Netanyahu’s Real Crimes

Global Research, November 26, 2019
Arab American Institute 23 November 2019

After years of investigation and months of delay, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit formally indicted Benjamin Netanyahu for crimes ranging from his violation of public trust to bribery and fraud. Israel’s apologists will argue that the fact that a sitting Prime Minister has been charged with crimes against the state and people presents compelling evidence of the country’s democracy and commitment to the rule of law. This is the very point that Mandelblit made in announcing the indictments – “The public interest requires that we live in a country where no one is above the law.” However, this is only partially true since it appears that in Israel the principles of democracy or the rule of law only apply to Israeli Jews or the interests of the state, itself. In fact, Netanyahu’s entire sordid career is evidence of the selectiveness of Israelis’ sense of justice.

In the past the Netanyahu household has been charged with some of the pettiest forms of corruption imaginable. For example, his wife was found guilty of taking the empty bottles from beverages consumed at official state functions and keeping the money she received for turning them for recycling. The Netanyahus were also known to bring three weeks of dirty laundry on two-day official state trips and sending them to the hotel in which they were staying for a night so that the cleaning bill would be charged to the state’s budget. This is the sort of past petty thievery for which the Netanyahus were famous.

Looking at the recent indictments, it is clear that the Prime Minister has graduated to bigger and better forms of fraud and corruption. What’s striking, however, is that all of the crimes with which he is charged were focused on feeding his ego or his appetites. In some instances, they were favors done for a businessman in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts, in others they were the corrupt deals he made with various media tycoons in which he promised them benefits in exchange for their guaranteeing him positive coverage in their news outlets.

There is no doubt, that in all of these cases, Netanyahu’s behavior has been clearly criminal and reprehensible, and, as described by the Attorney General, a breach of the public’s trust. But what I find so striking and disturbing, is that these crimes pale in significance when compared to what Netanyahu has done to the Palestinian people and the prospect for Israeli-Palestinian peace – crimes for which he will not be called to account.

After Oslo, Netanyahu organized a back-door lobby to mobilize US Congressional opposition to the peace accords. This was the first time an Israeli lobby worked in the US to oppose their own government. He should have been charged with treason.

Back in Israel, during the same period, he organized with Ariel Sharon and a few others a smear campaign of incitement against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The campaign was so virulent and threatening that many Israelis, including Rabin’s wife, held Netanyahu responsible for Rabin’s assassination. Netanyahu should have been charged with incitement.

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In 1996, he was elected Prime Minister on a platform dedicated to ending the peace process and he did everything he could to slow down, distort, and ultimately sabotage the Oslo Peace Process. Even the agreement he signed with the Palestinians at Wye so encumbered the process that by the end of his first term in office, peace was on life support.  He should have been charged with destroying the prospects for peace and putting at risk the lives of millions.

During his last three terms in office, he incited violence and hatred against Palestinians, both those who are citizens of Israel and those living under occupation. This has fueled extremist settler movements that have engaged in daily acts of violence, destruction of property, and murder. He also encouraged soldiers in the Israeli army to murder defenseless Palestinians and supported them when they were charged with crimes. In addition, as he did with Rabin, he has falsely accused his Israeli opponents of being too close to the Arabs and accused the Palestinian citizens of Israel of being enemies of the state. He should have been charged with hate crimes.

During his time in office he has: expanded settlements on stolen Palestinian land and the demolition of Palestinian property; overseen a number of devastating assaults on Gaza resulting in the indiscriminate massacre of thousands of innocent civilians and the destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure; instituted and maintained a cruel blockade of Gaza’s population, as an act of collective punishment, in which, for long periods of time, food, medicine, and other essential items were restricted or severely regulated – resulting in death, disease, and impoverishment of millions of innocents. He should have been charged with war crimes.

The list could go on, but this should suffice.

The bottom line is that, to be sure, Netanyahu is a criminal. But in today’s Israel he can’t be found guilty of his most serious crimes – treason, incitement, destroying peace, hate crimes, and war crimes. Instead, he will be asked only to answer for his narcissistic appetites and corruption.

