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I’m sorry, Mr. Netanyahu, this is becoming a bad habit – me interrupting your speeches. But I just saw your AIPAC speech, and I’ve gotta do it again.

It was a celebration of love and inclusion. You were especially delighted to be there:

“It’s always good to be here, but as I told President Trump yesterday, it’s especially great to be in America’s capital now that he has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”.

And you thanked Trump for “announcing another decision: to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this independence day”.

It’s great to feel that ‘no-resistance’ feeling, isn’t it? No friction, love, support – and to hell with the Palestinians. That’s what the AIPAC party is really supposed to be about.

You were so happy about Israel’s ambassador to the US – oops, I mean US ambassador to Israel, the settlement-builder David Friedman.

“The first ambassador to have the honor of working from that embassy in Jerusalem is a great American ambassador, David Friedman”.

It’s all a one big family: “David, thank you for that terrific job that you’re doing”, you said. Of course, he’s doing a terrific job. He’s promoting the notion that the Israeli occupation is just make-believe – by him it’s just an “alleged” occupation, and he’s recently asked State Department officials to stop using the word “occupation”. What a great job. Before we know it, there will simply be no occupation, and it’s all thanks to David Friedman. In this great man all our wishes converge – even the leftists who want to stop the occupation, can get it from Friedman. A great man. Believe me.

The speech continues in an up-beat fashion:

“So today, I want to ask you- you remember that great Clint Eastwood movie ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’? Well, I want to talk about the good the bad and the beautiful! The good, and all the good things that we are doing in Israel that are helping make the world a better place.”

Wow, that’s just beautiful. You’re not going to talk about anything ugly. Let’s not talk about the ugly – let’s talk about how good and beautiful Israel is! And of course we’d still have to mention the bad, that is threatening all that – and that’s Iran of course – but not because they’re ugly – only because they’re bad, and also malevolent. Yes this is very, very nuanced, and we don’t want anyone getting the wrong ideas:

“The bad are all the bad things that malevolent forces are trying to do to Israel and the world, and specifically, I’m talking about Iran”, you said.

But you saved that part for later. First we need to be happy, because of the good news. First the good news. And what are the good news, Netanyahu?

“First, the good news- Israel has never had a stronger military – tremendously strong. That’s an F-35 fighter plane, the most advanced in the world. That’s an Iron Dome interceptor and many other systems that we developed with the help of America. Thank you America! Thank you successive American presidents! Thank you congress, Republicans and Democrats alike! Thank you AIPAC, for helping bring this about! You’re terrific! And this incredible military is buttressed by superb intelligence, unmatched in the world…Superb intelligence”.

Fantastic, that’s just great news. Israel can now protect itself against slapping girls like Ahed Tamimi – with F-35 fighter jets and “superb intelligence”, I repeat, “superb intelligence”!

Oh but that intelligence also helps protect airplanes, you said!

“That plane could have been blown out of the sky if it weren’t for Israeli intelligence.”

Did you mean the American-produced Israeli F-16 jet that was downed last month by Syria? Oh but let’s not mention it. It’s only a dent. Superb intelligence, really.

Moving on to Israel’s economy, you said:

“It’s a tremendously strong economy. I’ll tell you, we made it stronger by moving Israel to free market principles, which unleashed the spark of genius in our people.”

When you say “our people”, you really mean the “people of Israel”, as in the traditional name for Jews, don’t you? It’s that ‘Jewish genius’ thing.

So now you boasted in length about the high-tech, the “precision agriculture”, and not least water technology. That’s a big one – water technology:

“You know, we were always good at water; I want you to see how good we are. We recycle almost 90 percent of our waste water. The next country, with less than 20 percent, is Spain”.

I know, it’s amazing. And in the meanwhile, Palestinians in Gaza are left with 95% undrinkable water, untreated sewage running in to the beaches, and in the West-Bank there are recurring seasonal shortages – because we bomb Gazan water infrastructure and divert most of the West Bank aquifer water to Israeli settlers. But let’s not talk about that, because whatever happens to Palestinians is simply their fault. If they only had the “genius” of our people, if they only were as “good” as we are, they would be way ahead.

You boasted further:

“Take these two things – agriculture, water – and the other tech we apply in both, we can change the world. We are, we are!”

