surprise us that American police forces are learning about more than tactics and weaponry when they train in Israel. They must also learn *whom* to target: which inevitably includes the ideology of absolute separation between “us” and “them.”

    • annie
      annie on March 21, 2015, 12:31 am

      despite growing populations of people of color in the U.S., racial prejudice is decidedly NOT on the decline.

      not according to cornell west.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyn-W4W6bHQ
      (video of him 4 nights ago on dave letterman). it’s actually on pt 2, just but don’t miss what he says about palestiniand children in pt 1)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz6MtrfKvRw

      “it has certainly improved but you have to recognize it was so bad to begin with,,, but socially – personally, we’ve had magnificent breakthroughs

      so, i’ll stick w/cornell west. however, structurally it’s not better – at all. in this you are correct.

      The U.S. has long had its own ingenious ways of “discouraging” certain kinds of people from turning out at the polls. From gerrymandering, to laws that prohibit convicted felons (who have served prison time) from voting, to opening the polls only on Tuesday, to tampering with voting machines, to rolling back key aspects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to requiring I.D. at the polls, the practical result of our elections (remember 2000?) is tantamount to the kind of bigotry voiced by Netanyahu about Arab voters.

      i am not sure how this works as a rebuttal to what you’re responding to given the context of the quote. so let’s review:

      It would be condemned (even if there is a history of doing just this). But the issue here is that Netanyahu did exactly this in 2015, and in a place like Israel it works. Why is that? And what does it say about the supposed shared values between Israel and the United States?

      did you open the link? to lee atwater? the point here is that although the structure in the US is decidedly FU, societally we’ve moved. netanyahu’s speech “worked” in 2015 israel because of the israeli people who are racist. a lot of them. and i don’t think it would work today here. don’t confuse the structure of society laid out on a graft for our guidance to keep us on target, with the condition of society. that speech wouldn’t work today in the majority of the US. that’s because the values of a people are determined by the people, not the elite. as a society, for the most part, we don’t share the values of (most) israeli people. and more and more people are discovering that.

  13. just
    just on March 21, 2015, 12:09 am

    Peter Beinart has got the Netanyahu hangover and the Zionist blues:

    “Can Netanyahu be trusted?

    Here is what the Israeli premier and his officials said – you decide.

    “I want a sustainable, peaceful two state solution.” —Benjamin Netanyahu, in English, to Andrea Mitchell, March 19, 2015

    “I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory gives territory away to radical Islamist attacks against Israel.”
    —Benjamin Netanyahu, in Hebrew, to Sheldon Adelson-owned, pro-settler website NRG, March 16, 2015

    “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.” —Benjamin Netanyahu, in Hebrew, at a press conference, July 13, 2014”

    **********{Lots more here…….}***********

    ““the armor-plated bullshitter” —British Foreign Office nickname for Benjamin Netanyahu, as reported by former Tony Blair aide Alistair Campbell, 1998

    “Not only do members of the Clinton administration, Arab heads of state, some of Israel’s security chiefs, President Weizman, Knesset members across the spectrum and even cabinet ministers consider him [Benjamin Netanyahu], to put it mildly, disingenuous, but so too does much of the Israeli public” —David Horowitz, The Jerusalem Report, August 17, 1998

    “To subdivide this land into two unstable, insecure nations, to try to defend what is indefensible, is to invite disaster. Carving Judea and Samaria out of Israel means carving up Israel.” —Benjamin Netanyahu, A Place Among the Nations, 1993

    “The stumbling block to the road for peace is this demand for a PLO state. … When this demand is abandoned we can have real and genuine peace.”
    —Benjamin Netanyahu (then known as Benjamin Nitay), in English, 1978”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.648072

  14. Kay24
    Kay24 on March 21, 2015, 12:09 am

    America’s daughter shows her “brilliance”, once again:

    “JTA – Sarah Palin has not one but two posts on her Facebook page congratulating Benjamin Netanyahu on his reelection. Maybe two makes up for a lukewarm, delayed reaction from President Barack Obama.

