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After the tragic events in Paris on Friday where gunmen affiliated with the Islamic State or ISIS killed 129 people in separate and coordinated attacks, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world leaders to condemn acts of “terrorism” and “radical Islam” perpetrated by Palestinians, claiming “the terrorists who attack us have the same murderous intent as those in Paris.”

“The time has come for the world to wake up and unite in order to defeat terrorism. The time has come for countries to condemn terrorism against us to the same degree that they condemn terrorism everywhere else in the world,” Netanyahu said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, further adding Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas should renounce attacks on Israelis over recent weeks.

Since October 1st, Palestinians killed 15 Israelis in the West Bank and Israel, and Israeli forces killed more than 110 Palestinians including alleged attackers and protesters in near-daily demonstrations that have spread across the West Bank under the banner of a “knife Intifada” or uprising.

“It would be proper for Abu Mazen, who condemned the attack in France yesterday, to condemn ruthless terrorism against innocent people in Israel and fight the incitement that motivates it,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu underscored that neither the Israeli occupation, nor the settlements are a driving force behind the last six-weeks of violence.

“We should remember – we are not to blame for the terrorism directed against us, just as the French are not to blame for the terrorism directed against them. It is the terrorists who are to blame for terrorism, not the territories, not the settlements and not any other thing. It is the desire to destroy us that perpetuates this conflict and drives the murderous aggression against us,” he said.

Despite on-going turmoil that has had less steam that the previous two Intifadas, both governments held commemorations honoring the victims of the Paris attacks. Israeli leaders lighted the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City and the Knesset in the colors of the French flag, and Palestinian officials held a memorial in Bethlehem.

In response a senior Palestinian official today decried Netanyahu’s public charge of linking Palestinian attacks against Israelis to the actions of ISIS in France.

“Netanyahu is attempting to exploit the cruel and inhuman terrorism of Daesh in order to score cheap political points at the expense of the Palestinian people,” said Palestinian Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi, referring to ISIS by its Arabic abbreviation. “His statements are not only fraudulent and politically coercive, they are symptomatic of political and moral bankruptcy.”

ISIS militants have issued warnings of conquest to both Israeli and Palestinians leaders during the past year. In a video address to the “tyrants of Hamas,” last June ISIS warned of their intentions to turn Israel, Hamas-controlled Gaza, and Fatah-run West Bank into districts of the Islamic caliphate by the same brute force used to expand their reign in parts of Syria and Iraq.

“We will uproot the state of the Jews [Israel] and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be overrun by our creeping multitudes,” Reuters reported the video statement said, “The rule of sharia [Islamic law] will be implemented in Gaza, in spite of you. We swear that what is happening in the Levant today, and in particular the Yarmouk camp, will happen in Gaza,” the alert continued, making reference to the Damascus-area Palestinian refugee camp now overrun by ISIS fighters.

In October, in a rare move ISIS released a video threat directed towards Israel.

“To all the Jews who conquered our country, the Muslims. The real war has not started yet, and everything you had before is simply called a child’s play compared to that which is going to happen to you in the near future,” said a fluent Hebrew-speaking gunman.

“Do whatever you feel like in the meantime, until we get to you, and then we’ll destroy everything ten times over for the crimes your committed. And we promise you that soon there will not be a single Jew in Jerusalem and throughout the country. And we’ll continue on until we eradicate this disease worldwide.”

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  1. Pippilin on November 16, 2015, 12:06 pm

    The narcissism of Netanyahu is simply astounding. Every opportunity to portray Israel as victim is seized upon, with little, if any, compassion for the world’s current victim, i.e. Paris. Is this approach/behavior historical? And if so, perhaps it could be a reason why Jews of the past never fit in with contemporary society and were therefore persecuted?

    • JWalters on November 16, 2015, 4:55 pm

      Claiming oneself to be superior to one’s neighbors is not a recipe for getting along well with others. (Especially when that claim leads to robbing the neighbors, or slaughtering them.)

    • truthurts on November 16, 2015, 8:46 pm

      “The narcissism of Netanyahu is simply astounding. Every opportunity to portray Israel as victim is seized upon?
      maybe the world’s psychiatric community could come up with a new diagnosis;
      may i suggest bibiosis

      • truthurts on November 16, 2015, 8:53 pm

        as far as taking advantage of a world crisis it’s been a well established strategic tactic of the terror state of israel to militaristically move on the poor palestinians whenever there is a world crisis so as to have the attention of the world press diverted

      • John O on November 17, 2015, 12:50 pm


        Right on cue, “Israel announced on Tuesday it has outlawed an Islamist party accused of inciting violence among the country’s Arab citizens, as part of measures to stamp out a two month-long deadly escalation.
        The government declared the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement of Israel illegal, saying its activists could be subject to arrest if they violate the ban.”

      • annie on November 17, 2015, 2:53 pm

        i know this group. they are the ones that closely monitor all activity at al aqsa. that’s what this is about. and the article buries the lede:

        routinely accuses Israel of trying to take over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem…

        then they write this without mentioning specifically what they were looking for

        After the decision, Israeli forces searched more than a dozen of the group’s offices around the country, seizing computers, files and funds, police said. Authorities also froze its bank accounts and said that 17 organizations affiliated with the party were served with orders to close down.

        i bet they are going to make them take down the website documenting the daily abuse. i think it’s the same party. and then this

        Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan linked the decision to the attacks in Paris

        what hogwash!!!

  2. amigo on November 16, 2015, 12:10 pm

    why would anyone operating with the benefit of an intellect condemn attacks against a nation that has been attacking it,s neighbours since 1948 .They have been doing so for far longer but not as a state before 1948.

