Zionism’s Violent Legacy

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[ Ed. note – The article below was originally published in January of 1996. It discusses, among other things, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which had occurred only a few months earlier. The author, Donald Neff, was a journalist who worked many, many years in the mainstream media, including a term as Time Magazine’s Jerusalem bureau chief.

But Neff was not your typical mainstream media presstitute. Over the years he began to experience a major shift in his views on the Palestine-Israel conflict, and in 1979 he left Time Magazine, his articles thereafter being published mainly by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. According to Wikipedia, Neff “wrote a retrospective piece in 1995 detailing the change in his pro-Zionist perspective during his years as correspondent in the Middle East.”

In the article below, Neff discusses what he refers to as “revisionist Zionism,” a particularly virulent strain of Zionism founded in the 1920s by Zeev Jabotinsky, who had a slogan he often used: “We shall create, with sweat and blood, a race of men, strong, brave and cruel.” It was a philosophy that ran somewhat counter to the “mainline Zionists,” who were concerned more with the pragmatic aspects of founding a state while maybe doing a little kibbutz farming on the side.

It was in the 1940s that the revisionist Zionists came into full prominence with the emergence of Jewish terror groups, one of which was the Irgun, led by Menachem Begin, a Jabotinsky follower who would later go on to become prime minister of Israel. Among the Irgun’s exploits were the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946 and the Deir Yassin massacre in 1948–while Begin, as prime minister, would go on to preside over the Sabra and Shatila massacre in 1982.

Neff discusses all this history in the context of the Rabin assassination–for while Jabotinsky died in 1940, and Begin left this life in 1992, revisionist Zionism has of course remained. Neff says the assassination, which took place on November 4, 1995 was carried out by the “spiritual heirs” of the Irgun…and of course the same ideology is pervasive in Israel today. In fact, Benzion Netanyahu, the father of the current prime minister, was another revisionist Zionist–one who actually served for a while as Jabotinsky’s personal secretary. ]


Rabin’s Murder Rooted in Zionism’s Violent Legacy

By Donald Neff

It was 48 years ago, on Jan. 4, 1948, when Jewish terrorists drove a truck loaded with explosives into the center of the all-Arab city of Jaffa and detonated it, killing 26 and wounding around 100 Palestinian men, women and children.1 The attack was the work of the Irgun Zvai Leumi—the “National Military Organization,” also known by the Hebrew letters Etzel—the largest Jewish terrorist group in Palestine. The Irgun was headed by Revisionist Zionist Menachem Begin and had been killing and maiming Arabs, Britons and even Jews for the previous 10 years in its efforts to establish a Jewish state.

This terror campaign meant that at the core of Revisionist Zionism there existed a philosophical embrace of violence. It was this legacy of violence that contributed to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Nov. 4, 1995.

The Irgun was not the only Jewish terrorist group but it was the most active in causing indiscriminate terror in pre-Israel Palestine. Up to the time of the Jaffa attack, its most spectacular feat had been the July 22, 1946 blowing up of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, with the killing of 91 people—41 Arabs, 28 Britons and 17 Jews.2

The other major Jewish terrorist group operating in Palestine in the 1940s was the Lohamei Herut Israel , “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel,” Lehi in the Hebrew acronym, also known as the Stern Gang after its fanatical founder Avraham Stern. Two of its more spectacular outrages included the assassination of British Colonial Secretary Lord Moyne in Cairo on Nov. 6, 1944, and the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden in Jerusalem on Sept. 17, 1948. 3

Both groups collaborated in the massacre at Deir Yassin, in which some 254 Palestinian men, women and children were slain on April 9, 1948. Palestinian survivors were driven like ancient slaves through the streets of Jerusalem by the celebrating terrorists.4

Yitzhak Shamir was one of the three leaders of Lehi who made the decision to assassinate Moyne and Bernadotte. Both he and Begin later became prime ministers and ruled Israel for a total of 13 years between 1977 and 1992.

They were both leaders of Revisionist Zionism, that messianic group of ultranationalists founded by Vladimir Zeev Jabotinsky in the 1920s. He prophesied that it would take an “iron wall of Jewish bayonets” to gain a homeland among the Arabs in Palestine.5 His followers took his slogan literally.

