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A warning about imminent annexation of the West Bank was given on Tuesday by UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories S. Michael Lynk, on the eve of his delivery of his annual report to the General Assembly.

He was introduced by Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies Rashid Khalidi, with commentary by Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Diala Shamas. The talk was co-sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University and the Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University

Lynk, law professor at Western University, London, Ontario, distributed a draft of his report to the General Assembly, warning of the trends to annexation, to the audience for his talk at Columbia Law School,Annexing the Future: Israel, Palestine and International Law.”

Much of the report itemizes the legal and political trends in Israel that point to formal annexation, including the Knesset’s March 2017 settlement Regularization Law and this year’s Nation-State Law, which in combination build a foundation for expanding sovereignty to the entire “Land of Israel.”

Israeli parties and politicians are expressing aspirations for annexation, and there is higher and higher public approval in the Israeli public.

The UN human rights monitor said that he has not been permitted to enter the Occupied Palestinian territory by Israel since his appointment in March 2016, and visits Amman, Jordan, to receive reports and confer with Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists and witnesses.

He said that  “annexation trends in the occupied territories, particularly with respect to the West Bank, are quickening, and annexation is in the air, and formal annexation may be occurring sooner than we are thinking.”

He gave the audience his five conclusions pointing to annexation, saying the Oslo process was based on the idea that Occupation and rule over Palestinians is “not sustainable” for Israel, as a self-evident truth. “However, [Prime Minister] Netanyahu has stated that he is only willing to concede a “Palestinian State-minus, with all of the settlement blocs and the Jordan Valley remaining Israeli possessions,”

I think here, as part of my closing remarks, might be a good time to revisit Oslo’s assumption about sustainability, which is premised on the supposedly irreducible fact that Israel has no demographic or political choice but to withdraw from all or most of the occupied territory and allow a sovereign Palestinian state to emerge if it is to retain its Jewish character and democratic values.

It’s my point that this working assumption about sustainability is being left behind by the galloping realities of the occupation, and I might cite just five examples for you:

First, I think this assumption fails to account for the creative thinking among the ascendant Israeli right — that it can comfortably live with the model of permanent rule over the Palestinians that would deny them citizenship and democratic rights.

Secondly, I say that overlooks the striking degree of control that Israel exercises over the Palestinians, as it confines them to smaller, denser, and more fragmented islands of land through a sophisticated security method of walls, checkpoints, control over the population registry, and overwhelming military superiority.

Third, I think this assumption overestimates the willingness of the Oslo sponsors — particularly Europe, which is Israel’s largest trading partner, and America, its military and diplomatic patron — to challenge Israel with any meaningful consequences should it retreat, as it has, from any lingering commitment to a genuine two-state solution.

Fourth, it disregards Oslo’s escape clauses that have allowed Israel to pocket the cost-free features of the occupation, the large amounts of European and international aid to fund the Palestinians, and the annual $3.8 billion dollar military package that the United States gives to Israel, while Israel continues to thicken its presence throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and continues the blockade of Gaza.

And finally, I think, this assumption begs the question of whether a genuine two-state solution was ever possible in the absence of the international community’s political will to enforce the clear obligations and prohibitions of international law that could have stemmed Israel’s revanchism over the last half century.

Lynk pointed to the reprieve of the village of Khan al-Ahmar as giving him hope, protected by the work of Jewish and Palestinian human rights activists and civil society organizations. “They are the bridge to each other. They all speak the language of human rights. They are fluent in it. And the work they do is highly professional, and to me they are the genesis of what a future society, either a genuine two-state solution or a one-state democratic solution, could wind up looking like in Israel and Palestine. They give me hope, or else I would have left the job some time ago, because it’s dreary and it’s soul-destroying to tell you all this depressing news without telling you there is some hope for some optimism, some rainbow beyond all this,” he said.

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  1. bcg
    bcg
    October 24, 2018, 6:46 pm

    Devils advocate here:

    If Israel just annexed the entire West Bank (they can’t swallow Gaza, that’s a different can of worms), would it be a bad thing? It would certainly clarify the goals of the Palestinians living there – equal rights – and it would make the apartheid nature of the whole arrangement more obvious to the world.

