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“You’ve lost your mind for some reason and you need to be replaced” — Former Israeli PM Barak on current PM Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu’s days are numbered. There is near unanimity among people that matter from the hawkish right to the left that Benjamin Netanyahu remaining Prime Minister is the biggest national security  threat to the state of Israel. For the first time there will be recognition by all PM wannabees that egos must be put aside toward the goal of removing Netanyahu. They will use draconian language to emphasize the threat Netanyahu and the “settlers” pose to the Zionist enterprise and terrify the Israeli center.

And while they may sound like the neocons here warning the country about Trump and Fascism, unlike the neocons in America the people issuing the warnings in Israel are not viewed as if they have their own agenda and shouldn’t be trusted. The Israeli Jewish public won’t be able to ignore the many former close allies of Netanyahu who now insist that one more term of Netanyahu is the real existential threat to Israel.

Why is all this happening now? A big part of the answer is that the whole Murdering Medic story (the execution by an Israeli sergeant of a prone Palestinian in occupied Hebron March 24, and the subsequent broad support for the racial murder inside Israeli politics) made clear to a group of  very important people in Israel that if there is no “intervention” the dark forces being unleashed by Netanyahu will consume the country and imperil its future.

But another little-spoken-about story is the reverberations in Israel of the Iran deal fiasco. Every new level of Netanyahu hysteria about Iran, each gratuitous disrespect of Obama, the ceaseless attempt to manipulate American opinion and Congress against the deal, the catastrophic speech to Congress– all were met with shock and great concern by the people whose job it is to protect the interest of the state of Israel. And Netanyahu responded in each instance to his critics with an “I got this” and then explained how nobody understands and can manipulate America like Benjamin Netanyahu (Cue the “America can be easily moved” speech of 2001). 

The full damage to Israel of Netanyahu’s contemptuous treatment of Obama and his Congress speech will be left to historians to assess. But I think the unpopularity of Israel will not be able to be ignored in Philadelphia this summer as in Democratic conventions past.

This is called an “open secret.” That means you would never know that the Israeli establishment is crumbling by reading the New York Times. But it has been all through Haaretz in recent days, in harsh statements by (former prime minister and general) Ehud Barak and (former defense minister and general) Moshe Ya’alon. These leaders echoed what deputy chief of staff Yair Golan said in his landmark speech about Nazi-like currents in the society, following the wide support for the murdering medic.

Barak, as reported by Haaretz:

Barak accused Netanyahu of damaging memory of the Holocaust. “The Hitlerization of the prime minister of changing regional threats, as hard as they may be, is the essence of cheapening the Holocaust, and nothing else.”

Barak asserted that Netanyahu is engaging in false propaganda when he claims that there exists an unbridgeable contradiction between the security needs of Israel and the two-state solution. Barak stressed that 90 percent of senior security officials agree with him and not with Netanyahu.

Ya’alon joins him, again from Haaretz:

In their speeches, Ya’alon and Barak presented a serious indictment of the prime minister. They two aren’t exactly bosom buddies or political allies, but large parts of their speeches sounded like carbon copies of each other, and their conclusions were the same: Netanyahu is leading Israel into the abyss.

Barak and Ya’alon charged that Netanyahu, whether voluntarily or out of weakness, had been kidnapped by a far-right, racist minority. They accused him of being a liar and a demagogue who sows fear, panic and despair among the public and cheapens the memory of the Holocaust.

And no one will say out loud in the U.S. what they are saying inside Israel about Netanyahu:

Barak, who served as defense minister under Netanyahu from 2009 to 2013 and was considered very close to him, told Channel 2 that “Bibi has no magic, he’s a smart guy who knows the job. We should thank him for all he did for the country, but tell him – you’ve lost your mind for some reason and you need to be replaced.”

