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The announcement of the new more-rightwing-than-ever Israeli government presents a particular crisis for American liberal Zionists. These hopeful people have been telling us for years that Israel is a good country that can save itself. But the country appears to be willfully driving itself off the rails of world opinion, with the emphatic election results in March followed by the announcement of a government committed to annexing the West Bank and crippling Israeli human rights groups.

“This government’s makeup is the most reactionary in Israel’s history,” Peace Now says bracingly.

The big question going forward is what the liberal Zionists are prepared to do about Israeli intransigence. Their best hope, they say, is that the government will soon fall because it is so narrow, a one-seat majority in the Knesset. But the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) and Palestinian solidarity movement will certainly be empowered by this new coalition; and some liberal Zionists may want to jump on those bandwagons.

But let’s hear some of the reactions from liberal Zionists. First, an excerpt from Americans for Peace Now’s statement:

Americans for Peace Now (APN) is expressing deep concern for the new government’s impact on Israel’s future as a democracy and a Jewish state.

APN’s President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “This government, based on the ideology of its members, is bound to act to further hinder the viability of a two-state solution, to further exacerbate Israel’s isolation internationally, to intensify West Bank settlement construction, promote undemocratic legislation and act to stifle dissent.

DeLee is calling on Netanyahu to become a moderate.

“This government’s makeup is the most reactionary in Israel’s history. Because it is so narrow – with a majority of only one seat – its most extreme members are well-positioned to dictate extremist policies. Prime Minister Netanyahu, who paved the way to this coalition before the elections and during the coalition negotiations, will be tested by his ability to block reckless policies and legislative initiatives of extremist outliers in his coalition. Eventually, Netanyahu will be held accountable for the actions and rhetoric of his cabinet members.

Peace Now also says it has “its work cut out for us.” It’s not clear what that means. And yesterday Israel’s Defense Minister said Israel can’t be concerned about civilian casualties in Gaza and Lebanon and it might nuke Iran:

In response to a question about Iran, [Moshe] Yaalon said that “in certain cases” when “we feel like we don’t have the answer by surgical operations” Israel might take “certain steps” such as the Americans did in “Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000.”

Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street is deeply upset too. He sent out a frank letter to supporters after spending yesterday in the Knesset.

The result is a government of the far right, whose policies and vision for Israel’s future are diametrically opposed to the vision of what many of us in the American Jewish community and in Israel believe is necessary to ensure Israel’s security and its democratic and Jewish future.

He also describes the crushing of any Palestinian state.

All signs point to a government that will be committed to unbridled expansion of settlements over the Green Line and throughout the West Bank… [quoting the Times of Israel] “The nationalist-religious settler movement would effectively gain control of all the institutions that affect its public life.”

Dylan Williams of J Street is also frank:

Netanyahu’s public renunciation of a 2-state solution during his campaign is shared by the vast majority of his new cabinet –

Jonathan Glick:

Who in his new cabinet *does* believe in land-for-peace?

Ilan Goldenberg, formerly of the State Department, now at a DC liberal thinktank, points out that the new government will put wind under the Palestinian statehood initiative:

This Israeli govt will present a compelling diplomatic target for the Palestinians and their push in international organisations

Yossi Alpher at Peace Now predicted this a couple days ago:

It will apparently be the first coalition since 1967 whose guidelines say absolutely nothing about the Palestinian issue–so low is the issue on coalition partners’ order of priorities and strategic horizon.

The United States government is obviously concerned. Alpher:

Two warnings that the US expects the next Israeli government to recommit to the two-state principle were issued in the past ten days–by National Security Adviser Susan Rice and by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman. The cause for US concern is Netanyahu’s election-eve announcement that no Palestinian state will be created on his watch. The prime minister’s retraction a day later did not convince anyone.