    • Sibiriak
      Sibiriak
      October 24, 2018, 10:33 pm

      bcg: If Israel just annexed the entire West Bank (they can’t swallow Gaza, that’s a different can of worms), would it be a bad thing?
      ———————————————————-

      Maybe not. But Israel won’t do that– for the very reasons you identify. They will not formally annex those areas in the West Bank with large Palestinian populations that would threaten the Jewish population super-majority (and, of course, the won’t ever annex Gaza.)

      People need to wake up to the fact that the alternative to two states is not necessarily one state. The more likely alternative is an expanded Israel + plus fragmented Palestinian entities that continue on with increasing ties to Egypt and Jordan.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        Stephen Shenfield
        October 25, 2018, 12:04 pm

        One state with Bantustans

      • genesto
        genesto
        October 25, 2018, 12:31 pm

        Excellent points. And let’s not forget the ever growing efforts at ethnic cleansing of non Jews, in general, and Palestinians, in particular, from the lands of Greater Israel. In the Zionists perfect world, all these ‘lesser peoples’ would die off or just go away. Absent this, the terrorizing of these people to force them to leave will continue indefinitely.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        October 25, 2018, 12:43 pm

        Stephen Shenfield: One state with Bantustans

        ——————————————

        Not quite. Two fundamental differences.

        1) International law and the world community never recognized the South African Bantustans as separate territories/political entities outside of South Africa. In stark contrast, international law (absolutely) and the world community (by and large) recognize Gaza and the West Bank as Palestinian territory, not part of Israel. “Throughout the existence of the independent Bantustans, South Africa remained the only country to recognise their independence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantustan#International_recognition

        2) As Noam Chomsky pointed out: ” South Africa was different because the white population needed its Black counterpart. It was its workforce. Israel does not want the Palestinians. South Africa actually supported the bantustans. They wanted them to develop because they had to reproduce the workforce and to be internationally recognized.”

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        October 25, 2018, 2:18 pm

        I agree.

        The current situation suits Israel quite well. The West Bank is a part of Israel in all but name. Israel controls ‘the territories’ just as much – maybe more – than it controls Israel ‘proper’. However, by not formally annexing it, Israel can a) perpetuate the illusion that some day, at some unspecified time, there will be a ‘two state solution’ and b) it can avoid the ‘demographic problem’ of having millions of pesky non-Jews sullying up its Jewish state. And since there are no consequences for Israeli misbehaviour, they can get away with this ‘solution’ for a pretty long time. But not forever. Ultimately, Israel is unsustainable in any form.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        October 25, 2018, 4:32 pm

        Israel gave up taking the piss on 2 States. Netanyahu decided the goys were seasoned enough to accept apartheid with antisemitism insurance. Previously Israel had a degree of respectability. Now it has none. « Fuck you « works both ways.

      • John O
        John O
        October 25, 2018, 5:07 pm

        @Sibiriak “the world community never recognized the South African Bantustans as separate territories/political entities outside of South Africa…”

        That’s because they were were not outside South Africa. They were poverty-stricken bits of South Africa where people with the wrong colour skin were corralled in a vain attempt to create a legitimate form of separation. It’s as if the British government were sending all the people it didn’t want to Wiltshire; or the US government sending them to Alabama. Gaza and the West Bank have never been part of Israel.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        October 26, 2018, 5:49 am

        John O: That’s because they [ the South Afican Bantustans ] were were not outside South Africa. […]Gaza and the West Bank have never been part of Israel.
        ——————————–

        My point exactly. Thus, the Bantustan analogy is fundamentally flawed.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        October 26, 2018, 4:33 pm

        I’d say ‘only approximate’ rather than ‘fundamentally flawed’. They would be areas all but enclosed by the territory administered by the dominant group and where sovereign power was exercised over people not enfranchised in the dominant group’s political processes. But that’s what they are already.

  2. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    October 24, 2018, 7:35 pm

    Craig Murray’s piece a couple of days ago, based on his experience in South Africa in the 80s, is timely then:

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/10/39091/

    “Why the “Two State Solution” is Apartheid”

  3. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    October 25, 2018, 10:44 am

    To be brief:
    If I were Jewish and living between the River and the Sea, I would learn Arabic and if I had any, urge my children to do so as well.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      October 25, 2018, 12:02 pm

      I would too.
      1967 was a messianic call . It was never rational.

