Israel’s Govt Wouldn’t Survive Peace, But Will It Survive Talks’ End?

http://news.antiwar.com/2014/04/04/israels-govt-wouldnt-survive-peace-but-will-it-survive-talks-end/

Pro-Peace Coalition Partners Under Pressure for Pullout

Is Israel’s coalition government in jeopardy? When is it ever not?

Nearly a solid year of peace talks have seen the far-right factions in the current coalition, vehemently opposed to the idea of peace on general principle, threatening to collapse the coalition if the Netanyahu government makes any progress. The talks were destined to fail, because the coalition could never have survived success.

Now that the talks are essentially dead, the hawks are all happy, but the finality of the collapse is set to put intense pressure on the pro-peace partners in the government, notably Yesh Atid and Tzipi Livni’s tiny Hatnuah Party, to withdraw and force new elections.

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid made peace talks a coalition for his involvement in the government, and is trying to spin their collapse as the Palestinians’ fault, in an attempt to keep his faction intact and keep his Finance Ministry portfolio.

Livni is similarly reticent about withdrawing from the coalition, but as the collapse becomes more apparent and the hawks get louder and louder about anti-Palestinian measures, both are likely to face growing calls from the constituents to stick by their pledges, and withdraw.

Israel economy minister wants to wipe Palestinian state off the face of the map

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/01/21/346844/israel-minister-rejects-palestinian-state/

The Israeli economy minister has expressed strong opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state, claiming that the matter is to the detriment of Israel.

Naftali Bennett made the remarks on Monday during a meeting of his right-wing Jewish Home Party, whose members have threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to quit the coalition if negotiations with the Palestinian Authority continue.

“A Palestinian state would crush Israel’s economy,” he said.

Bennett also rejected calls by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni who earlier said that the negotiations would stop a wave of economic boycotts against Israel.

Livni, who is an Israeli negotiator in the so-called peace talks with Palestinians, also criticized Bennett’s remarks, saying that he should decide whether he represents Israelis or just extremist rabbis of isolated settlements.   The presence and continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

On January 17, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmud Abbas said the Israeli regime has been using the talks as a “cover” to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Israel recently announced the construction of 1,800 new settler units in the West Bank.

The announcement sparked angry reactions from the United States and European countries.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in 2010 after Israel refused to halt its settlement construction.

Livni Suggests Erasure of Palestinian History is a Necessary Price for Freedom

 

By Muki Najaer / PNN

Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni suggested on Thursday July 18th during President Shimon Peres’ ‘Facing Tomorrow’ conference that Palestinians stop using the word ‘Nakba’. Nakba, or ‘catastrophe’ in Arabic, refers to the plight of Palestinian Arabs starting in 1948, displacement and murder of tens of thousands of Palestinians.  The Nakba is marked by the start of Israel’s occupation in 1948 –also considered the moment of the Israeli state’s independence.

Livni said, “the Palestinians could celebrate Independence Day if they would erase the word ‘Nakba’ from their vocabulary.”  Her insensitive assertion suggests that Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine would end, if only Palestinians forgot about their history.

Livni’s remark is not the first of this kind.  In a 2007 address to the Annapolis Conference she said, “Not every celebration of ours is cause for sorrow on the other side, and vice versa. I say to my Palestinian colleagues: Do not bemoan the establishment of the State of Israel; establish your own state,” thereby diminishing the actions of the Israeli state against Palestinians for the last 65 years.  She went on to say, “The establishment of the Palestinian state is not our Nakba, or disaster – provided that upon its establishment the word “Nakba” be deleted from the Arabic lexicon in referring to Israel,” as if partition is comparable to the occupation and destruction of Palestinian land and sovereignty for six and a half decades.

Livni’s suggestions to eradicate the word ‘Nakba’ in reference to the Israeli state’s long lived history of oppressing Palestinians has caused internet controversy, with some interpreting her remark as an attempt to give Israel a clean slate.  I am left wondering: How would Livni and other Israeli’s feel about their freedom hinging on the eradication of the word ‘Holocaust’?  While comparing the Nakba to the Holocaust is highly contested, that debate misses the point:  As a peace negotiator, Livni’s remarks invalidate generations of Palestinians’ experiences of oppression.

Livni Squeals, Kerry Deals and the EU Picks Up the Tab

 
by FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut.
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European UnionIt was reportedly a hectic and intense past weekend in Washington and London according to an emailed report from a Capitol Hill source, as the Obama and Cameron administrations tracked down and button-holed the leaders of the 28 European Union delegations gathering in Brussels to finally vote on whether Hezbollah’s ‘military wing’ should be sanctioned, by labeling it a “terrorist” organization. Several conversations took peace between Israel’s Tzipi Livni and the US State Department.
 
