Israeli military analysts admits: “Israel Can’t Win the Next War.”

June 03, 2019  /  Gilad Atzmon

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by Gilad Atzmon

Ynet’s headline yesterday acknowledged what has been obvious to many Middle East commentators: Israel can’t win the next war. The most respected Israeli military correspondent Ron Ben Yishai’s headline reads as follows: “Why won’t we win the next war?” Though most of Ben Yishai’s Hebrew articles are reprinted in Ynet’s English edition, this article is yet to be translated and for obvious reasons. It is probably too upsetting for Diaspora Jews.

Ben Yishai’s rationale is clear and sound: Israel can’t deal with military casualties. Israeli security matters have been politicised. Field commanders are regularly subject to legal proceedings that lead to heavy penalties including suspensions. Consequently, many of them have lost their motivation. Israeli society is too sensitive to kidnappings and hijackings and finally, parents are too involved in IDF matters.

Ben Yishai concludes that Israel is too weak “whether it is a war against Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria or all of them, we will not win!”

Ben Yishai is honest enough to admit publicly that Israel’s enemies understand the psychological, spiritual, cultural and political fabric of Israeli society. They are aware of Israel’s weaknesses and the IDF’s paralysis and they act upon these. According to Ben Yishai, the Shiite axis, Hamas and the Salafi-Jihadists all understood that they “could not destroy Israel with one or two violent military moves, therefore they went on to wage a war of strategic attrition against us.” Any violent round or war whose results are inconclusive in favour of Israel, Ben Yishai says, are going to be seen as another nail in the Zionist’s coffin.

“They see the public hysteria over losses on our side. They notice the media frenzy that weakens the confidence of Israeli citizens, they see the national probing committees punishing Israeli commanders after each round of violence which leads to mistrust in the political class and its decision-making process.” Ben Yishai points out that Israel’s enemies seem to believe that when “Iran achieves a credible capability to threaten Israel with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles,”  the Israeli society will collapse into itself. The Jews who seek a better life and are ‘spoiled enough’ to act upon it will be scattered over the world to look for a quieter and safer place under the sun.

None of these observations are new to me. Already in the 1980s, in the wake of the first Intifada, I heard Israeli generals admitting in the open that ‘for the Palestinians to win all they need is to survive.’ Palestinian analysts have been commenting for years that ‘Israel may have many lethal bombs but the Palestinians have one bomb, the demographic bomb.’ I have repeatedly argued in my writings that Israel hasn’t won a single war since 1967. Even when it won on the battlefield (like in 1973), it failed to achieve its military objectives. Bizarrely enough, Israel’s greatest military victory in 1967 inflicted on the country some political, strategic and demographic problems that have made the future survival of the Jewish State in its current form an unrealistic scenario. Like Ron Ben Yishai (yet way ahead of him), I have been arguing that Israel lives on borrowed time.

But Israel and the IDF are not alone. The American, British and French armies, alongside NATO in general, are also incapable of winning wars. The Soviet army was literally defeated in Afghanistan for the same reasons. Modern armies do not win wars, they are good in spreading collateral damage. It may even be possible that modern armies are not supposed to win wars. Their real task is to sustain the military-industrial complex by means of constant conflict.

A clash with Hamas, for instance, leads to a growing demand for the Israeli Iron Dome. Britain, America and France launch one criminal war after the other, they never win but they clearly sustain the production of killing machines.  Russia actually won a war recently together with Iran. This translated immediately into weapon-buying.

But it goes further. Western armies are set to follow military objectives that are defined by democratically elected governments. In the post-political era, the entire political class is disturbingly dysfunctional and totally unique in its inability to produce educated decisions, let alone set military objectives.

President Trump’s belligerent rants against Syria, Iran and North Korea are perfect examples of the above. Trump threatens to launch wars as often as he changes his socks, but he never provides his generals with an adequate set of objectives.  Obama,  Cameron and Sarkozy weren’t any better. They didn’t manage to set the objectives for Libya’s invasion or any other criminal Neocon conflict they launched.