    Let,s be honest about what Israel calls attacks.For instance , shooting their most moral army members is “terrrroreesm” as is defending oneself against armed illegal squatter thugs carrying out so called “price tag ” terrorist crimes.T

    Would someone stop the world and kick this whining zionist war criminal off. Let him go and create his racist , bigoted rogue entity at the other side of the universe.Maybe he can enlist fellow ass-tronauts from the hasbara brigade that frequent this site with their zionist celestial fantasies. They can use their limitless supply of ziopoop to create sufficient fuel to get far away from all that antisemitism and live in peace and security and total isolation

    • JWalters on November 17, 2015, 5:25 pm

      Exactly so. The parallels between Israel and ISIS are striking.

      Both have the goal of re-creating an ancient religious society, Israel from 2000 years ago and ISIS from 1500 years ago.

      Both have terrorism as a principle method in their effort. The Zionist forces used terror attacks against the British to drive them out, then used terror attacks against the Muslim inhabitants to drive them out (which it continues to this day). ISIS has followed suit with terrorist attacks against those who oppose them.

      Both have relied on massive outside funding to support their terrorism. The Zionist forces relied on major European banks, notably the Rothschild bank. (The Balfour Declaration was a letter to James de Rothschild.) The ISIS forces have relied on Arab oil money.

      The current conflagration is the Military-Industrial Complex’s dream come true. The U.S. Secretary of Defense predicted exactly this when Israel was established, including the blowback at America and Europe. ISIS is part of the natural reaction to Zionist terrorism. The American public is not informed about these parallels because the MIC, controlled by the Zionists of Wall Street, also controls the major news media.

      How long before ordinary people wise up and rise up and destroy these monsters?

      • bettyfar on November 20, 2015, 2:11 am

        Do you have some reliable source for Rothschild and Zionist, US and their connection?

      • annie on November 20, 2015, 10:11 am

        what’s the MIC? “controlled by the Zionists of Wall Street”

      • YoniFalic on November 20, 2015, 11:09 am

        Military Industrial Complex.

      • annie on November 20, 2015, 11:40 am

        oh. of course. a tad myopic.

      • bettyfar on November 23, 2015, 5:50 am

        I’m really curious about this “history”. Anyone can provide me some books or movies, or documents?

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 16, 2015, 12:19 pm

    Well, we all know this was going to happen. The only surprise is that it took him 3 whole days. I wonder if his advisors told him it might not be in good taste to mouth off within minutes, especially after his embarrassing attempt to leap onto the je suis Charlie bandwagon?

    But has there ever, in the 70 or so years since the ‘birth’ of Israel, been a time when its leaders did not attempt to link the Palestinians and their allies to the current Bad Guy du jour? The early Palestinian resistance were linked to the Nazis, and Nasser was ‘the new Hitler’. During the Cold War, the Palestinians were Soviet-allied Commies. After the 2001 Trade Centre attacks and the misguided ‘War on Terror’, Palestinians were the tehwoah masterminds – ‘we are fighting the same enemy’ was the slogan of the day. And just when that was starting to get a bit last decade, now we’ve got a new Global Enemy to link to the Palestinians and their allies. Never mind that Hizballah have lost hundreds of members (much to Israel’s glee) fighting IS, and that Israel has done absolutely nothing to aid the (so-called) fight agains them.

    • JWalters on November 16, 2015, 4:47 pm

      Israel merely orchestrates the wars, using other people’s money and other people’s lives, and then reaps its fat share of the MIC profits.

    • oldgeezer on November 17, 2015, 3:56 pm

      It didnt take him three days. I read his comments at jpost the morning after the attacks. He wastes no time in showing what a slimeball he is.

  4. eljay on November 16, 2015, 12:20 pm

    Well, there you have it: From the lowly grunts here on MW right up to their President / King of all Jews, hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists see the tragedy in Paris as another excuse to advocate, justify, defend and/or support Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine, as well as related past and on-going (war) crimes.

    Zio-supremacists are truly hateful and immoral people.

  5. a blah chick on November 16, 2015, 1:02 pm

    Okay, look, I am not in anyway a conspiracy nut but I found that message released by the Daesh guy just weird. Has the translation been vouched fore? I find it odd that he doesn’t mention Palestine or Israel, is this how these guys talk? His threats sound strangly vague. Also why up till now have they avoided declaiming against Israel? What’s changed? They did not seem to have much to say about the Gaza War. Odd.

    And don’t get me started on that fake Syrian passport they found intact near one of the bombers.

  6. Kay24 on November 16, 2015, 1:04 pm

    The man who elbowed his way, uninvited, to insert himself into the tragedy experienced by France during the Charlie Hebdo fiasco. What do you expect from this irrational man?

    He is using someone else’s tragedy for political reasons, as if the world cannot see the difference between a bunch of crazy, fanatical terrorists, and a crazy occupier, who keeps people oppressed, and unashamedly steal their lands, and other resources. His timing once again stinks. This man does not know the meaning of shame.

    What is he going to do now, whine, throw a tantrum, call everyone “anti-semitic”, and demand that he gets his way?

    Go away Nutty, you are a disgusting opportunist.

    • inbound39 on November 17, 2015, 5:08 am

      This is the opportune time for World heads of State to voice their condemnation of the Leader and Government of Israel for using the current tragedy in Paris to deflect from Israel’s own belligerent and aggressive and illegal Occupation and illegal settlement of Palestine. Israel is attacked because of his OWN aggressive actions toward Palestine and Arabs in general in the region. The Occupier cannot claim victimhood.

      • Kay24 on November 19, 2015, 7:14 am

        They always claim victimhood, even for someone else’s tragedy. Even as they kill civilians, they pretend they were the victims. They lie about everything.
        What a devious nation.

  7. amigo on November 16, 2015, 1:06 pm

    netanyahi,s “Last Tango in Paris”.

    Hey , I am the King of the Jews , get out of my way.

    So will he turn up this time ,uninvited on a quest to convince French citizens to desert their own nation and move to Israel where they will be safe in a sea of Arabs who are out to kill ====them all.

    Will he wave at his adoring subjects as he takes part in a solemn occasion .