    In each post Palin says Americans in the heartland “will sleep better knowing Bibi remains the voice of reason and strength in the beautiful nation of Israel.”

    Bibi elicits a lot of reactions in Israel and abroad. Sleep, though, has to be a new one.”
    Haaretz

    • just
      just on March 21, 2015, 12:12 am

      Right out of the Republican wilderness and into Netanyahu’s lap.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on March 21, 2015, 1:55 am

        And how they adore him, admire him, and wish he was THEIR President. When I think of Palin being VP of the US, it makes me shudder.

        Sara Netanyahu was right, she thinks Netanyahu should be the President of the US. With every word spoken by these right wingers showing nothing but love for Beebs, no one can fault keeper of bottle deposit cash for thinking this way.
        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4621023,00.html

    • Marnie
      Marnie on March 21, 2015, 10:15 am

      Americans in the heartland “will sleep better knowing Bibi remains the voice of reason……”? I had no idea americans were sleep-deprived with worry. That’s exceptionally twisted, even from her. I am glad he won (without our vote) and the way he won, ala George Wallace (“segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever”). Now that the entire mask and charade have been blown to smithereens, the world sees exactly what was behind his facade. How will the world respond to the zionist = apartheid state of Israel? I’m praying that there will be a tsunami of BDS!

      There’s no such thing as a liberal zionist. The very definition of what zionism and a zionist is has nothing to do with being liberal. Does the fact that there may have been “kind” masters during slavery diminish the horror, injustice and cruelty of slavery? Does having “treatable” cancer diminish in any way the fact that it will ultimately kill you? There is no possible way that a state can be a democracy and Jewish, it’s one or the other, period.

      Thanks N’yahoo for taking off your mask and showing the world what you’ve always stood for. Now no one can pretend they didn’t know.

      • just
        just on March 21, 2015, 10:46 am

        +1!

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on March 21, 2015, 11:05 am

        Yet, we will never see Boehner or the rest of the GOP change their unwavering support of Netanyahu, even as he has exposed to the world his real thinking. They will never worry about
        the fact that he does not want a two state solution. Next time he wants to slam the US President and give a speech in congress, they will send him that special invitation to do so.
        Boehner is supposed to fly to Tel Aviv soon, to kiss Bibi’s ring. It seems the fact that Bibi will not seek peace, nor stop the illegal settlement, has not made Boehner change his thinking.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones on March 21, 2015, 11:24 am

        Thanks N’yahoo for taking off your mask and showing the world what you’ve always stood for. Now no one can pretend they didn’t know.

        What more could you ask for about him revealing himself? Coming to the US Congress and literally saying something like “I am your Prime Minister”? That would be too much. Although he could have said “Right now I am the ‘leader of the free world’ because we are on the front lines against Muslim extremism”, and I think the Congress would have applauded.

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba on March 21, 2015, 11:31 am

        “Thanks N’yahoo for taking off your mask and showing the world what you’ve always stood for. Now no one can pretend they didn’t know “.

        Thank you , Marnie for your excellent comment.
        Your analogies are brilliant !

    • bintbiba
      bintbiba on March 21, 2015, 11:26 am

      Sorry to be rude, Sarah…

      She is Isreal’s ‘useful idiot’ …among many !!

  15. Citizen
    Citizen on March 21, 2015, 7:57 am

    Reptilian Zionists grew Obama in their petri dish: See http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/pushing-sanctions-crucial

    But, maybe he grew some balls since he only has two years left as POTUS & maybe he has his library funded solidly, and guesses he will still get book and speaking engagements after his term ends? Maybe he will opt to do a legacy Iran deal & just, maybe, put Israel on the spot at the UN? We can dream. The authentic black man will do something for the Palestinians?

  16. unVet
    unVet on March 21, 2015, 8:40 am

    At least Starbucks Israel will have a proper response to Bibi’s racist speech!

  17. ramzijaber
    ramzijaber on March 21, 2015, 10:00 am

    2SS is dead. Long live 1SS.

  18. Steve Grover
    Steve Grover on March 21, 2015, 11:08 am

    Those replacements in the “translation” don’t engage terror and reject a deal to give them their own state.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on March 22, 2015, 11:55 am

      “Steve”, if you are all that determined to make a fool of yourself, stick around.