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تحرير الأسيرين… فرحة وليس إنجازاً

 

نوفمبر 9, 2019

طارق سامي خوري

انشغل الرأي العام الأردني خلال الشهرين الماضيين باعتقال سلطات الاحتلال الصهيوني للمواطنين هبة اللبدي وعبد الرحمن مرعي وحبسهما إدارياً من دون توجيه تهمة إلى أيّ منهما، وقد تحوّل استقبالهما بعد إطلاق سراحهما منذ أيام إلى عرس وطني وشعبي.

ورغم محاولة وزارة الخارجية الأردنية تصوير ما جرى على أنه «إنجاز» حقّقته الوزارة في هذا الملف، إلا أنّ ذلك لا يُعدُّ إنجازاً خصوصاً أنّ وزارة الخارجية كانت مُغيّبة تماماً وقد مرّ شهران تقريباً على حادثة الاعتقال حتى تحركت في اتجاه إطلاق سراح اللبدي ومرعي، ذلك أنّ التحرُّكات الشعبية المُندّدة بما جرى والمطالبة بتحرير الأسيرين، إضافة إلى صمود اللبدي التي أعلنت إضراباً عن الطعام مدة 42 يوماً ومرعي رغم أنه يعاني من مرض السرطان في سجنيهما هي التي دفعت الوزارة إلى التحرُّك ما أسفر أخيراً عن إطلاقهما.

للأسف، ورغم مرور ربع قرن على توقيع اتفاقية الاستسلام «وادي عربة»، كانت علاقة الأردن مع الكيان الصهيوني تتّسم على الدوام بأنها علاقة ضعيفٍ بقوي، ولن أخوض بعيداً في الأحداث التي تدلّ على ذلك وهي كثيرة، سأكتفي فقط باسترجاع حادثة مقتل مواطنين أردنيين عام 2017 على يد أحد حراس سفارة العدو في الأردن بدم بارد، وكيف غادر قاتلهما إلى فلسطين المحتلة في اليوم نفسه حيث استقبله رئيس وزراء العدو بنيامين نتنياهو استقبال «الأبطال» بطريقة مُستفزّة لمشاعر الأردنيين ومُهينة للمملكة.

أعادت قضية اللبدي ومرعي طرح قضية الأسرى الأردنيين في السجون الإسرائيلية، وهم 21 أسيراً إضافة إلى 30 مفقوداً، ورغم وجود أوراق ضغط كثيرة في يد الأردن أبرزها اتفاقية «وادي عربة» و»اتفاقية الغاز» و»ناقل البحرين» ووجود سفارة للكيان الصهيوني على الأراضي الأردنية إلا أنّ ذلك لم يُصرف فعلياً في ملف إنساني ووطني حسّاس كملف الأسرى الذين قضى بعضهم حتى الآن أكثر من عشرين سنة في زنازين الاحتلال، وكلّ ما فعلته الحكومات الأردنية المتعاقبة في هذا الملف هو تضييع فرص كثيرة للضغط على الكيان الصهيوني للإفراج عن الأسرى وإغلاق الملف، وتفعيل معاهدتي جنيف الثالثة والرابعة اللتين تُلزمان الدول «المُتحاربة» بإطلاق سراح الأسرى بعد انتهاء الأعمال العسكرية، وجميعنا نذكر رفض الحكومة الأردنية عام 2004 شمول الأسرى الأردنيين في صفقة تبادل بين «حزب الله» اللبناني وسلطات الاحتلال، معتبرة «ملف الأسرى شأناً أردنياً خالصاً»، إضافة إلى إضاعة فرصة إجبار الكيان الصهيوني على تبادل عميلي الموساد اللذين ألقي القبض عليهما بعد فشل محاولة اغتيال رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس» خالد مشعل في عمّان 1996 بأسرى أردنيّين خصوصاً من أصحاب الأحكام العالية والمؤبدة، وغير ذلك الكثير من الفرص.