Interestingly enough, I allow myself to suggest that one of the only state leaders who is fully aware of the inability of modern armies to win wars is Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli PM is aware of the fact that his army is weak and the Israelis are even weaker. Unlike his predecessors, Netanyahu actually tries to avoid large-scale conflicts with Gaza, Syria or Hezbollah as much as he can. Netanyahu is not a ‘lover of peace’ or a ‘humanist.’ He is happy to deploy snipers against civilians and ‘lets them’ shoot kids  who get too close to the border. Netanyahu sends drones to attack Iranian targets in Syria .  But he is very careful not to pull the region into a total war. Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t really need Ron Ben Yishai, he gathered many years ago that the IDF and Israeli society can’t win wars. He is buying time instead.


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Israel Terror-Bombs Syria With Impunity

By Stephen Lendman
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Israel partners with all US wars of aggression, notably against Syria, ruling regimes of both countries waging war on the country without declaring it.

What’s been ongoing since March 2011 is all about seeking regime change, wanting Syria colonized and exploited, Iran isolated, the same objective in play against its government — part of the US/NATO/Israeli aim for regional hegemony, the rule of law ignored, the human toll of no consequence.

Russian good faith efforts since 2012 for peace through Geneva, Astana, and Sochi talks failed because the US, Israel, and their imperial partners reject diplomatic conflict resolution. 

It’s why US-led forever wars rage in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, no end of them in prospect.

Israel has been terror-bombing Syrian targets on the phony pretext of countering nonexistent Iranian and Hezbollah threats throughout much of the war.

The only threats the US, NATO, and Israel face are invented ones. Real ones don’t exist so they’re invented to unjustifiably justify naked aggression on nations and groups threatening no one.

Israel admitted launching hundreds of preemptive strikes on Syrian targets. Former IDF chief General Gadi Eisenhkot earlier said “(w)e struck thousands of targets (in Syria) without claiming responsibility or asking for credit.”

In response to two reported rockets from Syria striking illegally occupied Golan, falling harmlessly, Israeli warplanes terror-bombed Syrian targets pre-dawn Sunday.

Throughout the war, no evidence suggests Syrian forces ever targeted Israeli territory. Clearly they’d be nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Attacking Israel would escalate war Damascus is winning and wants ended. Clearly its forces had nothing to do with striking occupied Golan on June 1.

Most likely, US/Israeli supported terrorists were to blame for the incident, giving the Netanyahu regime a pretext for a terror-bombing attack even though it needs none to do whatever it pleases — with full US support and encouragement, with the UN and world community failing to hold it accountable.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), on Sunday, “Syrian air defenses have confronted an Israeli attack targeted (on) sites in southwestern Damascus and Quneitra, a military source said,” adding:

“The aggression resulted in the martyrdom of three soldiers and the injury of seven others.” Reportedly most Israeli missiles were downed, some striking intended targets.

An IDF statement said Israeli warplanes and attack helicopters struck Syrian air defense, artillery positions, and “a number of observation and intelligence posts on the Golan Heights front.”

According to Israeli military-connected DEBKAfile, Israeli warplanes “struck Iranian-Hizballah concentrations (sic) near Damascus.

DF admitted that no combat operations were ongoing in the area from which rockets were launched at Golan, suggesting it was false flag attack, perhaps jointly US/Israeli planned to wrongfully blame Syrian forces.

The IDF claim about Syria attacking Israeli military targets is belied by no injuries or damage reported, two reported rockets falling harmlessly, likely in open areas.

If Syrian forces wanted to strike Israeli positions, why were only two rockets involved, why not multiple missiles able to hit targeted sites accurately.

The claim about a Syrian attack is clearly phony. The same goes for falsely blaming Damascus for CW incidents. No evidence throughout the war suggests its forces ever used these banned weapons.

Indisputable evidence proved US supported terrorists used them numerous times, nearly always falsely blamed on Damascus for what it had nothing to do with.

War launched by Obama, escalated by Trump, rages in its ninth year with no near-term prospect for resolution because Washington rejects it.

On May 20, nearly 400 bipartisan House and Senate members called on Trump to “(i)ncrease pressure on Iran and Russia with respect to activities in Syria…to counter Iran’s support for Hezbollah as well as Russia’s support for…Assad…”

They urged tougher (illegal) sanctions and other (hostile) actions on these countries and Hezbollah, claiming nonexistent threats.