      • Steve Grover
        Steve Grover on March 22, 2015, 10:53 pm

        Moosher,
        Thanks…I will take great pleasure in spreading my foolishness to you and your ilk. And thanks for being so gracious.

  19. concernedhuman
    concernedhuman on March 21, 2015, 2:54 pm

    Netanyahu sank into the moral gutter – and there will be consequences

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/20/inyamin-netanyahu-israel-election

    netnyahoo being slammed big time by media.

  20. just
    just on March 21, 2015, 7:01 pm

    Miko Peled:

    “Time to give Palestinians their country back

    More than the threat of war on Iran, Netanyahu’s re-election is a call for war on Palestinians everywhere. It is a call for war on human rights and international law. It is a mandate for the Israeli government to murder Palestinians. It gives Netanyahu license to continue Israel’s seven-decade policy of racism and apartheid towards the people from whom they stole the land. It is also a call for people of conscience to impose boycotts and sanctions to divest and to isolation Israel. No more business as usual – it is time for outrage, for action, the type of action that brought down apartheid in South Africa. It is a call to finally allow Palestinians to have their country back.

    Netanyahu can thank the U.S. House of Representatives for his victory. The boost from the “campaign stop” here in early March did the trick. The unprecedented exposure, weeks of discussion on CNN and other major networks, including the printed press – first prior to his arrival, then during his visit and speech and then the aftermath – all of this was a gift to his campaign. He entered The House of Representative like Caesar entering Rome. Then upon his vanquishing and humiliating the president of the United States who was opposed to the visit and the speech, Netanyahu returned to Jerusalem where all of his opponents seemed like children in comparison.

    Comparisons to Nazi Germany are a dangerous thing, particularly in this context. Still, in his speech to members of Congress Netanyahu crossed this dangerous threshold. In a well directed gesture that could not but have been planned, Netanyahu pointed to Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel who was seated in the gallery. “Elie,” Netanyahu called out, “your life and work inspires to give meaning to the words, never again.” “And” he added, and here he crossed the line, “I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past. …not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.”

    ………Israeli voters like power and they saw just that when Netanyahu returned from Washington DC. Israelis also vote in high numbers. This time they voted for a leader that promised promises to attack and kill Palestinian civilians, promised to deny Palestinians water, (Palestinians receive only 3 percent of the entire water supply though they make up more than 50 percent of the population), and deny Palestinians basic human rights we all take for granted. Netanyahu promises that 1.7 million people in Gaza will be subject to the brutally cruel siege, live in catastrophic conditions, and all this just minutes away from Israelis who live a life of plenty.

    In many ways Israeli voters told the U.S. to go to hell. So will the U.S. continue to conduct “business as usual” with Israel or listen to the growing voice of the Palestine solidarity movement. Will the U.S. finally answer the call of countless Palestinian civil society and impose boycott, divestment, sanctions and once and for all isolate Israel? Perhaps now it is time to give Palestinians their country back.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/236348-time-to-give-palestinians-their-country-back

    Super wonderful to read~ especially @ The Hill……..

  21. seafoid
    seafoid on March 21, 2015, 8:13 pm

    Freedland. Usually he would spin it but not now. Too hard to triangulate. Netanyahu went too far.

    Israel really let down people like him. Bad faith now turned inward.

    • ToivoS
      ToivoS on March 22, 2015, 10:11 pm

      Wasn’t it rumored a few weeks back that Freedland would get the next exec ed job at the Guradian. Now it looks like it is going to Katharine Viner who co-authored the play “My name is Rachel Corrie”.

      Freedland would usually spin things Israel’s way but now it looks like he has been by-passed. Things are not going well for Israeli supporters this week.