As of last Thursday (7/18/13) the project was by no means a done deal and only 17 EU members could be counted on “to do the right thing “as this observers contact explained.  So 11 votes had to me nailed down fast and less than an hour before the EU vote, the last two EU hold-outs reluctantly went along.
When asked why, given all that was happening these days this region, the oft-delayed EU vote on Hezbollah could simply not just be put off again, this observer was advised it had to do with another European Union action and the tremors that it caused for the Zionist lobby, and their demands to the US State Department and the White House that something be done. Furthermore that the timing of the EU decision was a combination of pressure by the U.S. and Israel to compensate for recent decision by the EU to boycott products made in West Bank settlements. It was apparently influenced by Hezbollah’s involvement n Syria.
Ms. Livni called John Kerry ever since the first EU votes and advised in no uncertain terms that Israeli leaders were enraged when the European Union issued its official guidelines on the funding of Israeli projects beyond the Green Line which will substantial block ability of Israeli settlements and other entities operating in the West Bank to receive grants and from EU member states.  Israel, claimed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni wanted adequate compensation from the EU and she reportedly warned Secretary of State John Kerry that talks with the Palestinians might otherwise be affected. The bus bombing in Bulgaria had little to do with the timing.  The timing of the EU vote was fixed by White House pressure.
LivniMs. Livni demanded three things from Kerry as the ‘price tag’ of the Israeli government  going thru the motions of appearing to be willing to resume negotiations and to state publicly that Israel will consider some sort of slow-down or temporary ‘time-out’ for the frenzied construction project on the West Bank.
She got two of the three.
One of  Livni’s demands was the EU doing what it did and targeting with the ‘terrorist’ label Hezbollah’s military wing.
The second non-negotiable demand was that the White House appoint as Kerry’s Chief Negotiator at any Israel-Palestinian peace negotiation   the Israeli born  arch- Zionist  Martin Indyk. Kerrey, not happy and under Israeli lobby pressure, agreed and will name Indyk shortly Congressional sources reveal.
Mr. Indyk began his Washington career as an AIPAC staffer, served as executive director of an AIPAC think tank offshoot, the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, and then served two terms as the first foreign-born U.S. Ambassador to Israel where, according to Jeffrey Feltman, his longtime aid, “Martin taught me all I need to know about the Middle East, and that is about preserving Israel.”
Pentagon, AIPACIndyk immigrated to the United States from Australia and later gained American citizenship in 1993. He wrote in the book Innocent Abroad, that: “I was first drawn to the Middle East through my Jewish identity and connection to Israel.” Indyk now works at Brookings for a man he calls his “godfather,” Haim Saban. Saban has said that his “greatest concern… is to protect Israel.”
According to Phillip Weiss writing in Mondoweiss.net:  “Indyk was described in 1992 by a former AIPAC president as AIPAC’s political asset in the Clinton campaign. After the spectacular failure of Camp David negotiations that he helped conduct in 2000, Indyk was characterized by former Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Dahlan as having a pro-Israel bias and “advanced negative attitudes toward Palestinians.”
Professor James Wall, reports that former Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath said that Indyk was “partial, biased, pro-Israel” and defended Israeli settlements more than Israelis do.
 Ms. Livni’s third demand from the Obama administration was a reiteration of her earlier demand shared by some EU countries, including the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. It was a project for a more firm approach that includes blacklisting the entire Lebanese political organization. This way, all the accounts and assets of Hezbollah-affiliated organizations, businesses, and charities could have been frozen all over Europe.  As some analysts have pointed out, Mosques in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and other EU countries that raise funds for the Hezbollah-operated charities, hospitals, and schools in Lebanon would have also been closed.  She failed in this goal with the White House after a reportedly heated argument.
Kerry told  Ms. Livni that there was no way the EU would agree so she should be content with what the EU had voted.  He pleased for calm because he had worked hard to line up all 28 votes.
Following the EU vote, at a news conference, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni appeared to claim the full credit as she praised the EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing, which she said made clear that the party is a “terrorist organization”. “Finally, after years of deliberations, it is clear to the entire world that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization”, she said in a statement.
KerryNot quite the case, but she did call to thank John Kerry.
According to Eli Bardenstein, writing in the 7/23/13 edition of the Israeli daily Ma’ariv, Livni’s role only added to a diplomatic blitz over the past year headed by Foreign Ministry Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs, Jeremy Issacharoll and the Counterterrorism Department headed by Shai Cohen. They organized a team that had been intensely lobbying European countries to promote branding all of Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
When asked for the main  reasons the  EU caved to White House pressure, a congressional contact who works with the Office of White House liaison succinctly replied: “Getting Israel of their backs for the EU boycott of the West Bank settlements, Assads apparent victory in Syria aided  big-time by Hezbollah, and Obama wanting some progress with Kerry’s ‘peace talks’ project.   He added, “Plus it was a politically inexpensive feel good affair that won’t have any real impact except for a PR gain for Livni who will use it in her campaign to replace Netanyahu.”
Dr. Ibrahim Mousawi, who directs Hezbollah’s Media Office, got it right when he explained that Hezbollah firmly rejected the decision and accused the EU of bowing to pressure from the United States and Israel.
In Lebanon and Syria, the EU’s move to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist group appears to have been shrugged off and viewed as part of the ongoing US-Israeli-backed conspiracy that it sees behind much of what is happening in the region. In this observers Hezbollah neighborhood last night there were some spontaneous celebrations of Ramadan seeming mixed with support for Resistance to the EU decision which is viewed here with disdain.
EU, HezbollahIn practical terms, the EU decision constitutes a mere political slap on the wrist. Hezbollah is not known to have substantial identifiable assets in EU countries, and it does not rely on donations from supporters there. Also, according to the source, Washington does not believe that Hezbollah’s military wing has many assets in Europe and nor does it reply on funding from these countries. The EU was briefed by the State Department on this analysis and went along. For these and other reasons, the EU will maintain its contacts with Hezbollah on a variety of issues, including the activities of UNIFIL, the peacekeeping force on the border with Israel, and on joint projects between the EU and Lebanon.
But it may turn out to be a bit expensive after all  for those voting to target Syria’s friends this week, according to one Damascus pro-government source who insists Syria will have a photographic memory when perhaps as early as next year, the half a trillion dollar reconstruction of war-devastated Syria begins.
She asked rhetorically, “Guess which 28 countries will be among those jostling fo
r big contracts worth billions?  Can you imagine we will be in much of a mood to forgive and forget their roles in this crisis? Call it pay-back or a price-tag, the EU may want to prepare their explanations for this vote.”
Lo and behold, a few short hours later, as if the NSA had given the Head of the EU delegation, Angelina Eichhorst, a quick transcript of our perhaps bugged conversation, the lady wasted no time coming to Beirut to assure Hezbollah and other political groups and personalities, that everything was fine as she played down the EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing. She promised that it would not affect the cooperation with the new Lebanese government even if the Shiite party dominated it. “The EU backs the efforts exerted by Premier-designate Tammam Salam to form a new cabinet and cooperates with the caretaker government which is dominated by Hezbollah”, she said. “The EU will happily work with any cabinet that Hezbollah is a part of!”  She stressed and stressed again– perhaps a dozen times during her brief visit.
As this is a sort of a family publication, this observer could not possibly even conceive of offering the dear reader the verbatim two-word response to Ms. Angelina and the EU from one my neighbors.
Franklin Lamb is doing research in Syria and Lebanon and can be reached c/o fplamb@gmail.com

Tzipi and The Guardian

By Gilad Atzmon

The interventionist EU, that together with the USA inflicts terror on every piece of land rich with oil and other minerals, decided yesterday that a Lebanese resistance to occupation is terror. It designated the Shia movement as a terror organisation.

How pathetic.

The Guardian, once a respected paper, was brave enough to tackle the issue; but rather than presenting a so-called humanist or intellectual and critical approach, it pretended to present an ‘impartial position’. Yesterday it published a debate between war criminal Tzipi Livni and Sami Ramadani.

One may wonder, why is Tzipi Livni, an Israeli politician, a side in this debate? Israel is not part of the EU.  Israel is clearly the element that pushes for the EU to brand the Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Yet, it is far from being clear why The Guardian asked Livini for her opinion in that particular debate? Maybe time is ripe for The Guardian to decide whether it is the guardian of the truth or the guardian of Israel,

However, at least psychoanalytically, Livni’s argument is fascinating.  The Israeli warmonger exhibits what projection is all about.

Livni insists, for instance, that the organization “carries out terror attacks targeting innocent civilians.” But in fact it is Israel and the Government Livni was a member of that was doing exactly that at the time of 2nd Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead.

Livni also refers to democracy and to its values. “History has taught us how necessary it is to set limits and conditions for democratic participation”.  But the truth of the matter is that it’s Israel that locks millions of Palestinians in open-air prisons and rid them of any civilian rights.

But Livni is correct when she concludes that  “a firm distinction between legitimate political parties and terrorist organisations is crucial for the survival of freedom, democracy and moderation.” Accordingly, it is Israel that should be designated as a terrorist apparatus, once and for all. Israel terrorizes the entire region and continuously threatens world peace.

To read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/22/eu-hezbollah-israel

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“Racism or Assimilation”

by     on  June 19, 2013

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Mosque in Tuba-Zangariyye, a Bedouin Town in the Galilee | After Price Tag Attack of October 3, 2011

There is neither Jew nor GreekGalatians 3:28

Racism-or-Assimilation

Racism or Assimilation

On June 18, 2013, the Israeli Police published its report on Price Tag * terror attacks. This happened after on June 2, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and State Prosecutor’s Office failed to reach an agreement on the definition of the organization as a terrorist one. The Prosecutor claimed that settler attacks against Palestinians and Leftists represent an idea, not a centralized group and thus they cannot be defined as terrorists.

Astonishing Numbers

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“Map of Hatred” – Price Tag Police Map

The statistics of the attacks are so amazing, that instead of reporting a summary of all the data accumulated since 2008—when the Price Tag Policy was announced*—the police released information collected between January 1, 2012 and the morning of June 18, 2013. The last event included was an attack in Abu Gosh near Jerusalem.

In this period, 788 complaints about attacks lead to the opening of files by the police. 276 people were detained; 154 of them were charged. Not even one was convicted by the Zionist Court. The rate of these activities in 2013 is higher than in 2012. Most of the events took place in the West Bank or its surroundings.

The two maps on this page show the most recent events of the report. The actions of these Jewish hooligans include demonstrations, blocking of roads, clashes with Israeli security forces, throwing rocks at Palestinian cars, torching of Palestinian fields and orchards, and the destruction and uprooting of trees belonging to Palestinians.