Wow, we are changing the world. So why aren’t we changing Gaza, Netanyahu? Oh, I forgot, we have nothing to do with Gaza. We “disengaged” from Gaza in 2005, we’re not there. Except that we control everything that enters and exits, control down to birth certificates, we control land, air and sea, and subject them to seasonal massacres when it befits us. But other than that Gaza is a whole other universe. Let’s not talk about Gaza. Let’s change the world – but let Gaza wither.

And we’re helping Africans! Yes, unbelievable:

“I just heard about an African woman in Africa, who has to walk 8 hours to give water to her children. Four hours one way, four hours back. A young Israeli brought to the country a company that improves osmosis, they made one from thin air – they bring water to Africa, to millions of people in Africa, Israeli technology!”

That’s just fantastic. So while we send African refugees to possible torture and death at sea, we’re also helping some African woman so that she doesn’t have to walk 8 hours to get water. I guess it somehow evens things out, right?

And then you had to do the ‘cherry tomato’ thing:

“I was just recently in India, that’s my friend, Modi! Great friend. I’m showing him cherry tomatoes, this is Israeli technology.”

Really, Netanyahu, don’t you know that the claim about Israel “inventing” the cherry tomato is a myth? But who checks these facts anyway? Let’s move on. I mean really, what’s the point, Netanyahu? OK, here it comes:

“Now here’s how the dots connect. Because we have this tremendous capacity for security and intelligence, this tremendous civilian technology for making the lives of people richer, safer, more productive, many countries are coming to Israel because they want to share with us these benefits. And that creates the third great change, which is a flourishing of Israel’s diplomatic relations around the world”.

Right, that’s what it’s about – diplomatic relations. You want allies, legitimacy, recognition. I get that.

“When I joined the Foreign Service, 105 years ago, as the DFM to this city, number two in our embassy, I think we had about 80 or 90 countries with diplomatic relations. Now there is 160 and very few countries left – by the way, what are we doing with Greenland? Go to Greenland? They must have some satellite needs or something we can do there.”

Actually it’s 161 countries recognizing Israel, and 31 not. Well you know, since the Palestinian Declaration of Independence in 1988, 136 states have recognized Palestine. That’s actually a better comparative record. But of course, you wouldn’t recognize Palestine. They need to recognize not only Israel, but also Israel as the “Jewish State”, but they wouldn’t even get crumbs from you. They simply don’t have the “spark of genius” to create cherry tomatoes, that’s their problem.

And we’re also developing grand-scale painting techniques – it’s unbelievable – we’re “coloring the world blue”!

“We’re coloring the world blue. I’ve been to Africa 3 times in 18 months I’ve been to South America, Latin America […] We went to Argentina, we went to Columbia, to Mexico, and they said come back, we want more. That is changing. All these countries are coming to us, India, China Mongolia, Kazakhstan, all of it. Azerbaijan, Muslim countries. [For the] First time I visited Australia, tremendous, far away though. We’re coloring the world blue.”

That’s just beautiful. It’s like in Disney’s “Frozen” – wherever you pass, it becomes blue. But I think that many Palestinians have another impression – that wherever we pass, it becomes red. But let’s not talk about that – because that’s really the “ugly”. Let’s talk about the beautiful. And isolation is not beautiful, which is why we have to fight it:

“Remember when people talked about Israel’s isolation? Pretty soon the countries that don’t have relations with us they’re going to be isolated. There are those who talk about boycotting Israel, we’ll boycott them!”

Yes, those who actually address the ugly, they are bad. And we need to isolate them. Because boycott is just wrong! Except when we do it!

So now you finally moved over to the “bad news”:

“The bad news, and that’s the bad news, is the bad things are getting worse and they’re very bad. When I talk about that, we have to deal with this challenge and I’m thinking specifically what do we do about Iran. The force behind so much of what is bad is this radical tyranny in Tehran. If I have a message for you today, it’s a very simple one. We must stop Iran. We will stop Iran.”

Now, let me get this right, I don’t want to misunderstand, and it’s all very complex: Israel – good. Iran – bad. Did I get it, Netanyahu?

“Last week we read in the book of Esther about an earlier Persian attempt to exterminate our people. They failed then, they’ll fail now.”