Now Netanyahu is about to preside over a right-wing settler government that apparently doesn’t even intend to mention the Palestinian issue in its guidelines…

In June a bunch of liberal Zionists will be in Columbus, Ohio, to hold a conference with liberal Christians like Churches for Middle East Peace on seeking peace in the holy land. I have to believe that a number of folks at that conference will endorse Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in some form. How long can liberals sit on their hands?

Liberal Zionist Peter Beinart  described the crisis after the election,

The American Jewish establishment will never admit that its theory of change has been discredited. It will go on insisting, no matter how laughable that insistence becomes, that Israel is serious about creating a Palestinian state.

And called for a pressure campaign distinct from the BDS movement:

Our principle should be this: Support any pressure that is nonviolent and consistent with Israel’s right to exist. That means backing Palestinian bids at the United Nations. It means labeling and boycotting settlement goods. It means joining and amplifying nonviolent Palestinian protest in the West Bank

But Beinart wrote a book about the crisis three years ago, The Crisis of Zionism. And how long can a crisis last before a movement must make a realistic choice, and give up the old ways of dealing with things? Will Peace Now quit the board of the rightwing Conference of Presidents, which endorses the occupation of Jerusalem?

Of course, anti-Zionists feel vindicated today because they anticipated this government: they see the fascistic strains in the “Jewish democracy” so this coalition is no surprise. As Ali Abunimah tweeted, “Nakba denier @naftalibennett who’s proud of killing Arabs named as Israel’s new Minister of Incitement (education).” Max Blumenthal tweets a report:

New Netanyahu coalition reportedly puts the Prawer Plan for ethnic cleansing back on the table

The Prawer Plan calls for moving more than 30,000 Palestinians off their lands. And yesterday settlers took over another house in Silwan, Jerusalem, according to Peace Now. It never stops. The U.S. never does anything.

And this is all going according to Netanyahu’s plans, Yossi Alpher says. He is playing us with Iran:

a narrow right-wing coalition is what Netanyahu wants; he has consciously flouted the option of a centrist government with Labor, one that could persuade the international community and Israel’s neighbors that he is interested in moving forward on the Palestinian issue. Apparently, he reasons that he can continue to string along the administration in its final 18 months with the help of a friendly Congress and by playing off the Iran issue against pressures regarding Palestine.

Look at Netanyahu meeting yesterday with a bipartisan coalition of Congresspeople. Jeez.

Netanyahu meets bipartisan delegation of Congresspeople

Netanyahu meets bipartisan delegation of Congresspeople

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  1. joemowrey
    joemowrey
    May 7, 2015, 11:14 am

    “But Beinart wrote a book about the crisis three years ago, The Crisis of Zionism. And how long can a crisis last before a movement must make a realistic choice, and give up the old ways of dealing with things?”

    Don’t worry about Peter. No doubt, he has another book in the works. Beinart knows how to cash in on his Zionist views no matter which way the wind blows. And notice how it always seems to blow particularly hot and hard towards Peter’s bank account.

    Thanks for this excellent compendium of the latest views, Phil.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      May 7, 2015, 1:16 pm

      Let’s not forget that Peter openly stated that he’s fine for Palestinians not to have equal rights, he said so in an interview with Cpl. Goldberg a few years ago.

      On the issue of the whole “liberal” Zionist debate: don’t count on a left-wing takeover in the next election! I also think this will be a shortlived government. Bibi has no real challenger from within but we could well see a butchering of Likud in the next election. Lieberman would benefit and so would Bennett.

      The fundamental point is that the so-called “left” has no viable coalition since they continue to practice Apartheid in government coalitions(no Arabs!).

      As Blumenthal likes to say: Netanyahu occupies the hollow middle. He is the most moderate guy in Likud these days. The rest of the pack has left. Rivlin is hated by his own party these days, so is Benny Begin.

      P.S. I’m betting we’ll see Oren become Foreign Minister. A natural fit for the guy. Herzog would have done well there, too. (Herzog refused to rule out a coalition at a recent Labor party event, which I think is an important fact to keep in mind when you read his theatrical denouncements of Netanyahu today).