      Apartheid is like an STD. Israel has no idea what it is doing.

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      October 26, 2018, 11:07 pm

      misterioso- paint me a scenario. your generalizations teach me nothing. paint me a scenario.

      all my scenarios begin with a democratic president who is less dependent on pro Israel donors. but then i get bogged down by my envisioning congress still needing support from donors and the grass roots being more vocal against israel and how fast the grass roots will rule the roost in the democratic party. pretty boring scenario so far. so paint me your own scenario.

  4. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    October 25, 2018, 2:05 pm

    @Misterioso
    “If I were Jewish and living between the River and the Sea, I would learn Arabic and if I had any, urge my children to do so as well”

    If I were Jewish and living between the River and the Sea I would get the hell out of the racist cesspit which Israel has become and take my family with me before it implodes. I am fairly certain that this is what is going through the minds of a large number of decent civilised non racist Jews in the colony. The stench of Racist Apartheid is becoming overpowering.

    @Sibiriak
    ” is an expanded Israel + plus fragmented Palestinian entities ”
    Sounds GreaterReichish to me:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Germanic_Reich

    Full circle then but probably still claiming ” victimhood ” status.

  5. klm90046
    klm90046
    October 25, 2018, 2:59 pm

    I have great respect for scholars who put forward solutions based on intellectual premises. Unfortunately, they are not likely to work in the face of Israeli arrogance and blind US backing.

    The only way for Palestinians to get their land back is to find their George Washington who will unite them, motivate them, energize them, arm them, train them and then lead them in a war of independence.

    • catalan
      catalan
      October 25, 2018, 3:10 pm

      “The only way for Palestinians to get their land back is to find their George Washington who will unite them, motivate them, energize them, arm them, train them and then lead them in a war of independence.” KLM
      So then, boycotting Pepsi and Nestle alone won’t do it?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        October 25, 2018, 4:10 pm

        “So then, boycotting Pepsi and Nestle alone won’t do it?”

        “The longest journey begins with a single step”

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        October 26, 2018, 1:11 am

        Nestlé is struggling. Sales have been flat for a while and it is under pressure to increase margins. BDS is not what it needs right now. If the numbers made sense Nestle could be forced to dump Israel.
        Nestlé sales in Israel are flat…Sabras don’t get pay rises either.

      • catalan
        catalan
        October 26, 2018, 8:50 am

        “BDS is not what it needs right now. “Mag
        It’s awesome if you don’t buy Nestle and if you think it makes a difference for the Palestinians, even better. We have trick or treating in a few days; I will update you if the kids are not getting the usual haul of Nestle crunch. As to Pepsi, we have a Taco Bell near our house and they seem very busy. They sell Pepsi. Then again, I don’t know if the Albuquerque area is a fruitful BDS ground.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        October 26, 2018, 12:06 pm

        Catalan

        Say 2% of people think Israel sucks and boycott Nestlé. All your neighbors could still buy the usual stuff. Nestlé can’t afford a 2% drop in sales right now.

        And nobody needs Israel anyway.
        If the world ever needed a country full of pious human rights abusers it would have existed before 1948

      • catalan
        catalan
        October 26, 2018, 1:17 pm

        “Say 2% of people think Israel sucks and boycott Nestlé.” Mag
        Ok but do 2 percent of people actually boycott Nestle? Are you saying that if BDS ended Nestle’s sales would rise by 2 percent. Or, is 2 percent a goal that you are striving for, like free healthcare and saving the elephants

  6. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    October 25, 2018, 4:34 pm

    Israel has no way to whitewash apartheid. Lawfare, warfare, annexation, procrastination-none will work.