  8. Palikari on November 16, 2015, 1:41 pm

    Bibi is right.

    Terror is terror, wherever it takes place, in Paris or Jerusalem, in Tolouse or Tel Aviv.


    • eljay on November 16, 2015, 2:44 pm

      || Palikari: Bibi is right. Terror is terror, wherever it takes place … ||

      He should know: His supremacist state and his fellow hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists have been committing acts of terrorism for almost 70 years.

    • zaid on November 16, 2015, 4:56 pm

      Then i guess this will be disappointing for you.,7340,L-4726498,00.html

      HaHa , they are blaming the Paris attacks on Israel.

      God bless sweden

      • annie on November 16, 2015, 5:28 pm

        The director general of the Foreign Ministry, Dr. Dore Gold, on Monday invited Swedish ambassador to Israel Carl Magnus for an urgent discussion to clarify Wallström’s comments………

        “The Swedish foreign minister’s statements are appallingly impudent…(She) demonstrates genuine hostility when she points to a connection of any kind between the terror attacks in Paris and the complex situation between Israel and the Palestinians,” the statement continued.

        LOL! classic! only netanyahu and chuck schumer get to make a connection between the terror attacks in Paris and the situation between Israel and the Palestinians!

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 16, 2015, 5:36 pm

        Ah yes, Dore Gold, born in Hartford, Connecticut, and now Foreign Minister of an undefined west Asian statelet.

      • Kay24 on November 16, 2015, 5:52 pm

        Nutty has a history of being on the wrong side of any issue….he (and the spineless congress members) were the only ones against the Iran nuclear deal, he was the only war nut to mention a Mufti that supposedly was the master mind to Hitlers oven program, which was strongly disputed by Israel’s historians, leaders like Merkel, and officials within Israel, and he is the only one (with Schumer holding his hand) who now equates this deadly attack on Paris, with the stones and home made rockets that come into Israel, because those sending them are that they are living in miserable conditions under Israel’s military occupation, and the fact that their homes are being bulldozed for illegal settlements.

        Nutty all alone again….except for his paid trolls who have been given the lame talking points.
        Go Nutty, make an fool of yourself once again.

      • Palikari on November 16, 2015, 6:18 pm

        To blame Paris attacks on Israel is pure insanity.

      • Mooser on November 16, 2015, 7:53 pm

        “To blame Paris attacks on Israel is pure insanity.”

        Well, don’t let it get you too upset, because it is going to happen, a lot. Do you know of something you can do about it?

      • Marnie on November 17, 2015, 1:43 am


        “To blame Paris attacks on Israel is pure insanity.”

        Really? Do you think that the GoI’s continuous murder of Palestinian men, women and children on a daily basis, injuring thousands, imprisoning thousands including children, continuing to steal their land, driving them out of their homes, destroying the homes of Palestinians so often it looks like a sport, blocking EMS from ministering to injured, ill or dying Palestinians, instead just letting the clock wind down so the victims die, etc. These crimes and others have not gone completely unnoticed by the rest of the world inspite of the lying, obfuscation and distraction provided by the GoI and their insistance that what they are doing to the Palestinian people is their God-given right and destiny, IOW, just another crazy, fascist, nationalistic entity. How much longer can that continue without the dreaded but inevitable blowback? For zionists to whine, pout and stamp their feet because what goes around eventually does come around is completely disingenuous and makes you look even more stupid than you think we are.

        “When used as a noun, the word ‘roost’ refers to the place where birds rest. It could be anything — the branch of a tree, a henhouse, etc. When a bird roosts somewhere, it rests there. This rather old saying, ‘chickens have come home to roost’, is normally used to mean that the bad things that someone has done in the past have come back to bite or haunt the individual. In other words, you are telling someone that he has to face the consequences of the deeds done in the past — though he may have committed them a long time ago.”
        From The Hindu, Updated: November 29, 2011 02:10 IST
        What is the meaning of ‘chickens have come home to roost’?

      • eljay on November 17, 2015, 8:04 am

        || Palikari: To blame Paris attacks on Israel is pure insanity. ||

        Fair enough:
        – The ISIS attacks on Paris are the result of France’s attacks on ISIS.
        – Palestinian attacks on Israel are the result of Israel’s almost 70 years of attacks on the Palestinians.

        To lay blame elsewhere is pure insanity.

      • Rashers2 on November 18, 2015, 2:11 am

        If I’m not mistaken, Margot Wallström was already declared persona non grata in Israel (a badge I hope she wears with pride). If you read the transcript (admittedly, in translation) of her radio interview, hers were generalised remarks about addressing the causes of radicalisation. But, yes, it seems only neo-cons and Israeli Jews are allowed to draw (in their cases, wholly specious) links between Paris and I/P.

    • peeesss on November 17, 2015, 1:21 am

      Or Beit Honoun, or Hebron, or Jenin, or Ramallah, or Bilin, or el-Bireh, or Jerusalem, Or Gaza, Or Nazerith . or the whole of the West Bank, or the Whole of Palestine. {Please excuse the spelling.}

      • WH on November 17, 2015, 5:19 am

        IS don’t care in the slightest about Palestinians, they want to conquer Palestine like everywhere else and butcher anyone who opposes their insane ideology.

    • kalithea on November 17, 2015, 3:37 am

      And to milk the Paris tragedy to score undeserved sympathy is even more insane.

      • JWalters on November 17, 2015, 5:39 pm

        From the corporate war profiteers’ standpoint, it’s good strategy. From a normal human standpoint, war profiteering is indeed totally insane.

      • inbound39 on November 18, 2015, 12:19 am

        Just shows the type of BottomFeeders that inhabit the current Knesset kalithea… makes the “special relationship” that much more deplorable.

    • oldgeezer on November 17, 2015, 4:00 pm

      He is right. Israelis venerate and elect their terrorists to lead them. While Israel has been targetted by terrorism is has never acknowledged that it is a practioner of terrorism.