 

“Racism or Assimilation”

 

Today’s event in Abu Gosh was typical. The tyres of almost 30 cars were punctured. The area was generously sprayed with two messages: “Arabs Out!” and “Racism or Assimilation!”++

Unable to agree on what to do, the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor gave left the decision to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Defining the organization as terrorist, would transfer its treatment from the Police to the Shin Beth secret police. The General Security Service Law** gives the Head of the Shin Beth power to search people’s homes without their knowledge and even tap their phones without a warrant. Moreover, the related Detentions Law allows the Shin Bet to hold a suspect without access to an attorney and delay his appearance in court; the victim of this state-terror enters what in Israel is known as the X-Wing, a place where people are denied their rights and identities. Zygier, Vanunu and Amir are the most prominent X-Wing residents ever.

Price Tag is a hot potato. It is so hot that everybody below the Prime Minister refused to decide. Benjamin Netanyahu was unlikely to behave differently; below his baritone’s bravado, he is invariably passive. In a government meeting, he approved a midway decision.

Price Tag was declared a “non-authorized organization,” and not a terror one. This will be formalized by the Minister of Defense, who would be able to act against them according to the “Emergency-Hour Law.” This means that detainees could be held practically indefinitely without being allowed to meet a lawyer. All their belongings could be confiscated without any proper process.

One of the participants, Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich, said afterwards: “we know who is behind this.” Of course he knows, the hooligans are proud of their actions. They are regularly featured by Settler media. Itay Zar from the Havat Gilad settlement is one of the founders. Yet, they are all free.

Tangible Idea

On June 2, the State Prosecutor’s Office—infamous for its ultra-nationalistic views—said that Price Tag is an idea and not an organization and thus cannot be targeted. It never said that about the PLO or the IDF. Moreover, there are deeper inconsistencies in the State’s position.

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Minority Report: IDF arrests Palestinian prisoner released in Shalit swap

On January 31, 2012, the Golani Brigade of the IDF arrested Mamun Ismail Salame Stut, a Palestinian man who was released from Israeli prison in October as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. He had been originally arrested in 2002, and indicted on attempted murder, membership in an unidentified organization, assembling bombs and providing asylum. An Israeli court sentenced him to 38 years in prison. This time, the arrest took place in Dura, near Hebron, well within Occupied Palestine. He has not been released.

According to the IDF spokesperson, Stut was arrested for being a security threat.

The real crime is accusing someone of “membership in an unidentified organization” and “being a security threat.” I read time and again the claims made by the State of Israel in court, and could understand only one thing: “This man is innocent.” He committed no crime.+

Thus, let me summarize Israeli wisdom. A well-documented organization capable of conducting hundreds of attacks in a large area is defined by the Prosecutor as an idea. Members caught faced until now no significant punishment. In contrast, the same government is holding illegitimately prisoner a Palestinian for imaginary allegations. Additional examples can be easily found. This is not the “Rule of Law,” but the “Rule of Racism.”

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* The term “Price Tag Policy” became public in July 2008, when settler Itay Zar from “Havat Gilad” referred to the policy as such: “Whenever an evacuation (of settlers) is carried out—whether it is a bus, a trailer or a small outpost—we will respond.” It refers to illegal actions carried out by radical right-winged Israeli activists and settlers. The actions of these Jewish hooligans include demonstrations, blocking of roads, clashes with Israeli security forces, throwing rocks at Palestinian cars, torching of Palestinian fields and orchards, and the destruction and uprooting of trees belonging to Palestinians. The last is very important since according to Ottoman laws still legally binding in Israel, trees can be used to show ownership of land. See The Price Tag of Israel’s Doublethink.

** General Security Service is “Sherut Bitahon Klali.” The proper Hebrew acronym is “shabak.” English acronyms work according to different rules; “Shin Beth” refers to the first two initials. Usually it is referred to as “Shin Beth” outside Israel, and “Shabak” within.

+ Most Israelis do not understand the concept of illegitimate laws. A law may pass through all the tedious processes of legislation. It may be approved by the Knesset Legislation Committee, and afterwards by the Knesset’s General Assembly. It may be published by “Reshumot” (Israel’s official publication announcing new laws) and afterwards be brutally enforced by civil servants. Everything may look “kosher” on paper, and still the law can be illegitimate, demanding automatic disobedience by the public. No government can pass a law violating Human Rights, which are International Law since 1994. No government operating under the Criminal Law system can legislate laws claiming to prevent a future crime.

++ This slogan is amazing in its insolence. The name used for Price Tag in Hebrew is “Tag Mehir.” The word Tag in it was borrowed from English. Most of the West Bank settlers are Americans. To which assimilation are these ignorant hooligans referring to? They can’t even speak proper Hebrew!

Tzipi Livni: Qatar Funded Netanyahu Campaign

 

Local Editor
 
Zionist former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni The Zionist former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni admitted last week that the Arab Emirate of Qatar has funded the electoral campaign of Zionist Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and that of the ‘Yisrael Beiteinu’ party.

During an interview with the Zionist television Channel-1, Livni said that her rival Netanyahu has received from Qatar $3 million and the ‘Yisrael Beiteinu’ party $1.5 million for their campaigns.

However, Netanyahu promised the Qatari emir in exchange that he will meet Hamas after the elections and that the right-wing coalition will promote the creation of a Jordanian-Palestinian federation governed, she added, noting that Hamas and the Zionist officials had already secret meetings in Doha.

Livni also stated that she is a close friend of Mrs. Mozah, wife of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

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Iraq’s First Lady in Contact with the Mossad

Leila Mazboudi

Iraqi President Jalal Talbani and Mrs. Hero Talbani

Mrs. Hero Ibrahim Ahmad, Iraq’s first lady, and the candidate to succeed her husband, President Jalal Talibani, in case he dies, maintains close relationships with the Israeli Mossad.

This disclosure is attributed to the grand Iraqi poet, Saadi Yusuf, the very close acquaintance of her father, the well-known Iraqi-Kurdish man of politics and letters, Ibrahim Ahmad.

On the one hand, the latter is one of the founders of the Kurdish Democratic Party, and on the other, he was the pioneer in writing novels in Kurdish literature.

 

According to Yusuf, Hero, who was very excited for the American occupation of Iraq, has very close relationships with the Israeli Mossad, and knows in person the Chief of Kadima Party, and the former Mossad agent, Tsipi Livni, whom she had met on several occasions and in different capitals all over the world.

This information may very well be taken seriously. And it seems that this woman, who owns a group of Iraqi media outlets, never regrets to initiate good relationships with pro-Israeli Zionist milieu in the West.

In June 2008, she went to Simon Wiesenthal, the main center for supporting Israel in Los Angelos, the United States. According to the Jewish Journal website, the only side admitted to cover the event, the Iraqi first lady visited the multimedia Museum of Tolerance, which examines issues of racism and anti-Semitism in the United States and all over the world.

In response to the journal’s correspondent question whether the Iraqi government did approve her visit, Mrs. Talibani answered: “I don’t ask anybody’s permission. I go wherever I want.”

زوجة طالباني ترحب الحاخام الصهيوني كوبر Before this visit, she invited to dinner at her home in Suleimaniyyah, North of Iraq, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Assistant Dean of the Wiesenthal Center, and Geft Liebe, the Director of the museum, besides inviting them to the commemoration of the death of 5000 Kurds killed in the Halabja Massacre, committed by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

According to Syria Truth website, since her husband was hospitalized, Mrs. Talibani is competing for his succession with Bourhom Saleh, the Kurdish National Union Party’s vice-president, and she has a big chance in winning regarding her experience in the political life, as well as the decisive role she played in founding the Party.

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Noteworthy that Tzipi Livni has recently admitted in an interview with a British newspaper that she was working with Mossad” and was having sex to entrap Arabvictims”.