I just hope I’m around long enough to read the memoirs from world leaders and their aides and from Israelis themselves about how singularly contemptible Benjamin Netanyahu is. How many officials and leaders saw what I saw when I watched Netanyahu at the Congressional hearing on the Iraq war in 2002: That everything out of his mouth was total bullshit. All he was interested in was saying whatever it took to make an American attack on Iraq more likely. Is there anyone else in the world who can show such a contempt for Congress? And the fact that you’re not allowed to even point this out in the United States– is that Orwellian or Kafkaesque or both? Because Netanyahu had the support of scurrilous American Jewish writers, and Jewish machers too, in foisting his views on us.

Back to Israel: I believe the new “center” will immediately  get serious about a final agreement with the Palestinians. All these smart people see the writing on the wall (as Yair Golan does). At a recent think tank event in Washington Israeli general Gadi Shamni said there are three segments in Israeli society: the rightwing zealots who control the government, the broken left, and the great sleeping prosperous middle. What will it take to wake the middle up? he asked. Well that is the political bet that these men are undertaking.

They all know they need to make a deal with the Palestinians ASAP. They have lost the whole world, aside from the US, and even that is in danger. There is a growing international recognition that only pressure will work with Netanyahu and his country. If Israel waits too long they might very well not be negotiating from a position of strength like they are now.  In the next year or two they will have 100% American government support if they’re serious. After that who knows what the world or Israel will look like.

Israeli society is rotting  from the inside because of the occupation AND ITS DEFENSE by people like Netanyahu and his American propagandists. Israel really is in crisis. And Bret Stephens’s hard labors of the last few years, such as his  “blood libel” against the Palestinian, that their resistance is driven by  Jewish blood lust along with all their other Jewish tribal fantasies is why Israel is on the brink.

The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust—by a communal psychosis in which plunging knives into the necks of Jewish women, children, soldiers and civilians is seen as a religious and patriotic duty, a moral fulfillment…

Above all, it’s time to give hatred its due. We understand its explanatory power when it comes to American slavery, or the Holocaust. We understand it especially when it is the hatred of the powerful against the weak. Yet we fail to see it when the hatred disturbs comforting fictions about all people being basically good, or wanting the same things for their children, or being capable of empathy.

Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.

Thanks in large part to its American propagandists, the world gave Israel exemption to be as “tribal” and as “fascist” and “populist” as they want; and now the chicken is coming to roost in the form of the murdering medic and Netanyahu saying that he is our child. And all the smart people see this, and a few will unite and beat Netanyahu.

Now Israeli security leaders are taking on this sinister delusion. And they will have the support of many American Jews and the Israeli Jewish center because all these people can’t wait until liberals around the world can support Israel again as in days gone by. And that will require serious negotiations on Israel’s part, which cannot of course happen with Netanyahu at the helm.

This is not a “political” fight between Netanyahu and his political enemies– as Jeffrey Goldberg would have it, if he only had the balls to write about this, but he doesn’t. (I think he’s waiting for the last second to see how the chips fall, and see what the future will be, in order to not make the wrong move. He has too much to lose by being wrong. He has to get this story right in order to continue to be the leading hasbarist in America.) But that’s Goldberg. There are people in Israel who look at Netanyahu’s “ideological” war and see he is the greatest threat that Israel ever had. Netanyahu’s whole discourse is not about what’s good for the country: No, his “ideology,” his “story” that he is acting out on the world stage is about Jews in history: the Nazis’ diabolical hatred of the Jews, the absolute innocence of Jews always and forever, the enemy of the Jews was always evil. That is Netanyahu’s new Jewish cult that replaced the Jewish religion. It’s what he read when he was a kid and has not stopped reading since. It colored the whole Iran hysterics.