      How about you plaikari? Do you condemn Jewish and Israeli state terrorism?

      • JWalters on November 17, 2015, 5:42 pm

        “Israelis venerate and elect their terrorists to lead them.”

        Too true. What Mel Brooks could do with this.

    • talknic on November 18, 2015, 6:30 pm

      @ Palikari “Terror is terror, wherever it takes place, in Paris or Jerusalem, in Tolouse or Tel Aviv. Period, West Bank, Gaza, etc

  9. Marnie on November 16, 2015, 2:18 pm

    “The time has come for the world to wake up and unite in order to defeat terrorism. The time has come for countries to condemn terrorism against us to the same degree that they condemn terrorism everywhere else in the world,” Netanyahu said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, further adding Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas should renounce attacks on Israelis over recent weeks.”

    Shorter Netanyahu – Paris Schmaris, what about Israel?!

    Or – The time has come for other countries to stop condemning my country, my people, the only democracy in the middle east and bastion of freedom for persecuted Jews everywhere, for our continued occupation of the Palestinian people and theft of Palestinian land! Who are any of you to question our pogram, I mean policies, that have been working so well for us for 70 years? Which one of you antisemites is going to try to stop us now?

  10. annie on November 16, 2015, 2:19 pm

    i’m reminded of hasbrat commenters recently chastising us about using this tragedy to score political points in the i/p fiasco. ha! the kingjew himself is playing master of ceremonies at his own staged event. let the games officially begin.

    • Kay24 on November 16, 2015, 5:05 pm

      He is simply trying desperately, to justify ALL the killings, collective punishments, check points, and all the human right violations against Palestinian civilians.

      Very soon, we may hear him say that he keeps stealing lands and building illegal settlements, because of terrorism. He must be off his meds these days.

      • Xpat on November 16, 2015, 10:33 pm

        “we may hear him say that he keeps stealing lands and building illegal settlements, because of terrorism.”

        That is exactly what the settler leaders say. The response to terror should be to build more settlements.

      • Marnie on November 17, 2015, 12:11 am

        Actually, Netanyahu was a day ahead of us on the don’t blame us for what we do when bad people do bad stuff to us! Oh, and you too Paris.

        By TOVAH LAZAROFF \ Jerusalem Post

        11/15/2015 01:05

        Netanyahu: Don’t blame terror attacks against Israelis on the settlements

        French Jews call for war on Jihadism as terror engulfs Paris

        Paris prosecutor chronicles deadly ‘team’ attacks

        What is at play here is the terrorists deep desire to destroy Israel, Netanyahu said.

        Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community not to blame Palestinian terror attacks against Israel on settlement building or its actions in the West Bank.

        “Just like the French are not guilty, we are not guilty of the terrorism that has been directed at us,” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday night.

        “The terrorists are the ones who are guilty of terrorism, not ‘the territories’ and not ‘the settlements’ and not anything else,” he wrote.

        What is at play here is the terrorists deep desire to destroy Israel, Netanyahu said.

        This desire “sustains the conflict and drives the murderous attacks against us,” Netanyahu said.

        “The terrorists that have attacked us have exactly the same murderous intention as those in Paris,” said the premier.

        He drew a direct link between the six consecutive terror attacks in France on Friday night that killed at least 129 people and the Palestinian terror attack in the South Hebron Hills hours earlier in which Ya’akov Litman and his son Natanel were killed by gunmen who shot at their van, lightly wounding five other family members.

        “Terror is terror, and what is behind this is radical Islam and the desire to destroy,” said Netanyahu as he urged the international community to move beyond the blame-the-victim attitude it displays toward Israel.

        “It is time that the world will wake up and unite in order to defeat terrorism,” the prime minister said. “It is time that countries throughout the world condemn the terrorism against us, just as they condemn terrorism anywhere else.”

        He similarly called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn Friday’s terror attack against the Litman family, such as he spoke up on Saturday against the killings in France.

        It was his second statement of the day on the matter. During a Jerusalem press conference several hours earlier, Netanyahu said, “You can’t fight terrorism selectively.”

        “You can’t say these are the good terrorists and these are the bad terrorists. All terrorists are bad.”

        Personally, “terror engulfs Paris” is a bit dramatic, even for the Jerusalem Post. Sensationalism isn’t reporting the news. Something engulfing something else sounds like some sci-fi horror flick, and minimizes it at the same time.

  11. Les on November 16, 2015, 5:50 pm

    “we are not to blame for the terrorism directed against us”

    Robert Parry:

    “Will Obama explain how U.S. “allies” in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, have been fueling this Sunni extremism for years? Will he dare recognize that Israeli repression of the Palestinians is a major contributing factor, too?”

    • just on November 16, 2015, 7:23 pm

      Thanks, Les.

      “Obama rules out Syria ground invasion in passionate defence of Isis strategy

      President responds angrily to mounting pressure to put ‘boots on the ground’ in wake of Paris attacks and warns against toll of repeated US interventions

      … A major philosophical disagreement between Obama and his critics is over whether to treat Isis as a conventional state enemy or a terrorist network.

      “Our goals here have to be aggressive and leave no stone here, but also recognise this is not conventional warfare,” said the president. “We play into the Isil narrative when we act as if they are a state and we use routine military tactics that are designed to fight a state that is attacking another state. That’s not what’s going on here.”

      Obama also launched a savage attack on “shameful” Republican candidates and eastern European politicians who argued Muslim refugees must be kept out of Europe or the US, saying: “We do not have religious tests for our compassion.”

      Praising former president George W Bush for making it clear the US was not involved in a war against Islam, he implicitly contrasted those remarks with the president’s brother and current presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who has called for priority to be given to Middle East refugees who are Christian.

      “That’s shameful,” Obama declared. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are.” He added: “We do not have a religious test for people who are fleeing from persecution. It is very important that we do not close out hearts to those victims of such violence.