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        May 8, 2015, 7:11 am

        Back in the 80’s Livni and Benny Begin were considered far right, now they sound like islands of sanity compared to some of their peers.

    • ckg
      ckg
      May 7, 2015, 6:26 pm

      Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill wrote the cover jacket blurb for Beinart’s book. Let’s see how soon she feels compelled to throw Beinart under the bus. I doubt Beinart is on Saban’s reading list.

  2. annie
    annie
    May 7, 2015, 11:20 am

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.655403 Coalition committed to making anti-leftist-NGO bill law..If the bill becomes law, an NGO seeking a tax exemption for a contribution from a foreign state will require ministerial and Knesset approval.

    The so-called NGO Bill will be brought before the Knesset during the tenure of the new government, according to a clause in the coalition agreement between Habayit Hayehudi and Likud.

    The wording of the bill submitted by Habayit Hayehudi stipulates that an NGO seeking a tax exemption for a contribution from a foreign state will require the approval of the defense and foreign ministers and the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

    The NGOs likely to be affected by the bill are primarily human rights organizations identified with the left.

    The bill was proposed by MK Ayelet Shaked, who is tapped to be justice minister in the new government. The original wording stipulated that an NGO seeking tax exemption would need the approval of the justice minister and the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

    With Habayit Hayehudi holding both positions in the next government – it will also get the committee in terms of the agreement, with MK Nissan Slomiansky likely to head it – the party will have complete control over NGOs requiring tax relief – if it decides to revert to the original wording.

    • benedict
      benedict
      May 7, 2015, 12:35 pm

      just like the US.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      May 7, 2015, 12:42 pm

      If the bill becomes law. It’s not likely to happen, and even if it did, the law would be unlikely to survive judicial scrutiny. We certainly have lots of bills proposed in the Congress that are objectionable that never become law. Bills proposed in the Knesset should be subject to that same standard.

      By the way, although I personally oppose the NGO bill, Israel is not the only country where government minister have sought to target organizations that subsist largely on foreign funding. In India, foreign-funded NGO’s have faced a far harsher environment, with far less attention. http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/28/india-charities-funding-idINKBN0NJ15J20150428

      • May 7, 2015, 3:16 pm

        There is no bottom for Zionists. They will remain loyal to Israel no matter what Israel does. All that will change is their rationalizations for supporting Israel

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 7, 2015, 4:46 pm

        “By the way, although I personally oppose the NGO bill, Israel is not the only country where blah, blah, blah…”

        You listen to me, Hophmi, and listen good. Yes, I understand that for some reason (probably having to do with “internalizing persecution” and “self-hatred” or a “desire to be accepted by Gentiles” you oppose this NGO bill. Okay, that’s okay, I can’t stop you.
        But don’t you dare, don’t even think about trying to do anything about it, or use your tremendous out-reach capabilities to work against it. If you do, Hophmi, you will have to answer to me, for an offense against the TU!! And you know how I feel about tribal unity. Don’t try to destroy it, by acting against the community!

      • Keith
        Keith
        May 7, 2015, 4:50 pm

        HOPHMI- “In India, foreign-funded NGO’s have faced a far harsher environment, with far less attention. link to in.reuters.com.”

        You are correct. There is little difference between the Hindu Fascism of Israel’s new friend Narendra Modi and the Zionism of Netanyahu’s Israel.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 7, 2015, 9:27 pm

        @Giles
        “There is no bottom for Zionists.’

        ‘I am beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!” – The Underminer, The Incredibles, Pixar.

  3. eljay
    eljay
    May 7, 2015, 11:53 am

    The big question going forward is what the liberal Zionists are prepared to do about Israeli intransigence.

