Why I’m relieved that Netanyahu won

 

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Netanyahu’s win will make it harder than ever for Israelis to use their fake “peace process” to camouflage their atrocities. Had the Zionist Union won, the Palestinians would have been dragged back a decade into fruitless Oslo-style “negotiations” that would have served as a cover for continued subjugation and colonization. Such “negotiations” have provided the principal excuse for the “international community” to avoid holding Israel even minimally accountable for its crimes. The refrain from gutless officials is always some version of “Yes, isn’t it terrible what’s going on, but there’s a peace process and we support the peace process.” The one positive outcome of Israel’s election is that path seems to be closed.

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With virtually all the votes counted, Likud has 30 seats, the Zionist Union has 24 and the Joint List of predominantly Arab parties is in third place with 14.

It seems all but certain that Netanyahu will retain his post as Israel’s prime minister and head another fanatically right-wing government.

TRUTH IN LABELING

Netanyahu is no worse than his rivals. Livni, a fugitive war crimes suspect, was one of the proud and unrepentant architects of Israel’s massacre in Gaza in 2008-2009, which no doubt served as Netanyahu’s model.

Livni’s partner Herzog has faulted Netanyahu for not attacking Gaza viciously enough.

Netanyahu’s ugly election-day incitement that the “Arabs are advancing on the ballot boxes” revealed once again his true feelings that Palestinian citizens of Israel are not legitimate citizens deserving full rights. But Tzipi Livni has frequently expressed the same view.

A recent interactive feature published by The New York Times shows that Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank (excluding occupied Jerusalem) was often far higher under the supposed peace-seeking governments of Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert.

But what has distinguished Netanyahu is that he strips away the opportunities for the so-called “international community” to hide its complicity with Israel’s ugly crimes behind a charade of a “peace process.”

Moreover, Netanyahu’s open alliance with the most racist, white supremacist, Islamophobic and bigoted elements of the North American and European right – his speech to Congress earlier this month was a manifestation of this – strip away all masks. Israel can no longer practice apartheid at home while falsely presenting itself as a beacon of liberalism abroad.

In short, Netanyahu’s re-election is like the “Nutrition Facts” label on a box of junk food: it tells you about the toxic ingredients inside.

Netanyahu’s clear declaration days before the vote that he will not allow a Palestinian state was simply an affirmation of the real policy of every Israeli government since 1967, to which Herzog and Livni would have adhered.

Herzog and Livni would not have permitted a Palestinian state. Rather, they would have tried to draw Palestinians back into fake “negotiations” over what would at most be a ghetto-like bantustan designed to legitimize Israel’s theft of vast tracts of land, its annexation of Jerusalem, and its abrogation of the rights of Palestinian refugees. (Ben White’s analysis of this horrifying plan for permanent apartheid is a must read.)

Netanyahu and Herzog have both vowed to continue building settlements on stolen Palestinian land. But Herzog would have hidden this expansionist policy behind one of the cosmetic and fraudulent “freezes” during which colonization continues unabated.

Had the Zionist Union won, the Palestinians would have been dragged back into fruitless Oslo-style “negotiations” that would have served as a cover for their continued subjugation and colonization.

Such “negotiations” have provided the principal excuse for the “international community” to avoid holding Israel even minimally accountable for its crimes. The refrain from gutless officials is always some version of “Yes, isn’t it terrible what’s going on, but there’s a peace process and we support the peace process.”

The one positive outcome of Israel’s election is that path seems to be closed.

BDS

The Israeli Jewish public’s choice to re-elect Netanyahu should make it clear to people around the world that Israel does not seek peace or justice. Israel will continue to oppress and ethnically cleanse Palestinians until it is stopped.

The message we should take away is simple: the proper treatment for a polity committed to occupation, apartheid and ethno-racial supremacy is to isolate it until it recognizes that it must abandon those commitments.

Palestinians have asked the world to do that through boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Netanyahu makes the case a little easier, so it’s time to step it up.

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[1] A Jew responded to the above post:

You are ignoring the fact that most Israelis fear what will happen if the Palestinians achieve a state in the West Bank. It is a simple, rational, act of self-preservation. Not many human beings are willing to do the right thing when they believe it will endanger themselves, their families, and their way of life. By ignoring this factor, you make it look like most Israelis take pleasure in the status quo, rather than them simply believing it’s the best of a bunch of bad options.

A reader’s response:

White South Africans tried to justify their behavior the same way. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work for Israelis now. You omit the fact that Israel is the occupier and the aggressor. You also ignore Gaza.