But he is also doing it for the heck of it: because he can. Because Netanyahu and his American host of James Kirchick, Bret Stephens and Jeffrey Goldberg believe the world owes the Jews. It’s payback for all the countries that did nothing to save the Jews from Hitler. We are allowed to make you all crazy because no one in the west listened to Hitler’s threats. And the pure cynicism of the undertaking was exposed by former intelligence chief Efraim Halevy who said the idea of Iran as an existential threat was laughable. Iran isn’t an existential threat for “the next 1000 years”. And as he pointed out, once the deal with Iran was signed Netanyahu never brought it up again. What happened to the existential threat? And when a good smart journalist like James Fallows did his job and said this back when it mattered, he got called an anti-Semite by the tribal Jewish mafia in the person of the execrable Kirchick.

And what is the result of this manipulation?

The whole Zionist project is in jeopardy.

Yakov Hirsch
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  1. Emory Riddle
    Emory Riddle
    June 20, 2016, 2:08 pm

    When and if Hillary is given the presidency, things only get worse. Dennis Ross may very well be Secretary of State and Lloyd Blankfein Treasury Secretary. With Israeli Stanley Fischer soon to chair the Fed we can all see we are living in Israeli Occupied America

  2. just
    June 20, 2016, 2:40 pm

    With administrations and Congresses complicit in this project and unwilling in the extreme to impose law, order and sanctions upon Israel then I have a problem with heaping all the blame on the odious Netanyahu et al (and the Israelis who voted for him, over and over) alone. US ‘leaders’ of all stripes have shown “contempt” for international laws, to the Palestinian & American people, and to justice. Israel needs sanctions, and they need them badly. Gideon Levy has often said that change must be imposed upon Israel from the outside…

    “Only sanctions against Israel will end occupation” – See more at:

    “United States of Israel’ has compromised U.S. ‘sovereignty’ on Iran policy” — Gideon Levy in D.C. – See more at:

    You write “all these people can’t wait until liberals around the world can support Israel again as in days gone by.”

    I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. Occupation Zionism’s true face and agenda has been fully exposed, and it’s not at all pretty. Unless, of course, you mean this definition of “liberal”

    open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values …”


    Thanks, Yakov.

  3. ritzl
    June 20, 2016, 2:54 pm

    Please define “get serious with…”

    Shiloh goes?
    Jordan Valley goes?
    Full RF spectrum (banking, water, borders, etc.) control?
    Airport (WB AND Gaza)?
    End siege/blockade (or just entertain/experiment with the notion)?
    De-stagnate the discussion by letting the Joint List into a governing coalition or serve as opposition leadership?

    Ad infinitum.

    There isn’t enough “serious” left in Israel to get “serious” enough to solve any of this. Therefore this really isn’t about Netanyahu at all. This is about a lot of loud but totally inconsequential caterwauling about that unsettling feeling you get in your gut during free fall by the very people who all jumped off the cliff willingly and together as a political class.

    Is the next Israeli PM who is not Netanyahu going to change anything? Sure seems like they were all participants in/architects of the current situation. ALL of them.

    What’s new now?

    • just
      June 20, 2016, 3:13 pm

      Precisely, ritzl. Thanks.


      “U.S. Defense Chief Puts Pentagon Plane at Disposal of Visiting Lieberman
      On first visit to U.S. as defense minister, Lieberman meets with his counterpart Ashton Carter; will visit Lockheed Martin to see new F-35 fighter on Wednesday.”
      read more:

    • inbound39
      June 22, 2016, 7:05 am

      Problem is that as you freefall the velocity increases making ground contact with an unceremonious thud inevitable. My feeling is Israel in the past year has increased its downward velocity almost to the point of it being highly unlikely that it can pull up. The Zionist infiltrators in the American Government are in panic mode because it has now been placed in the public arena what they are actually doing. Continued support of Israel without ensuring the real arrival of Palestinian Freedom and a State of their own can no longer be continued. Defending Israel’s criminality can no longer feasibly be maintained.