Yes, I was right – Israel good, Iran bad. Shame on Iran. And you keep repeating that Purim story, like you did in your 2015 Congress speech, which just happened to coincide with Purim. What you want to tell with it, is that we will foil the evil plans of the Iranians today, like we allegedly foiled the evil plans of the Persians then. Are we also going to get permission to genocide the Persians like we allegedly did in the book of Esther, Netanyahu? You said about the Iranian regime:

“Now, I believe that a day will come when this horrible tyranny will disappear, will perish from the earth”.

Hey, you know what, that sounds pretty much like Ahmadinejad, when he quoted Khomeini saying that “this regime that is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.” Of course we got that widely mistranslated as “Israel must be wiped off the map” – but if anyone had mistranslated your phrase to “Iran must be wiped off the map” you would be very indignant. That would be evil. Because you just love the Iranian people:

“We shall always remember the brave people of Iran. Their suffering, their hopes, their courage, women are jailed for removing their hijabs, students are tortured, tortured and shot for advocating freedom. We stand with those in Iran who stand for freedom”.

That’s just beautiful, Netanyahu. We, who regularly torture children and students for advocating freedom, we can’t stand that Iranians do that. Hey – we even snatch Palestinian students straight from the university, with our ‘Mistravim’ kidnap units posing as Palestinian journalists. Now that’s what I call innovation. It’s almost genius. Painting Palestine blue.

But we want peace, you say, also with Palestinians.

And what is the obstacle to peace? Not settlements – don’t even mention it! It’s Abbas. Abbas is the obstacle:

“But to get peace, President Abbas has to embrace peace and stop supporting terror. Raise your hands high if you agree with me that President Abbas should stop paying terrorists to murder Jews. You know how much he pays? He pays about 350 million a year to terrorists and their families. Each year. […] I have a message for president Abbas. Stop paying terrorists!”

Alright, let’s think about this, Netanyahu. You mentioned the case of Hakim Awad and how much Abbas ‘pays him’. First of all, Abbas is not really paying Hakim Awad. And why? Because Hakim Awwad is serving five consecutive life sentences for murder in prison. He’s not getting that money. Who is? His family. And why is the Palestinian authority paying families of those who are believed to have committed terror attacks (even when it is unclear whether they have)? Because Israel systematically punishes the families of alleged Palestinian terrorists. It systematically expels them and makes them homeless.

This was for example the case with Fadi Qunbar, who drove into a group of soldiers last year. Here’s what Israel did to his family:

The house Qunbar’s wife and children lived in was sealed off with cement – the youngest child was nine months old at the time. Israel decided to revoke the Israeli residency of 12 of his family members, which means deporting them from occupied East Jerusalem (where they have Israeli ‘permanent residency’) to elsewhere in the West Bank. Israel has additionally filed an 8 million-shekel (about $2.25 million) damages suit against his widow and children, claiming that Qunbar’s heirs must compensate the state for benefits and payments to the bereaved families of the soldiers killed in the attack.

So you see, Netanyahu, Palestinians have a real need for support as protection from this draconian collective punishment policy that you exert. But that policy is ostensibly because we just want peace, because we’re good, we’re beautiful, and we’re even at the level of genius, with “superb intelligence”.

Anything else you’d like to enlighten us with before you go, Netanyahu?

Ah, yes, end on the “beautiful”:

“Ladies and gentleman, I have spoken about the good and the bad. There’s plenty of both, but I want to end with a few words about the beautiful. I’m talking about the beautiful alliance between Israel and the United States of America […] the great alliance between our two countries. All you need to do is leave this room, this hall, you walk around a few blocks from here and you see these majestic monuments, you can learn from them all about our common values”.

I’m almost crying. Shared values. And what are those values based upon?

“They come from a certain book a great book, a good book, called the bible. It said that all of us are created in the image of god, and it’s inspired Jefferson to write the declaration of independence, that all men are created equal, all women too by the way. And that book inspired Abraham Lincoln in the darkest days in Americas civil war. He found inspiration in the words of our greatest king, King David, when he said the wounds of divided America would heal and judgments of the lord are true and righteous.”

Wow, it’s all about men (and women) being equal! Tell me more!

“Just as the stirring words of prophet Amos inspired Martin Luther King Junior when he stood before Lincoln memorial and promised to carry on the struggle until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. These values are an inseparable part of America’s story, of Israel’s story”.