Begin and the Revisionists were heartily hated by the mainline Zionists led by David Ben-Gurion. He routinely referred to Begin as a Nazi and compared him to Hitler. In a famous letter to The New York Times in 1948, Albert Einstein called the Irgun “a terrorist, rightwing, chauvinist organization” that stood for “ultranationalism, religious mysticism and racial superiority.”6 He opposed Begin’s visit to the United States in 1949 because Begin and his movement amounted to “a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a ‘leader state’ is the goal,” adding:

At the core of Revisionist Zionism there existed a philosophical embrace of violence.

“The IZL [Irgun] and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.”

Ben-Gurion considered the Revisionists so threatening that shortly after he proclaimed establishment of Israel on May 14, 1948, he demanded that the Jewish terrorist organizations disband. In defiance, Begin sought to import a huge shipment of weapons aboard a ship namedAltalena, Jabotinsky’s nom de plume.7

The ship was a war surplus U.S. tank-landing craft and had been donated to the Irgun by Hillel Kook’s Hebrew Committee for National Liberation, an American organization made up of Jewish-American supporters of the Irgun.8 Even in those days it was Jewish Americans who were the main source of funds for Zionism. While few of them emigrated to Israel, Jewish Americans were generous in financing the Zionist enterprise. As in Israel, they were split between mainstream Zionism and Revisionism. One of the best known Revisionists was Ben Hecht, the American newsman and playwright. After one of the Irgun’s terrorist acts, he wrote:

“The Jews of America are for you. You are their champions …. Every time you blow up a British arsenal, or wreck a British jail, or send a British railroad train sky high, or rob a British bank, or let go with your guns and bombs at British betrayers and invaders of your homeland, the Jews of America make a little holiday in their hearts.”9

The Altalena was loaded with $5 million worth of arms, including 5,000 British Lee-Enfield rifles, more than 3 million rounds of ammunition, 250 Bren guns, 250 Sten guns, 150 German Spandau machine guns, 50 mortars and 5,000 shells as well as 940 Jewish volunteers. Ben-Gurion reacted with fury, ordering the ship sunk in Tel Aviv harbor. Shellfire by the new nation’s armed forces set the Altalena afire, killing 14 Jews and wounding 69. Two regular army men were killed and six wounded during the fighting.10 Begin had been aboard but escaped injury. Later that night he railed against Ben-Gurion as “a crazy dictator” and the cabinet as “a government of criminal tyrants, traitors and fratricides.”11

Ben-Gurion’s deputy commander in the Altalena affair was Yitzhak Rabin, the same man who as prime minister was assassinated by one of the spiritual heirs of Menachem Begin’s Irgun terrorist group. All his life, and especially in his last years, Rabin had opposed Jewish Americans and their radical allies in Israel who continued to embrace the philosophy of the Irgun and who fought against the peace process, thereby earning their enduring hatred.

Thus at the heart of the Jewish state there has been a long and violent struggle between mainline Zionists and Revisionists that continues today. Despite cries after Rabin’s assassination that it was unknown for Jew to kill Jew, intramural hatred and occasional violence have marked relations between Zionism’s competing groups.

The core of that conflict, one that continues to divide Israel and its American supporters as well, lies in the different philosophies of David Ben-Gurion and Vladimir Jabotinsky…

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سنة سلام سورية وولادة نظام عالمي جديد؟

سنة سلام سورية وولادة نظام عالمي جديد؟

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سنة سلام سورية وولادة نظام عالمي جديد؟

نوفمبر 22, 2017

– ليست مصادفة تلك الحركة المتزامنة بين مجموعة مسارات عسكرية وسياسية سواء في الميدان السوري أو في الاتصالات الخاصة بسورية بين قادة العالم والمنطقة، أو في التحضيرات القائمة على قدم وساق في الرياض وسوتشي للخروج بما يتناسب مع متطلبات جنيف، وفقاً لما رسم في فييتنام بين الرئيسين الروسي والأميركي، فبعد البوكمال وتحريرها وتواصل الحدود الإيرانية العراقية السورية اللبنانية، مرحلة جديدة وميزان قوى جديد. وما تلقاه الأميركيون عن قرب رحيل قواتهم من سورية بعد سقوط الذريعة، تلقاه الأكراد عن أحادية المسار السياسي لاستيعابهم، بدلاً من مغامرة معلومة النتائج يدفعون ثمنها وأمام أعينهم المثال في كردستان العراق، والأتراك تلقوا بدورهم الرسالة عن مسار سياسي ينتهي بمسؤولية الدولة السورية عن الأمن داخل حدودها، معطوفاً على لا شرعية بقاء أيّ قوة أجنبية على أرضها.