      “When I hear folks say that ‘maybe, well, we should just admit the Christians and not the Muslims’, I hear political leaders suggesting there would be a religious test for which a person fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution – that’s shameful.”

      Praising German chancellor Angela Merkel for showing compassion and leadership on the issue of refugees, Obama urged the world to remember the biggest victims of violence in Syria by President Bashar al-Assad were Muslims.

      Speaking at a close of G20 press conference in southern Turkey, Obama said: “The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism. They are the most vulnerable as a consequence of civil war and strife. They are parents. They are children. They are orphans and it is very important … that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”

      Saying “I will do what is required to keep America safe”, he said defeating Isis would always take time and there will be setbacks, adding Paris was “a terrible setback”.

      “There will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward, but the strategy that we put forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work,” Obama told reporters. “But … it is going to take time.

      “It is not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers, that [boots on the ground] would be a mistake,” the US president added. …”

      Now if he could only tell Israel’s right wing nuts, including the offensive PM off, once and for all.

      “His statements are not only fraudulent and politically coercive, they are symptomatic of political and moral bankruptcy.”

      More incitement from the lying PM.

      Hanan Ashrawi nails it again.

    • JWalters on November 17, 2015, 5:48 pm

      Good article by Robert Parry at Consortium News, as usual.

      Point of info, the quotes in just’s post are from the Guardian article, not Parry’s. Equally welcome though.

      Obama is getting roundly trashed for not joining in the war mongering mob’s chants. Good thing he beat Romney.

      • James Canning on November 18, 2015, 1:16 pm

        Romney likely indeed would have been a stooge of the warmongers.

    • Kay24 on November 19, 2015, 8:56 am

      We cannot stop this extreme anger against us, until we acknowledge we have made many mistakes by bombing Muslim nations, interfering in their countries, and toppling their leaders.
      We have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and don’t seem to care.
      Time we changed our “we are the superpower that can do what the hell we want” attitude.
      Anyone with half a brain should realize that we are primarily to be blamed for this backlash, and the anger that we are provoking. WE WOULD FEEL THE SAME HAD SOME ARROGANT NATION DROPPED BOMBS ON US, KILLING, MAIMING AND SMASHING OUR HOMES INTO RUBBLE.

      Jeb Bush was talking about putting troops on the ground today, and basically talking about another war, another Bush, another war.

      Can’t we learn from our mistakes?

  12. W.Jones on November 16, 2015, 7:09 pm

    It could be that certain security groups expected that this event would occur, but then let it happen because they expected to benefit from the political fallout. By now there is a pretty intense monitoring program in place where somebody would probably know about it, although not everything an be predicted beforehand.

    For example, the school day would have ended at 3 PM or so, but the incidents occurred that night, and France’s “Local” new service reported:

    Deha, who lives on Boulevard St Germain, told The Local, adding that this his son came home from school on Friday with a letter advising parents what to do in case of an emergency. “It was completely out of the blue – I don’t know if this was a coincidence or there were alerts before, but it doesn’t feel like a coincidence,” he said. “It was advice for parents on what to do in an emergency – such as not calling or coming to the school, staying away from the area and listening for updated from to a radio station, France Blue.”

  13. a blah chick on November 16, 2015, 7:21 pm

    Dore Gold sez: “…(She) demonstrates genuine hostility when she points to a connection of any kind between the terror attacks in Paris and the complex situation between Israel and the Palestinians,”

    It’s complicated!

  14. kalithea on November 17, 2015, 3:21 am

    First, I want to say: Wow! this site sure is prolific! and in touch with the pulse of the day. I had a tough time choosing where to comment; there are so many great articles lately!

    Second, I have to admit though; I am livid! I’m livid that this lunatic and other Zionist lunatics like him are stoking the Islamophobic hysteria that’s manifesting itself after the recent attacks on Paris. So it begs the question: Who’s really winning here: Zionists or the terrorists or do they have a similar agenda; to diminish our rights and freedoms and induce a clash of civilizations? Zionists want the rest of us to fight their war; to neutralize their neighborhood for them; because they want to keeping trying to fit that square peg into that round hole and draw us into their repetitive insanity for the sake of some delusional myth.

    Again, I grieve for the lives lost recently in Paris, Beirut and Russia that are the rising debt claimed by the war on terror and for the millions of refugees victims of this folly.

    It just boggles my mind how sheepish Western masses are in today’s technologically-advanced, media-driven era. It’s like someone screamed fire! and a mass stampede happened, but sadly, that’s not all…

    Yesterday, we witnessed the height of all hypocrisy happening in the U.S. with 18 states stepping forward to slam the door shut on the massive exodus of refugees caused by demented U.S. foreign policy and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan (punishment for the deeds done by Saudis), Libya, Yemen by Saudi proxy and Syria destroyed by proxy but with U.S./Zionist interests intended.

    Millions of refugees have been and are being displaced by American weaponry; literally at the barrel of a gun. U.S. weaponry broke it in all those places and now, ironically, hypocritically, America refuses to shoulder any responsibility for this massive refugee problem so massive and unseen since the Indochine refugee crisis and WWII.

    I’m disheartened by the direction the human race is taking and appalled by Zionists milking this tragedy to gain sympathy for their crimes against the Palestinian people.

    I want to race to the highest peak and scream at the world: STOP!!! We are not evolving anymore! We are destroying everything of value we struggled for through the ages! We have lost touch with our spirit and our humanity and are surrendering our freedom and are driven by irrational fear and hatred.

    What is happening here; has the world gone crazy? We’ve been here before, after 9/11, and look how much we’ve lost since then? We learned nothing from that except fear and hate leading to war and destruction. Do we really want to surrender to the same madness again that robbed us of so much and continue down this dark path with no light in sight?

    I feel like I’m trying to forge ahead and everyone’s running in the opposite direction as despair and misery for the most vulnerable grows everywhere.