So, we need to continue the struggle for justice and equality! So why are those fighting for it being sanctioned, tortured and killed by Israel? I don’t get it Netanyahu, what did I miss?? Isn’t this at all to do with Palestinians, Netanyahu?

Apparently, not. Apparently, it is only about Israel and America. That’s what it ends up with, that’s how you ended the speech:

“Today, together, we are writing a new chapter in our common story— a story of freedom, of justice, peace, of hope, and it’s because we’re inspired by the same idea. Because we’re animated by the same values, that America and Israel have forged an eternal bond that can never, ever be broken. Thank you AIPAC. God bless Israel, God bless America, and god bless the Israel America alliance. Thank you, thank you all.”

It was kind of instructive, Netanyahu. But you forgot something at the end. I think it should have read “and drop dead, Palestine”.

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    RE: “It’s always good to be here, but as I told President Trump yesterday, it’s especially great to be in America’s capital now that he has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”. ~ Netanyahu

    MY COMMENT: Netanyahu truly excels at providing Trump with his quite sizable ‘narcissistic supply’. It would not surprise me if “Bibi” does this on a daily basis.

    ■ Narcissistic supply – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_supply
    ■ Narcissists, Narcissistic Supply and Sources of Supply – http://samvak.tripod.com/faq76.html
    ■ Narcissistic Supply – The Narcissistic Life – https://thenarcissisticlife.com/narcissistic-supply/
    ■ Beware – The Narcissist Wound: “No Greater Wrath”http://pro.psychcentral.com/recovery-expert/2016/02/beware-the-narcissist-wound/

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      March 18, 2018, 1:11 pm

      P.S.
      Bibi
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibi
      [EXCERPT] Bibi is a given name, title, nickname and surname which is found in various cultures, where it is frequently used as a respectful title for a woman. . .

      [ROMANIAN] ■ Bibi“Salvați de Clopoțel” (Official Video)

      Bianca Mihaela Lixandru – https://www.facebook.com/Bianca-Mihaela-Lixandru-2087900428095849/

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        March 18, 2018, 3:59 pm

        P.P.S. If Bibi Netanyahu is “saved”, it will not be by any bell!

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      March 21, 2018, 3:22 am

      HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A NARCISSIST DENIED HIS NARCISSISTIC SUPPLY!

      Narcissistic rage and narcissistic injury
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_rage_and_narcissistic_injury

      [EXCERPTS] Narcissistic rage is a reaction to narcissistic injury, which is a perceived threat to a narcissist’s self-esteem or self-worth. Narcissistic injury (or narcissistic scar) is a phrase used by Sigmund Freud in the 1920s; narcissistic wound and narcissistic blow are further, almost interchangeable terms.[1] The term narcissistic rage was coined by Heinz Kohut in 1972.

      Narcissistic injury occurs when a narcissist feels that their hidden, “true self” has been revealed. This may be the case when the narcissist experiences a “fall from grace”, such as when their hidden behaviors or motivations are revealed, or when their importance is brought into question. Narcissistic injury is a cause of distress and can lead to dysregulation of behaviors as in narcissistic rage.

      Narcissistic rage occurs on a continuum, which may range from instances of aloofness and expressions of mild irritation or annoyance to serious outbursts, including violent attacks and murder.[2] Narcissistic rage reactions are not limited to personality disorders and may be also seen in catatonic, paranoid delusion and depressive episodes.[2] It has also been suggested that narcissists have two layers of rage. The first layer of rage can be thought of as a constant anger (towards someone else), with the second layer being a self-aimed wrath.[3] . . .

      • Kohut and self psychology
      Heinz Kohut explored a wide range of rage experiences in his seminal article “Thoughts on Narcissism and Narcissistic Rage” (1972).[17] He considered narcissistic rage as one major form among many, contrasting it especially with mature aggression.[18] Because the very structure of the self itself is weakened in the narcissist, their rage cannot flower into real assertiveness;[19] and they are left instead prone to oversensitivity to perceived or imagined narcissistic injuries resulting in narcissistic rage.[20]

      For Kohut, narcissistic rage is related to narcissists’ need for total control of their environment, including “the need for revenge, for righting a wrong, for undoing a hurt by whatever means”.[21] It is an attempt by the narcissist to turn from a passive sense of victimization to an active role in giving pain to others [The Marquis de Trump ~ J.L.D.], while at the same time attempting to rebuild their own (actually false) sense of self-worth. It may also involve self-protection and preservation, with rage serving to restore a sense of safety and power by destroying that which had threatened the narcissist.[21]