 If you call the occupation and extermination of the Palestinians a “simple, rational, act of self-preservation,” then there is something terribly wrong with you. It’s like “reasoning” that you have to kill all the bears when you set up camp in bear country, because one bear might raid your refrigerator.

[2] I too am relieved. If Netanyahu had lost, then many people might have had the false illusion that something was going to change. At least with Netanyahu, we will see things for what they are. Netanyahu’s declared opposition to a Palestinian state makes it crystal clear to the whole world who the real obstacle to peace is. It puts pressure on the PA to abandon its failed collaborationist policies. It strengthens the BDS movement. It exposes the complicity of the Arab regimes. And it makes the one-state solution the only viable option to pursue. Thanks to all the Israelis who voted Netanyahu in again. You made our day!

[3] If Netanyahu had lost, the global community may have taken a wait-and-see approach to the Israeli political scene, thereby sapping momentum from BDS activism. Now that we see that Zionist extremism is back at the helm, there can be no denying that peace is a dried out carcass.

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Posted by MG editor in Television Interviews on March 14, 2015

Report: Senate panel probing whether Obama administration funded anti-Netanyahu campaign

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Fox News reports that a bipartisan probe is looking into State Department funding of OneVoice Movement and its subsidiary V15

ed note–Goddamn every one of these traitorous hypocrites to Lucifer’s hell where they belong. Where is their ‘probe’ into Israel’s attack on the USS LIBERTY that killed 34 American servicemen and brought the world to within 3 minutes of nuclear war with the USSR? Where is their ‘probe’ of Israel’s role in the assassination JFK, the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City, the bombings of the World Trade Towers in 93, 9/11, the anthrax attacks, Boston Marathon, etc?

WHERE IS THEIR PROBE OF AIPAC INFLUENCING AMERICAN ELECTIONS IN FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF THE FARC ACT???

If such a fund existed whereby people could donate $ to purchase coal that would be used to fuel the fires in hell that these bastards will inevitably be calling home after they have left this earthly paradise, I would give every damned dime I had.

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Fox News reported on Saturday that a bipartisan probe is being launched by a U.S. Senate Investigatory committee, designed to look into the funding of a not-for-profit group that has been trying to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

One source told Foxnews.com that the State Department apparently gave the group taxpayer-funded grants.

On Friday, Netanyahu said that “left-wing and media elements in Israel and abroad have conspired to bring [Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni] to power illegitimately, by means of slander at home and unprecedented money from abroad.” In a Facebook post, the prime minister added that “left-wing elements in Israel and abroad who are streaming tens of millions of dollars to NGOs running an ‘Anyone but Bibi’ campaign in its various guises.”

The Senate investigatory subcommittee has subpoena powers, but no comments on the investigation were available. One source disclosed that the probe was looking at the OneVoice Movement, a group in Washington which has received $350,000 from the State Department. Until recently the group was headed by a veteran diplomat from the Clinton years.

A subsidiary of OneVoice is the Israeli-based V15, which is claimed by Fox News to be guided by administration officials. V15 is advocating a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is thus committed to removing Netanyahu.

No direct link between Obama and such a campaign has been established, and the State Department announced that funding for the group stopped in November, before the elections were called. However, OneVoice did link up with V15 in January. Jeremy Bird, Obama’s previous campaign director, arrived in Israel to help direct V15, which was trying to reach a million households in an effort to remove Netanyahu. OneVoice is prohibited from directly targeting Netanyahu, but its Israeli partner V15 can carry out the campaign.

State Department documents show that funding was also directed to Palestinian activists and to a resumption of peace talks. Despite OneVoice’s backing of V15, funds were not used for election campaign activities, State Department officials there claim.