  7. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    October 26, 2018, 8:59 am

    The Israelis are content to apply the rules of occupation as enshrined in the Geneva [1949] and Hague [1907] regulations. Of course they regularly breach those regulations, and in any case occupation is supposed to be temporary, not over 50 years. This enables Israel to continue the land grab and ethnic cleansing, area ‘C’ which is 60% of the West Bank and has a majority Israeli settler population [with very few Palestinians] could be the first place to be annexed, but in my opinion an overall Bantustan plan would be set up [agreed or not] to try and placate world opinion. . Israel claims sovereignty over the whole of the West Bank, which they regard as part of the ‘Land of Israel’ so that Bantustans [with no sovereignty are the preferred choice of people like Naftali Bennett [he detailed his thinking in a NYT article a few years ago https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/opinion/naftali-bennett-for-israel-two-state-is-no-solution.html He did of course admit the Palestinians would have their own elections and sort of govern themselves within those Bantustans, with no representation in the Knesset [solving the demographic problem]. The International community i.e. the US,EU and Saudi Arabia would be required to make those Bantustan prisons worthy places for the Palestinians to rot away in. Non of this will work of course, nor will Palestinians arming themselves and using violence [they are allowed to under International law] they would be annihilated. They need [just like South African Blacks] the backing of the front line states, and those states who back Palestinian sovereign independence, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, why do you think the US/Israel are targeting these states for regime change?

    • Sibiriak
      Sibiriak
      October 26, 2018, 9:55 am

      HarryLaw: Non[e] of this will work of course, nor will Palestinians arming themselves and using violence […]They need […]the backing of the front line states […] Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon…
      —————————————-

      Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are going to do exactly what for the Palestinians? What are you suggesting?

      • HarryLaw
        HarryLaw
        October 26, 2018, 3:41 pm

        Siberiak..”Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are going to do exactly what for the Palestinians? What are you suggesting?”
        In the case of Iran and Hezbollah, both have declared that they intend to liberate Palestine, Syria has part of its state [the Golan Heights] illegally annexed by Israel, they want it back.
        From a military perspective those four states have a 16 to 1 population advantage over Israel. Militarily Hezbollah who according to ‘Janes’ have 25,000 fighters fought at least a draw in the 2006 war. Iran and Hezbollah are increasing the accuracy of their large missile arsenals [Hezbollah alone have 120,000] on a daily basis, it is why the US, at the behest of Israel, cancelled the nuclear agreement, not because of Iran’s nuclear capabilities [it has none] rather its potent missile systems which in the event of war would prove catastrophic to the postage stamp size state of Israel. I do not advocate war, because everyone would lose, but the US/Israel seem to be going down the road to war by trying to stop all Iran’s oil exports thereby destroying its economy.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        October 26, 2018, 4:45 pm

        There does not seem to be an atmosphere of threat and tension along Israel’s northern border, so there would seem to be a rough balance of power which no one cares to challenge. The Russians, who stand behind the powers that might form an anti-Israel coalition, appear to have no objection in principle to Israel’s existence and little concern for the Palestinians.

  8. bcg
    bcg
    October 26, 2018, 9:49 am

    @Catalan: “I will update you if the kids are not getting the usual haul of Nestle crunch.”

    “US judge blocks anti-boycott law in Arizona”

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-judge-blocks-anti-boycott-law-arizona-2132241344

    If nothing else, BDS is proving to be a great educational tool about Israel.
    But we are open to your suggestions: if you think BDS isn’t effective, what’s your plan?

    • catalan
      catalan
      October 26, 2018, 10:03 am

      “if you think BDS isn’t effective, what’s your plan?” Bcg
      I have no plan and cannot judge the effectiveness of BDS. When faced with uncertainty I tend to trust the markets; since people are usually more cautious with their money than with their opinions. The interest rates on Israeli bonds suggest that investors are very comfortable with the Israeli economy in the 20 30 year term. Same with the Israeli stock markets. There are also political betting market places, like Paddy Power and Predictit. None of them suggest any strong danger of Israeli collapse. So I will stick with the probabilities. However, if the Israeli economy did collapse, I think that would actually be terrible news for the Palestinians. Rather than good news as you seem to think. The source of my confusion is, why do you think that if the Israelis got poor, they would want 12 million new Muslim citizens of their state?