      Alternatively, according to Kohut, rages can be seen as a result of the shame at being faced with failure.[22] Narcissistic rage is the uncontrollable and unexpected anger that results from a narcissistic injury – a threat to a narcissist’s self-esteem or worth. Rage comes in many forms, but all pertain to the same important thing: revenge. Narcissistic rages are based on fear and will endure even after the threat is gone.[23]

      To the narcissist, the rage is directed towards the person that they feel has slighted them; to other people, the rage is incoherent and unjust. This rage impairs their cognition, therefore impairing their judgment. During the rage they are prone to shouting, fact distortion and making groundless accusations.[24] In his book The Analysis of the Self, Kohut explains that expressions caused by a sense of things not going the expected way blossom into rages, and narcissists may even search for conflict to find a way to alleviate pain or suffering.[25]

      • Perfectionism
      Narcissists are often pseudo-perfectionists and create situations in which they are the center of attention. [citation needed] The narcissist’s attempts at being seen as perfect are necessary for their grandiose self-image. If a perceived state of perfection is not reached, it can lead to guilt, shame, anger or anxiety because the subject believes that they will lose the admiration and love from other people if they are imperfect.[26]

      Behind such perfectionism, self psychology would see earlier traumatic injuries to the grandiose self.[27] . . .

  2. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    March 18, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Good reprise of the antics of an unparalleled Category A A…licker.
    The Yahoo truly excels at being a Yahoo:

    Still all the signs are that he is on his way out and he will end up remembered by sane moral intelligent people as nothing more than a nasty substance on the pavement.

  3. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    March 18, 2018, 1:20 pm

    I never realized that interrupting could be so much fun! Great job, Jonathan!

  4. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 18, 2018, 2:58 pm

    RE: “So today, I want to ask you- you remember that great Clint Eastwood movie ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’?” ~ Netanyahu

    INCREDULOUSLY: This is outgageous! What a shanda! That wasn’t even an American film! That’s why it was referred to derisively as a “Spaghetti Western”, because it was filmed in Europe (Italy and Spain) on the cheap by ITALIANS (directed by Sergio Leone). Admittedly the Tonino Delli Colli cinematography was quite good, and the Ennio Morricone score was superb, but it was an still an ITALIAN film! Hollywood should crucify (used purely in the figurative sense) Netanyahu and AIPAC for the use of this film in a speech given here in the U.S. These “Spaghetti Westerns” heralded the decline of Hollywood’s dominance.
    I am shocked!
    This is beyond belief!
    It’s like Netanyahu spitting in the faces of the Hollywood elite!

    Spaghetti Western
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_Western

    [EXCERPT] Spaghetti Western, also known as Italian Western or Macaroni Western (primarily in Japan),[1] is a broad subgenre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leone’s film-making style and international box-office success.[2] The term was used by American critics and other countries because most of these Westerns were produced and directed by Italians.[3] . . .

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly

    [EXCERPTS] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, lit. ”The good, the ugly, the bad”) is a 1966 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in their respective title roles.[5] Its screenplay was written by Age & Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni and Leone (with additional screenplay material and dialogue provided by an uncredited Sergio Donati),[2] based on a story by Vincenzoni and Leone. Director of photography Tonino Delli Colli was responsible for the film’s sweeping widescreen cinematography, and Ennio Morricone composed the film’s score including its main theme. It was an international [i.e., “globalist”] co-production between Italy, Spain, West Germany and the United States. . .