إنّ عدوَّنا الذي يقاتلنا «في حقنا وأرضنا وديننا» والذي أنشأ كيانه المزعوم فوق دماء شهدائنا وأراضي أبناء شعبنا في فلسطين ومنازلهم لا يفهم لغة الدبلوماسية والمفاوضات، لذلك يجب أن يكون اتصالنا معه «اتصال الحديد بالحديد والنار بالنار» وإنّ اتفاقية الاستسلام لم تخدم الأردن بل خدمت الكيان الصهيوني. هم يسمّونها «اتفاقية سلام» لأنها في الحقيقة جلبت السلام للعدو، وإذا نظرنا إلى حال الدول التي وقّعت سلاماً مع الاحتلال نجد أنّ الإنجاز الكبير قد تحقق للكيان الصهيوني وهو إخراج مصر والأردن والسلطة الفلسطينية من معادلة الصراع معه ليستفرِد بدول عربية أخرى، في حين تراجعت أوضاع الدول المُستسلمة على كافة الصعد السياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية عقوداً إلى الوراء، لكنّ الرهان هو على الشعوب الحيّة التي لم تُطبِّع مع العدو، فالتطبيع لم يكن يوماً شعبياً ولن يكون لأنّ العداء لـ»إسرائيل» يزداد في كلّ لحظة ولا يزال الكيان الصهيوني هو العدو الأوحد. كذلك نراهن على دول رفضت أن توقّع مع العدو إيماناً منها بأنّ السلام لا يأتي على متن دبابة المحتلّ وأنّ العلاقة مع هذا الكيان الهجين يجب أن تكون علاقة صراع فقط، أعني بذلك الدولة السورية والمقاومة اللبنانية التي سطّرت بطولات أسطورية في مواجهة المحتلّ ومقارعته حتى دحره مُغيّرة بذلك وجه المنطقة برمّتها.

أخيراً، وبعد فشل الأطر الدبلوماسية بمفاوضة المحتلّ تارة واستجداء الأميركيين طوراً والتي لم تُسفر إلا وعوداً لم تُغنِ ولم تسمن، فإنّ المطلوب اليوم هو متابعة جدية لملف الأسرى، ولأننا لا نتوقع كثيراً من الحكومة، من تلقاء ذاتها، فإننا ندعو إلى استثمار الحالة الشعبية التي تكوّنت بعد اعتقال اللبدي ومرعي وضغطت باتجاه تحريرهما علّها تدفع الحكومة الأردنية إلى إعادة النظر في طريقة التعاطي مع هذا الملف خلال العقود الماضية، من دون أن ننسى طبعاً دور اللجنة الوطنية للأسرى والمفقودين الأردنيين في معتقلات الكيان الصهيوني ومسؤوليتنا نحن كنواب ممثلين لأبناء شعبنا في البرلمان الأردني في الضغط باتجاه تحرير جميع أسرانا من سجون الاحتلال.

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“Israeli” News channel 12 revealed that the United States and the Zionist occupation entity are advancing plans for an agreement with some Gulf Arab states to tackle their mutual enemy, Iran.

The initiative, championed by Zionist Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz, will see Arab Gulf states sign a non-aggression treaty and economic cooperation agreement, a major step towards normalizing relations with the apartheid “Israeli” entity.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the initiative is “excellent”, News 12 reported.

Katz also said during talks with American officials that “the goal is to sign an agreement [with Gulf states] on the White House lawn, during Trump’s current administration”.

In November 2018, Katz announced the “Peace Rails” initiative that would connect some Gulf monarchies to the Mediterranean ports of Occupied Palestine.

Katz presented the “Israel”-Gulf initiative to the former US envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, and according to News 12, the initiative aims at “developing friendships and cooperation ties”.

The initiative will oblige its parties to “take effective measures so that acts of wars, threats or hostility” or any incitement does not arise from signatories’ territories against any of the treaty’s parties.

The sides will be obliged to “refrain from joining, promoting or assisting a coalition, organization or an alliance of military or security nature, with a third party”, News 12 added.

In January, it was reported that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is “seriously considering” setting up a “game-changing” Camp David-style summit meeting with Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with US President Donald Trump playing host.