    Stop!…rewind…restore sanity. Let go of the trauma generated by hidden, malevolent agendas, and let’s go back to where we got lost; where we stopped evolving and take a different path; a more humane; compassionate and less selfish path. Let’s be brave and choose leaders who think outside the box and don’t try to keep us safe with more weapons; more war and more restrictions on our freedom and intrusive invasions of our privacy.

    Let’s take a collective leap of faith together and defy the narrative of fear that the lunatic in the center of that photo with his arm raised in a gesture suggestive of supremacist ideology that he peddles to Western civilization as existential but will lead us over the cliff to certain destruction. Reject exclusive entitlement; and let him take that fall; while we take a different path for a change to benefit all humanity.

    • JWalters on November 17, 2015, 5:54 pm

      Excellent overview. I share your hope. Posts like this help sustain it with the truth.

  15. phacepalm on November 17, 2015, 7:02 am

    Well, here’s something positive. A spanish judge Spain issued an arrest warrant’ for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the 2010 Gaza flotilla attack:

    • lysias on November 17, 2015, 10:44 am

      And, to judge by what the Brit government said about the Swedish arrest warrant for Assange, all EU governments are obliged to honor that warrant, arrest the people charged, and turn them over to the charging government.

      South Africa is not in the EU, but an arrest warrant has just been issued there for four Israeli commanders involved in the Mavi Marmara incident. SA journalist secures local arrest warrant for Israeli commanders.

  16. rolf on November 17, 2015, 11:11 am


    and EXCUSE more war-mongering on citizens innocent of politics – that is, we commit incremental genocide daily – all just like the zionist plan to abuse HOLOCAUST as INDUSTRY as states jewish prof. N Finkelstein (,
    as did Netan Jan7 for Hebdo to RECRUIT Fr. jewish Settlers (exiling more Palestinian “subhuman snakes”)

    When we Westerners (israel/us/uk/france) created isis/al qaeda etc. + we destabilized the entire M.E. + committed “incremental genocide” as israeli prof. Ilan Pappe admits and we committed Total Destruction of everywhere we put our feet with no recovery possible for those populations etc, as we Allies murdered more than WWII Stalin’s 50M people post war etc?!) but we are not to blame?!!!

    See the hypocrisy exposed by Irish independent Political analyst Gearoid O Colmain

    or see Kenneth O’Keefe (ex-US Marine/Gulf War veteran, renounced US citizenship 2001-03) syncs with Gearoid, here in debate on syria/isis 2015-07-10, 26min on Levant TV

    odd double standards by the Western Allies.
    – we must hunt down all Western Allied WAR CRIMINALS just as we hunted down nazis, for we do not deserve more. The simple fact that we exempt ourselves from War Tribunal IS the reason incessant TERRORISM.
    – we must GIVE BACK land/dignity to the oppressed, stop the underlying racism of treating them as subhuman, and we all will THRIVE TOGETHER in peace.

    it is not hard, just humane!

  17. MHughes976 on November 17, 2015, 12:53 pm

    Gold says ‘no connection of any kind’, Netanyahu ‘connection at least on the level of intention and moral comparison’.
    N is right of course to say that what is unjustified in all circumstances does not gain justification from the nature of the victim. If there’s something you’re not allowed to do to anyone, it’s still wrong whether the victim comes from France, Israel or Mongolia.
    Others are right to say there’s no indication that anyone in Israel approved the attack on France or had any serious advance knowledge of it: which absolutely frees everyone in Israel from specific blame.
    However, intention is in part a causal term: intentions result from how we see our situation and result in relevant action, Netanyahu’s ‘same murderous intent’ raises the question of whether the plans of the two groups, those who unjustly attack Israel and those who unjustly attack France, are the same – whether they share the same real or imagined grievances, whether they encourage and ‘legitimise’ each other. Since it appears certain that many across the two groups act in the proclaimed (proclaimed perhaps falsely but certainly emphatically) name of the same religion it also seems certain that at least some ideas, grievances, fantasies or whatever are indeed common.
    There is then a causal connection between the existence and behaviour of Israel and the ideas that move attacks on France and the West, likewise a connection between the behaviour of the West and the ideas that move attacks on Israel. It’s entirely another matter whether Israel or the Western world have done anything wrong or are simply meeting the pure malice of others.
    That’s not the same as even looking for 1-1 connection between events in different places, such as a conspirator in Israel draping French terrorists in a false flag. But it does mean that what makes one situation better or worse may well have the same effect on the other too.

  18. James Canning on November 17, 2015, 1:10 pm

    I think that many “terrorist” attacks in Israel or in Israeli-occupied Palestine arise from Israel’s failure to end the occupation of the West Bank. And Israel’s failure to do so is promoted and rewarded by many foolish American politicians.

  19. Egbert on November 17, 2015, 1:14 pm

    Shorter Netanyahu:

    Spoken message – See. Now our Arab problem is your problem.

    Unspoken message – Keep taking the migrants as we most certainly won’t. Maybe we can slip a few (actually as many as possible) Palestinians into the flow.

  20. gracie fr on November 17, 2015, 2:47 pm

    ..Still relevant and with an update after 13/11/15

    Je ne suis pas Charlie – by Max Blumenthal and James Kleinfeld:

  21. mariapalestina on November 17, 2015, 2:51 pm

    It seems to me Bibi is jealous that this terrible massacre happened in France rather than in Israel. He’s clearly trying to cash in on the outpouring of outrage and sympathy we’re seeing expressed by the international community, and he’s desperate to figure out how he can get some of it directed to him and to Israel.

    I am fearful (and just cynical enough to imagine) something similar could possibly happen in Israel soon. The poor people of Gaza and all of Palestine have suffered enough. And of course I wouldn’t want to see innocent Israelis become victims of a terrorist attack similar to what has occurred in Paris. Sadly I have a feeling Bib would consider the deaths of a few dozen Israelis a small price to pay in exchange for the outpouring of sympathy that would be heaped upon him and his Jewish state should there be such an attack.