  22. just
    just on March 21, 2015, 10:00 pm

    aargh. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose:

    “J Street opens its conference by declaring its commitment to fighting BDS https://twitter.com/jstreetdotorg/status/579439469561942016 …”

    https://twitter.com/RaniaKhalek/status/579448740324458496

    (via Rania Khalek)

  23. Kay24
    Kay24 on March 22, 2015, 12:48 am

    And then you get the intellectually challenged Republican who questions the Democrats for supporting the President, and wonders why the Democrats did not put the Jews above their own country:

    “Congressman Steve King: How can Jews ‘be Democrats first and Jewish second’?
    ‘Rep. King is essentially stating that we aren’t Jewish enough for him. How dare he,’ Greg Rosenbaum, chair of the NJDC Board of Directors responds.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.648069

    • Mooser
      Mooser on March 22, 2015, 11:57 am

      And King doubled down on those comments when questioned about it. Now he’s challenging people to fights on Twitter. See TPM

  24. just
    just on March 22, 2015, 8:21 am

    David Brooks shills for his son’s commander- in- chief:

    “Netanyahu did not rule out a Palestinian state ‘forevermore,’ says David Brooks……..

    Judy Woodruff: So, let’s talk about Israel, its newly reelected prime minister, Benjamin — or we think so — it looks that way…….

    He turned heads, David, just before the election when he said that he didn’t believe, after all, that the Palestinians should have their own state and also when he talked about Arabs going to the polls in droves. He’s just given — that was a few days ago. Then just today and yesterday, he is telling American reporters, no, he does think there should be, could be a Palestinian state.

    Which is it?

    David Brooks: He’s a fascinating figure.

    He’s — we say Nixonian about a lot of people. He really is Nixonian. He’s brilliant. He’s very isolated and insular. It’s very hard to…

    Woodruff: You don’t mean that as a compliment, or do you, the Nixonian…

    Brooks: No. Well, mixed, I guess, but mostly negative.

    Insular. Very hard to keep staff because he — very small circle, and yet survived now. And so I would differentiate the two statements. The statement about the Israeli Arabs was race-baiting. It was voter suppression, and simply was pandering. It was his attempt to win over the right.

    Remember, in his electoral system, he’s not trying to win over left votes. He’s trying to get the more right parties into his camp, which he succeeded in doing. The stuff on the Palestinian state, I think, is a much more complicated. It’s been reported that he’s saying never going to have a Palestinian state. That’s not how I read it then, and it’s certainly not what he said then.

    I think what he said, if you read the exact quote, is that today, with Islamic radicalism on the rise, more or less, he meant it would be reckless to allow there to be a Palestinian state in the West Bank or in Gaza for today. I don’t think he said forevermore. I think it’s a little more complicated.

    I think that it’s an arguable position, whether with Hamas and ISIS around, whether there should be a Palestinian state, but it’s a defensible position, given the current circumstances.

    Woodruff: And we should say, full disclosure, you have a son who is serving in the Israeli military. But you’re saying it’s consistent, these two…

    Brooks: I thought it was clearly a pander to the right, obviously. But was it outrageous? Did he say there should never be a Palestinian state? I don’t think he said that, even at the worst statement at the height of the campaign.”

    video goes much deeper: http://www.haaretz.com/video/1.648212?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Shields goes on to demolish Krauthammer’s and Huckabee’s characterization of Netanyahu as Churchill, and other stuff. I thought that Brooks looked ‘squirmy’.

    • Walid
      Walid on March 22, 2015, 9:20 am

      Just, Woodruff was my favourite from the days she was a reporter on the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, followed by the late Barbara Frum, that you probably never heard of. She was a super great journalist and the mother of the Zio-creep David Frum that coined the “Axi of Evil” for Bush’ use.

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick on March 22, 2015, 10:08 am

        I use to listen to Barbara Frum back when I still got the CBC on cable. I always liked her and was shocked to learn that she had spawned that creep David. I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about her.

