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On his official Facebook page yesterday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu posted a speech in English. The concept here is so novel, that the text merits full presentation:

“I’m sure many of you have heard the claim that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, are an obstacle to peace. I’ve always been perplexed by this notion. Because no one would seriously claim that the nearly two million Arabs living inside Israel, that they are an obstacle to peace. That’s because they aren’t. On the contrary. Israel’s diversity shows its openness and readiness for peace.

Yet the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with ONE precondition: No Jews.

There’s a phrase for that: it’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is OUTRAGEOUS. It’s even more outrageous, that the world doesn’t find this outrageous. Some otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage. Ask yourself this: would you accept ethnic cleansing in your state? A territory without Jews, without Hispanics, without blacks?

Since when is bigotry a foundation for peace? At This moment, Jewish school children in Judea and Samaria are playing in sandboxes with their friends. Does their presence make peace impossible? I don’t think so. I think what makes peace impossible is intolerance of others. Societies that respect all the people are the ones that pursue peace. Societies that demand ethnic cleansing don’t pursue peace.

I envision a middle east where young Arabs and young Jews learn together, work together, live together, side by side, in peace. Our region needs more tolerance, not less. So the next time you hear someone say that Jews can’t live somewhere, let alone in their ancestral homeland, take a moment to think of the implications. Ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd. It’s about time somebody said it. I just did.”

Netanyahu is apparently discussing a claim that is not new, but three years old, and that does not mention Jews as such. In 2013, Palestinians President Abbas said, following a meeting with interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour in Cairo, that “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands”.

Abbas is thus referring to Israelis and soldiers of the occupying power. This is completely uncontroversial by international law, where the Fourth Geneva Convention (article 49) clearly states that “the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”.

But Netanyahu turns this potential realization of international law, into an intent of “ethnic cleansing” by the Palestinians.

This is especially perplexing considering Israel’s history of ethnic cleansing, a history which continues today, where the rate of Israeli demolitions in occupied territory have doubled this year. Netanyahu further refers to Israel’s Palestinian citizens (the “nearly two million Arabs living inside Israel”), who are incidentally also subject to discrimination by some 50 laws  and recurring displacement (particularly the Bedouin community). Those Palestinians are the roughly 15% of the Palestinian population that managed to survive the first large-scale ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948. He regards their presence, and Israel’s ‘tolerance’ of them, as a proof for Israel’s moral magnanimity.

Netanyahu states that “Jewish school children in Judea and Samaria are playing in sandboxes with their friends”, rebuffing a supposed claim that their “presence makes peace impossible”. Disregarding the fact that these children play in segregated sandboxes, in segregated communities connected by segregated roads and sometimes throw stones at Palestinians with an impunity not experienced by Palestinian children, the usage of the emotional appeal of “children” is hardly relevant, nor tasteful, to say the least, in this context.

This appears to be a new spin-strategy by Netanyahu’s office: taking the term “ethnic cleansing”, which the world has increasingly become aware that Israel enacts, and turning it against its victims.

Yesterday, I happened to read Isabelle Kershner’s article in the New York Times (dated August 30th), concerning the settlements. Allow me first to note, that Kershner’s article has a main flaw, in that she cites only 350,000 settlers in West Bank. This appears to be an outdated 2013 number, and excluding East Jerusalem. The number today excluding East Jerusalem is about 400,000, and the East Jerusalem settlers by some counts nearly double that number, which justifies citing the settler figures as high as journalist Gideon Levy recently did: 800,000 settlers. The citing of settlers in the West Bank excluding East Jerusalem is a common practice, which effectively endorses Israel’s illegal and unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem by 1980 Basic Law: Jerusalem.

Nonetheless, Kershner’s article brings us some interesting information.

“Asked about the legalization of outposts — and the international criticism — Mr. Netanyahu’s spokesman, David Keyes, did not respond directly, but instead turned the question to the Palestinian leaders’ stance that no settlements could remain in the West Bank under a future deal. “The frequently echoed Palestinian demand to ethnically cleanse their future state of Jews,” Mr. Keyes said via email, “is outrageous, immoral and antithetical to peace,” she notes.

This is a spin that is thus being repeated by the Israeli government over the last ten days. The demand to evacuate settlers and settler infrastructure from a future Palestinian state is regarded as “ethnic cleansing”, based upon racist notions.

The whole world is being admonished by Netanyahu for being “intolerant” in entertaining such notions at all.

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25 Responses

  1. John O on September 10, 2016, 12:02 pm

    As they say in Ireland, if Netanyahu swallowed a nail he’d sh1t a corkscrew.