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Rage Against Netanyahu

Israelis most often are as out-of-touch with reality as Americans – sleepwalking through their daily lives instead of becoming activist to improve them.
Saturday night was different – the exception proving the rule. Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied against Netanyahu’s appalling leadership in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square under the banner “Israel Wants Change.”
The New York Times and Washington Post ignored it. The Wall Street Journal published a woefully short three-paragraph AP report.
WaPo apparently thought a Palestinian injuring five Israelis was more important than a major anti-Netanyahu mass protest.
A good idea was ruined by choosing the wrong keynote speaker – former Mossad chief Meir Dagan. He knowingly lied saying:
“No one denies that Iran’s nuclear program is a threat, but going to war with the US is not the way to stop it.”
“Israel is a country surrounded by enemies…”
Fact: Dagan’s own Mossad denies an Iranian threat. It called its nuclear program legitimate with no military component.
Fact: Israel is nuclear armed and dangerous. It has hundreds of nuclear weapons and long-range delivery system capability.
Fact: It warns it’ll use every weapon in its arsenal if threatened. It’ll risk incinerating millions.
Fact: Israel’s only enemies are ones it invents. It faced no external threat since the 1973 Yom Kippur war – the only one it nearly lost.
Dagan continued saying “I am afraid of our leadership. I am afraid of a loss of determination, of a loss of personal example.”
“I am afraid of hesitancy and stalemate, and I am afraid above all of the crisis of leadership, a leadership crisis that is the most severe ever here.”
“Benjamin Netanyahu has served as prime minister for six years straight. Six years in which he has not led a single genuine process of change to the face of the region or the creation of a better future.”
“On his watch, Israel conducted the longest (military) campaign since the War of Independence.” Dagan pointedly asked Netanyahu:
“Why should you be responsible for our fate if you are so afraid to take responsibility?”
“I am not a politician and not a public figure, and I came here this evening without personal aspirations, not looking for a position and without a grudge or bitterness.”
“We deserve leadership that will set new priorities. It has long not been a question of left wing and right wing. It’s a question of a path, a vision, a different horizon.”
“(W)e are at a critical period for our future and security.” Netanyahu’s agenda is “destructive…for the future and security of Israel…(T)here is a danger…and that is why I (came) to speak.”
Fact: Dagan was a former high-level Israeli official. He very much has an agenda. He failed to explain it – or what new priorities he wants set.
His job as Mossad chief was working for Israeli regional dominance – including assassinating anyone challenging it, staging false flags and committing other crimes too serious to ignore.
He represents everything ordinary people everywhere should reject. Why rally organizers invited him to speak they’ll have to explain.
Michal Kesten-Keidar’s husband, Dolev, was killed in last summer’s Gaza war. Her comments were important to hear.
“How many women like me will lose their (loved ones) until we reach (a peace) agreement,” she asked?
“An entire election campaign has gone by without remembering the blood that was shed over the summer.”
“But last summer, I lost the love of my life during the war, and I came here to request of you, when you go to cast your ballots, to vote for who will prevent the next war, for who is prepared to do everything possible to prevent more deaths.”
“Mr. Prime Minister, it’s impossible to speak all the time about Iran and to turn a blind eye to the bloody conflict with the Palestinians which costs us so much blood.”
Keidar is a Women Wage Peace (WWP) activist. A previous article discussed the group’s mission to end decades of Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It hopes to achieve a durable, sustainable equitable peace.
Keidar and other WWP activists believe no one else should die because rogue politicians choose war over peace.
They want Israel governed by responsible politicians. They want decades of conflict ended once and for all.
Rally organizers and other speakers want “normal and sane” Israeli life. They want Israel at peace with all its neighbors.
“If someone doesn’t care if there are wars, why should he care about the cost of living,” asked Keidar?
“I do not accept the claim that there is no one to vote for so don’t vote, or the claim that the Israeli public is fated to live with war.”
“The leadership has responsibility to those combat soldiers and a responsibility to prevent the killing.”
Netanyahu’s Likud-led regime lied about Saturday’s rally. A statement claimed it’s “part of a campaign orchestrated by the left (and) funded by millions from abroad.”
“The aim is to change the nationalist Likud government headed by Netanyahu with a left wing government headed by (Tzipi) Livni and (Isaac) Herzog which will be supported by the Arab parties.”
It added ludicrous comments about Israelis knowing only Netanyahu can stop Iran’s (nonexistent) nuclear threat and establishment of a West Bank “terror state.”
Saturday’s rally was 10 days before March 17 general elections. Netanyahu is in a close race to remain prime minister.
New poll numbers show it’s too close to call. Netanyahu’s Likud and Herzog’s Zionist Union are virtually even in public support..
Netanyahu’s congressional rant did nothing to boost his chances. As of Friday, around one-fifth of Israeli voters remain undecided.
Next Saturday, March 14, a pro-Netanyahu rally is planned. It remains to be seen how well attended.
The evening after his March 3 congressional rant, thousands protested in New York outside Israel’s midtown Manhattan consulate.
The US/Canadian Central Rabbinical Congress organized the event. Signs and banners read:
“Bibi – don’t drag American Jewry into your provocative policies.”
” Bibi Netanyahu does not speak for us.”
“We are ably represented. We don’t need a Bibi-sitter.”
Rabbi David Neiderman addressed rally participants saying “(w)hen Netanyahu professes to speak on our behalf, we have to speak out and say this is not the case.”
“(S)top speaking on our behalf and directing us what to do,” he added. “(N)o foreign government can represent us or speak on our behalf.”
Other speakers were harsher – calling Netanyahu “Haman (the book of Esther’s main antagonist)” and “Amalek (the book of Exodus nation attacking Israelites fleeing Egypt).”
They accused Netanyahu of stoking anti-Semitism. One speaker said he risked world Jewry’s well-being for his own political self-interest.
Another said “(w)e are here to disassociate ourselves from the dangerous statements” he made – “put(ting) Jews in danger.”
Social injustice is another major issues for most Israelis. Protest tents are erected on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Blvd. A sign read:
“We’re coming out of the closet and moving into national housing” – referencing increasingly unaffordable housing costs for millions of Israelis.
Another sign read ” ‘Life itself’ is dying on the street.” Housing, employment, healthcare and education are major electoral issues.
Rothschild Blvd. activism reminds Israelis that electoral bombast has nothing to do with their daily struggle to get by.
Israel and America are the developed world’s most unequal countries.
Shay Cohen’s Facebook comment reflects how millions of Israelis feel, saying:
“So here I am, suddenly 40-years-old. I have a wonderful family, lots of good in my life, but everything is still too expensive, and buying an apartment in the area we live in seems like a faraway dream.”
“We all are truly in need of a revolution in our government’s social and economic policy.”
“(We need to) shout and remind everyone who we are and what we demand.”
Cohen co-founded Koach l’Ovdim (Democratic Workers Organization). He and others are involved in struggling for long denied social justice – basic needs increasingly unaddressed, notably unaffordable housing.
Millions of Israelis “work hard day and night, but can’t hold their heads up high,” he said.
People need to start protesting, he stressed. The best time is pre-election. Change takes time.
It begins by electing responsible officials. Israelis are hamstrung like Americans. Their choices are largely between death by hanging or firing squad.
Both nations need revolutionary change – a total makeover. Scattered reforms won’t work.
Governance in both countries is too corrupted to fix. Imperial madness they represent may kill us all.
Sweeping change is needed more than ever before. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance.
 Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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The Guardian Proclaims The President of Israel as a Hero of