– سورية التي تنهض دولتها كطائر الفينيق من تحت الرماد، وينتصر جيشها بمعونة حلفائه وفي طليعتهم المقاومة التي شيطنتها الجامعة العربية و«إسرائيل وأميركا، هي سورية التي لا يمكن تخيّل نظام عربي جديد لا يتأثر بالمتغيّر الذي تحمله إليه، وسط تراجع سعودي في المهابة والمقدّرات، وغرق في الفشل العسكري والسياسي من اليمن إلى قطر، مقابل صعود عراقي آتٍ من رحم الإنجاز في كسر الإرهاب وإسقاط الانفصال، ومع انشغال الجميع من البار بين العرب بحروبهم، عودة جزائرية لقوة ناعمة قادرة على لعب دور الوسط، وهي بعافيتها الاقتصادية والعسكرية، ليشكل الثلاثي السوري العراقي الجزائري قوة الجذب الجديدة في النظام العربي الجديد، متجهاً نحو مصر لاستنهاضها، وتشكيل رباعي القيادة الجديدة للنظام العربي الذي يلفظ أنفاس نسخته السعودية مع البيان الأخير للجامعة العربية الإسرائيلي المضمون، كما وصفه موشي يعلون، والمترجم من العبرية إلى العربية.

– ليست مصادفة أيضاً أن يبدأ الأميركي مع التسليم بالوجهة التي تسلكها سورية، بالاستعداد للخروج في العام نفسه من أفغانستان، وقد مدّد لوجود قواته فيها ثلاثة أعوام مرّة مرّة، لأنّ رهاناته على الحرب في سورية كانت تمنحه الأمل بتغيير وجهة سورية. والرابط واضح من اليوم الأول، بلوغ الصين للبحر المتوسط عبر الحدود البرية المتصلة من أفغانستان إلى إيران فالعراق فسورية. وما دام الأمل بإغلاق الممرّ البري أمام الصين من مكان ما في الحدود بين سورية والعراق، أو في سورية نفسها، كان البقاء في أفغانستان ضرورياً، ومع تلاشي الأمل، لم يعد لهذا البقاء حاجة، وقد صار عبئاً لا يُحتمل. وفي هذه الحالة فقط يصير ممكناً طلب المعونة الصينية الكاملة في تسوية الملف النووي لكوريا الشمالية، ويصير التحرك الفرنسي بلسان أوروبا لحماية التفاهم النووي مع إيران حاجة أميركا لمخاطبة الكوريين بعدم حاجتهم للسلاح النووي أسوة بإيران، ومخاطبة الإيرانيين بعدم حاجتهم للنموذج الكوري ما دام الاتفاق بخير. وتصير هنا الأزمة اللبنانية التي فجّرها السعوديون لنيّة، فرصة للتوظيف بنيّة أخرى، وربما بنيّات، يكشفها تضمين الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون للائحة اتصالاته التي شملت الرئيس الإيراني والملك السعودي والرئيس المصري، رئيس حكومة الاحتلال، فتحاً لباب ربط الأزمات تمهيداً لربط الحلول، وللمثل القائل الجمل بنيّة والحمل بنيّة والجمال بنيّة ، من دون أن يكون واضحاً مَن هو الجمل ومَن هو الجمال، إذا كان الحمل معلوماً وقد انتقل من السعودية إلى باريس، فالقاهرة في طريق العودة إلى لبنان.

– قال الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين في عام 2016 إن نظاماً عالمياً جديداً يولد من الحرب السورية، كما قالت غونداليسا رايس يوماً إنّ شرقاً أوسط جديداً يولد من رحم حرب تموز 2006. عشر سنوات حملت الكثير من المتغيّرات، كانت المقاومة، التي أرادت حرب رايس سحقها وسحق عظام قادتها لتسهيل المخاض على شرقها الأوسط الجديد، وقال السفير الروسي في بيروت إنها تستحق الشكر على دورها في تصفية دولة داعش والنصر على الإرهاب، هي الثابت الوحيد.

– 2018 سنة سلام سورية وولادة نظام عالمي جديد ونظام إقليمي جديد!