“The Lost Lesson from the Arab-Israeli Struggle” by Dr. Rizk Elias…

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==The October Liberation War confirmed the validity of the theory that the late President Hafez al-Assad adopted in preparing for the war…

==President Bashar al-Assad has placed the issue of the liberation of Golan at the forefront of the national priorities.

A 525 page long and eight chapter book titled “The Lost Lesson from the Arab-Israeli Struggle, written by Dr. Rizk Elias” has been recently published by the Syrian Ministry of Culture – the Syrian General Book Organization.

Through his field participation in the Arab-Israeli wars and his history as an army officer, the author tries to summarize the events of this struggle during the last century, using the wars that took place from 1948 to 1982 to explain lessons of both sides in each of these wars, as well as the reasons for the failure of the peace process which began in Madrid in 1991, stressing that the lesson of a just and comprehensive peace is still missing. For those reasons, Dr. Rizk Elias’ book could be considered as an important source to politicians and military men who are interested in the Arab-Israeli struggle from its inception to date. The writer dedicated his book to all those who have worked and still work to achieve a just and comprehensive peace and to find an end to the Arab-Israeli struggle, which has passed over a century.

Introduction:

Introducing his book which includes all about the Arab-Israeli wars and the negotiations between Syria and Israel, Dr. Rizk Elias said that he tries to show the influence of geography and politics in the decisions of wars and peace, the impact of the process of building power and the theory of its use, as well as the military balance between the two sides and the attempts of both  parties to evaluate the results of each round of  the conflict and to learn lessons from it in order to prepare for a coming war or to resort to a peaceful settlement. Therefore, “I resorted in the first chapter of the book to describe the  geographical and topographical characterizations of the theater of the war, while in the subsequent chapters, I tried to deal with  the successive wars which took place from 1948 to  1982” Dr. Elias added. In the last chapter, I talked about the peace process between Syria and Israel, which began at the Madrid conference in 1991 and the reasons for its failure, only to help the reader to form a comprehensive idea about the Arab-Israeli struggle which has not been ended yet, neither in war or peace. “My previous position as a staff officer in the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces, and then an adviser to the Minister of Defense as well as my participations in the Arab – Israeli wars from the 1967 war and my experience as a teacher of these subjects at the Higher Military Academy in Damascus, and my contribution as a member of the peace process between Syria and Syria have all helped me in the delicate job to write this book” he said.

Dr. Elias confirmed that the Zionist ideology which was based on immigration and settlement has begun to decline after the October war, the 1973 Lebanon war, the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the liberation of the Lebanese resistance to south Lebanon in 2000 and the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Israel was forced to dismantle its settlements in the Sinai and the Gaza Strip. It also was forced to withdraw its forces from Lebanon after its arrival to the outskirts of Beirut as well as that Its scheme to establish a Palestinian state in Jordan has finally fell. The Israelis have resorted during the past few years to the idea of strategic defense and to build fortified walls in Gaza, the West Bank, the Lebanese borders and the occupied Golan Heights.

According to the writer, «Israel» now believes that arming the forces of the resistance axis consisting of Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Palestinian organizations poses an existential danger to its existence, because such an armament can cause precise injuries in all vital targets in the depth of Israel as it has the powers and the means that enable them to break in through the barriers and walls built by Israel along the borders.

Chapters of the book:

The first chapter deals with some of the geographical characteristics of the theater of war in Palestine and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights including the boundaries of the Mandate and the armistice lines, and the topographical landmarks in Palestine and the Syrian Golan Heights.

The second chapter talks about the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, while the third talks about the tripartite aggression «British, French and Israeli» on Egypt in 1956.  In the fourth chapter, the writer explained all about the Israeli aggression against Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967. In the fifth chapter, the writer discussed the process that occurred in Syria to rebuild the Syrian armed forces before the liberation 1973 war and the first war of attrition (1968-1973).

In the sixth chapter, the writer talks about the October liberation war on the Syrian and Egyptian fronts, and the second war of attrition on the Syrian front (1973-1974), while Chapter seven deals with Syria’s approach to build a strategic balance with Israel and to confront the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. The last chapter of the book deals with the peace process between Syria and Israel and the reasons for its failure.