A Jewish rabbi told her it is permissible to have sex with strangers” and adultery” if it is in the interests of the “Jewish people“, even though adultery is considered one of the ten taboos in the Talmudic law

شاعر عراقي يكشف عن علاقة “عريقة” لزوجة طالباني بالصهيونية
محرر الموقع
كشف الشاعر العراقي الكبير سعدي يوسف عن أن السيدة العراقية الأولى “هيرو ابراهيم”، زوجة الرئيس جلال الطالباني، على علاقة بجهاز “الموساد” الإسرائيلي. وجاء حديث يوسف على خلفية ما يتردد في وسائل الإعلام العراقية وغيرها عن أن هيرو ابراهيم هي المرشحة الأقوى لخلافة زوجها ، الرئيس جلال الطالباني، على كرسي الرئاسة العراقية، بالتنافس مع رئيس وزراء إقليم كردستان العراق برهم صالح.

وقال يوسف ، المقيم في لندن، إن هيرو “هي ابنة الأديب والسياسيّ ابراهيم أحمد ، الذي “تشرّفتُ بمعرفته شخصاً كريماً ، ورائداً للقصة القصيرة الكرديّة. في احتلال العراق كانت هيرو الأشدّ حماسةً . هبطتْ من دبّابةٍ أميركية واحتلّتْ مبنى الإذاعة والتلفزيون ببغداد.هي على علاقة وطيدة بالموساد الإسرائيلي ، وصديقة حميمة لتسيبي ليفني الشهيرة ، وحضرت معها لقاءات خاصّة وعامّة في أكثر من عاصمة”. وأضاف ” إن كان العراق جمهورية إسلامية كما يدّعي حزب الدعوة الحاكم فلا ولاية لذمّيّ أو امرأة في الإسلام .وإن كان العراق في حالة حرب رسمية مع إسرائيل فلا يصِحّ أن تكون هيرو ، صديقة ليفني ، على رأس البلد”.

وكان حزب الاتحاد الوطني الكردستاني كشف السبت الماضي 22.12.2012 عن المنافسة على منصب رئاسة الجمهورية بين برهم صالح والسيدة هيرو خان ابراهيم، مبينا أن الأخيرة هي الأوفر حظا .ًوقال رئيس مكتب الحزب الوطني الكردستاني في ديالى دلير حسن إن هناك منافسة بين السيدة هيرو خان ابراهيم زوجة رئيس الجمهورية ورئيس الحزب جلال طالباني ، وبين نائب رئيس الحزب برهم صالح على تولي رئاسة جمهورية العراق في حال وافت طالباني المنية.وأضاف أن حظوظ خان تعد الأوفر لأن لها ميولا وقبولا من قبل اعضاء حزب الاتحاد الوطني الكردستاني والشعب الكردي لما تمتلكه من خبرة كبيرة وباع طويل في السياسة، فضلا عن أنها لها دور كبير في تاسيس الحزب. وأشار إلى أن الشعب الكردي واعضاء الحزب يرون ان المصلحة العامة للشعب العراقي تقتضي بأن يتم ترشيح هيرو للمنصب خلفا لزوجها.
زيارات متبادلة !!..



وتناقلت مواقع الكترونية عديدة، ومنها موقع شبكة البصرة، أن السيدة (هيرو أبراهيم أحمد) زوجة جلال طالباني زارت مركزا يهوديا، في الولايات المتحدة في ولاية لوس انجلوس في العام 2008، معني “بالدفاع عن حقوق الانسان اليهودي” واسمه مركز “سيمون فينتال”. وقد تجولت السيدة في أرجاء المركز، وزارت ما يسمى متحف “التسامح” فيه، وكانت ترافقها صحيفة ( ذي جويش جورنال )، والغريب في الجواب الذي نقل عن ( السيدة ) عندما وجهت الصحيفة لها أثناء الزيارة السؤال التالي: هل أن الزيارة تم اقرارها رسميا من قبل العراق ؟؟؟
وكان جواب السيدة : لا أطلب السماح من أحد، أنا أذهب حيث أشاء !!! ..

وكانت السيدة العراقية الأولى قبل هذه الزيارة قد دعت الحاخام الصهيوني ابراهام كوبر، وهو مساعد العميد في المركز الذي زارته في الولايات المتحدة، ودعت معه مدير المتحف “جفت ليب” للمشاركة في احتفالات إحياء مقتل 5 الاف كردي عراقي في مجرزة “حلبجة الشهيرة”، التي ارتكبها الرئيس العراقي الراحل صدام حسين. وكان لافتا في المناسبة أنها أشادت بـ”بطولة جنود الجيش الأميركي”، الذي حرر العراق من الطاغية.

يمكنك مراجعة موقع الشاعر العراقي سعدي يوسف..
 
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Why they call him ‘Agent’ Cameron

by Stuart Littlewood

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron has again shown why he should stand down from British politics.

In a speech to Conservative Friends of Israel at a lunch the other day he said – and not for the first time – things that are deeply disturbing to people who expect him to put British interests first. He again compromised himself and this country with ridiculous pledges of support for a foreign military power whose behaviour is beyond the Pale and an affront to human decency. Here are some of his remarks…

I am a passionate friend of Israel – and that’s the way it’s going to stay.

In that case you shouldn’t be in British politics, Mr Cameron. You have fallen foul of the Seven Principles of Public Life, especially the principle of ‘Integrity’ which says quite simply: “Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.”

We promised to stand up for Israel and in Government that’s exactly what we’ve done. We said it was ridiculous that Israeli officials felt unable to visit Britain because of the malicious and unfounded use of arrest warrants so we changed the law to end it.

Unfounded? Tzipi Livni, fr example, was responsible for launching the pre-meditated blitzkrieg four years ago which caused the deaths of 1,400 defenceless Gazans (including 320 children and 109 women), horribly maimed thousands more and caused immense devastation to essential infrastructure and services. She showed no remorse. Livni’s office issued a statement saying she was proud of Operation Cast Lead, and speaking later at a conference at Tel Aviv’s Institute for Security Studies, she said: “I would today take the same decisions.”

We said we’d resist calls for boycotts on Israel and yes – we are going to keep on working with Israel, doing business with Israel, trading with Israel.”

Even though Israel is in continual breach of EU-Israel Agreement rules and forcibly prevents its neighbours, the Palestinians, from doing business and trade with the outside world…

To me it is clear what needs to happen… We need the Palestinians to understand there is only one path to statehood, and that is through negotiations with Israel. We made that clear with that UN vote a couple of weeks ago.

Wrong. The correct path to statehood is through implementation of international law and UN resolutions and the approval of the international community. Only when the illegal occupation is ended and the right of self-determination is restored can meaningful talks begin.

We said that Britain could not support a resolution that set back the prospects for peace and that did not commit the Palestinians to return to negotiations without preconditions. Well: they did not provide the assurances that we asked for. So… we did not vote for it.

Pure blackmail. Bullying Palestinians into resuming failed and discredited talks to bargain with the thief for the return of their lands and property when it is still being stolen with impunity, is utterly immoral. There can be no peace under occupation. And nobody ‘negotiates’ with a gun to their head, nor should they be expected to.

And I have made something else clear that needs to be made clear to the Palestinians. Britain will never tolerate the obscenity of a football tournament named after a suicide bomber who killed 20 Israelis in a restaurant. We will not tolerate incitement to terrorism.”

This is about Wafa Idris. It has become a favourite rant and Cameron was banging on about it a couple of months earlier at another top Jewish gathering. According to The Jerusalem Post (September 2011) a Fatah-affiliated youth centre in the Ama’ari refugee camp near Ramallah named a sports event after female suicide bomber Wafa Idris, a 28 year-old paramedic who had been shot several times by Israeli rubber bullets during her work for the Red Crescent. Relatives said she was angry at seeing children shot and killed by the IDF in Ramallah. Idris was the first Palestinian woman to carry out a suicide bombing. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a subsidiary of Abbas’s Fatah (who are Cameron’s friends in Occupied Palestine), claimed responsibility for the bomb attack although her family said she was not known to be an activist with any Palestinian militant group.