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ISIS captured Abu Hariq, Ma’sarah, Abu Kusur, Tulayhat, Aliya, Suruj, Abu Marw and Umm Sahnk. The village of Abu Khanadiq is contested.

This is the second time that ISIS has been able to seize a significant area in the region without facing any notable resistance. The incident confirms that ISIS is maintaining a strong presence in the so-called opposition-held area in Idlib and northern Hama and that its cells can operate there freely.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah, the Tiger Forces and  their allies have started a military operation to clear the remaining ISIS-held points on the western bank of the Euphrates. The Syrian military has also deployed reinforcements to the area from the government-held parts of Hasakah.

ISIS has a large number of mobile assault units operating in the Homs desert and the Euphrates Valley. This allows the terrorist group to conduct raids on the advancing government forces while avoiding direct clashes.

In Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, the SAA has restored full control of the Armored Vehicles Base after repelling a major militant attack there. The attack had involved members of Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman.

Government forces have seized hilltops near the village of Beit Tima in the area near the Golan Heights. Earlier, the SAA established control over Kafr Hawar, Bayt Sabir, Beit Tima in the same area.

As the remaining ISIS-held area in Syria is shrinking, government forces are gaining more opportunities to conduct military operations against other militant groups across the country.


Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos)

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Pro-government sources also reported that the SAA and Hezbollah launched a military operation north of al-Bukamal city to capture the villages located between al-Bukamal and al-Salihiyah. However, the SAA and its allies didn’t advance yet.

Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos)
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Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun addressed the nation Tuesday on the eve of Lebanon’s 74th independence anniversary, stressing that all the Lebanese must cooperate to protect the country’s sovereignty and stability.

“The sovereignty of the nation that defeated ‘Israel’ and the takfiri terror can never be violated.”

President Aoun considered that the crisis of the Prime Minister Saad Hariri had to do with the national dignity, wondering “whether we should have neglected it.”

Lebanese President Michel AounAoun called on the Lebanese to preserve their national unity and prevent stirring seditions among their segments, urging the armed forces to be always ready to defend the country.

The Lebanese president also said that the Arab countries must deal with Lebanon wisely, calling on the Arab League to stick to its principles by saving the people, sovereignty and independence of its member states.

President Aoun further urged the international community to contribute to Lebanon’s stability and to admit a just policy in approaching the world’s causes.

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PM Hariri’s Resignation on Hold after Talks with President

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22-11-2017 | 13:21

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri temporarily put his resignation on hold following a request by President Michel Aoun for him to reconsider the decision.


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“I presented my resignation to President Aoun today and he urged me to wait” for more dialogue and “I showed responsiveness to this hope,” Hariri said following his meeting with Aoun in Beirut on Wednesday.

He also underlined his commitment to cooperation with Aoun.

Hariri stunned the entire nation on November 4, when he announced his resignation in a statement broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his homeland into a new political crisis.

Back then, top Lebanese officials accused Saudi Arabia of forcing his resignation and detaining him in the kingdom for days before letting him leave.

Hariti finally returned home late on Tuesday after visits to France, Cyprus and Egypt.

Earlier today, Hariri along with President Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri attended a military parade to mark the country’s Independence Day, which brought an end to the French mandate over the country 74 years ago.

After the parade, Hariri attended a meeting with Aoun and Berri.

Before his return, Hariri promised to explain his views on the crisis in the country.

He cited many reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, for his sudden decision. He also said that he sensed a plot being hatched against his life.

Meanwhile, analysts consider that Hariri, a close Riyadh ally, was forced by his Saudi patron to resign as he refused to adopt a confrontational approach against Hezbollah, a powerful political party which is part of the Hariri-led coalition government.

After days of confusion about Hariri’s situation in Saudi Arabia, the Lebanese premier and his wife arrived in the French capital, Paris, on Saturday, but two of his children stayed behind in Riyadh.