      • just
        just on March 23, 2015, 11:26 am

        More Woodruff, this time on Fox:

        “WATCH: Israelis and Gulf Arabs are ‘stunned’ by U.S. policy says PBS’s Woodruff

        ‘I mean, it’s clear to me that Republicans are going to do better with the Jewish vote in the future, given what’s happened in the last few weeks with Netanyahu,’ says Judy Woodruff.”

        http://www.haaretz.com/video/1.648401?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  25. just
    just on March 22, 2015, 8:29 am

    Max Blumenthal:

    “It doesn’t get more racist than liberal Dana @Milbank warning of Palestinian population growth and “fertility rates” http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/can-israel-remain-a-democracy/2015/03/20/49d766a8-cf06-11e4-a2a7-9517a3a70506_story.html?wprss=rss_todays-opeds&utm_content=buffer86f98&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer …”

    https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/579492027663958016

    ~and~

    “Max Blumenthal retweeted
    StandWithUs @StandWithUs ·
    Alan Dershowitz opening remarks: “I’d rather be here standing with you than even the Oval Office!” #israel”

  26. just
    just on March 22, 2015, 8:56 am

    “NEW YORK – Several national leaders of the American Jewish community this week were openly critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s successful 11th hour pitch to his conservative base, in which he decried Arab citizens of Israel voting, and his pledge not to allow a Palestinian state.

    [BUT]

    …….Some in the American Jewish community welcomed Likud’s strong showing, and the likelihood that Netanyahu will again be prime minister.

    The Zionist Organization of America’s Mort Klein told Haaretz, “I’m proud that the Israelis chose reality and security over fantasy and a phony hope in change.”

    Klein blamed the Palestinian Authority for “forcing” Netanyahu to make his video promise not to allow a Palestinian state because “they’ve aligned themselves with Nazi-like Hamas. This is not a change in Netanyahu,” he said in an interview.

    The spokesman of the ultra-Orthodox Agudath Israel of America, Rabbi Avi Shafran, was nonplussed about Netanyahu’s comments against Palestinian citizens of Israel. And he welcomed the expected reentry of United Torah Judaism and other Haredi parties to the coalition, despite the fact they had lost strength in the elections.

    “I don’t think that any great challenge will present itself because of Mr. Netanyahu’s victory or the tactics he employed,” he said. “Agudath Israel’s constituency is generally concerned most strongly with Israel’s security and with maintaining traditional religious standards in Israel. And so the likelihood of Israel’s religious citizens being represented once again in whatever coalition emerges is certainly welcome in American Agudah circles.”

    Other leaders of American Jewish organizations said that they were not particularly concerned.

    “We know that politicians in the heat of campaigns in the U.S. and in Israel say things” they may not mean to stick with in the long term, said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “They pursue practical opportunities. He did not say that he gave up on the two-state solution,” but rather, he said, that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “does not appear ready to negotiate.”

    “Israeli leaders are ultimately pragmatic and if they see there really is an opportunity [for a negotiated solution] they will see what’s real. Clearly the leadership of the PA, with radicalization in the West Bank, with Gaza, you can’t say that it’s the attitude of Israel alone,” Hoenlein told Haaretz. “It’s not a unilateral issue.”……….”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.648028

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick on March 22, 2015, 9:14 am

      “We know that politicians in the heat of campaigns in the U.S. and in Israel say things” they may not mean to stick with in the long term, said Malcolm Hoenlein”

      Did anyone in the Jewish community feel that way when Jesse Jackson made his infamous Hymietown remark?

  27. Ageel
    Ageel on March 22, 2015, 5:43 pm

    What if America’s democracy was like Israel’s?? I need your input please.

    Is anyone else sick and tired of Israel’s insistence about it being the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’? What’s even more appalling is this tired cliche is repeated by our members of Congress. Question: How many of these Congressmen/women would like to replace our democracy with Israel’s version of ‘democracy’? How would America be if we did that?