They want endless war continued, not ended. So do Trump regime hardliners.

US aggression in Syria follows the same pattern as Afghanistan and Yemen, both wars ongoing since October 2001 — raging endlessly with no prospect for resolution any time soon.

سقوط «العقيدة العسكرية الإسرائيلية» بعد سقوط الردع الأميركي…!

مايو 28, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

بعد إعلان مستشار قائد الحرس الثوري الإيراني مرتضى قرباني: «انّ بوسع إيران أن تلقي بسفن أميركا الحربية إلى قاع البحر بطواقمها وطائراتها من خلال سلاحَيْن سريّيْن جديدين تمّ إنتاجهما… لو ارتكبت الإدارة الأميركية أيّ حماقة ضدّنا».

ولما كانت المعلومات المؤكدة لدينا بأنّ إيران تملك سلاحاً علمياً يعمي بصر «إسرائيل» وأميرك،ا تطرح الاسئلة الاستراتيجية نفسها من جديد:

ـ هل تحطمت أسلحة الحرب الإسرائيلية التقليدية التفوّقية التي قامت عليها الدولة العبرية!؟

ـ ماذا فعل حزب الله والفلسطينيون وسورية وإيران بالبنية الدفاعية الإسرائيلية بعد حروب الدفاع الاستراتيجي التي خاضوها ضدّ العدوان في العقود الثلاثة الاخيرة!؟

ـ ماذا يجري في أروقة وزارة الحرب الإسرائيلية وردهات مطابخ صنع القرار الصهيوني في اللآونة الأخيرة ونحن نقترب من هزيمة سيدهم الأميركي…!؟

على الرغم من تتابع مسلسل الفشل الذي مُنيت به المشاريع «الإسرائيلية»، المرتكزة او المعتمدة على التفوّق الجوي الإسرائيلي الى جانب الإمكانيات العسكرية الأخرى التي يتمتع بها الجيش الإسرائيلي، ومنذ زرع هذا الكيان حتى الآن، فإنّ مشاريع وحملات إسرائيل العسكريه سنة 1956 و 1967 و 1973 و 1978 و1982، والتي فشلت جميعها في القضاء على روح المقاومة لدى الجماهير العربية، والتي عجزت تماماً عن تصفية القضية الفلسطينية وفرض هيمنتها كوكيل للقوى الاستعمارية الغربية، على منطقة غرب آسيا بأكملها.

نقول إنه بالرغم من مسلسل الفشل هذا إلا أنّ «إسرائيل» لم تعلن يوماً، بشكل واضح لا مواربة فيه، عن فشل عقيدتها العسكرية المقتبسة عن النظرية العسكرية النازية الهتلرية – تلك النظرية التي كانت تنطلق من مبدأ الحرب الخاطفة المعتمدة على ثنائي الطائرة والدبابة، والتي طبّقها النظام النازي في اجتياحه لبولندا في أيلول 1939 ثم اجتياحه لفرنسا في شهر أيار 1940 وهجومه المباغت على الاتحاد السوفياتي في شهر حزيران 1941، حيث حقق نجاحات عسكرية سريعة ومبهرة، ل انّ الدولة العبرية التي اعتمدت في حروبها الاحتلالية والعدوانية ضدّنا على مبدأ التفوّق الجوي الآنف الذكر، مدعوماً بقوة الدبابة الاجتياحية منذ قيامها في حرب 1948 وحتى آخر معاركها ضدّنا، ظلت تكابر حتى جاء يوم الاثنين 3/9/2018 الذي يمكننا أن نسمّيه «يوم الإعلان عن سقوط هذه العقيدة» وعدم جدواها كما ورد على لسان وزير الحرب الإسرائيلي السابق، افيغدور ليبرمان، الذي أعلن وبعد نقاشات طويلة جداً في أوساط وزارة «الدفاع» الإسرائيلية دامت لسنوات، ما يلي :

أولاً: تمّ تشكيل سلاح جديد في الجيش الإسرائيلي يطلق عليه اسم: سلاح الصواريخ Missile corps على أن يلحق ميدانياً بسلاح المشاة في الجيش.