  4. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    June 20, 2016, 4:05 pm

    I have a terrible suspicion that what the “Peace Camp” wants is not so much a solution but merely a “tweeking” of the arrangement of the PA. If they have their way Netanyahu will be ousted for some nice center-lefty who will spout all the old slogans in soothing tones the better to assure the peeps aboard that Israel hasn’t gone off the rails. Back to the Good Ole Days of the 70s, before that awful Begin got elected. Old wine in new bottles.

    Wake me when the Zionist establishment finally acknowledges Israel’s crime against the Palestinian people. Until that happens nothing will change for the better.

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico
      June 20, 2016, 7:37 pm


      Israeli society is rotting from the inside because of the occupation AND ITS DEFENSE by people like Netanyahu and his American propagandists.

      I can’t help but think that the rot goes deeper than that.
      Israeli society is rotting from the inside because –

      It is founded on Zionism, whose cruel violent disdain for the Palestinians is shared by most of the population of that country.
      The recent objections in Israel against the boor Netanyahoo seemed to be based NOT on the basis any fundamental problem with this racism, rather with the realization that he is reaching/has reached a tactical dead end.
      What might we expect from Barak, Ya’alon & ?
      Probably a return to the endless false “peace process”, while Israel continues to steal, maim, murder and destroy.
      There is no reason to imagine post-Netanyahoo will be much different from pre-Netanyahoo.

      • Eva Smagacz
        Eva Smagacz
        June 22, 2016, 12:59 pm

        You are right, of course.

        The undoing of the fundamental injustice of Nakba by allowing Palestinian refugees back is not on agenda of ANY significant left wing group in Israel.

  5. JWalters
    June 20, 2016, 9:41 pm

    Netanyahu and the “settlers” are the true Zionists, at one with the founding ideas and actions. At some point the family members who are in denial will simply have to face those facts. For readers who haven’t seen it yet, “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”.

  6. Mooser
    June 21, 2016, 2:35 am

    “And what is the result of this manipulation?
    The whole Zionist project is in jeopardy.”

    Okay, but I have one question: Is that good for the Jews, or bad for… No wait, wrong place to use that one, sorry.
    Okay, don’t sweat it, don’t panic, simply go to plan “B”.

  7. Mooser
    June 21, 2016, 2:44 am

    “He has too much to lose by being wrong.”

    Jeffrey Goldberg? Wow, things must be bad. It’s never seemed to hurt him before.

    • Donald
      June 21, 2016, 8:51 am

      Funny because it’s the literal truth.

      • Yakov Hirsch
        Yakov Hirsch
        June 21, 2016, 5:08 pm

        Stay tuned. The beginning of Jeffrey Goldberg ultimately being held to account for his poisoning of the American discourse will start on these pages tomorrow or the next.

      • Mooser
        June 21, 2016, 5:41 pm

        “The beginning of Jeffrey Goldberg ultimately being held to account for his poisoning of the American discourse will start on these pages tomorrow or the next.”

        Ho-Kay! I knew there was a “Plan B”!

      • Donald
        June 22, 2016, 10:31 pm

        “Stay tuned…”

        That sounds good. Someone needs to do it.

      • Yakov Hirsch
        Yakov Hirsch
        June 24, 2016, 3:49 am

        “Stay tuned. The beginning of Jeffrey Goldberg ultimately being held to account for his poisoning of the American discourse will start on these pages tomorrow or the next.”

        In case anyone is paying attention Let me correct “tomorrow or the next” to “one of these days.”

      • Mooser
        June 24, 2016, 3:46 pm

        “In case anyone is paying attention Let me correct “tomorrow or the next” to “one of these days.””

        Hope we see it as soon as you’re ready. If we have to wait, it’ll be well worth waiting for. Til then, let us part with, ‘next week in Mondoweiss’.

  8. WH
    June 21, 2016, 4:25 am

    Barak = architect of Cast Lead.
    Ya’alon = architect of Protective Edge.
    Assortment of former intelligence chiefs = architects of daily oppression and violence.