Cameron, before opening his mouth, might have asked what led her to do it. Wafa Idris was born in the Ama’ari refugee camp http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=105 . Set up by the Red Cross in 1949 it provided tents to refugees from Jaffa, Ramla and Lydda, towns allocated for an Arab state in the UN Partition but subjected to a bloody programme of ethnic cleansing in 1948.

In Lydda the Israelis massacred 426 men, women, and children. 176 of them were slaughtered in the town’s main mosque. See http://www.palestineremembered.com/al-Ramla/al-Lydd/index.html for lurid details. Out of the 19,000 people who called Lydda home, only 1,052 were allowed to stay. The remainder were forced to walk into exile in the scalding July heat leaving a trail of bodies – men, women and children – along the way.

The slaughter in Lydda was led by a certain Moshe Dayan. The event was witnessed by two American newspapermen who reported that “practically everything in their way died. Riddled corpses lay by the roadside.” They saw “the corpses of Arab men, women and even children strewn about in the wake of the ruthlessly brilliant charge”. This appalling war crime didn’t prevent Dayan becoming a great hero in Israel, and later defence minister and foreign minister.

Today Tel Aviv University has a Moshe Dayan Centre named after the war criminal, but I haven’t heard Cameron complain about that. Likewise the Menachem Begin Centre in West Jerusalem is named after the terrorist leader responsible for the bomb attack in 1946 on the British mandate government based in the King David Hotel, killing 91. Has Agent Cameron anything to say about that?

Back to the Ama’ari refugee camp, now run by the UNRWA, where Wafa Idris was obliged to live in squalor as a result of Israel’s criminal land-grab and forcible eviction of her parents from Ramla. At Ama’ari 10,500 people are squeezed into less than 1 square kilometre in dreadful conditions.

However the camp’s football team has won the Paltine football championship several times and qualified to represent Palestine in regional and international competitions.

The Arab media were lavish in their praise for Idris, the “courageous Palestinian girl”, and as a result she became a heroic symbol of Palestinian womanhood in their struggle to throw off the occupation. If it’s OK for Israel to name major institutions after its famous terrorists what right has Cameron to get upset when a Palestinian football team similarly commemorates one of theirs?

 So, in Gaza too, Hamas need to know that they must renounce violence and they will not be allowed to dictate the way forward in the peace process.

Does Cameron have the balls to tell Israel it too must renounce violence? Hamas, in case he has forgotten, is the legitimate democratic authority. He may not like it but he should respect it and work with them, like the good democrat he claims to be.

Last month, when rockets rained down on Israel, we were unequivocal about the right of Israelis to live free from attack by terrorist groups on their border.

When Gaza suffers air strikes on a daily basis, how unequivocal is Cameron about the right of Palestinians to live free from attack by the terrorist state occupying their lands?
I’ve never had to run for cover as the air-raids sound overhead. I’ve never had to give gas masks to my children. I do understand that for the Israeli people, uncertainty isn’t such a great thing. It means instability. Anxiety. Fear.

If he goes to Gaza he can experience fear and anxiety in abundance under Israeli air raids. I vividly remember as a kid being bombed by the Nazis every night in London – and not with garden-shed whizz-bangs. I remember German bombers flying at rooftop height down our street to avoid the anti-aircraft guns. At least they didn’t use white phosphorus like the Israelis.

Cameron’s hyper-partisan, head-over-heels friendship – no, obsession – with Israel is allowed to steer nearly every aspect of Britain’s foreign policy. What drives this? You need look no further than The Jewish Chronicle which in 2006 reported on the backers bankrolling David Cameron‘s bid for power and provided a fascinating insight into how the pro-Israel lobby infiltrates government and destroys the principles of integrity and accountability so vital to public life.

When Cameron became Conservative leader he proclaimed: “The belief I have in Israel is indestructible – and you need to know that if I become Prime Minister, Israel has a friend who will never turn his back on Israel.”

Agent Cameron is very careful not to let the words ‘justice’ and ‘law’ pass his lips in connection with Israel’s illegal occupation of the Holy Land. And he and his foreign secretary, Hague, will put on a wonderful show of hand-wringing, deploring and urging whenever Israel commits atrocities, but they never condemn the racist regime or use any obvious levers like suspension of trade or other sanctions.

On the contrary, they shamelessly find ways of rewarding the Israeli regime’s crimes against humanity, making us complicit with its racist ambitions.

Stuart Littlewood

14 December 2012

Comment:

“Britain’s prime minister David Cameron has again shown why he should stand down from British politics.”

The Problem is not Cameron but the British politics. The zionist entity is the fruit of that politics, a British creation. Ask Galloway. Does the British friends have have the balls to admit that.


“Hamas, in case he has forgotten, is the legitimate democratic authority. He may not like it but he should respect it and work with them, like the good democrat he claims to be.”

Hamas was elected as a resistance movement, and I can assure you, the moment Hamas drop the gun, Cameron would be happy to deal with Hamas, and I can assure you also, at that very moment, Hamas will lose its legitimity.

To My Dear Stateless Palestinian

While searching for a suitable picture, I discovered a site and a letter written by Sameeha, a palestinian living in Gaza, uprooted from Aqeb, a Palestinian village, south of Ramlla, occupied by Israel since 1948. Gaza is the largest refugee camp on earth. Two thirds of the Palestinians of Gaza are refugees who were kicked out of their cities, towns, and villages in 1948.

The letter is addressed to a Palestinian uprooted from Sandala, a Palestinian village, 8 km north Jinin, under Israeli military occupation since 1948, actually it is addressed to me, to Nahida, and every exiled Palestinian, every stateless Palestinian.

A cry against “Father Palestine” who signed Oslo, sold us, the exciled Palestiniana and 78% of Palestine, for a noble prize
A cry against Abbas, who engineered Oslo, sold his right  for a tour in Safad

A cry against Yasser Abd-Rabu, who sold our ROR in Tzipi Livni’s bed.

I would add, its a cry against the leaders of Hamastan Celebrating the long truce and the “Intifada” against the Syrian enemy.

Here, I was Born
Declaring Palestine: Revisiting Hope and Failure
 

there could be no “Palestinian State” without you. For this, Stateless we shall both remain.

To My Dear Stateless Palestinian

06 Saturday Aug 2011

My Dear Stateless Palestinian,
They say that the soft wind of September would blow us a State. A Palestinian State. Amongst the fuss, the debates, the arguments, the pleas, my heart cannot but wonder, “Would we be finally brought together by a state?”

You, who were born elsewhere and forced to live there; I, who was born and confined here within the borders, within the walls, within the barber wires.

Do you still remember that benevolent smile of yours that mocked my naivety when I wrote to you that I finally got my passport?
My Palestinian Passport.

You said you are not eligible for one. Held in my hands, my Palestinian Passport was turned into a curse with the words,

” This Passport/ Travel document is issued pursuant to the Palestinian Self Government agreement according to Oslo agreement signed in Washington on 13/9/1993″

inscribed. Oslo.
Damn Oslo!
How could they strip you out of what is yours and turn you into a final status negotiations.
How could I, a seven-year old swinging in a white dress celebrating their return, not then realize that they would one day bring upon me, upon you, our eternal separation.
I could then forgive all of your insults that you’ve never spared when the PA or Arafat were mentioned.
I have even enjoyed your polite eloquent offense of a man I once considered a symbol. But, alas, no more.
Could September separate us even more?
Could borders confine us even more?
They say that by September I might no longer spend the night cursing the ever-roaring drones. It would be our air then. With no drones of our own. Not even a plane that might take me to you.

They say that I won’t have to calm my sister down every time she wakes screaming in the midnight, for the bombing would stop. Her nightmares won’t. Her memories won’t.

They say we would be an independent people. My mother would no longer be a refugee. She would have to give up every dream of going back to Aqer.