The mission of liberation:

In the fifth chapter, the author talks about the features of the theory of the late President Hafez al-Assad to liberate the occupied Golan Heights and the rest of other occupied Arab territories.Image result for hafez assad

“Anyone who reads the speech of president Hafez al-Assad at the tenth extraordinary National Congress of the Arab Socialist Baath Party, which was held in early November 1970, touches the concern he had had to liberate the territories occupied by Israel in its aggression in 1967; a concern that remained his concern for a long time.” The writer said. People who were close to him knew that on the anniversary of the occupation of the Golan, which occurs on the tenth of June of each year, president Assad devoted all his day to evaluate what Syria had achieved on the road to liberate the Golan.

Also in his speech at the conference which was held several days before the establishment of the Corrective Movement in 1970, president Hafez al-Assad laid out his vision on how to liberate the Golan and the occupied Arab territories. He had worked according to this vision for thirty years until his death, that vision which is still valid to rationalize our steps in the struggle to liberate our territoriy.

The writer reviewed the clear and integrated vision of the late president Hafez al-Assad, explaining how it was interrelated in the domestic, Arab and international politics and also in the field of the battle for the accomplishment of the liberation mission.

The October War of Liberation

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After examining the details of the October liberation war, Dr. Rizk Elias listed in the sixth chapter the most important positive results of this war in 1973, including the moral victory not only of the fighters who participated in it, but also of the Arab Man who suffered frustration as a result of the June 1967 defeat. To liberate part of the occupied territories, this war showed the importance of Arab solidarity and its effectiveness and forced the enemy to treat the Palestinian issue as an issue of people rather than refugees. The October war also caused a major jolt in the psycho-political structure of the Israeli society, and strengthened the position of Arabs in the field of the international political action.

This war has also confirmed through practical experience the validity of the theory on which President Hafez al-Assad had based to prepare for the war and to conduct it.  It proved that Arab soldiers had appeared during the battle in their true image; brave and able to use modern war machines, love their nation and sacrifice for it, showing moral energy in the war. There was scientific evidence of unity of the Arab nation in the will, feelings, desires, hopes and goals, and its enormous military, human and economic energy capable of achieving victory if used correctly. There was great importance of incorporating the political and military battles. Late President Hafez al-Assad stressed that fact by saying: « we cannot, in any way, separate our political battle from our military battle, because the first came as a result of the second, and is associated with it. “We have achieved with our steadfastness in the military battle glorious results which shattered all the myths woven by the enemy around him” he concluded. “We are also able with steadfastness, self-confidence and strong cohesion at the home front, along with our solid cohesion with the Arab nation, to achieve success in the political battle either to achieve the goals for which we fought, or by saying a big “NO” if we were faced by manipulation or evasive or evasion of the implementation of the Security Council resolution as we understand. »

The Peace Process:

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Dr. Rizk Elias revealed in Chapter eight which talks about the “peace process and the reasons for its failure”, the statement of late President Hafez al-Assad on 9 September 1992 in a meeting with a delegation of citizens of the Golan who came to visit Damascus: «In the past we have said that we want peace, and today we are saying that we want a comprehensive peace that preserves our dignity and is accepted by our people, and does not require any retreat from our national rights, and will in no way harm the dignity and pride of our nation. If others agree, this kind of peace can then be achieved.”

On August 1, 1993, on the occasion of the Syrian Arab Army Day, the late President al-Assad gave a clear indication of how serious Syria is in its attempts to achieve peace: “We are in the battle of peace and we are fighting it as seriously as we are in the military wars.

The book also reviewed President Bashar al-Assad’s position on the peace process. The president placed the question of the occupied land in the Golan Heights at the forefront of the national priorities. “Our main concern is to liberate our occupied land. “Land and sovereignty are an issue of dignity” he said. We have been clear in our positions since the beginning of the peace process in Madrid in 1991, contrary to the Israeli policy, which was characterized by fluctuation at times, and putting obstacles”, president Bashar al-Assad said in his Constitutional oath speech in front of the People’s Assembly (the parliament) on July, 17, 2000.