    • eljay on November 17, 2015, 3:00 pm

      || mariapalestina: It seems to me Bibi is jealous that this terrible massacre happened in France rather than in Israel. … he’s desperate to figure out how he can get some of it directed to him and to Israel. I am fearful (and just cynical enough to imagine) something similar could possibly happen in Israel soon. … Sadly I have a feeling Bib would consider the deaths of a few dozen Israelis a small price to pay inn exchange for the outpouring of sympathy … ||

      Yup. King Bibi is conveniently distracted while a few “disposable Jews” (and don’t think Zio-supremacists don’t know who you are!) are killed; then he dons his Captain Israel suit and “Remember(s) the Holocaust!”; and, finally, he puts “the world’s most moral army” to work slaughtering the Palestinians, all the while crying and claiming victimhood.

      At no point during any of this will he or any other Zio-supremacist suggest that they and the “Jewish State” should:
      – halt their on-going (war) crimes and colonialism; and
      – honour their obligations under international law (incl. RoR).

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 18, 2015, 4:24 am

      “It seems to me Bibi is jealous that this terrible massacre happened in France rather than in Israel.”

      And not just Paris.

      During last summer’s Gaza massacre, I got the very distinct impression that Israelis – both ‘ordinary’ Israelis and their ‘leaders’ – had an obscene sort of ‘victim jealousy’ thing going on. Remember all that ugly talk about ‘telegenic dead’? You could almost hear the land of the Eternal Victim saying ”Waaah! Why can’t someone bomb our hospitals and schools too? Why isn’t anyone feeling sorry for ME?”

      Sick. But such is Israeli society.

      • Kay24 on November 18, 2015, 6:56 am

        He is once again, trying to squeeze water out of a stone. Desperately trying to somehow make Israel look like a victim of the Paris massacre. For the butcher of Tel Aviv, every incident that brings world attention MUST be linked to Israel (an occupier that keeps killing civilians on a daily basis). A sick man leads a sick society.

      • eljay on November 18, 2015, 7:25 pm

        || Kay24: He is once again, trying to squeeze water out of a stone. … ||

        Water out of a stone and blood out of non-Jews. All hail King Bibi.

  22. RoHa on November 17, 2015, 5:40 pm

    Most of the terrorist attacks have been against Syria and Iraq. When are we going to see Tower Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up in Syrian colours?

  23. talknic on November 17, 2015, 8:17 pm

    ‘scuse the thread spam

    A Syrian passport found next to a suicide bomber in the Paris terror attacks may have been planted, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere

    • Rashers2 on November 18, 2015, 2:46 am

      Interesting; thank you for the link. Yesterday, elsewhere, I observed that the passport seemed a little too “neat” – almost recalled knives lying next to dead Palestinians……

  24. diasp0ra on November 18, 2015, 7:53 am

    Very interesting little tidbit of news on Ma’an.

    After the Paris attacks, ISIS spread the photos of those it said carried out those attacks. Calling them “The Lions of the Islamic state”.

    But what’s really interesting, is that one of the pictures belongs to Sami Abul Rus, which is a Gazan Journalism student.

    The catch?

    He’s in Gaza, and has been for a long time. Never left. He and his family were surprised and shocked to see his picture being spread as one of the perpetrators of the Paris attacks by the official ISIS online statement.

    He condemned the attacks and said ISIS is destroying the image of Islam and that attacks on civilians is never justified, and that he and his family were outraged that his image was used in any form with the Paris attacks.

    Now the question is, why is ISIS using random photos of random people and claiming they were the perpetrators? Are any of the other people even the perpetrators, or just other people like Sami? But why?

    Here is a link to the story in Arabic. Sorry can’t seem to find someone who picked up on this in English yet. I’ll keep looking.

    • John O on November 18, 2015, 8:01 am


      Here’s a Canadian TV interview with Robert Fisk, the veteran Middle East correspondent for the UK’s Independent newspaper:

      He has an interesting take on the role and purpose of ISIS in the power games currently going on.

      • diasp0ra on November 18, 2015, 10:01 am

        @John O

        Thank you very much for linking this, it’s quite interesting, and to be completely honest I agree with him on almost everything. It’s foolish not to trace this back to Sykes–Picot, as it was instrumental.

        The interviewer was surprised that Sykes–Picot was known to ISIS, and I think many people underestimate the huge effects Sykes–Picot had on the Arab psyche. I know that Sykes–Picot is part of the history curriculum both in Palestine and Jordan, and am willing to bet that it’s part of the history curriculum in many other Arab states.

        It’s part of the culture, and when tracing problems in the Middle East we often go back to this point because it provides context and history, which are crucial to understanding the present.

        You will find Arabs very hostile to Sykes–Picot, and I am willing to bet the majority also want the destruction of the Sykes–Picot borders. But not in the same way ISIS is doing, and on our terms, not theirs. ISIS is already viewed in the Arab world as a puppet of outside powers, their indiscriminate attacks against Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Iraq have caused nothing but a severe backlash against them. Many people bring up the question why they never mention Palestine or bring up attacks against Israel. Not that I call for it, but it seems inconsistent with their ideological leanings. Especially considering Israel is occupying one of Islams holiest sites.

        I agree with his assertions about Jordan being the one most in trouble, as like he said, established countries with histories tend to survive, This is not the case for Jordan.

    • Rashers2 on November 18, 2015, 8:41 am

      Google Translate doesn’t really do the job and my Arabic is pathetically inadequate. I’ve requested the Ma’an Editor-in-Chief to post a translation – let’s see.

      • diasp0ra on November 18, 2015, 11:44 am

        Well, I did a really quick and rough (emphasis on rough, it will read like garbage) translation for you.

        “Young man in Gaza surprised to find his image among those of the Paris bombers”

        “Gaza – Ma’an – Media outlets belonging to the Islamic State, as well as another Egyptian outlet, have released a personal photo belonging to Sami Abul Rus, a resident of the Nuseirat refugee camp in Central Gaza as well as a journalism student at the Aqsa university. This photo was published on the grounds that he was one of the perpetrators of last Friday’s attack on Paris.