    Just sayin’…

    • Donald
      June 21, 2016, 8:56 am

      That’s what is interesting about this– even the war criminals are getting worried. Of course that doesn’t mean that if the centrist war criminals get back in power things will end happily. Up till now when centrist or ” liberal” Israelis were in power it put a kinder gentler face on apartheid, but with the younger liberal generation in the US maybe that will stop working.

      I’m hedging because I don’t know.

      • WH
        June 21, 2016, 11:41 am

        There’s a tradition of such people seemingly becoming reasonable and humane once their careers of crime and oppression are over, or have already reached their pinnacle (like General Golan). It’s a variation on shooting and crying, and in the case of the famously vain Barak, it involves political rivalry too. Same with Ya’alon. To me, all these cases are pretty insignificant as far as conditions in Israel go, but are valuable for the outside discourse as further testimony to Israel’s worst attributes. The more Israelis point out these things, the harder it becomes for their apologists in Europe and the US to insist on their fairytale ideal of Zion.

    • Kay24
      June 21, 2016, 9:11 am

      You are right. They are all the same, have the same agenda, want to keep building illegal settlements, and prefers the status quo, so there is not going to be that much of a difference, when the leadership is going to be taken over by yet another right winger.

      Nutty is damaged goods. He lies, he exaggerates, he is very deceptive, uses deadly weapons against unarmed civilians at the slightest excuse, and he is under investigation with his wife for corruption and abuse of powers.

      Israelis voted for this, and they will keep voting for similar leaders, they have been brainwashed into thinking that bombing civilians in their neighborhood is leadership.

    • Talkback
      June 22, 2016, 7:50 am

      As if the Jewish Apartheid Junta would ever abide by international or human rights law if only the opposition would win the next election.

  9. YoniFalic
    June 22, 2016, 11:09 am

    Hirsch neglected to mention Netanyahu’s support from hyperwealthy Zionist plutocrats like the Adelsons et al., who poison US, UK, and French democracy. Such continuing support may ultimately count more significantly than all the support that Netanyahu has lost.

  10. Ossinev
    June 22, 2016, 12:21 pm

    The unpredictable factor in all of this which , surprisingly , is only rarely mentioned is the possible longevity or more to the point limited longevity of Abbas. The corrupt PA edifice is already under pressure from the younger generation of Palestinians in the occupied territories. When Abbas (hopefully soon) goes the whole Vichy PA set up will implode and together with it the hilarious illusion of a two state solution / “peace process” /status quo that the JSILis including the newly”aware” Barak and Ya1alon and their puppet establishment in the US are desperately clinging on to.

  11. xanadou
    June 22, 2016, 7:28 pm

    I agree with the comments that Netanyahoo is the symptom, not the cause, of the ongoing horror that Israel has become unto nations. And itself.

    It was easy? expedient? of, predominantly, the western world to not only thoughtlessly give Palestine to the traumatised WW2 Euro Jews in the futile hope of getting rid of the latter, thus fulfilling the underlying reason for Balfour’s true mission.

    The narcissistic zio pathocrats immediately went to work with their own version of a Holocaust intended for another native population. At each turn of the macabre screw, the world, then, as now, remained silent. In effect allowing the Israeli inhumanity to escalate into full national racism and genocide, with utterances of an annihilation of an entire people no longer relegated to the dark and dank corners of the government and military. Was Israel testing its own descent into (international)national depravity, surprised at each turn of the screw that in nailing the western world and Israel to the walls of eternal damnation, that no matter the degree of barbarity, the silence of the cowardly deciders dependant on the hand-out$, that yet more cruelty was possible?

    Netanyahoo is simply a corrupt and weak little man who not only dared not to defy his own psychotic father, but inherited the dead old man’s hateful insanity, with no concept of why stop now. Israeli society has largely devolved into an opportunistic enabler, as Netanyahoo was of his old man, because by playing along, there was/is much to be gained.