ثانياً: والسبب المعلن هو انّ التغيير الذي طرأ على طبيعة أعداء الدولة العبرية قد جعل التفوّق الجوي غير كاف للدفاع عن «إسرائيل» حيث اننا الجيش الإسرائيلي في مواجهة عدو، مثل حزب الله وحماس، في غاية المرونة وسريع الحركة والاختفاء ولا يقاتل من قواعد ثابتة يسهل على سلاح الجو المتفوّق تدميرها.

والدليل على ذلك والكلام للوزير ليبرمان اننا أطلقنا

اكثر من مائه وسبعين ألف قذيفة مدفعية وآلاف الغارات الجوية على لبنان ولم نتمكّن من إنهاء وجود حزب الله.

ثالثاً: أما السبب الثاني الذي يجعل إنشاء هذا السلاح ضرورياً وممكناً فهو توفر التكنولوجيا اللازمة لدى شركة الصناعات العسكرية الإسرائيلية لإنتاج ما يحتاجه الجيش من هذه الصواريخ المختلفة المديات، بالاضافة الى التطور الكبير الذي يشهده قطاع الاتصالات في الجيش، بما في ذلك إدخال أو دمج نظام إدارة المعارك وتنسيق النيران في الميدان، المسمى تزاياد Tzayad الى الخدمة في الجيش حديثاً. هذا النظام الذي يسمح لوحدات الجيش في ميدان المعركة ان ترى بعضها بعضاً، عبر شاشات الكمبيوتر، وان تحدّد مواقع العدو وتهاجمها عن بعد.

رابعاً: كما أعلن ليبرمان ايضاً انّ وزارته قد وقعت عقداً مع شركات الصناعات العسكرية الإسرائيلية لشراء صواريخ أرض أرض قادرة على ضرب أهداف على بعد حتى مائة وخمسين كيلومتراً. وانّ توريد هذه الصواريخ سيبدأ خلال بضعة أعوام.

في حين تشير معلومات خاصة إلى أنّ تسليم الدفعة الأولى من هذه الصواريخ، لوحدات سلاح الصواريخ الحديث المنشأ، سيبدأ أواخر سنة 2020.

خامساً: قامت أوساط وزارة الدفاع الإسرائيلية بتسريب معلومات، الى الصحافة الإسرائيلية، مفادها انّ وزارة الدفاع ستواصل اعتمادها على ما هو متوفر من المدفعية الصاروخية المسمّاة بالانجليزية Extended Range Artillery EXTRA ، والتي يبلغ ثمن الصاروخ الواحد منها ثلاثمائة ألف دولار، ويبلغ مداه 250 كيلومتراً.

علماً انّ هذا النوع من الذخيرة الصاروخية هو من صناعة شركات الصناعات العسكريه الإسرائيلي، وقد استخدمه الجيش الإسرائيلي سابقاً، في قصف أهداف للجيش السوري في الكسوة وغيرها من المواقع في أرياف دمشق الغربية والشمالية الغربية، والتي كان يتمّ إطلاقها من عربات أو راجمات صواريخ من طراز لينيكس Lynex.

كما انّ وزارة «الدفاع» الإسرائيلية قد باعت كلا من فيتنام وأذربيجان عدداً من وحدات هذا النوع من المدفعية سنة ٢٠١٣. وقد أكدت فيتنام شراءها عشرين راجمة صواريخ إسرائيلية من هذا الطراز في وقت لاحق لموعد تسلّمها، استخدمت كذلك في غاراتها الشهيرة الفاشلة على مطار دمشق الدولي…!