        Abul Rus says that he was surprised to see his photo, emphasizing that he has never left Gaza, and that he was bewildered by this accusation of participation in the attacks. He pointed to the fact that the Islamic State, known as “Daesh” released his photo on their websites, describing him as “A lion of the Islamic State”.

        Abul Rus refuted to “Ma’an” what was spread by these websites, emphasizing that this news has been the target of much local bewilderment and denunciation. He explains how one of his friends first brought this news to his attention, which he received sarcastically at first and did not give it much thought. However, it became serious to him as soon as one of the “Daesh” websites adopted the image.

        Abul Rus explained how this news elicited an angry response from his family that rushed to refute the news through other media outlets and to condemn the Paris attacks, adding that these attacks have no connection at all to Islam.

        Abul Rus added: “My family and I denounce and condemn these terrorist bombings against unarmed civilians”, accusing “Daesh” of murdering civilians and innocents using the cover of Islam. Abul Rus said it was likely that the organization obtained his image through his personal page on “Facebook” or through any of the other groups that he belongs to.

        Sami clarified what was mentioned in the Egyptian “Watan” newspaper and other Egyptian media outlets, how the Islamic State “Daesh” published images of two people on forums belonging to the organization, describing them as the ones who carried out the attack on France. The Egyptian newspaper states that “Daesh” did not mention the names nor the nationalities of these persons. However, the organization did widely circulate the images on all social media platforms under the title of “Lions of the Islamic State, those who carried out the Paris attacks”.

        This came after the statement released by “Daesh” in which it announced responsibility for the series of attacks on Paris resulting in the deaths of 128 and the injury of around 300 others, eliciting wide international condemnation.”

      • Rashers2 on November 18, 2015, 1:33 pm

        Diasp0ra, thank you so much; very informative – I wonder, why choose to use a Gazan resident who could prove his whereabouts? In fact, difficult to think of anywhere, where it would be easier to prove one’s presence – no-one’s allowed out, after all! “Curiouser and curiouser,” said Alice.

      • gamal on November 18, 2015, 12:29 pm

        “emphasis on rough,”

        you are way too humble thanks,

        As to Sykes-Picot I am old enough to remember that Europeans would laugh at you and talk about Arabs and conspiracy theories etc, a Russian forgery we were told, you believe Stalin?

      • Rashers2 on November 18, 2015, 4:13 pm

        Gamal, I don’t know what “old enough” means, altho’ I don’t date quite back to Sykes-Picot. Carving up others’ lands, however, has never been a clever idea; nor has giving away, as my country purported to do, that which is not one’s to give. Sykes and Picot were very real – if stupid – men and the legacy of their arbitrary division of the Levant pursuant to the Entente Cordiale is coming home to roost. I’m fond of citing the only British cabinet minister in 1917 to oppose the Balfour Declaration (of which I am ashamed) who – apparently alone – foresaw the problems that a supremacist Zionism (which he perceived to be a wholly political doctrine) would bring to Palestine and its people.

      • James Canning on November 18, 2015, 5:42 pm

        Whether Britain “gave away” Palestine is a debatable point. The Zionist position is deeply flawed.

    • annie on November 18, 2015, 10:47 am

      thanks diasp0ra

  25. Rashers2 on November 18, 2015, 8:16 am

    Above, in response to a comment, I said, “…only neo-cons and Israeli Jews are allowed to draw (in their cases, wholly specious) links between Paris and I/P.” The reference to Israeli Jews was intended as a distinction between them and e. g. Israeli Arabs or Israeli Christians, both of which groups might make any link between Paris and the Palestinian situation more in the context of Mrs. Wallström’s remarks than of Mr. Mileikowsky’s. It has been pointed out to me that some Israeli Jews are perfectly able to see through and condemn Mileikowsky’s cynical exploitation of the Paris atrocities to gain world sympathy and to attempt to exculpate Israel’s own criminality. I should, of course, have said, “…only neo-cons and Zio-paths, etc.” – my apologies.

  26. Talkback on November 18, 2015, 8:17 am

    Netanyahu says 9/11 Terror Attacks Good for Israel

    Netanyahu seems to be a huge supporter of terrorism in general not only of Jewish terrorism.

    • Kay24 on November 18, 2015, 9:10 am

      It was certainly good for many, especially Israel. Saddam Hussein was toppled and now there is mayhem over there in Iraq. I am sure he wishes he could have succeeded in getting Iran decimated too.

      Nutty does not approve of suicide bombs in his backyard, but is fond of precision bombs going into civilian structures, which wipe out entire families. Many Israelis seem to approve of this too, because they love having him as their leader, and urge him to wipe out entire Palestinian neighborhoods when he gets into that “collective punishment” mood.

      • James Canning on November 18, 2015, 12:49 pm

        A core apparent belief of many of the neocons who colluded in setting up the idiotic US invasion of Iraq in 2003, was that Iraq would be a rich, stable ally of Israel and the US. Netanyahu may not have shared this belief, but of course he wanted Saddam Hussein taken out while the opportunity obtained.

      • Mooser on November 18, 2015, 12:54 pm

        “A core apparent belief of many of the neocons who colluded in setting up the idiotic US invasion of Iraq in 2003, was that Iraq would be a rich, stable ally of Israel and the US.”

        And that’s why Iraq was thoroughly looted during and after the US invasion.

      • Kay24 on November 18, 2015, 4:31 pm

        Of course he wanted yet another Arab nation toppled. Remember how he gave false testimony to our naive congress, who despite the lies, still gives him standing ovations?

        He pushed, lied, and manipulated congress to attack Iran too, luckily the Obama administration prevailed. Israel is like an envious neighbor who cannot stand the neighbor doing well, and wants to be the only one with shiny toys (donated by the US).

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