      • bcg
        bcg
        October 26, 2018, 10:14 am

        @Catalan: I don’t think that if the Israelis got poor they would want 5 million new Muslim citizens in their state, I think if they thought they were getting poorer as a result of the Occupation they would be inclined to end it, stop building settlements, and negotiate for two states.

        Israel seems to think BDS is a threat – they’re lobbying against it like crazy. But if you think it’s a waste of time, then why not let people wallow in their harmless illusions?

      • catalan
        catalan
        October 26, 2018, 11:32 am

        “But if you think it’s a waste of time, then why not let people wallow in their harmless illusions?” Bcg

        I am all for people wallowing in their illusions. It’s hard to face the realities of life, with our own painful disintegration at the end. If dreaming of God, communism, BDS helps you cope with the meaningless cruelty of life, more power to you. Myself, I still trust the numbers though. Scientific method and everything. Interest rates have incredible predictive power. The wisdom of the crowd.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        October 26, 2018, 1:25 pm

        Shorter “catalan”: ‘I look around nervously to see where power appears to lie, and I immediately snuggle up to it.’

      • catalan
        catalan
        October 26, 2018, 1:27 pm

        “Israel seems to think BDS is a threat – they’re lobbying against it like crazy” Bcg
        And America seems to think that 6 thousand Central Americans is a threat. Also that legal marijuana is a threat.

      • catalan
        catalan
        October 26, 2018, 3:24 pm

        ‘”I look around nervously to see where power appears to lie, and I immediately snuggle up to it.’” Mooser
        Well of course my friend – what am I, a prince? I have to snuggle up to power to survive.

      • Keith
        Keith
        October 26, 2018, 4:32 pm

        CATALAN- ” Interest rates have incredible predictive power.”

        At this point in time, in our incredibly corrupt political economy, interest rates reflect the perceived interest of those who have the power to manipulate interest rates. The financiers rule.

        CATALAN- “The wisdom of the crowd.”

        Mob psychology as a font of wisdom?

  9. bcg
    bcg
    October 26, 2018, 10:00 am

    On the topic of the looming annexation and money:

    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-u-s-jews-are-funding-the-far-right-dream-of-greater-israel-we-must-end-this-now-1.6575110

    “American Jews Are Funding the Far-right Dream of Greater Israel. We Have to End This – Now”

    Jewish establishment organizations fund the dispossession of Palestinians, lobby politicians to empower Israel’s march toward full-blown apartheid, and celebrate the Israeli politicians leading that march. Many Jewish educational institutions erase and deny Palestinian narratives to keep kids ignorant of reality – and punish critical voices.

  10. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    October 26, 2018, 2:33 pm

    @HarryLaw
    “Palestinians arming themselves and using violence [they are allowed to under International law] they would be annihilated”

    In the absence of a single state with equal rights for all including the right of return for refugees IMHO it is fairly certain that annexation would involve a form of civil war between Israelis( minus the rats who will by then have gotten on the planes back to their native lands in Europe and America ) and Palestinians. In such a war I don`t think that there would be “annihilation” (the Zios won`t be using F16s ,missiles or bombs on the West Bank). The Palestinians would have nothing to lose and would be willing to die in the fight to win back their lands,homes and their dignity. On the other hand Zionist Israelis who long ago may have been willing to fight and die in pursuit of their warped dream would be willing to fight provided there is little prospect of them risking serious injury and certainly not death. Remember it is 45 years since the last real”sacrifice war” waged by Zioland. Since then it`s all about F16s , drones ,tanks , missiles,snipers killing lots of innocent Palestinians and thugs beating up innocent Palestinian men women and children just because they can without fear of any serious resistance.The oft mentioned Zio – aversion to the loss of a single “Israeli” life is little more than code for if we are forced to take on Palestinians mano a mano after the initial surge of “victory” there would be huge loss of Israeli lives. All the armchair warriors in Zioland are probably terrified of any form of real life physical combat as opposed to the Playstation variety. I think it is likely that that in the background there continues to be surreal “Final Solution” style planning to preempt this involving huge population transfers with or without the consent of the” transferees”. Apart from the impossible logistics = mass detentions,huge detention camps,transport etc etc all in the internet age the “recipient”neighbours in Egypt,Jordan and Lebanon who would resist , as in fight, any such moves and this would lead to further huge losses of precious Israeli lives. And perhaps most importantly for the ZIopsyche it would irrevocably terminate the victimhood status which is the very life blood of Zionists.