    • Kay24 on September 11, 2016, 10:10 am

      That is quite a descriptive saying. In this case, appropriate.

    • amigo on September 11, 2016, 12:50 pm

      John O , “In Israel they say that , ” if Netanyahu swallowed a nail he’d sh1t a wine bottle”.

      “Accusations by Naftali, as well as by another maintenance worker, Guy Eliyahu, ranged from claims of verbal abuse and what he called irrational demands by Sara Netanyahu regarding the management of the residence to allegations that the prime minister’s wife made him return wine bottles to supermarkets and then pocketed the deposits.”

  2. Citizen on September 10, 2016, 1:21 pm

    Bibi’s continuing Meine Kampf is fun, eh?

  3. ritzl on September 10, 2016, 2:36 pm

    Are we still discussing the ebb and flow in the conditions required for two states, or is this a “Biibs is a loon” article?

  4. Talkback on September 11, 2016, 6:35 am

    Bibi makes a good point. Palestinians should be able to return to the whole of Palestine and settler anywhere they like.

    • MHughes976 on September 11, 2016, 11:01 am

      It is you who make the good point, I think.

      • Talkback on September 16, 2016, 6:43 am

        No, I want to be delusional and believe that Bibi is not another Jewish hypocrit supremacist (read Zionist), but that he thinks that Jews and Nonjews should have the same rights in hist. Palestine.

  5. Kay24 on September 11, 2016, 8:35 am

    Here is the article on this subject from Haaretz. It seems one of America’s zionist supporters, the writer of hasbara lies, has been instrumental in helping Netanyahu’s controversial video:

    “By the way, someone in Washington found that the source for large swaths of Netanyahu’s remarks and arguments were taken from a 2009 document put together by Frank Luntz, a prominent U.S. political consultant who is identified with the Republican Party and those in the American far-right. Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, who is a close associate of the prime minister, worked with Luntz in the early 1990s.
    Luntz developed the public diplomacy document for the Israel Project, a pro-Israel organization that in the past was bipartisan, but has in recent years shifted to the right. Page 62 of the document states in part that ethnic cleansing is the best argument in response to the settlement issue when it comes to the U.S. public. In his video, Netanyahu repeated Luntz’s text almost word-for-word.
    read more:

    Again, why is the State department so mad at those we keep enabling? Time to stop the charity and love from flowing to these criminals.

    • Citizen on September 12, 2016, 2:20 pm

      Luntz is the current guru of primetime cable tv news/infotainment shows–his speciality is putting his hand-selected bleacher of average GOP voters on to ask them questions loaded with the answer via code words. He also wrote the Hasbara manual 101 for Bibi’s speeches to American Audiences, and for hasbarabots, as well. He is a real powerhouse in dismantling any hope of informed consent for the mass US public. A true traitor to America’s best values.

  6. amigo on September 11, 2016, 12:33 pm

    This from the war criminal who cavorts with and sells arms to fellow despots and criminal leaders in Sub Saharan Africa such as South Sudan.I guess he feels at home with despots and murderous criminals in his attempts to garner votes at the UN to stymie any hope of a Palestinian State.As they say, water always finds it,s own level.

  7. Kay24 on September 11, 2016, 6:01 pm

    And what do you know, it seems the Drumpf campaign prefers to kiss up to that large zionist behind when it comes to that ethnic cleansing drama:

    “Trump Campaign Sides With Netanyahu: Palestinians Seek ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Jews
    Trump’s adviser on U.S.-Israel relations tells Haaretz that Palestinians want ‘their so-called state’ to be, ‘as the Nazis said, judenrein’ or devoid of Jews.
    read more:

  8. Mayhem on September 11, 2016, 7:48 pm

    “Netanyahu is apparently discussing a claim that is not new, but three years old”
    In fact it is much before that we heard Abbas sprouting his ‘ethnic cleansing’ wish when he said “I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land” (July 28, 2010, speaking to Egyptian media).
    As the Arab countries have virtually cleansed their societies of Jews since the birth of Israel as it became completely untenable to live as a Jew in Arab society, now the Palestinian Arabs want to achieve the same end. Even if Jews (Israelis) were interested in living in a Palestinian run state it would eventually become insupportable.

    • Marnie on September 12, 2016, 1:06 am

      I don’t believe, and there is no proof, that the goal of Palestinians is to replicate the actions of their enemy. That is zionist fear, which comes from guiltiness and nothing else. Ain’t it a bitch the Nakba happened in the age of photography, video and the internet? Captured forever and eternity. Inconvenient truths for sure, as Bibi continues to blather about the supposed plans for ethnic cleansing of Jews (“Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others”), while continuing the ethnic cleansing of Palestine while he speaks.What a guy.