    . . . The film’s working title was I due magnifici straccioni (The Two Magnificent Tramps). It was changed just before shooting began when Vincenzoni thought up Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Ugly, the Bad), which Leone loved. In the United States, United Artists considered using the original Italian translation, River of Dollars, or The Man With No Name, but decided on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.[12]

    ● Production

    [■ IMAGE: Set of The Good, the Bad
    and the Ugly
    with the distinctive
    “rugged terrain” in the background ]

    . . . Filming began at the Cinecittà studio in Rome again in mid-May 1966, including the opening scene between Eastwood and Wallach when Blondie captures Tuco for the first time and sends him to jail.[14] The production then moved on to Spain’s plateau region near Burgos in the north, which doubled for the southwestern United States, and again shot the western scenes in Almería in the south.[15] This time, the production required more elaborate sets, including a town under cannon fire, an extensive prison camp and an American Civil War battlefield; and for the climax, several hundred Spanish soldiers were employed to build a cemetery with several thousand gravestones to resemble an ancient Roman circus.[15] For the scene where the bridge was blown up, it had to be filmed twice, as in the first take all three cameras were destroyed by the explosion.[16] Eastwood remembers, “They would care if you were doing a story about Spaniards and about Spain. Then they’d scrutinize you very tough, but the fact that you’re doing a western that’s supposed to be laid in southwest America or Mexico, they couldn’t care less what your story or subject is.”[11] Top Italian cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli was brought in to shoot the film and was prompted by Leone to pay more attention to light than in the previous two films; Ennio Morricone composed the score once again. Leone was instrumental in asking Morricone to compose a track for the final Mexican stand-off scene in the cemetery, asking him to compose what felt like “the corpses were laughing from inside their tombs”, and asked Delli Colli to create a hypnotic whirling effect interspersed with dramatic extreme close ups, to give the audience the impression of a visual ballet.[15] Filming concluded in July 1966.[8] . . .

  5. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 18, 2018, 9:15 pm

    Well interrupted. What a rosy picture the man under investigation painted. Strange, no mention of the word “occupation” or for that matter “illegal settlements”. I guess two taboo words at any AIPAC festivities. All the dirt being swept under the rug. It also shows that the pro occupation audience who applauded, and showed their unwavering love of everything zionist there, were so entranced, they forget all about the suffering of those under occupation, but of course, they deserve it, they are all “terrorists” trying to wipe Israel off the map.

    Jonathan Ofir said it best:

    “Wow, we are changing the world. So why aren’t we changing Gaza, Netanyahu? Oh, I forgot, we have nothing to do with Gaza. We “disengaged” from Gaza in 2005, we’re not there. Except that we control everything that enters and exits, control down to birth certificates, we control land, air and sea, and subject them to seasonal massacres when it befits us. But other than that Gaza is a whole other universe. Let’s not talk about Gaza. Let’s change the world – but let Gaza wither.”

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      March 19, 2018, 10:40 am

      @Jonathan Ofir, et al

      Brilliant article!! Thank you.

      Apropos your response to Netanyahu: “Wow, we are changing the world. So why aren’t we changing Gaza, Netanyahu? Oh, I forgot, we have nothing to do with Gaza. We ‘disengaged’ from Gaza in 2005, we’re not there. Except that we control everything that enters and exits, control down to birth certificates, we control land, air and sea, and subject them to seasonal massacres when it befits us.”

      Please read this review and pass it on. It’s a winner:
      https://www.amazon.com/review/RL120UHRLT8BT/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

      Amazon “Customer Review” re Dr. Finkelstein’s latest book, “Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom”

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 19, 2018, 5:31 am

    The juxtaposition of an extremely expensive, yet free to Israel F-35 & Ahed Tammy’s slap makes the biblical image of David & Goliath seem laughable as a baby with a crayon. A painting of this should be done a la Picasso’s Guernica. Where is the US fine art community on this?

  7. genesto
    genesto
    March 19, 2018, 12:53 pm

    Excuse me while I first wipe a tear from my eye. I was so moved by Bibi’s inspiring speech that my eyes welled up and I got goosebumps!

    Bottom line – Bibi’s ‘wonderful’ speech demonstrates, yet again, that intelligence and wisdom are mutually exclusive!

  8. shaun patrick
    shaun patrick
    March 20, 2018, 4:55 am

    A great article which sadly is true. As a non Jew whose family fought the Nazis and their ideology, l abore and condem everything the Nazis did to Jews and minorities l cannot understand why Israel and much of its population support the brutal occupation of Palestinians by using tactics taken directly from the Nazis playbook. Some examples supporting racial purity, creating the world’s largest concentration camp, imprisonment without trial, theft of land and property, use of attack dogs, a sophisticated properganda machine and the list goes on.
    Can’t Israel see the irony of this that they are slowly becoming like World War 2 German’s ,complely desensitized and blind to their own behaviour and ideology.

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