In the same speech, President al-Assad stressed that we must work as quickly as possible to liberate the Golan without compromising the land. “We are in a hurry for peace because it is our choice, and the Syrian Arab people a peace-loving people throughout history, but we are not ready, by any means, to abandon any part of our land, or to let our sovereignty to be touched » he said.

President al-Assad called on the United States of America to play a neutral, impartial and effective role to implement the resolutions of international legitimacy. In a later speech, President Bashar al-Assad called on Russia and the European Union to play a more active role.

In another speech, President al-Assad referred to the peace-loving nature of the Syrian people by saying: Peace is an ideology for the Syrian people and not just a political act. If you go back to the history of Syria for hundreds and thousands of years, you will find that it has no history of aggression. The real struggle between us and the Israelis is between those who start wars and those who prevent it ».

President al-Assad also explained the contrast between the terms “Syria’s conditions” and “Syria’s rights” by saying: “There is no such a thing as” Syria’s conditions” but there is something called” “Syria’s rights”. “There are international conditions that correspond to the Syrian and Arab rights in general. Israel stands in the face of restoration of the Syrian rights and, at the same time, in the face of the international conditions ».

Referring to Syria’s strategy of steadfastness and liberation and its ability to confront the Israeli aggression, President al-Assad said: «Syria does not seek to ignite the war, but if imposed a war on Syria, will defend itself, and is able to do so. It may be able for anyone to control the beginning of the war, but he will never be able to control its end or its results. The Arab side, and we are at the forefront of it, who possess the decision to end the war; how, where and what how it ends ».

The decisions of the tenth regional conference of the Arab Socialist Baath Party which was held between June 6 and 9, 2005, underlined the peaceful approach taken by the President in his official statements and positions. The first recommendation taken by that conference stressed the need of liberating the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of the fourth of June 1967».

Also, The Charter of the National Progressive Front issued on 12 October 2004 affirmed the commitment of the Front to a peaceful approach in its international policy according to the principles of the international legitimacy and the UN decisions relating to the Arab – Israeli struggle on the basis of justice, rights, international law and finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts.»

 

Adapted by Haifaa Mafalani

‘Israel’ Planning a US-backed ‘Historic Deal’ with Gulf States

‘Israel’ Planning a US-backed ‘Historic Deal’ with Gulf States

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In the course of warming up ties with Arab countries, namely Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates [UAE], ‘Israeli’ entity’s foreign minister Yisrael Katz asked Secretary of US Treasury Steven Mnuchin to support the Zionist entity’s economy to build economic ties with the Gulf states.

According to a tweet posted Tuesday on “Israel” Arabic Twitter account, Katz said: “Amid Iran’s threats, and the coalition between the US and ‘Israel’ with the Gulf states, there is a historic chance taking shape and we mustn’t lose. The goal is to sign a no fighting deal.”

Katz himself offered in the beginning of October an initiative to ratify a deal with the Gulf countries, to boost ties with them and enhance the normalization that started to emerge lately.

The initiative claims that it will seek “developing friendly ties between both sides, and boosting them according to the rules of the United Nations Charter and the principles of the international law, as well as ‘taking necessary and effective measures’ to guarantee never taking any step related to threatening with war, hostility, vandalism, violence or provoking against each other.

The initiative also states that no party of the deal [the Zionist entity or the Gulf states] join a coalition, organization or alliance with any third party that would have a military or security aspect, neither promote or help them.

The Gulf ties with the Zionist entity have been recently warming up, in which Saudi Arabia crowned its normalization with the ‘Israeli’ entity by mutual visits, deals and military agreements, atop of which was Riyadh’s buying the ‘Iron Dome’ system from Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu May Have Visited Saudi Arabia This Week – Report

Netanyahu May Have Visited Saudi Arabia This Week - Report

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A privately owned, unidentified Challenger 604 jet departed from Zionist Ben-Gurion International Airport, landing first in the Jordanian capital of Amman and then in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Tuesday evening, causing many to question which ‘Israeli’ official decided to pay the Saudis a visit.

The plane in question departed from the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories and flew to an airport in Amman, where it remained on the ground for about two minutes before taking off again and landing in the Saudi capital.