January 01, 2015  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian’s prime Hasbara mouthpiece, praised Israeli President Reuven ‘Ruvi’ Rivlin yesterday. Freedland wrote that that in spite of being a  “lifelong member of Israel’s Likud party, and on the right of that rightwing bloc… ever since his elevation to Israel’s largely ceremonial presidency in June he (President Rivlin) has acted as something like his country’s conscience.”

Let’s examine how Freedland justifies his dubious choice for 2014’s hero.

In November the Israeli cabinet backed a Jewish state bill that would enshrine discrimination against Israel’s 1.7 million Arab citizens, denying them the full rights of citizenship accorded to Jews. Liberals and leftists denounced the bill, but, according to Freedland, “ the most potent attack came from the presidential mansion.” Freedland  doesn’t tell the entire truth. The Israeli ‘liberals’ (such as war criminal Tzipi Livini) and the hawk President who opposed the bill, didn’t deny that Israel is a Jewish State, instead they argued that Israel is the Jewish State anyway and the National Bill didn’t add any new powers.

Though President Rivlin spoke in favour of civil rights, his primary argument was with the true meaning of the new bill – it exposed the deep intrinsic discrepancy between ‘Jewishness’ and ‘democracy’.  Speaking against the bill, Rivlin wondered,  “Does this proposal (The National Bill) not in fact encourage us to seek contradiction between the Jewish and democratic characteristics of the state?” Yes it does.

While Netanyhau and his cabinet are willing to admit the truth that the Jewish State is, by its nature, exclusivist; the Jewish Left, The Guardian, Freedland and President Rivlin prefer to keep the truth deeply hidden or at least obscured.   Freedland and Rivlin may agree with each other that lying for the cause is kosher.

Freedland also seems to be overwhelmingly awed by a cheesy Israeli propaganda video made for Rosh Hashana. In the video the 75-year-old Israeli president sat alongside an 11-year-old Palestinian boy who had been the victim of bullying. The two held up a series of cards bearing slogans calling for mutual respect and dignity. But Rivlin and Freedland know very well that in the Jewish so called ‘democracy’ with and without the National Bill, this young Palestinian boy will never be president in the Jewish State, nor could he be a minister. This young boy is destined to face constant abuse that is intended to make him leave Israel to find a better life somewhere else.