    Why would they do anything? “Liberal Zionists” – like all other Zio-supremacists – want Israel to continue to exist as a supremacist “Jewish State”. If that means more ethnic cleansing, subjugation and/or mass murder, so be it. When it’s all said and done, they’ll issue some sombre-sounding, R.W.-style statements (see below) on the matter and move on.
    ________________
    R.W.’s statements on the Nakba:

    – “I cannot consistently say that ‘ethnic cleansing is never necessary’.”

    – ” … I feel that the nakba was a necessary wrong … ”

    – “If I was an adult in 1948, I probably would have supported whatever it took to create the state of Israel, and held my nose at actions that I could not possibly do myself.”

    – “The nakba that occurred in 1948 was accompanied by the independence, the liberation, of the Jewish community. So, I primarily celebrate … “

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      May 7, 2015, 8:31 pm

      Regarding “Israeli intransigence”, is it possible Netanyahu et al actually believe they are God’s chosen people and destined to rule the earth? Could they be thinking they are now approaching their goal? After all, they have captured part of God’s land grant (slaughtering and expelling the residents as per Biblical legend) and are closing in on the remainder. And they have almost taken control of the world’s largest military by taking control of its media and government. Might this situation make them believe they are approaching their final victory and ultimate destiny?

      Those attitudes would certainly be consistent with the Bible’s core, bigoted teaching that they are God’s chosen people. And it would explain their casual dismissal of slaughtering non-Jews, and their apparent abandonment of all reason.

      If so, such bigotry is going against the tide of human evolution, and will meet the same fate slavery met at the hands of Abraham Lincoln. For today we are looking at a new “abolitionist” movement. Mondoweiss deserves immense credit for documenting and standing up to this insanity, whatever its roots.

    • Donald
      Donald
      May 7, 2015, 10:42 pm

      It’s interesting–I think the pseudo-liberal Zionists old have kept this circus running indefinitely with US help. They just had to make the right noises about peace, make inadequate offers which they would present as the most generous imaginable, and they would have had the U.S. Government in their pocket for the indefinite future. Any violence would be blamed on Palestinian intransigence. It’s been working that way for decades, but apparently this wasn’t good enough for the rightwing Zionists.

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico
      May 8, 2015, 10:33 pm

      >Giles
      There is no bottom for Zionists.

      A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) [Thomas Huxley I think] once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever”, said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

      It’s zionsm the whole way down !

  4. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    May 7, 2015, 12:50 pm

    The Airplane Mode Coalition.

    When Lieberman suddenly resigned and went to the opposition on Monday, Naftali Bennett published his demands, and then reportedly put his cellphone on Airplane Mode, to avoid any communication with Netanyahu until the very last minute, when Netanyahu would have no choice but to capitulate, a tactic that worked, and was reported as “smart” somewhere in the Israeli news media . Is there any reason to expect anything different on every issue of significance to come before the government in the days ahead?

    Are the other party leaders going to be “team players,” when a small party (Jewish Home has 8 seats, less than 7% of the Knesset) uses its veto power in the coalition to make highly partisan demands and then refuses to even communicate? Jewish Home has fewer seats than six of the nine other Israeli parties that won seats. Bennett is a natural dictator (“the only thing that matters is the strength of the Leader’s spine”) who will use every ounce of his power to advance his agenda. “No, you listen to me!” I predict will be heard over and over in cabinet meetings. Hands over ears, singing “la, la, la” as others try to express their opinion. “Take it or leave it” will be the watchword.

    Moshe Kahlon, on what basis do you suppose your economic reform agenda can be advanced in this government?

  5. just
    just
    May 7, 2015, 1:36 pm

    Here’s what Ari Shavit says:

    “Israeli society isn’t extreme, so the center can still prevail

    Our political culture is sick and incapable of translating the popular will into a functioning rule of the people. So we must define a new center now.

    At third and fourth glance the results of the recent election appear less bleak than they seemed at first and second glance.”…

    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/netanyahu-palestinians-government#sthash.8TaCHuNs.dpuf

    link to article: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.655262?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Isn’t he a self- professed “liberal Zionist”?