الخلاصة إذن إعلان مدوّ عن فشل سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي في تحقيق أيّ نجاح يُذكر، على مدى عقود من الزمن… ولكن إعلان ليبرمان عن إنشاء سلاح الصواريخ، الذي يأمل قادة الجيش الإسرائيلي في ان يسدّ عجز سلاح الجو عن تحقيق أهدافه، لن يمثل حلاً سحرياً كما يظنون للمأزق الاستراتيجي الإسرائيلي بنظر خبراء متابعين وذلك للأسباب التالية:

1 ـ انّ المهمة الأساسية لسلاح الجو كانت عبر التاريخ، وكما أوجدها او صاغها الجنرال الايطالي جوليو دوهيت سنة 1900، كانت تتمثل في نقل المعركة الى داخل عمق أراضي العدو وعدم حصرها في جبهات القتال على الحدود.

ولكن دور سلاح الجو قد بدأ بالتراجع مع نهايات الحرب العالمية الثانية حين بدأت الجيوش السوفياتية باستخدام راجمات صواريخ الكاتيوشا، التي كانت تسمّى أورغ ستالين في الغرب الأورغ هو آلة موسيقية متعدّدة الأنابيب ، على نطاق واسع ولَم تعد الطائره الألمانية قادرة على تأمين الحمايه للجنود الألمان على الأرض مما أدّى الى تتابع هزائمهم، انطلاقاً من ستالينغراد وحتى احتلال الجيوش السوفياتية لبرلين الواقعة على بعد آلاف الكيلومترات عن ستالينغراد.

2 ـ انّ ذلك يعني انّ الجيش الإسرائيلي واصل تطبيق نظريات عسكريه، أكل عليها الدهر وشرب وأصبحت عديمة الفعالية، خاصة بعد ظهور الثورة الفلسطينية والمقاومة الاسلامية اللبنانيةه لاحقاً واعتمادهما أسلوب حرب العصابات او الحرب المتحركة التي تحدّت جبروت سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي بنجاح.

3 ـ انّ الثورة الفلسطينية، في سبعينيات وبداية ثمانينيات القرن الماضي، والمقاومة اللبنانية بشكل أكبر منذ نشأتهما استطاعتا نقل المعركة الى داخل الكيان الإسرائيلي وبالتالي نجحتا في منع «إسرائيل» من تحقيق أيّ من أهدافها. رغم تفوّقها التسليحي الكبير.

4 ـ وعلى العكس مما يتمنّاه قادة الجيش الإسرائيلي، من انّ إنشاء سلاح الصواريخ الجديد هذا سيُحدِث ثورة في أداء الجيش الإسرائيلي، فإنّ الخبراء يجزمون بأنّ أيّ شيء من هذا لن يحدث كما نبشرهم بأنّ ما فشلت في تحقيقه طائراتهم لن تنجح في تحقيقه صواريخهم.

اذ انّ مأزق ما تبقّى من هيبة الجيش الذي لا يُقهر لا يتمثل في نوعية السلاح المستخدم من قبله وانما في انكشافه استراتيجيا وتكتيكيا..!

فعلى الصعيد الاستراتيجي هو جزء من المعسكر المهزوم في الصراع الدولي الجاري حاليا. بينما يفتقد داخل الكيان للعمق من الناحية التكتيكية العملياتية الأمر الذي جعل جبهته الداخلية جزءاً من الخط الأمامي المكشوف تماماً وعرضة لخسائر فادحة في أيّ حرب مع قوات حلف المقاومة التي تتمتع بعمق استراتيجي كبير جدا يسمح لها بالمناورة الفعّالة خلال العمليات العسكرية.

5 ـ انّ قيادة الجيش الإسرائيلي باتت عاجزة تماماً عن فهم استراتيجية حلف المقاومة وقواته، والمتمثلة في إعداد الخطط الهجومية وليس الدفاعية، ما يعني بأنّ المأزق الإسرائيلي لم يعد يتمثل في ضرب أهداف لقوات حلف المقاومة على بعد مئات الكيلومترات، وانما في كيفية مواجهة قوات المقاومة في الجليل الفلسطيني وفِي الضفة الغربية المحتلة واستحالة ذلك في ظلّ الانهيار المعنوي والنفسي والقنوط العام الذي يعاني منه الجنود الإسرائيليون، لا بل المجتمع الاستيطاني الإسرائيلي بأكمله.

وهذا يعني انّ سلاح الصواريخ الجديد الذي تقرّر إنشاؤه لن يكون أحسن حظاً من سلاح الجو الموجود منذ ما يزيد على سبعين عاماً والذي يمتلك أحدث الطائرات القتالية في العالم.