    At the present time, Israel is the most dangerous place on Earth for any self-respecting Jew.

    Or as journalist par excellence Gideon Levy, said: “History has witnessed worse and more brutal occupiers than Israel, but I have never heard about an occupation that believes it is the victim. And the only victim. Israelis believe that the Arabs are so guilty that they force us to kill their children.”

  12. DaBakr
    June 23, 2016, 5:12 pm

    This poker players wet dream. That bibi is abandoned and left in a wilderness to his own devise.

    Forget how he has been the longest serving pm in Israel and that the people are the ones who keep voting him back into power .

    So, postulate all you like about Netanyahu s ‘downfall’ when bibi had already defied all expectations that he would remain I power this long I the first place. It took a lot more credibility back when bibi was rolling off his UN gig to predict his political future. But now? It’s like kicking a lame duck. Israelis are not about to throw our nation to the west useful idiots until a compelling new gov’t and leadership has taken root. Until then, I’m guessing bibi is staying with us for a while and there will be more and more articles using cheaptricks, surveys and statistics to “prove” their case that bibi is falling quickly. Hi hum. He’s become a caretaker pm and the center-left all the way through to the right hawks he’ll remain until a reasonable option breaks through.

    • annie
      June 23, 2016, 5:45 pm

      he’ll remain until a reasonable option breaks through.

      or until he’s comatose or dead, whichever comes first. a reasonable option may never “break through” in isreal. neta could be israel’s last pm for all we know.

      • DaBakr
        June 23, 2016, 7:12 pm


        Yes Annie. Hypothetically , you could be correct. Picture an ancient 102yr bibi with skin like tissue paper still puttering around jerusalem,golan and tel-aviv as head of the same caretaker gov’t . With people on both extremes stl trying to force change but the middle keeps BN in power for fear that something, tho they know not what it really is, might change. The truth is, everything changes wether it is recognized or not.

      • annie
        June 23, 2016, 8:15 pm

        of course everything changes dakr. doesn’t mean ‘reasonable’ is necessarily in israel’s future for decades tho — if ever.

      • Mooser
        June 24, 2016, 1:47 pm

        “head of the same caretaker gov’t .”

        Oh, yeah, Nettie and the settlers are just cruising along, changing very little, not willing to make a move in either direction. Sure, that’s them. I’ll go with that.
        But please, tell me, who or what is “Bibi” a “caretaker” for? I mean, excuse my ignorance of Israeli affairs, but I thought Nettie was Prime Minister, of a real Iraeli government, not an interim “caretaker” gov’t. I should keep up on the news over there.

        “Forget how he has been the longest serving pm in Israel and that the people are the ones who keep voting him back into power “

        And you promptly did, in just a few comments. “Caretaker” or repeat “in power” PM? Floor wax, or desert topping?

    • Mooser
      June 23, 2016, 8:20 pm

      “Forget how he has been the longest serving pm in Israel and that the people are the ones who keep voting him back into power “. –

      “Dabakr”, that’s the way to go!
      You just keep telling us what a great match Netanyahoo and the Israeli people are.
      How dumb we are to think there is anything beside Nettie and the settlers. Netanyahoo and the Israeli people, together again for the first time.
      A juggernaut so powerful it needs brook no compromise! “Which will remain until a reasonable option breaks through” simply because Israel is too big to fail, and we, the US, is, well, obligated.

  13. Pixel
    June 24, 2016, 2:31 am

    Yakov, love your writing!

  14. Ossinev
    June 24, 2016, 7:28 am

    “he’ll remain until a reasonable option breaks through”

    The way things in JSIL are heading the perceived “reasonable option ” may turn out to be a right wing Messianic Rabbi with religious rulings replacing democratic legislation – just like in good old Iran -don`t you think !?