    I posit that his delusions persist, and that he’s an outright Zionist.

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      May 7, 2015, 7:42 pm

      “The Quantum Mechanics of Israeli Totalitarianism”
      http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/05/quantum-mechanics-israeli-totalitarianism-150507072609153.html

      expands on Halper’s “matrix of control”, situation for Palestinians even more dire than he said and only likely to worsen.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      May 8, 2015, 1:37 pm

      You can’t be liberal and a zionist. Jews have to get off the fence and decide now, you are either liberal, humane, peaceful, tolerant, will work toward peace and understanding instead of building walls of separation, end the apartheid racist “state” of Israel – OR – continue on the road to its destruction. I don’t care. Just don’t hide behind the bullshit label liberal zionist anymore – it’s killing Palestinian’s as quickly as the IDF.

  6. Bornajoo
    Bornajoo
    May 7, 2015, 5:02 pm

    There is no bottom for Zionists. They will remain loyal to Israel no matter what Israel does. All that will change is their rationalizations for supporting Israel (Giles)

    Couldn’t agree more!

    • just
      just
      May 7, 2015, 6:08 pm

      +1, Giles and Bornajoo!

      In other news:

      “U.S. reproaches new government over East Jerusalem construction

      State Department: ‘This is a disappointing development as the new Israeli government has been announced – and we are concerned about it.’

      Less than 24 hours after the new Israeli government was formed, the United States yesterday objected to its controversial plan to build new Jewish homes in East Jerusalem.

      State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters the administration was “disappointed” and “concerned” over government approval of the construction plans for Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem.

      “This is a disappointing development as the new Israeli government has been announced – and we are concerned about it. We need to see commitment for the two-state solution in the actions of the new government,” he said. “Building in East Jerusalem is damaging and inconsistent with the commitment to the two-state solution.”

      The criticism came in response to the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee’s decision to go ahead with the construction. The plan became notorious in 2010 when it was announced during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, causing a diplomatic tiff with Washington.”…

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.655509?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      Stop with the “disappointing”, unhelpful, blah blah blah.

      The time for sanctions is NOW.

      From the article: “A week ago Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman warned that if the new Israeli government does not demonstrate its commitment to the two-state solution, the United States will have a difficult time continuing to assist its efforts to halt international initiatives on the Palestinian issue at the United Nations.

      Sherman’s statement followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement in the days leading up to the elections that if he were elected prime minister, a Palestinian state would not be created.

      Sherman said the U.S. administration “will be watching very closely to see what happens on this issue after the new government is formed. If the new Israeli government is seen to be stepping back from its commitment to a two-state solution that will make our job in the international arena much tougher…it will be harder for us to prevent internationalizing the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict.””

      Game’s up. Ball’s in the US court. “Internationalize” away! ( what does that really mean anyway?)

  7. Keith
    Keith
    May 7, 2015, 5:20 pm

    PHIL- “The big question going forward is what the liberal Zionists are prepared to do about Israeli intransigence.”

    You mean other than wring their hands and make noise? Obviously nothing. Israel and Zionism are the driving force behind Zionist Jewish success, and until that changes liberal Zionists will continue to whine for their supper. A more interesting question is why China doesn’t retaliate for Adelson’s anti-Iranian efforts? One would think that Adelson’s casinos in Macao would be a point of leverage.

  8. ckg
    ckg
    May 7, 2015, 6:22 pm

    Phil, I think your Beinart link is broken. Here is a good one that is not behind a pay wall: http://www.haaretz.com/misc/iphone-article/.premium-1.647682

  9. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    May 7, 2015, 6:48 pm

    RE: “[A] narrow right-wing coalition is what Netanyahu wants; he has consciously flouted the option of a centrist government with Labor, one that could persuade the international community and Israel’s neighbors that he is interested in moving forward on the Palestinian issue.” ~ Yossi Alpher

    SEE: “A Boy Called Bibi ~ Netanyahu on the Couch”, by Uri Avnery, CounterPunch.org, May 1-3, 2015

    [EXCERPTS] There are two different opinions about Binyamin Netanyahu. It is difficult to believe that they concern the same person.