As far as I am concerned, The Guardian of Judea is far from being 2014’s Hero

 

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Zionist Entity’s Labor Announces Election Pact with Centrist Livni

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Israeli opposition Labor party leader Isaac Hertzog and centrist former justice minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday announced an alliance to contest snap general election in March.

“When we receive the mandate… I shall serve as prime minister for the first two years and Tzipi Livni will serve as prime minister for the second half” of the four-year term, Hertzog said at a televised news conference.

Isaac Hertzog and Tzipi Livni

“Today the Zionist centre has risen against the parties of the extreme right,” said Livni, formerly Israel’s chief “peace” negotiator with the Palestinians, who was fired from government last week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accused her of working against his right-leaning coalition from within.

She began her political career in Likud before following the late Ariel Sharon when he founded the Kadima party, then setting up her own HaTnuah before the last election.

She said that today’s Likud has been taken over by the far-right.

“The extremists… are turning our country into an isolated state, closed and alienated from its own citizens.”

“I am here to produce the force-multiplier that will replace the government of Israel,” she said.

Polls published on Tuesday said an alliance between Labor and Livni’s HaTnuah party could nudge Netanyahu’s Likud from power.

A survey by parliament TV, published by Maariv newspaper, said that a partnership could win 23 seats in the 120-member Knesset, while Likud was projected to win 21.

Another poll by news website Globes put the figure at 24 for Labour-HaTnuah and 23 for Netanyahu’s party.

Source: AFP

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GILAD ATZMON: ZIONIST PROJECT HAS FAILED; ISRAEL VERY BIG THREAT TO WORLD PEACE

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Press TV: Gilad Atzmon and Geoffrey Alderman on Bibi, Zipi and Yair

On this Press TV’s-The Debate Episode (3.12.14) Zionist academic Geoffrey Alderman and Musician/Author Gilad Atzmon are found to be in total agreement with each other re Israeli politics, the nature of the Jewish State, Netanyahu’s Politics, Jewish Lobby Domination and other topics. Fascinating though hardly a debate.

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The Palestinians Have Managed to Topple Another Israeli Government

December 02, 2014  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

Occasionally Israeli political and military leadership fail to survive Israeli wars. PM Golda Meir and her Chief Of Staff (David “Dado” Elazar) were sent home after the 1973 blunder (Yom Kippur war). PM Menachem Begin lost his sanity after the first Lebanon war (1982). Defense Minister Amir Peretz and his Chief Of Staff’ Dan Halutz’ were treated harshly by the Israeli media following the 2006 defeat in Lebanon. PM Benjamin Netanyahu is now paying a price for the recent Israeli disaster in Gaza and the Palestinian uprising that followed.

Strong nations tend to unite behind their leaders in times of crisis. The Israelis are spoiled. They prefer to turn against their leaders in times of conflict and not because they crave peace. Quite the opposite, they want to see a conclusive victory; buckets of Arab blood. Bibi didn’t provide the goods and in the eyes of many Israeli patriots he was a softy.

Israel’s didn’t perform well in the last round of violence. The IDF didn’t achieve a single military objective. After a few days, its forces withdrew, humiliated and exhausted. The Israeli military admitted that it lacked an answer to Palestinian ballistics, tunnels and fierceness. In addition, the conflict in Gaza spilled over to the West Bank and to Israeli cities. Throughout, Netanyahu’s cabinet reacted slowly. It seemed confused by events. Soon Israelis were openly admitting that the future of the Jewish State was gloomier than ever.

The Israeli political establishment was quick to follow – with a total radicalization. The hawks wanted the state to admit that it is a ‘Jewish home’ instead of a ‘Jewish democracy’ (a term that in itself, provides a contradiction).

The centrists and the Israeli Left insisted that Israel sustain the ‘democratic’ lie. It sounds good and the Goyim buy it they argued. 

Earlier today, PM Netanyahu announced new elections after firing two key ministers in his government – Yesh Atid leader Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Hatnua leader Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

Livni and Lapid opposed Israel’s National Bill and provided Netanyahu a golden opportunity to reinstate his status as a devoted Jewish patriotic and a nationalist voice. I guess that Netanyahu will survive this political round.

But here is a small yet significant piece of the story.  Seven month ago it was Netanyahu who mounted pressure on the PA, the Hamas and the Palestinian population in an effort to break up the Palestinian unity government. After six month of violence, a war in Gaza and a 3rd Intifada in the making, the Palestinians seem more united than ever, and Netanyahu’s Government is breaking apart.

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