الامر الذي يؤكد لنا وللعالم أجمع حتمية سقوط ليس فقط العقيدة القتالية الإسرائيلية الجديدة ايضاً، بل وقرب زوال الكيان الإسرائيلي من أرض فلسطين في الأفق المنظور…

من يعتقد اننا نبالغ في الأمر فليعد قراءة التقارير والتحقيقات الإسرائيلية الداخلية التي تجمع على انّ خيارات المواجهة وتحقيق الانتصارات بدأت تضيق على ما تبقى من زعامات إسرائيلية ان بقي لهم زعامات اصلاً…!

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Israeli Violence Against Peaceful Palestinian Demonstrators

By Stephen Lendman
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Saturday, March 30, marked the 43rd anniversary of Land Day for Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories.

The anniversary is all about Palestinian resistance against Israeli theft of their land, displacing them for exclusive Jewish development and use.

It’s against the systematic transformation of historic Palestine into a state affording rights to Jews alone, Arabs treated like nonpersons, Israeli Arab citizens, 20% of the population, treated like fifth column threats.

March 30 was also the one-year anniversary of weekly Great March of Return demonstrations in Gaza against Israel’s illegal suffocating blockade, an act of war without declaring it.

Two million Gazans are held hostage by Israeli viciousness, the world community doing nothing to relieve their suffering, nothing to hold Israel accountable for high crimes too serious to ignore.

They include three premeditated wars of aggression on the Strip since December 2008, along with intermittent terror-bombings and cross-border incursions, civilians threatening no one harmed most.

On Saturday, Sabreen al-Najjar, mother of 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar, commemorated her daughter’s murder at the hands of an Israeli sniper – an angel of mercy paramedic, a victim of Gaza’s killing fields.

Dressed in white attire, identifying her as a first responder medic, she was lethally shot in the neck and back, an exploding dum dum bullet destroying her heart, killing her instantly.

“My daughter…Razan…was (lethally) shot by an Israeli sniper while wearing her white uniform and trying to rescue those injured protesting for their rights,” said Sabreen, adding:

“During Razan’s short life, she was confined to a densely populated, prison-like strip of land, surrounded by Israeli blockades and walls.”

“She witnessed three Israeli military aggressions that wounded and killed thousands of innocent Palestinians. For her and for all Palestinians, the Great Return March is our cry for justice.”

“As we stand together peacefully, every weekend, for the rights and freedoms freely given to others without hesitation, it’s the obligation of the international community to act and stop supplying Israel with the weapons that it used to kill Razan and so many others like her.”

“I call on organizations and states to implement our Palestinian call for a military embargo against Israel so that we can live in freedom and peace.”

Gaza-based BDS community organizer Abulrahman Abunahel said “(f)or more than seven decades, Palestinian people have been struggling to return to their homes from which they were uprooted in the Nakba in 1948.”

“Israel denies us our right of return. On the first anniversary of the ongoing Great March of Return in Gaza, we reiterate the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions for Palestinian rights.” 

“It is high time to fully isolate and prosecute the Israeli regime of settler-colonialism, occupation, and apartheid. The bloodshed in Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine must be stopped.”

According to Gaza’s health ministry, Israeli soldiers killed 266 Palestinians, injuring over 30,000 others since Great Gazan March of Return demonstrations began one year ago.

On Saturday, Israeli snipers killed four Palestinians, injuring 316 others, including 86 children and 29 women, said Gaza’s health ministry – many seriously during all Great March of Return protests, including yesterday’s.

Razan and two other Palestinian medics were killed, 665 others wounded, and 112 ambulances damaged, Gaza’s health ministry explained.

At least two clearly identified journalists by their attire were killed, dozens of others wearing press IDs injured.

Israeli soldiers and other security forces routinely attack peaceful Palestinian demonstrators throughout the Territories with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, toxic tear gas, and other repressive tactics.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned Israeli use of lethal force against peaceful protesters threatening no one – how its regimes confront all nonviolent demonstrations, falsely blaming Palestinians for high crimes committed against them.