    One is that Netanyahu is a shallow politician, devoid of ideas and convictions, who is led solely by his obsession to remain in power. This Netanyahu has a good voice and a talent for making shallow speeches on television, speeches devoid of any intellectual content – and that’s all.

    This Netanyahu is highly “pressurable” (a Hebrew word invented almost solely for him), a man who will change his views according to political expediency, disclaiming in the evening what he has said in the morning. None of his words should be trusted. He will lie and cheat anytime to assure his survival.

    The other Netanyahu is almost the exact opposite. A principled patriot, a serious thinker, a statesman who sees danger beyond the horizon. This Netanyahu is a gifted orator, able to move the US Congress and the UN plenum, admired by the great mass of Israelis.

    So which of these descriptions is true?

    Neither.

    If it is true that the character of a person is shaped by his early childhood, we must examine the background of Netanyahu in order to understand him.

    He grew up in the shadow of a strong father. Benzion Millikowsky, who changed his foreign name to the Hebrew Netanyahu, was a very dominant and very unhappy person. Born in Warsaw, then a provincial town in the Russian Empire, he immigrated to Palestine as a young man, studied history at the new Hebrew University in Jerusalem and expected to become a professor there. He was not accepted.

    Benzion was the son of an early adherent of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the extreme rightist Zionist leader. He inherited from his father a very extremist outlook, and passed it on to his three sons. . .

    . . . So who is this Netanyahu? Contrary to popular opinion, he is a man of very strong beliefs – the beliefs of his far-right father. The entire world is out to kill us at all times, we need a powerful state to defend ourselves, all of the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan has been given us by God (whether he exists or not). Everything else is lies, subterfuges, tactics.

    When, in a famous speech at Bar-Ilan university near Tel Aviv, Netanyahu embraced the principle of “Two States for Two Peoples”, those who knew him could only smile. It was as if he had recommended the eating of pork on Yom Kippur.

    He dangled this statement before the eyes of the naive Americans and let his Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, lead endless negotiations with the Palestinians, whom he despises. Whenever it seemed that the negotiations were nearing some goal, he quickly put up another condition, such us the ridiculous demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People. He would not dream, of course, of recognizing the Palestinian territories as the Nation State of the Palestinian People – a people he does not really believe exists at all.

    On the eve of the last election, just now, Netanyahu announced that there would not be a Palestinian state as long as he was in power. When the Americans remonstrated, he repudiated himself. Why not? As his Likud predecessor, Yitzhak Shamir, famously said, “It is permitted to lie for the Fatherland.”

    Netanyahu will lie, cheat, repudiate himself, raise false flags – all for the purpose of achieving his one and only real goal, the Rock of our Existence (as he loves to say), the heritage of his father – the Jewish State from the sea to the river. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/01/netanyahu-on-the-couch/

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      May 8, 2015, 3:36 am

      RE: “. . So who is this Netanyahu? Contrary to popular opinion, he is a man of very strong beliefs – the beliefs of his far-right father. The entire world is out to kill us at all times, we need a powerful state to defend ourselves, all of the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan has been given us by God (whether he exists or not). Everything else is lies, subterfuges, tactics.” ~ Uri Avnery (from above)

      JOEL KOVEL (1-20-13):

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

      SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

  10. Kay24
    Kay24
    May 7, 2015, 9:55 pm

    So the Israeli lobbies over in the UK must be happy that their man, David Cameron, might get re-elected once again. I wonder if they played a big role in the British elections too, just like they interfere in our politics. If they did support him, that would mean they ignored Ed Millibrand, a Jewish politician. I guess Cameron is more useful to them.