    • talknic on September 12, 2016, 3:37 am

      Ziostupidity never ceases to amaze …

      @ Mayhem September 11, 2016, 7:48 pm

      “As the Arab countries have virtually cleansed their societies of Jews since the birth of Israel as it became completely untenable to live as a Jew in Arab society “

      Uh huh. It’s quite normal for countries at war to expel or intern possible allies of their enemies. The US, Australia, UK did it to their citizens of Japanese and German heritage in WW2. It’s also normal to allow their freedom and/or return after hostilities have ceased except where they have taken citizenship in a country other than that of return e.,g., Israel, wherein they forgo refugee status

      BTW Under the Israel/Jordan Peace Treaty, “Jews (Israelis)” as you put it, are specifically allowed. Goes to show what can happen when an aggressive rogue Zionist state withdraws from other folks territories.

      Furthermore despite Israel’s illegal acquisition of the Golan Heights, the Syrian government was in the process of restoring about a dozen Synagogues for the Jewish community in Syria prior to the civil war and in Lebanon the same process of Synagogue restoratio. I can only think of one religion to use a Synagogue.

      “now the Palestinian Arabs want to achieve the same end”

      It’s quite legal and common to bar foreigners from illegally entering and/or settling in one’s country. Israel doesn’t allow foreigners to illegally settle in Israeli territory, why should anyone else? Got a brain? Try using it for once!

      “Even if Jews (Israelis) were interested in living in a Palestinian run state it would eventually become insupportable”

      How strange! There are already tens of thousands of illegal Israeli settlers in Israeli Occupied Palestine

    • dgfincham on September 12, 2016, 9:17 am

      The Declaration of Establishment of the State of Israel called for the “in-gathering of the exiles”. The Israel Government strongly encouraged Middle Eastern Jews to migrate to Israel. No-one knows how many came in response to that invitation, and how many preferred to stay but were forced out.

      • Mooser on September 12, 2016, 3:45 pm

        “The Declaration of Establishment of the State of Israel called for the “in-gathering of the exiles”.”

        It shouldn’t be too hard to estimate how many of the 86 million Jews in Israel came from Middle Eastern countries. These massive movements defy any intervention.

    • Ellen on September 12, 2016, 10:44 am

      “as it became completely untenable to live as a Jew in Arab society,….”

      That statement is capital BS. I live much of the time in a predominantly Arab Society in the Middle East. Lots of Jews living and working here. Closest colleagues are Jewish.

      Why are these falsehoods constantly repeated by Zionist?

  9. Kay24 on September 12, 2016, 9:43 am

    Looks who is ethnically cleansing by accident again:

    Palestinian girl killed after being run over by Israeli settler in apparent road accident

    Poor thing was standing outside her home.

    • eljay on September 12, 2016, 10:06 am

      || Kay24: … Palestinian girl killed after being run over by Israeli settler in apparent road accident

      link to … ||

      A six-year-old Palestinian girl was run over and killed by an Israeli settler Saturday evening in the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, on the road to the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat in the southern occupied West Bank. …

      Her family’s home is located near a road commonly used by Israeli settlers residing in the illegal settlement of Efrat.

      Possible chain of events:
      – The hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist colonist drives through occupied and colonized not-Israel like he owns the f*ckin’ place.
      – He sees a young Palestinian female and is intimidated by her “threatening demographic”.
      – This causes him to soil his Captain Israel underpanties and lose control of his vehicle.
      – The vehicle strikes and kills the girl.
      – The hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist colonist “primarily celebrates”.

  10. oneangrycomic on September 12, 2016, 12:22 pm

    More Hasbara absurdity! Nutty Yahoo continues to amaze with blatant lies!

  11. Ossinev on September 12, 2016, 2:47 pm

    This will be thoroughly investigated by the non occupying JSIL state authority and as in 99.9999999 per cent of cases no fault will be found with the poor perennially threatened entitled to defend themselves JSILis.

    BTW as the Yahoo would probably say if ever challenged ZioJSILis do not “ethnically cleanse” – when necessary ,and in a strictly humane and civilised manner, they will only engage in the occasional “demographic rationalisation” activity as a result of extreme provocation.Gaza included.