Tour in  Aqer report
My grandmother would stop telling us of her tales of the lost village near Ghazza from which they fled in 1948. She would forget this history. It is no longer hers. She would have to stop telling the story every now and then. She’d eventually die; we would eventually forget, wouldn’t we?
And you would forget about your village. It was called Sandala, wasn’t it ? After all, it is out of the boundaries of your State where you cannot belong.
Sandala, 8 km north Jinin, Under Israeli military occupation since 1948

They also say we would have a president. An anthem. A flag, again. A map. And when I teach my students to draw the map of the State of Palestine, I would have to explain to them why it is fragmented into tens of pieces.

Why does it not sound like the Gold Palestine their mothers wear on their chests, embroider with their hands. I would have to explain to them why the State of Palestine is surrounded everywhere by another state called Israel.

Amongst this mess, I wonder if they would remember that you exist somewhere. That you exist everywhere. But not home. Not in the “State”. Would they see you the way I do?

You are my realization of the Palestine that resides beyond the borders; of the millions of the Palestinians I’ve never seen, of the experiences I’ve never felt. The exile. The Diaspora. The hymns of return. The hope.
You are my realization that there could be no “Palestinian State” without you. For this, Stateless we shall both remain.
Yours
Another Stateless Palestinian.

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And after the ceasefire,


by Stuart Littlewood
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Oppression will resume, the land-grab will continue, more rewards for Israel will flow…

And it will be business as usual for Western leaders and their Zionist friends


Gaza 2012

In 2009 when Israel’s 22-day blitzkrieg was over, nearly 1,400 Palestinians had been wiped off the planet of whom four-fifths were civilians and 350 children, and over 5,000 wounded.

Israel had destroyed or damaged 58,000 homes, 280 schools, 1,500 factories, water and sewage installations and 80 percent of agricultural crops. The cost to Gaza’s civilian infrastructure was estimated at $660 to 900 million while the total economic cost was put at $3 to 3.5 billion.

It was really a non-war, said Norman Finkelstein in his book This Time We Went Too Far, and testimonies of Israeli soldiers included remarks like: “There was nothing there… nothing moved”; “No real resistance”; “Everyone was disappointed about not engaging anyone”.

Towards the end of the invasion Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni said: “Hamas now understands that when you fire on Israel’s citizens it responds by going wild – and this is a very good thing.” She later waxed proud of how Israel had “demonstrated real hooliganism” and said she would happily repeat her decisions because they were meant to restore Israel’s deterrence and had done so.

And after that slaughter binge in which Gaza has been reduced to rubble and its civilian population devastated, what did the European Union’s 27 foreign ministers do?

They sat down to dinner in Brussels with Livni.

This must have come as a slap in the face for the millions of justice-loving EU citizens who were expecting to see Ms Livni arrested for crimes against humanity the minute she set foot outside Israel.

But no. All was forgiven. Normal poodle service was resumed. Israel’s admirers in Europe queued up to pay with our tax money for the humanitarian mess and the economic wreckage, and to offer Israel the services of EU member states in helping to turn the screw yet again on the people Israel had terrorized, abused and dispossessed for 60 years.

Never mind that the EU had spent billions over the years on infrastructure projects in Gaza, only to see them wantonly smashed by Israel’s military. The EU was especially eager to help with stopping the ‘smuggling’ of arms to the Palestinians, who by then were crushed and stripped of everything amid the ruins of their homes, their wrecked utilities, their shattered hospitals and schools, and faced with a public health disaster. That’s what happens when people have only AK47s, RPGs and ineffective rockets to fend off a ruthless occupying force bristling with all the armour and high-tech weaponry of modern warfare.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I was under the impression that a people under illegal occupation and siege are entitled in international law to take up arms against their oppressor. Israel’s relentless assaults to annihilate Gaza’s civil society was unlawful and a war crime then, and is today. Who are we to interfere and deny their right of self-defence?

Nevertheless six European leaders – including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and our very own British Prime Minister Gordon Brown – pledged ships, troops and technology for anti-smuggling operations. “We will do everything that we can to prevent the arms trafficking that is at the root of some of the problems that have caused the conflict,” Mr Brown said, offering the services of the Royal Navy.

But he couldn’t possibly send navy ships to protect British flag vessels carrying medics and humanitarian supplies from lethal acts of piracy by Israeli gunboats.

He wouldn’t send ships to ensure the freedom of the seas, or even the freedom of their own territorial waters for Gaza’s fishermen.

He wouldn’t send ships to shoo away Israeli gunboats shelling Gaza’s beaches.

But he’d happily send ships to make sure Palestinians have no weapons with which to exercise their right of self-defence.

But I was forgetting… our political élite know which side their bread is buttered.

Meanwhile, in the British Parliament Sir Gerald Kaufman was congratulating foreign secretary David Miliband on steering Resolution 1860 through the Security Council of the United Nations. Its aim, apart from a durable ceasefire, was to ensure the sustained reopening of crossing points on the basis of the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access. The US abstained.

“May I ask him what the international reaction would be if Hamas had slaughtered nearly 900 Israelis [the blitz was only 13 days old at that point] and subjected nearly 1.5 million Israelis to degradation and deprivation?” enquired the feisty Jewish MP. “Is it not an incontrovertible fact that Olmert, Livni and Barak are mass-murderers and war criminals? — Yes. And they bring shame on the Jewish people whose star of David they use as a flag in Gaza, but whose ethos and morals go completely against what this Israeli Government are doing.”

I’m itching to hear what Kaufman says about Netanyahu and Liberman in regard to this repetition of the Cast Lead murder spree.

Miliband, apparently in all seriousness, said: “It is important to point out that people talk about Hamas being the representatives of Palestinians, without recognising that there is an elected leader of all the Palestinians — a President of the Palestinian Authority, elected in 2004 by all Palestinians to represent them. A further President will be elected this year or next year. That is a vital part of the issue, and we should not fall into the trap of allowing Hamas’s leadership in Gaza to claim that it represents all the Palestinians.”

But the 2006 general election established precisely that! What Miliband omitted to say was that Abbas ‘won’ the presidency in January 2005 in a dodgy and lopsided contest – let’s not dignify it with the word ‘election’ – in which Israel seriously interfered to obstruct other candidates. Abbass’s term ran out in 2009 but he’s still there. He is now regarded as having no legitimacy and no popular mandate. However, he continues to be propped up by those mighty champions of democracy the US, Israel and Britain.

And what help has this loser been in the crisis? He clearly feels he doesn’t represent the Palestinians of Gaza or he’d be fighting tooth and nail for them instead of skulking in the shadows.

I close in despair. This message has just arrived from MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine): “Israel’s Interior Minister Eli Yishai has said openly that ‘the goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages’. Palestinians in Gaza have been living under blockade for over five years and have still not recovered from the last war. Health facilities were severely overstretched before the current bombardment and hospitals are facing critical shortages, with 40 percent of essential medicines and 65 percent of medical disposables at zero stock.”

What despicable world leaders we are cursed with.
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Eye on The Enemy: "Israel" Threatens World Peace More than Syria

Global Peace Index, issued by the American Australian Institute for Economics and Peace, ranked “Israel” in the forefront of countries that pose a threat to world peace and ranked 150 in the index. It is noteworthy that the Institute “GPI” is an international non-profit organization specialized in studying the security situation in the world through scientific tools and publishes an annual report since 2007.

According to its report for year 2012, it has been shown that only eight countries, out of 158 countries are more threatening than “Israel” to world peace, including the countries of the Middle East; Iran ranked 128, Lebanon ranked 136, and then Egypt 111, and Syria is ranked 147 in spite of the massacres being committed daily, as it has declined from rank 41 from last year, but “Israel” precedes it by three ranks.

Countries were classified in descending order according to 23 examined negative fields that pose a threat to peace in general, i.e. the proportion of murders and crime, relations with neighboring countries, the power of the army, export of arms, number of soldiers, and the volume of heavy weapons owned by the state as well.