Like ahead of all Great March of Return demonstrations, the IDF set up fortified positions on the Israeli side of the border, snipers positioned with orders to use live fire and other toughness against peaceful protesters.

Israeli media reported that the IDF deployed three brigades of combat troops and an artillery battalion along the Gaza border, along with 200 snipers.

PCHR: “According to observations by (its) fieldworkers (on the ground in Gaza), Israeli forces…stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel continued to use excessive force against the (peaceful) demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them.”

As in previous weeks, tens of thousands of Gazans turned out on Saturday, including entire families. Threatening no one, Israeli soldiers fired on them for target practice, gunning down or otherwise injuring hundreds.

Reporting on what happened on Saturday, the NYT featured a photo of a Palestinian demonstrator using a sling shot to hurl a likely stone in the direction of Israeli forces, safely behind barricades, too far away to be harmed – instead of showing IDF snipers gunning down Palestinians in cold blood.

The Times turned truth on its head, calling Saturday events “mostly peaceful” – entirely so by Palestinians, nothing of the kind by IDF soldiers, attacking them unrestrained.

The photo published by the Times was unrelated to Saturday protests, showing black smoke from burning tires.

Haaretz reported the following: “As part of understandings reached between Israel and the Palestinians through Egyptian mediation on Friday, Palestinians refrained from setting ablaze car tires at the protest sites.”

The Times (and other US media) falsely accused Gazans of hurling “dozens of homemade bombs” at Israeli soldiers. Nothing of the kind occurred. Demonstrators were entirely peaceful as during other Great March of Return protests.

The Times quoted IDF spokesman, Lt. Col Jonathan Conruus’ Big Lie, claiming “(i)t’s clear that Hamas controls the level of violence (sic),” adding:

“When they want less violence (sic), we see that they can keep people back from the fence. And when they want more violence (sic), they get more violence (sic).”

The Times lied saying “Israel made a point before Saturday of cautioning its soldiers against taking shots that might hit unintended targets.”

Fact: The Netanyahu regime and IDF consider civilians legitimate targets, including young children and women – 86 children and 29 women wounded by live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and toxic tear gas on Saturday.

Many thousands of Gazans have been protesting weekly and other times against their virtual incarceration in the world’s largest open-air prison.

Though unable to change things, their courage against a brutal occupier got worldwide attention. With nothing to lose, they’re unlikely to quit as long as their suffering continues.

A Final Comment

On March 29, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)  explained major media calls to renounce violence is almost exclusively directed at Muslims, saying:

“A FAIR survey of the phrase “renounce violence” in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas.” 

“There are zero instances of anyone in the Times — whether reporters quoting officials or columnists — from March 28, 2009, to March 28, 2019, insisting or suggesting that the United States, Israel or any white-majority country ‘renounce violence.’ ”

The above information should surprise no one. The self-styled newspaper of record and other establishment media operate as virtual imperial press agents – supporting US-led NATO and Israeli wars of aggression, along with their other hostile actions against targeted nations and people.

That’s what the scourge of imperialism is all about, establishment media acting as accomplices.

Land theft, ethnic cleansing, and Jewish supremacy: Israel’s settler colonialism in Syria’s Golan, the forgotten occupied territory — what’s left

By Stephen Gowans March 31, 2019 Israel’s occupation, annexation, and plunder of Syria’s Golan recapitulates all that is repugnant about the Zionist state: its wars of aggression, land theft, ethnic cleansing, racism, quest for lebensraum, and contempt for international legal norms. It also shows that Israeli citizens, including the country’s Left, are not only complicit […]

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Trump’s Golan Declaration Another Own Goal

Trump’s Golan Declaration Another Own Goal

EDITORIAL | 29.03.2019 | EDITORIAL

Trump’s Golan Declaration Another Own Goal

Hardly a week goes by and the United States falls deeper into global disrepute. This week was a bonanza of own goals for the self-declared “leader of the free world”.

The debacle over the ridiculous “Russiagate” scandal finally imploding was spectacular.