    1. Colored children (African Americans, Latinos, Asians…) here in the US would be tried in a military court, not in a civil court. (Palestinian minors are charged in military courts. Jewish minors are tried in a civil court). Israel established a juvenile military court, ‘the first and only juvenile military court in operation in the world.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/…/Children_in_the_Israeli%E2%80%93P…

    2. Non whites would be forced to use separate roads and have separate license plates. (Israel has Jewish only roads. A Palestinian using this road is subject to imprisonment.) http://visualizingpalestine.org/…/segregated-roads-west-bank

    3. A Caucasian here in the US would be able to evict a colored person’s family, and move in, without any retribution.
    http://972mag.com/settlers-take-over-7-e-jerusalem-homes…/…/

    4. If a person in the US has been suspected, not even convicted of a crime, the government would demolish the person’s home.
    (“Simply put: the use of house demolition as a punitive measure is a form of collective punishment contrary to international law. Israel must immediately end its use of this devastating practice”.) http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx…

    5. The US could bomb whole apartment complexes and neighborhoods if they suspected that a single person residing there had a bomb.
    (“Why Israel’s bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers ‘stunned’ http://america.aljazeera.com/…/israel-bombing-stunsusoffice…)

    6. Children tried in military courts (as young as 12) would be routinely threatened with and in some cases subjected to torture and rape.
    (According to a new report by the independent, non-governmental, human rights organization the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC), at least 600 Palestinian children have been arrested in Jerusalem alone in the past five months. Of these, roughly 40% were sexually abused.)http://my.firedoglake.com/…/40-of-palestinian-children-det…/

    7. Non whites would be tried in military courts. The conviction rate would be 99.74%.
    (‘A new internal IDF document revealed today by Haaretz shows that in 2010, 99.74 percent of the trials of Palestinians in Israeli military courts ended in convictions. That’s 25 acquittals, out of 9,542 cases.’) http://972mag.com/conviction-rate-for-palestinians-in-is…/…/

    8. Congress would make laws to make it legal to kick out any Congressional member who is not white.
    http://972mag.com/knesset-approves-bill-that-could-push-…/…/

    9. America would be declared a Christian country, and would routinely deny access to people wanting to go and pray in synagogues, mosques
    or other places of worship. They would also routinely invade a synagogue with armed forces and fire smoke bombs.
    http://www.presstv.com/…/382035/israeli-forces-raid-alaqsa…/

    10. If a colored person killed a cop or army member, the army could go and massacre a whole neighborhood of innocent coloreds who had nothing to do with the crime.
    http://globalvoicesonline.org/…/israeli-army-whistle-blowe…/

    11. America would pass more than 50 racist laws against colored people.
    (“The Israeli occupation issued since 1948 more than 60 racist laws against Palestinian citizens in the occupied territories of 1948 in all spheres of life, including education, state services, and civil and political rights.”) https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/…/the-laws-that-en…/

    12. Boycotting would be illegal. Congress would pass a law criminalizing boycotts. If you disagree with an American company’s practices, and wanted to boycott them, you could end up being penalized.
    (‘Under the new law, which was approved by a vote of 47 to 38 in the parliament, or Knesset, any boycott against Israel, including those organized by groups inside its territory and in the West Bank, will be deemed a civil offense’) http://articles.latimes.com/…/world/la-fg-israel-boycott-20…

    13. Colored neighborhoods could be walled off, and access to electricity and drinking water severely restricted.
    http://www.intifada-palestine.com/…/water-running-dry-pale…/

    (In my scenario, I use Caucasians as Israelis and Colored people as Palestinians. This in no way is to equate Whites with Israelis. I only use it to illustrate the racist nature of Israeli democracy. Please do not take offense. .If you have an alternative way of illustrating this, please let me know.)

    • just
      just on March 22, 2015, 5:52 pm

      Well done , and I get your point(s)!

      The PC police might prefer ‘people of color’ to ‘coloreds’… you might try the ruling majority vs the minorities; privileged vs unprivileged; the washed vs the unwashed masses.

      But, I get it.

    • Walid
      Walid on March 22, 2015, 11:16 pm

      Great summary, Ageel, it puts into perspective the shared values that Israelis and some Americans keep bragging about.

  28. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw on March 23, 2015, 1:07 am

    Willie Horton.

  29. Citizen
    Citizen on March 23, 2015, 11:02 am

    Cruz just delivered his opening full spectrum conservative POTUS candidate speech; it was a la Barry Goldwater & the only thing he said the Democrats will agree with is his stance on Israel: America must defend Israel as its first priority. Nobody gets to Bibi’s right, nobody get’s to Cruz’s right.

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