    Haaretz questioning if Cameron was the most pro-Israel PM in the UK:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.653847

    From the Independent UK

    “Israel was right to defend itself in the face of “indiscriminate” attacks in Gaza last summer, David Cameron has said.

    The Prime Minister insisted it was “important to speak out” about standing by Israel and said there was an “important difference” between Israel’s use of weapons to defend itself and Hamas’ use of them “to defend its weapons”.

    Last summer Ed Miliband criticised Mr Cameron over his slow response in condemning Israeli strikes on civilian targets in Gaza, describing the Prime Minister’s “silence” as “inexplicable”.

    David Cameron showed the devotion like our leaders do. Maybe it is part of the requirements to win elections. Shame on Cameron to ignore the plight of the Palestinians, and not mention the excessive force against civilians, which resulted in hundreds of women and children being massacred.

  11. just
    just
    May 8, 2015, 8:18 am

    Here’s Anshel Pfeffer’s take on Cameron’s win:

    “…Cameron’s reelection strategy is very reminiscent of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s. Cameron refused to directly debate Miliband, appeared less often than his rival in the media, and successfully framed Miliband as a less-competent alternative for running the United Kingdom.

    Above all, Cameron had, just like Netanyahu, the fear factor of the Scots/Arabs descending in their multitudes on the polling stations. The fear of a Miliband government controlled behind the scenes by the Scottish National Party made many voters, even if they weren’t particularly fond of the Tories, tick their ballot papers accordingly.

    Another similarity to Netanyahu’s winning strategy was the way the Conservatives cannibalized the votes of their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, who lost over 80 percent of their power and are down to only 10 seats. …

    …The Jewish angle

    Miliband, Labour’s first-ever Jewish leader, is resigning. Some observers saw an anti-Semitic tone in part of the coverage, especially in the excessive use of a not very flattering photograph of Miliband trying to eat a bacon sandwich. That image graced The Sun’s front page on Wednesday.

    But on the whole, Miliband’s Jewishness played no role in the elections. On the other hand, his criticism of Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza seems to have harmed him in at least two north London constituencies with large numbers of Jewish voters. The Conservatives defended both those seats with relatively large majorities, despite the prediction of a close race in both. At least some pro-Israel Jews there probably contributed.

    In any case, there will surely be satisfaction at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. Netanyahu sees Cameron as one of his closest allies, a politician who shares many of his views on both economic and regional issues.

    The new Conservative government, which has no need of the Liberal Democrats who are more skeptical toward Israel, will be even more friendly. In addition, the two most anti-Israel (veering on anti-Semitic) MPs, George Galloway and David Ward, lost their seats. Those two represented constituencies in Bradford, the city with the largest Muslim minority in Britain, but they both lost to Muslim Labour candidates.

    Above all, Netanyahu will derive satisfaction from the very similar way Cameron paved his way to victory — the scare tactics, the avoidance of debate, the portrayal of his rival as a weak man and an unworthy leader. All this combined as the perfect formula for reelection.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/.premium-1.655558?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    We’re all in a great mess when ‘leaders’ like Netanyahu and Cameron get chosen again.

    • John O
      John O
      May 8, 2015, 9:17 am

      A deeply depressing result. Not least, because of the disturbing rise of English nationalism on display in this election – painting the Scots as “the other”, a barbaric horde about to invade the sacred benches of the Mother of Parliaments and hold the country to ransom.

  12. eljay
    eljay
    May 8, 2015, 8:28 am

    But on the whole, Miliband’s Jewishness played no role in the elections. On the other hand, his criticism of Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza seems to have harmed him in at least two north London constituencies with large numbers of Jewish voters.

    Sounds like those north London constituencies have a large number of Zio-supremacist voters. They’re the only ones who get upset when the hateful and immoral policies of the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” are criticized.

  13. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    May 8, 2015, 11:46 am

    The name of the Prime Minister really doesn’t matter. What should matter to israelis is, that as long as right-wing governments govern, there will be no chance for peace in that area – israel in danger of going up in flames too.