  15. MRW
    June 24, 2016, 8:16 am


    How many officials and leaders saw what I saw when I watched Netanyahu at the Congressional hearing on the Iraq war in 2002: That everything out of his mouth was total bullshit. All he was interested in was saying whatever it took to make an American attack on Iraq more likely. Is there anyone else in the world who can show such a contempt for Congress? And the fact that you’re not allowed to even point this out in the United States– is that Orwellian or Kafkaesque or both? Because Netanyahu had the support of scurrilous American Jewish writers, and Jewish machers too, in foisting his views on us.

    You’re Jewish. Imagine what it was like for a Gentile to express what you perceived in 2002 . . . . in 2002.

    • Yakov Hirsch
      Yakov Hirsch
      June 24, 2016, 6:43 pm

      I dont need to tell you you’re not alone. There are a lot of angry influential gentiles out there who have a lot to say on this subject.
      The first order of business is to expose the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the Jewish tribal mafia who control the discourse on all of these subjects. That is my goal. They are the last people in America who should be listened to on any issue that is “important” to them, but instead they have somehow now become the “experts” on these subjects. I plan to demonstrate that their only expertise is their amazing ability at self deception. They all think they are so so smart. And yet the task of being a Jew in the modern world is so difficult for them they cant do it without making the whole world crazy and feeling so good about themselves the whole way. They are all ready to swear theyre doing the lords work. The least ethical group of people in America will pass a lie detector test that they’re the most ethical people in America. That is a neat trick It is one amazing job of self deception. And I think they should donate their brains to science.
      They are so sure they “understand” the world and they pout and they shout and they pound their feet and throw tantrums and they threaten they defame until everyone agrees with them that their their very convenient tribal narrative about Jews in history and in the world and Israel is exactly right on. Jews are the most amazing tribe in the history of the world. And everyone is jealous and trying to kill them.
      The politicians love the Aipac gig. Tell these people everything they want to hear as crazy as it sounds and they will love you and give you ridiculous amounts of support. All you need to do is smile and tell them theyre 100% right and they wont doubt your sincerity for one second. Why should they they “know” their little fairy tale is true. Every politician asks themselves how do these people not know that i’m not going to move the embassy to Jerusalem as the Aipac crowd goes delirious once again after hearing that absurd promise.

      Here is Robert Wright the Buddhist who in at least this one column said ENOUGH! I cant take this outrage anymore and he sharted some important insights on these very very troubled people.

      Over the past year, as I’ve written about Israel critically and gotten a milder version of the kind of blowback Hagel is getting, my view of the people generating it has changed. I used to think that all the “anti-Israel” and “anti-Semitism” charges were just cynical smears, and I still think some of them are. But I also think some of them come from people who genuinely believe that any severe critic of Israel speaks out of malice. These people are blinded by their passions, and the fact that their smears are wild and unfounded doesn’t mean they’re insincere.
      Still, these smears have been hugely counterproductive from a truly pro-Zionist standpoint. What you’re seeing now is one of the final desperate spasms of a group that has already helped destroy the thing it loves, and will probably destroy a few other things before finally, like Joseph McCarthy, destroying itself and receding mercifully into the pages of history.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        June 24, 2016, 8:09 pm

        Maybe yakov hirsch could illuminate for us why he refers to Robert wright as the Buddhist.

      • Yakov Hirsch
        Yakov Hirsch
        June 25, 2016, 3:23 am

        Should have been in quotes “Buddhist”

      • Talkback
        June 25, 2016, 7:58 am

        OMG. Yakov used the word “Gentile”. Isn’t this anti- … ehm, anti-Nonjewish?
        (Just kidding.)

      • Mooser
        June 25, 2016, 1:53 pm

        “should have been in quotes “Buddhist”

        Funny, he doesn’t look Buddhist. Do you think he has a Buddhist nose? Feh, who can tell any more. Pushy people, those Buddhists, but we like them up here. They’re big Nirvana fans.