After a little less than an hour, the plane, privately owned and registered in the United States, took off and returned to Ben-Gurion Airport.

The plane has also made trips in recent months between Tel Aviv and Cairo.

US War Secretary Mark Esper was also in Riyadh at around the same time, pointed out Haaretz reporter Avi Scharf in a tweet.

Maariv reporter Yossi Melman posited in a tweet that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or Mossad chief Yossi Cohen may have been on the flight.

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أكتوبر 19, 2019

د.وفيق إبراهيم

النظام السياسي اللبناني في محنة تاريخية متصاعدة تقذفه ببطء نهو الانهيار لأسباب عدة، تبدأ بعجزه عن تجديد حركته السياسية ـ الاقتصادية داخلياً وغياب الإقليم والمجتمع الدولي عن مناصرته بالدعم المالي والسياسي كما كان يحدث في سالف الأيام.

اصبحت ازمات الاقليم اكبر من أهمية لبنان في موازنات القوى الدولية، ويصادف ان الداعمين الاساسيين للبنان من الأميركيين في السياسة والسعوديين بالمساعدات والابتهالات الدينية، هما في حالة تراجع مريعة، تفرض عليها الاهتمام بمعالجة تقهقرهما قبل الحلفاء، العاجزين الذي لا يمتلكون مخيّلات سياسية.

أما السبب الثالث فهو بنيوي قاتل، ويتعلّق بمرحلة سياسية لبنانية بدأت في تسعينيات القرن الماضي على قاعدة الإنماء بالدين على قطاعات غير منتجة وفي بلد لا إنتاج فيه.

تقاطعت هذه النظرية مع عملية تحويل الدولة اللبنانية الى امارة على النمط السعودي يحكمها اربعة سياسيين او اكثر من قيادات الطوائف، أحكموا قبضتهم على المال العام فسطوا على معظمه مبددين الباقي لتعميق سيطرتهم على مذاهبهم.

كانوا يعتقدون أن السلام مع العدو الإسرائيلي قيد أنملة، يرتع لبنان بعدها بالمغانم والاسلاب وتزويد النظام الطائفي باوكسيجين اقليمي منعش ومجدد لشباب نظام مستهلك يكاد يختنق.

ماذا كانت نتيجة هذه السياسة؟

سياسياً، أمسك النظام الطائفي بالنقابات، محجماً الأحزاب الوطنية، ومسيطراً على وسائل الاعلام بكل أنواعها معززاً كل انواع التفاعلات على اساس طائفي ومذهبي صرف، وممسكاً باجهزة الدين التي نجح بتحويلها من مراكز لعبادة الله، الى مقار لتنمية الشعور الطائفي وعبادة الزعيم. هنا لا بد من استحضار ما أعلنه رجل دين كبير من أن أحد الزعماء السياسيين المتهم باختلاس عشرات ملايين الدولارات انه «خط أحمر لمذهبه» ممنوع المسّ به أو مساءلته.

الجهة السياسية الخارجية فقد نجحت هذه الطبقة السياسية في الارتماء على أبواب الخارج السياسي واستلهامه في المواقف السياسية مهما كانت متواضعة او كبيرة، حتى ان حكام لبنان الفعليين حتى الآن هم ثلاثة سفراء لا تقطع دولة ما بعد الطائف خيطاً من دون الاستئناس بمشوراتهم، وهم السعودي والإماراتي وكبيرهم الأميركي، وسط منافسة من السفير الروسي الذي يحاول التموضع بصعوبة ويقف وراءه السفير الفرنسي الذي يحمل تحت أبطه ملفاً تاريخياً عن علاقة «الأمة المارونية» بفرنسا كما كان يقول «نابليون الثالث».

هذا جانب بسيط من السياسة في بلاد الارز العظيمة، أما الاقتصادي فيها فيذهب الى حدود الكارثة الموصوفة، وله علاقة تبعية بالجانب السياسي.