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      October 26, 2018, 6:41 pm

      Ossinev- You refer to Zionism as a warped dream. I wonder if you consider all settler colonial enterprises warped dreams or could you explain why this settler colonial enterprise is worse than the other ones? (US, Canada, Australia, for example.)

      • eljay
        eljay
        October 26, 2018, 7:13 pm

        || wondering jew: … could you explain why this settler colonial enterprise is worse than the other ones? (US, Canada, Australia, for example.) ||

        All 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century settler colonial enterprises were bad. Could you explain why a Jewish settler colonial enterprise in the 21st century is better than the other ones?

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        October 26, 2018, 8:57 pm

        eljay- at least for this conversation I accept that it is no better than the others. (outside of this conversation I admit that i must see wisdom in this colonial movement, considering the role that zionism, before the nakba, saved the lives of my cousins.)

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        October 26, 2018, 9:23 pm

        WJ

        A decent settler colonial project needs an infectious disease to be successful.

        Zionism is a flop because it chose a site with immunity to infectious diseases. As a result the settlers are a minority 70 years later and are forced strategically to run apartheid which is against their long term interest.

        Israel is locked in « I’ve started so I’ll finish » mode. Instead of investing in social potential it grooms people for human rights abuses.

        Hillel and the Bundists would not be impressed. Anyone can make a mess. Anyone can take so much and make it less.

      • eljay
        eljay
        October 26, 2018, 10:04 pm

        || wondering jew: eljay- at least for this conversation I accept that it is no better than the others. … ||

        Well, that’s a start.

        || … (outside of this conversation I admit that i must see wisdom in this colonial movement, considering the role that zionism, before the nakba, saved the lives of my cousins.) ||

        If Zionism were self-defence – limited in scope and execution – I would appreciate its wisdom. But Zionism was and continues to be a boundless attack. IMO, there’s no wisdom there to appreciate.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        October 27, 2018, 12:06 pm

        ” I admit that i must see wisdom in this colonial movement, considering the role that zionism, before the nakba, saved the lives of my cousins.)”

        Oh, isn’t that nice. “WJ” is using his leaky commastomy bag to divert us (not to mention his loco parentheses.

        ” the nakba saved the lives of my cousins”

        That’s good thinkin’ “Yonah”!

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        October 27, 2018, 2:29 pm

        mooser- to take my words and remove the comma in order to change my meaning is misleading. putting quotation marks around your lie makes you a liar.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        October 27, 2018, 3:52 pm

        Oh, please, “Yonah”. You know what you wrote- and why.

  11. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    October 26, 2018, 5:38 pm

    Ossinev. “the Zios won`t be using F16s ,missiles or bombs on the West Bank” Oh no, what makes you say that, of course they would, in fact they would like nothing better, how many munitions has Israel used in Gaza from F16s etc and how many Palestinian lives has Israel taken in their periodic ‘mowing the lawn’ exercises. The Palestinians need powerful allies, those allies in the form of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah as I explained up thread are what is needed, that is why the US/Israel are at this moment trying to regime change them.

  12. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    October 27, 2018, 7:19 am

    @Harry Law
    I was simply thinking along the lines of Zios not being able to ” mow the lawn ” in their favoured shock and awe way in the West Bank as in Gaza simply because the West Bank is full of their own chosen kind – again the horror of losing a single chosen life !

    @Wondering Jew
    I don`t think the other colonists you referred to had been “driven out by the Romans” and were simply returning to and reclaiming their “historic homeland” after of course terrorising ,murdering and expelling the non – Roman natives . Some recalibration in your understanding of colonial history required perchance.

    In any event as Mag has pointed out Israeli Zionists are locked into an “I`ve stated so I`ll finish ” syndrome and are truly up s..t creek sans paddle. For all their cherry tomato standard intellect they either haven`t thought things through in terms of simple current and future demographics or a simply assuming that somehow,someway the indigenous Palestinian people will simply disappear.

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