      • MRW
        June 25, 2016, 6:46 pm

        Thanks for the reply, Yakov; goes without saying you could be standing by my right elbow speaking for me. (But then, you play poker and train dogs, my two loves.) Pixie complimented your writing. I compliment your insightful and clear thinking, which always produces great writers.

      • ritzl
        June 25, 2016, 8:59 pm

        Thanks for explaining this Yakov. I didn’t understand.

      • Mooser
        June 25, 2016, 9:07 pm

        “But then, you play poker and train dogs, my two loves.”

        Somebody has to teach them to play, and get them to pose. Why not both?

  16. Anti-Bigot
    June 25, 2016, 11:40 pm

    All suffering in the world is because of religion, greed, selfishness and the human lust for domination and murder.

    • straightline
      June 26, 2016, 4:49 am

      And all religions claim to oppose greed, selfishness, and human lust for domination and murder. Hypocrisy: thy name is religion!

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2016, 1:21 pm

        “And all religions claim to oppose greed, selfishness, and human lust for domination and murder.”

        I do believe that if you look, most religions are indeed against those things. It’s those backsliding followers of the religions who do the “greed, selfishness and etc.

        The problem is that religions don’t have the necessary authority and means to investigate, correct or even sanction those things any more. Should we give it to them? Should they have it?
        Be nice to control all the “greed, selfishness…” and stuff.

      • Anti-Bigot
        June 26, 2016, 5:14 pm

        Religious people fiercely deny that religions cause division, hatred and conflict. I have debated Muslims, Christians and Jews and they all have the same disgusting mindset.

    • Mooser
      June 26, 2016, 12:39 pm

      “All suffering in the world is because of religion, greed, selfishness and the human lust for domination and murder.”

      Nobody is perfect.

  17. Yakov Hirsch
    Yakov Hirsch
    June 26, 2016, 12:30 am

    Ritzl, for explaining what?

    • ritzl
      June 26, 2016, 9:05 am


      …for explaining what?

      That you were writing to expose the people.

      To me there were three interrelated concepts in the article:

      ● The gratuitously “gappy” facts presented by these people.

      ● The significance of those gaps (ie. what’s now going on in Israel that makes it significant).

      ● These people have been doing this for years without repercussions.

      None of these are new phenomena so I didn’t understand where you were going with this until you explained above that you are going to tackle the last one.

      For some reason I just wasn’t seeing your direction. That’s just me.


  18. xanadou
    June 26, 2016, 4:45 pm

    A blood curdling article in today’s 972mag:

    “The state must come clean about the fate of the Yemenite children.
    Between 1948 and 1952, thousands of Yemenite babies, children of immigrants to the newly-founded State of Israel were reportedly taken from their parents by Israel’s nascent medical establishment and disappeared. Now it is time for the state to come clean about what really happened.”

    Inspired by Nazi practice of kidnapping children in WW2 occupied countries?

  19. Jane Porter
    Jane Porter
    July 21, 2016, 5:29 pm

    My wish is that Palestinians, Christians, Jews, Muslims or whoever else always lived there (look at Salman Abu Sitta on Google) get their whole land back, after such a long colonial history, the last being based on an
    old Bible fairy tale….and of course the Israeli born there and sympathetics to the Palestinians have the right to be part of this Palestine land. But on both sides, young intelligent people should choose and promote new people to lead them in one democratic
    government. To get rid of all the old crocodiles, and corrupted leaders they have now. Palestina would be the light in the Middle-East….but this is a dream. And would’t have the help from corrupted UN, corrupted EU and US, nor from their shameful neighbours

    This would be a new

    • echinococcus
      July 21, 2016, 8:27 pm


      .and of course the Israeli born there and sympathetics to the Palestinians have the right to be part of this Palestine land

      The thought is certainly commendable and noble, but I don’t think that the owners of the sovereignty over all of Palestine, i.e. the Palestinian people in a plebiscite, have determined who is to be their citizens and who not.
      One wishes to come out as you say, but there are other possibilities.

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