The index classified Somalia in the last rank 158, as the most dangerous country for world peace for the third consecutive year, and then followed by Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, North Korea, Republic of Central Africa, “Israel”, and later in the list, Pakistan, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Chad, Kuala Lumpur, Yemen, India, Georgia and Zimbabwe.
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Livni: Next Elections, No Kadima
Army Radio


Tzipi Livni, attended the seminar of the Ministry of Information in Herzliya, to talk about the illegality of “Israel” in the world and ways to face it, but an occasional note from the public changed everything. During her speech, someone from the audience asked her: “Will Kadima join the government?” as a reference to the new elections. Livni, who was the leader of this party less than three months ago, responded without hesitation: “Kadima will not participate in new elections.”

So what does that mean? Was it a vague skit? Or perhaps Livni is cooking something new – for example, a new party with Haim Ramon, who also withdrew from Kadima less than a month ago? Recently, Livni herself is trying to create the image of a “simple worker” for herself, which has been done previously, but she is now investing more in this regard.

MK Ze’ev Bielski said in response, “Livni was one of the founders of the party and she is still a member as I hope she will be present again in the future among its ranks – but I have a different estimate.” In an interview at our show “Poker Tov Yisrael” With Micah Friedman, Bielski said: “Elections will be held in a year and a half, during which the public who voted for Kadima, will realize that this party will be serving the State of “Israel”.” “We will find an alternative to the Tal Law, and we will change the approach of the government, “and he pledged that” Kadima is a primary party that will contribute to the State of “Israel” and the “Israeli” government”.

In the meantime, the President of the Coalition in Likud, Ze’ev Alkene, who seems to be concerned about his office, asked for the forgiveness of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Last week, Alkene voted in favor of the Organization Act, which angered the prime minister and his men, who are more likely to dismiss him.

Such dismissal requires a secret voting session in the Likud bloc. Alkene depended on the freedom of vote given to him, but he is still so far from those who are struggling against Netanyahu’s position. Alkene wanted to apologize in the meeting of the bloc, but it was canceled due to the abuse of the prime minister. Therefore, the two met yesterday, when he admitted his guilt. He said, ” If the words that I said last week, were interpreted as an abuse against you, Prime Minister, I apologize, it was not my intention, “and continued, ” I will take advantage of this meeting in order to apologize in case my words were understood as a personal abuse or interpreted as such. “

MEP: Gush Dan Shelters, All Contaminated
Ynet- Amir Ben David


The examination done by the “Israeli” Ministry of Environmental Protection of the shelters in Gush Dan and Sharon raised a big concern, since taking refuge at these shelters is expected to cause real damage. In real-time shelters are supposed to protect us, but in almost all shelters that have been tested, toxic and carcinogenic elements were found in the air. The Ministry of Environmental Protection examined 179 shelters, and in 177 of them, hazardous materials were found. 10% of these shelters had amounts of toxic substances that exceeded the expected rate that causes a short-time damage.

The screening process took place in the cities of Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Holon, Beth Am, Herzliya and Ramat Hasharon. Toxic or carcinogenic materials were not found in only one shelter in Holon and another in Beth Am. In contrast, in seven shelters in Ramat Hasharon, four in Tel Aviv, and two in Holon and one each from other cities, large enormous quantities of carcinogens and toxic materials were found. 

MEP: Gush Dan Shelters, All Contaminated
Ynet- Amir Ben David

Ministry agents who carried out the examination said it is difficult to ascertain whether the materials came to the shelter are a result of terrestrial gases leakage or due to equipment and other materials stored in or near them. However, they recommend conducting tests on the same shelters to determine the terrestrial gases.

In the years 2008-2012 agents in the Ministry of Environmental Protection shelters of Tel Aviv scanned the areas for fear of contamination. A disturbing picture resulted from the examination will be published in the next issue of the journal “Ecology.”
Source: Hebrew Papers

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Netanyahu Crowns Himself King of Israel: Will Israeli Left Finally Stir?

Israelis barely had time to absorb the news that they were heading into a summer election when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu yesterday pulled the rug from underneath the charade. Rancourous early electioneering had provided cover for a secret agreement between Netanyahu and the main opposition party, Kadima, to form a new, expanded coalition government.
Rather than facing the electorate in September, Netanyahu and his hardline rightwing government are expected to comfortably see out the remaining 18 months of his term of office. Not only that, but he will now have the backing of more than three-quarters of the 120-seat Israeli parliament, leading one commentator to crown him the “King of Israel”.

The announcement may have taken Israelis by surprise but it fully accorded with the logic of an increasingly dysfunctional Israeli political culture.

Shaul Mofaz, who a few weeks ago ousted Tzipi Livni as head of the centre-right Kadima party, had been vitriolic in denouncing Netanyahu. He called the prime minister a “liar” and went to the trouble of posting on his Facebook page a pledge that he would never make a deal with this “weak, incompetent and deaf government”.
He also boasted in a recent interview that he would topple Netanyahu by leading the revival of mass social protests expected in the summer.
Last year hundreds of thousands took to the streets to demand an end to the rocketing cost of living, much of it caused by business cartels that were empowered by Netanyahu and his Likud party in privatisation programmes years ago.
But the reality was that Mofaz, a hawkish former army chief of staff who is seen as a lacklustre, power-hungry and slippery politician, had no credibility with either the demonstrators or the wider electorate.
Kadima, which has never strayed far from its ideological roots in the Likud, from which it split several years ago, is currently the largest faction in the parliament. But polls suggested Mofaz would lead it to electoral oblivion.

The deal will win him a temporary reprieve, with a seat in the inner circle alongside Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, the long-time defence minister whose own party was expected to vanish if the September election had taken place.

Kadima will get no ministries but Mofaz will have a say in the biggest issues facing Israel: its dealings with Iran and the Palestinians.

This may be good for Mofaz personally but most likely his act of supreme duplicity will finish off Kadima as an independent party. The next year and a half may see him try to return to the Likud fold.

Netanyahu, meanwhile, has created a national unity government that more precisely reflects the majority mood: an unalloyed, aggressive and xenophobic rightwing consensus.

There was little need for Netanyahu to bring Kadima into the coalition. He was racing ahead in the polls, his popularity outstripping that of all the other major party leaders combined. And he had won this scale of support even as senior security officials, including the former heads of the Mossad and the Shin Bet, questioned his rationality on the issue of whether to attack Iran.

But there are advantages to Netanyahu in postponing an election he was expected to win.

Not least, it gives him time to entrench moves towards authoritarianism. Netanyahu has been behind a series of measures to weaken the media, human rights groups, and the courts. At the moment his government is defying a series of Supreme Court rulings to dismantle several small Jewish settlements on Palestinian land that are illegal even under Israeli law.

An uninterrupted 18 months will allow him to further undermine these rival centres of power. One of the promises he and Mofaz made yesterday was to overhaul the system of government. Netanyahu now has enough MPs to overturn even the most sacrosanct of Israel’s Basic Laws.

In addition, the new coalition will face an all but non-existent parliamentary opposition: a shrivelled centre-left of the Labor and Meretz parties, with only a handful of seats; a few noisy ultra-nationalists who would be more trouble in government than Netanyahu needs; and the Arab parties, who are reviled by Jewish public and politicians alike.

Labor’s new leader, Shelly Yacimovich, was expected to partially revive her party’s fortunes on the back of the social protests and might have been joined in a potentially confrontational opposition by a new centrist party, headed by TV news anchor and heart-throb Yair Lapid. Now both are relegated to the political margins.

Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister and leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, whom Netanyahu fears most as a potential challenger, has also been defanged. His current, pivotal role in the coalition will be savagely diminished by the bulky presence of Kadima.

Another bonus for Netayahu is that he is now better situated to see off the potentially dangerous early days of a Barack Obama second term, if the US president is re-elected in November. This is when some observers believed the US president, serially humiliated by Netanyahu over the settlements and the peace process, might seek his revenge.