فبواسطة تعميق التباينات الطائفية والمذهبية في البلاد بالتماهي مع الصراعات الإقليمية بين الغرب والسعودية من جهة وإيران وسورية من جهة ثانية، تمكن سياسيو لبنان من إلغاء كل انواع الصراعات الاجتماعية، ونجحوا بتصعيد التباينات الطائفية الى حدود ما قبل الاحتراب مباشرة، ناشرين فكرة الخوف، والحذر من الآخر المذهبي والطائفي لكنهم لم يسمحوا بإدراك مرحلة الانفجار الذي كانوا يوقفونه في الثواني الأخيرة، تاركين في نفوس الناس خوفاً على أئمتهم وأنبيائهم وقديسيهم انما من صدامات شعبية داخلية.

هذا الخوف الشعبي أباح لكامل افرقاء الطبقة السياسية الطائفية بفئاتها، خصوصاً تلك المنتصرة في السلطة، السطو الكامل على المال العام بالتحاصص والنهب والسلب بدعم من الطائفية ورجال الدين والإقليم، ما أنتج ديناً متراكماً بأكثر من مئة مليار دولار تواصل نموها عمودياً وسط توقف كامل موارد الدولة من هبات خليجية واوروبية الى انهيار قطاع الخدمات الذي كان يعيل ثلث اللبنانيين مباشرة ونصفهم الآخر بطريقة غير مباشرة بسبب اندلاع الاضطرابات في سورية والعراق مع توتر الاوضاع في الداخل اللبناني. فتوقفت السياحة ومعها مواسم الاصطياف بمواكبة أكبر عملية فساد سياسي شمل كامل قوى السلطة بالمباشر او بالتغطية، مبدّدين الديون العامة على أسرهم وعائلاتهم والموالين لهم ومعززين التباينات الطائفية على حساب الكماش في البعدين الطبقي والوطني للعلاقات الاجتماعية.

لكن تفاقم الجوع وكل الأمراض الاقتصادية من بطالة وتضخم وفساد سياسي وإداري واتجاه المؤسسات الخاصة إلى الإقفال، وامتناع الدول الخارجية عن إقراض لبنان، هي عوامل كشفت فساد هذه الطبقة، ووضعت البلاد أمام مشروع انهيار فعلي.

ما هي أهمية هذه العوامل؟

أسهمت أولاً في نمو شعور طبقي على حساب تراجع نسبي للانتماءات الطائفية والمذهبية، وهذا قابل للتطوّر على أساس تشكل تيارات طبقية وطنية تعتبر ان الدفاع عن حرية لبنان أما التسلط الأميركي السعودي والإقليمي عموماً، يمنع الحماية الخارجية للنظام الطائفي السياسي معيقاً دور القناصل المسيطرين على الداخل اللبناني.

لذلك يقف لبنان اليوم أمام مفترقات شديدة الخطورة، فحتى لو توقف السياسيون عن السرقة، فمن أين تأتي الأموال لدعم الموازنة والحد من الجمود التراجعي الذي يسيطر على الحركة الاقتصادية ولا قدرة للبلاد على سداد حتى أجزاء بسيطة من ديونها، وكيف تتشكل مؤسسات جديدة تستوعب قسماً من العاطلين عن العمل، ولا أعمال في لبنان ولا أموال.

أما إذا استقالت الحكومة، فان وليدة شبيهة بها قابلة لتسلم الحكم تحت شعار استبدال حنا بشقيقه حنين وعمر بفاروق وعلي بعباس وهكذا دواليك.

ما يؤكد ان المشكلة بنيوية وقد لا نتفجر في وقت قريب، لكنها على وشك التحضير لثورة جياع وطنية تدفع بالبلاد الى القرن الوحادي والعشرين بعد استعادة اموال الدولة المسروقة من قبل طبقة سياسية نفدت صلاحياتها وعبقت رائحة فسادها في أرجاء لبنان ومعها ادواتها في الداخل، وقناصل لا بد أن يعرفوا أخيراً ان بإمكان اللبنانيين انتاج وطن مستقل يتعامل مع المحيط الإقليمي باقتدار وتمكّن وبالاقتناع أن المنفذ الوحيد للبنان سياسياً واقتصادياً هو سورية وبمفردها.

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