  14. Citizen
    Citizen
    May 8, 2015, 7:40 pm

    Congress votes to give Israel even more aid to supplement its annual $8.5M per day free dosage:
    http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/house-committee-votes-474-million-more-to-israel-in-aipac-sponsored-legislation/#.VU1bkPlVikq

    This added to last year’s supplement for defense systems, with new agenda to include paying for Israel’s tunnel defense under guise US will also use it to stop tunneling Mexicans on our sorter border.

  15. Boo
    Boo
    May 8, 2015, 9:00 pm

    “Israel might take certain steps such as the Americans did in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000.”

    That’s a laughably conservative estimate, considering that both West Pakistan and India are both downwind of Iran. And both of those countries are legitimate nuclear states, with India in particular having a robust orbital rocket program and for whom a long-range nuclear missile response is well within their capabilities.

  16. Kris
    Kris
    May 8, 2015, 10:13 pm

    ” And yesterday Israel’s Defense Minister said Israel can’t be concerned about civilian casualties in Gaza and Lebanon and it might nuke Iran:

    “In response to a question about Iran, [Moshe] Yaalon said that “in certain cases” when “we feel like we don’t have the answer by surgical operations” Israel might take “certain steps” such as the Americans did in “Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000.”

    There were 200,000 fatalities by Dec., 1945. No one was really counting. And then in the years following, as survivors developed cancer, there were many more fatalities. If Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear sites, not only will the Gulf States be “uninhabitable,” but fall-out will circle the world.
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/good-bye-dubai-bombing-irans-nuclear-facilities-would-leave-the-entire-gulf-states-region-virtually-uninhabitable/5334737

    • just
      just
      May 8, 2015, 10:31 pm

      Correct. Never mind that Iraq and Afghanistan will also be hit again. Iraq and Afghanistan are already dealing with frighteningly high rates of cancer, birth defects, and more~ all courtesy of the depleted uranium that was dropped on them by the US.

      Dahr Jamail:

      “March 19, 2013 “Information Clearing House” -“Al Jazeera” – Fallujah, Iraq – Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq.

      Many prominent doctors and scientists contend that DU contamination is also connected to the recent emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal, and anaemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi governorates.

      There has also been a dramatic jump in miscarriages and premature births among Iraqi women, particularly in areas where heavy US military operations occurred, such as Fallujah.

      Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.”…

      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34351.htm

      See also:

      “Birth Defects in Afghanistan and Iraq from DU (Depleted Uranium) Munitions – Our Legacy

      …Conn Hallinan: Well, in Libya there has almost certainly been use of it because for the American A10 attack planes and AC130s that is their standard anti-armor weapon; they use depleted uranium shells.

      It is very dangerous. It has had very bad effects in the first Gulf war, in Iraq, and also in Kosovo to a certain extent.

      What people don’t realize is while depleted uranium is not highly radioactive, itself, when it explodes, it turns into a powder. It’s when the powder is ingested — either through drinking it or eating it or breathing it in — that’s when the problems start. We know that it damages bone marrow and chromosomes. It is also a very highly toxic metal so it damages kidneys and livers, as well.

      The WTO World Health Organization has strongly recommended against using it because it tends to leach into the water table and the problem with this stuff is that it has a half-life of 4.4 billion years. Once it gets into the environment, it’s there. And it’s basically there forever, leaching into the water system; people are drinking it and bathing in it, and the long term health effects are extremely serious.”…

      http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com/2012/02/birth-defects-in-afghanistan-and-iraq.html

      And Yaalon makes public threats to nuke Iran. The US says and does nothing except give them more money for “missile defense”, etc. as Citizen notes:

      “Congress votes to give Israel even more aid to supplement its annual $8.5M per day free dosage”: link to councilforthenationalinterest.org – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/reactionary-government-zionists#comment-146203

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