Then there were more horrific reports of US air strikes killing civilians simultaneously in four countries – Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

That was followed by Washington’s ludicrous lecturing to Russia about the US-imposed humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

And then, to top all those own goals, we saw President Donald Trump declaring that Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights is not, in the warped US view, illegal after all. Can you possibly keep score of the mind-boggling inanities and insanities?

Switching metaphors for a moment – because you can hardly just use one when it comes to grappling with American asinine policy – Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova got it right when she likened the US to a “cowboy shooting up the Louvre museum” in its free-wheeling, double-dealing foreign conduct.

Where to begin in dissecting the US and its descent into madness and mafia-style foreign policy? It truly is a brain-wrecking, train-wrecking challenge. Is there a wicked genius to its Mephistophelean madness? Perhaps it is simply down to Washington becoming an absurd circus of incompetence, accelerated under the administration of a former real-estate magnate and reality TV star, President Donald J (for Joker) Trump.

On the Golan issue, Trump’s proclamation this week of recognizing the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as under Israeli sovereignty is a flagrant subversion of international law and the United Nations Charter. Israel has been forcibly occupying Syrian southern territory since the 1967 Six Day War. It formally annexed the strategic plateau in 1981, which was ruled as illegal by the UN Security Council – including a vote from the US at that time.

Trump’s declaration is thus a brazen repudiation of international law and a glaring green light to aggression. Can anything this president says or does be taken seriously? What’s that about Venezuela, or Ukraine?

His declaration this week undermines gravely the foundation of international law in a shocking, reckless affront. It completely demolishes any pretense the US claims to have as a world leader and upholder of international law.

Washington has been slamming Russia for the past five years over alleged “annexation” of Crimea – and then Trump this week turns around and endorses Israeli theft of Syrian territory.

At a UN Security Council meeting called this week by Syria in protest to Trump’s proclamation, the US was seen as a pariah state. All 14 other members of the council (including non-permanent members) slammed the US policy on Golan. They included US allies Britain and France.

Outside the UNSC, other US allies also condemned Washington’s declaration of complicity in Israeli annexation of Golan.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, among others, all slammed the US for daring to legalize the theft of Syrian territory by Israel.

Russia’s deputy envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, put it aptly. He said that the US move was not only an audacious violation of international and the UN Charter. “This only exacerbates the situation in Syria and complicates the establishment of a political process, but it also creates serious obstacles to normalizing the relations between Israel and the Arab states.”

We will come back to that profound point in a moment. But first, let’s throw out a few other motives for Trump’s outrageous violation of international law regarding Golan and Israel’s annexation.

Trump is no doubt giving his family friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a timely electoral boost ahead of Israeli state elections scheduled for April 9.

There is also the issue of American oil interests being pursued by designating the Golan as Israeli territory. The mountainous region overlooking the Jordan Valley is reputed to hold untapped reserves on par with those of Saudi Arabia, which US-based Genie oil company has been exploring for years.

But still a more strategic motive is the objective of keeping the Middle East and Syria in particular in perpetual turmoil. By annexing Syrian territory, the US-Israeli move furthers the objective of controlling the wider Arab region.

Syria’s envoy to the UN, Bashar al Jaafari, made that very point at the UN Security Council meeting this week. He said the US-backed annexation of Golan was a part of the US-sponsored covert war against his country. The move is a way to keep Syria and the region in turmoil, said al Jaafari.

This gets back to what the Russian envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, said. The whole point is for Washington to prevent any political settlement to the eight-year war in Syria and to impede any normalization of relations in the region. The US and its client Israeli regime only stand to benefit from perpetual chaos and conflict in the region.

So far so good, as Washington may calculate – albeit fiendishly. But in the final analysis, the US is ending up looking like a complete rogue state without any respect, even among its supposed allies.

The presumed global leader, Washington, is losing foes and allies alike through its disgraceful duplicity and disregard for any pretense of probity. The Golan Heights is another nail in the coffin for Washington’s over-rated self-regard.

In a week of other American absurdities and own-goals, the Golan debacle may turn out to be the moment when Washington is finally seen in the eyes of the world as the utter laughing stock that it surely has become. It’s a laughing stock, but in the creepiest, macabre sense.

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