In Paris, Hariri held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who invited the Lebanese politician to the European country in an attempt to lower the tensions that erupted after his abrupt resignation.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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نوفمبر 21, 2017

– عندما يقول موشي يعالون وزير الحرب السابق في كيان الاحتلال إنّ ما قاله بيان وزراء الخارجية العرب هو نسخة باللغة العربية لما تقوله «إسرائيل» باللغة العبرية، على الرئيس سعد الحريري المستقيل العائد إلى لبنان أو عن استقالته، التفكير ملياً بالخيارات التي ينوي اللجوء إليها، قبل أن ينطق الكلمة الأولى في لقائه مع رئيس الجمهورية، لأنها سترسم مساراً جديداً له، أكثر مما سترسم مساراً جديداً للبلد، فقد أبرأ الجميع ذمّتهم تجاهه بمواقف التضامن بوجه ما تعرّض له من إهانة يرفض الاعتراف بها، على يد أصدقائه السعوديين، كما أبرأوا ذمّتهم تجاه الحرص على التوافق الذي أنتج التسوية التي جاءت به إلى رئاسة الحكومة بالتزامن مع انتخاب العماد ميشال عون رئيساً للجمهورية.

– من المفيد للحريري أن ينتبه إلى أنّ التسوية المتصلة بربط النزاع حول الخلافات تجاه الخيارات الإقليمية، لا يغيّر فيها اتهام تافه كالذي يوجّه لحزب الله بقصف الرياض. أما الحديث عن وصف حزب الله بالإرهاب فكلام آخر، لا ينطق به غير «الإسرائيليين» ويستنطقون به الأميركيين، وتورّط لبناني بقوله يجعل بقاءه رئيساً للحكومة مستحيلاً، كما يجعل تسميته مجدّداً لرئاسة الحكومة إذا استقال مستحيلاً أيضاً، ومن المفيد أن يعلم الحريري وأن يُخبره الذين عاشوا مرحلة ما بين الاجتياح «الإسرائيلي» واتفاق الطائف، أنّ السعودية كانت مع نظام أمين الجميّل تضع ثقلها لإسقاط المقاومة، وأنّ متفجرة بئر العبد التي وضعها بندر بن سلطان باعترافات وليم كايسي مدير «سي أي آي» عام 1983، كانت استهدافاً لخيار المقاومة بـ»الإرهاب»، وأنه يكفي المقاومة وحزب الله في مقدّمة أحزابها، ما قالته الفصائل الفلسطينية بالإجماع عن توافقها، رغم خلافاتها الكثيرة، لأيّ محاولة لتوصيف طليعة المقاومة العربية لـ»إسرائيل» بالإرهاب.

– يستطيع الحريري أن يطلب نصوصاً أكثر تفصيلاً للتسوية، تتضمّن عدم وقوف لبنان كدولة في أيّ محور إقليمي، لكن عليه إدراك أنّ كلّ نصّ عن إيران يقابله نصّ عن السعودية بالتلميح أو بالتصريح، فلبنان لن يكون شريكاً في أيّ مواجهة إيرانية سعودية كلام مقبول، وهو من ضمن التسوية أما أن يكون شريكاً للسعودية بوجه إيران فتلك خطيئة لن يرتكبها لبنان كرمى لعيون ضمان عودة الحريري لرئاسة الحكومة. ويستطيع الحريري أن يعتبر انسحاب حزب الله قريباً من العراق كافياً إذا أراد البحث عن الوفاق الوطني، طالما أن لا وجود لحزب الله في اليمن والبحرين والكويت، وطالما أنّ الوجود في سورية خاضع لمعادلات معقدة تتصل بحاجات الحرب على الإرهاب وهي لم تنته وتهدّد أمن لبنان، وبعدم منح «إسرائيل» أرباحاً مجانية تحقق مطالبها، وكذلك بموقف الشرعية السورية، وحتى عندما لا يجد حزب الله سبباً للبقاء في سورية فلن يكون مقبولاً أن يفعل ذلك في سياق بازار سعودي «إسرائيلي» واضح فيه البيع والشراء.

– على الرئيس الحريري أن يختار بين أن يلعب دوراً تسووياً لامتصاص الاحتقان السعودي المفتعل، وعندها سيجد التعاون في إيجاد المخارج التي لا تمنح «إسرائيل» مكاسب، أو أن يكون الوصي على تطبيق سياسة سعودية مرسومة لإرضاء «إسرائيل» في لبنان، من ضمن جدول الالتزامات المتبادلة بين أطراف الحلف الجديد، وعلى خياره سيتقرّر كيفية التعامل معه، فليس ثمة مسؤول لا بديل عنه، بل ثمة كرامة وطنية وشخصية يجب أن تبقى معادلتها، لا بديل عنها.

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