  12. JLewisDickerson on September 12, 2016, 10:44 pm

    RE: “Yet the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with ONE precondition: No Jews. — There’s a phrase for that: it’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is OUTRAGEOUS. It’s even more outrageous, that the world doesn’t find this outrageous. Some otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage. . .” ~ Netanyahu

    MY COMMENT: The expression/phrase/idiom “too clever (or cute) by half” comes to mind.

    ■ too clever by half
    1. (idiomatic, of a person, plan, theory, etc.) Shrewd but flawed by overthinking or excessive complexity, with a resulting tendency to be unreliable or unsuccessful.

    ■ too clever by half
    informal (Of a person) annoyingly proud of their intelligence or skill, and liable to overreach themselves:
    ‘he always was too clever by half’

    ■ be too clever by half (British)
    to be too confident of your own intelligence in a way that annoys other people: At school he had a reputation for arrogance. ‘Too clever by half’ was how one former teacher described him.

    ■ Too cute by half?
    It is an extension of the colloquial phrase “too clever by half.” This refers to someone who is so proud of their cleverness that they flaunt it, undermining their overall appeal. I would guess that someone who is “too cute by half” exploits their natural cuteness, therefore making themselves overall less appealing.

    “On Language; Too Clever By Three-Quarters”
    By William Safire
    Published: November 15, 1987

    “Too Clever by Half,” editorialized The New York Times, irritated at the way Mikhail S. Gorbachev tried to use the Reagan desire for a summit meeting in Washington as a lever for preconditions. (Why preconditions, a term always used pejoratively? Why not just the neutral conditions? I cannot address that subject today, as I had not preplanned to.) A year before, Francis X. Clines of the same news-paper, known to his colleagues as one of the classiest writers in journalism, limned Richard Darman, then a high Reagan Administration official, as one who is ”a very smart man, and does not hesitate to show it; a Senate leader accustomed to dealing with him even coined the term ‘Darmanesque’ to describe someone too clever by half at politics.”

    ”In criticizing Mrs Thatcher’s use of the word frit,” wrote a reader from Nottinghamshire to The Financial Times in 1983, ”John Hunt is too clever by half – or rather wholly ignorant of North Country slang. At school in the East Midlands, the future Prime Minister would have regularly heard and no doubt used the word as an abbreviation for frightened.”

    Since there is the revival of a Russian play by Alexander N. Ostrovsky titled in English ”Too Clever by Half” at London’s Old Vic Theater this year, the time has come to examine the origins of, and the recent proliferation of, this fractional excess of adroitness.

    The prepositional phrase by half must not be confused with its plural brother, by halves, which means ”imperfectly, partially” – as Edmund Burke warned in 1790, ”A king is not to be deposed by halves.” (That’s what happens when usurpers get frit.) In singular, by half means much more: ”considerably, by far, a great deal.” It can be found before 1400 in ”Morte Arthure, or The Death of Arthur”; in the past five centuries, it has been used in the description of a woman ”fayrer by one halfe than shee was before” and in a comment in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1777 play ”The School for Scandal” that could be applied today to one of our media scandalhounds: ”Pshaw! he is too moral by half.”

    Too clever by half was coined in George J. Whyte-Melville’s 1858 book, ”The Interpreter,” and means ”too smart for one’s own good.” It is a Britishism – like early on, good show and have a go – that has crossed the Atlantic but still retains its British flavor.

    Clever, since we’re at it, is a word with two sides. Probably from a Scandinavian root, the adjective cliver appeared in Middle English as a reference to quickness with claws. In one sense, the word has drawn on physical quickness and, by metaphoric extension, has come to mean mentally ”nimble, adroit, skillful.” (Clever boy!) In another sense, the nimbleness takes on a darker meaning, as ”sharp, canny, cunning, tricky, opportunistic.” (Clever pol!) Never, until today, has the phrase changed the degree of its fraction; it is always too clever by half. Today’s headline of this column seeks to pique attention by changing the half to three-quarters, which many will consider arch, straining for effect, pushing it or too clever by the standard fraction. . .

    SOURCE –

  13. yescolleen on September 13, 2016, 1:11 am

    Do you think the context might be the fact the International Criminal Court will soon be sending a delegation to the Occupied Territories and Israel might be found guilty of war crimes?

  14. Sulphurdunn on September 13, 2016, 5:40 pm

    I’ve heard that referring to Israelis living illegally in the West Bank or the occupied territories as “Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.” is a dog whistle for Greater Israel, which, if accepted, would make the forceful removal of Jews from their own state an act of ethnic cleansing. It amazes me that Netanyahu wasn’t called out on this locution.

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