But should Obama choose a fight on the Palestinian issue, he will be facing a prime minister whose position in Israel is unassailable.
What does all this mean for Iran and the Palestinians?

Regarding the former, several commentators and some of his own ministers have argued that Netanyahu now has a free hand to launch a go-it-alone attack on Iran and destroy what he claims is a nuclear weapons programme that might one day rival Israel’s own secret arsenal.

More likely, the expanded coalition will make little difference to Israeli calculations over Iran, one way or the other. Mofaz, like most of the security establishment, opposes an attack unless it is headed by the US.
But Netanyahu will doubtless exploit his strengthened position to up the rhetoric against Tehran and add to the pressure for intensified action from the US and Europe.

As for the Palestinians, it can mean only more of the same — or worse. Mofaz, who tried to distinguish himself in opposition by proposing a miserly peace plan that would see the Palestinians holed up in a series of enclaves, lacks the political weight to deflect Netanyahu from his even more intransigent approach.

But at least for Netanyahu, the Kadima leader will cut a more presentable figure in Washington than Lieberman as an advocate for Israel’s hard line.

The Israeli prime minister’s claim yesterday that he was about to unveil a “responsible peace process” should be taken no more seriously than his professed commitment, abandoned the same day, to submit himself to the judgment of the Israeli electorate.

The one small sliver of light is that what remains of the Israeli left, so long in hibernation or denial, may finally be stirred into a response by the antics of this ugly ruling cabal.

Last year’s social protests remained, in a great Israeli tradition, studiously “apolitical”, unlike their counterparts, the Occupy movements, in the United States and Europe.

The demonstrators refused to draw any connection between the rapidly polarised economic situation — the gap between Israel’s rich and poor is now as bad as in the US — and either the right’s self-serving neoliberal policies or the occupation that has channelled endless resources to the settlers and the security establishment.

This summer Israel may finally get its own Occupy movement — one prepared to tackle the real occupation.
– Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jkcook.net. He contributed this article to Palestine Chronicle.com. A version of this article originally appeared in The National – www.thenational.ae.

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Prisoners Swap Deal in Israeli Eyes: Accord Strengthens Hamas

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Israeli officials admitted on Sunday that the prisoners swap deal, secured between the Zionist entity and Hamas, was in favor of Hamas, voicing the “need” to set new rules for next deals.
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said the deal had shifted the balance of power towards Hamas.

“The whole world understands that extremist Hamas has been strengthened”, she told public radio.

Livni added that “Israel is losing its military deterrence,” and that the next phase of the prisoner exchange, in which another 550 Palestinian prisoners are to be released, must be “coordinated with Abbas, rather than with Hamas.”

For his part, Israeli “Defense” Minister Ehud Barak said that Israel needed new rules for prisoners swap deals.

“I’m happy about the deal on the exchange for Gilad Shalit, but we must set new rules,” Barak told Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom.

Barak said it was important for Israel to draft rules that were in keeping with the policy adopted by other Western nations.
“A profound change is need… The new rules must take into account our national interests, and be closer to those adopted by various Western nations like that United States, Britain and Australia,” Barak said.

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These declarations came just few days after the Zionist entity and Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, secured a deal in which the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released in exchange for Hundreds of Palestinian detainees.

Source: Israeli Media

“The people want a new Shalit,”

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New legislation fails to give Tzipi Livni protection from arrest

[ 07/10/2011 – 06:08 PM ]

On Thursday, 6 October 2011, former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni visited the United Kingdom.

Ms. Livni was Foreign Minister during Israel’s 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip (Operation Cast Lead. OCL). Significant evidence was collected indicating her individual criminal responsibility for war crimes and other international crimes committed during this period.
In December 2009, after reviewing this evidence at the request of a civilian victim of OCL, a warrant for her arrest was issued by a senior district Judge in London, UK.

In advance of Ms. Livni’s current visit, a Palestinian civilian war crimes victim, represented by lawyers from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and Hickman & Rose Solicitors, invited the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to authorise the arrest of Ms Livni to enable an urgent decision to be made by the Attorney General to charge her for war crimes. Alternatively, the victim requested the DPP’s permission to apply to a judge for an arrest warrant for Ms. Livni

At lunchtime today, the DPP made a statement that he has been blocked from any arrest decision or giving his consent to an application for the issue of an arrest warrant – BUT NOT on the basis of a lack of evidence. The only reason given by the DPP is the retrospective grant of diplomatic immunity to Ms Livni by the British Foreign Secretary on the basis of a ‘Special Mission’ (which is not accepted by the victim).

Ms Livni and the Foreign Secretary have claimed this week that the recent change in the British law on arrest warrants (requiring the consent of the DPP before a magistrate could issue a warrant) has spared Ms Livni from arrest. If that were true then no certificate was needed from the Foreign Secretary. Rather, it was the issue of a certificate of diplomatic immunity that allowed a war crimes suspect, Ms Livni, the subject of a previous arrest warrant, to escape due process.

The Palestinian victim who brought this claim is frustrated at the delay in the DPP’s decision, given that Ms Livni could have been arrested yesterday, prior to the grant of the certificate. The DPP’s delay means that the victim has not been given any realistic prospect of bringing a successful legal challenge while Ms Livni remains here, it being publicly known that her visit was for 24 hours. Access to justice has been denied in the name of political expediency.

The British Government has abused the law in order to ensure that Ms. Livni escapes accountability. Ms Livni is not a member of the Israeli Government, but the leader of the opposition. This action exhibits a serious and worrying disregard for the rule of law, and appears to be in violation of the United Kingdom’s international obligations.


Mr Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR said:

This decision is a clear abuse of process and of law. The UK Government has granted Tzipi Livni immunity despite clear evidence indicating her responsibility for the commission of international crimes which should have been tested in court. Shame on the Briish Government for protecting war criminals and discarding victims rights. With this illegitimate decision the UK sends the clear message to civilian victims of war crimes in Gaza that international law is purely an academic exercise, and that the government will not protect civilians in practice. Instead of fighting to uphold the rule of law the British government is inviting in the rule of the jungle. They are abusing the law to provide immunity and are in effect complicit in the denial of justice to victims and the cover up of international crimes. This decision must be and will be challenged, in the name of universal justice and victims’ fundamental rights.’

Hickman & Rose and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights are advising the civilian victim on a potential legal challenge to try and ensure that the rule of law is upheld, and that individual victims are granted their legitimate right to judicial redress.
Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

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Seen in London!

Via FLC

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Gilad Atzmon: Foreign Interests In Our Midst

The Jewish Chronicle reported yesterday that Israeli War Criminal Mrs Tzipi Livni is heading to Britain following the amendment of Britain’s universal jurisdiction law.

Under the old terms, ethically driven British citizens were able to apply for an arrest warrant for suspected war criminals. That meant that Israeli political and military leaders were strictly advised to stay away from this kingdom.

Legislation has now brought a new requirement aimed at preventing the courts from being used by morally driven individuals. The in-justice secretary, Ken Clarke, outlined how changes would give the Director of Public Prosecutions veto power over arrest warrants.

Mrs Livni was at a risk of being arrested due to her direct role in Operation Cast Lead, 2009.

The recent change of Britain’s Universal Law of jurisdiction was the outcome of some relentless Israeli Lobby pressure. As it happens, the Jewish Lobby in Britain promotes foreign interests in our midst but it also damages the ethical scope of British legislation. It clearly manages to derail Britain’s ethical stand.

What British citizens receive in return is indeed an open question. It is about time Britain reinstated its independence. It is about time it is run from London rather than from Jerusalem.

You can now order Gilad Atzmon’s New Book on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

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Wikileaks: Israel: Our "good Palestinians & Lebanese"!

FLC

C O N F I D E N T I A L TEL AVIV 02950 … “… 5. (C) Livni said that Israel tried to separate the “good Palestinians” from the bad for many years. The problem, she continued, is that the “good Palestinians,” like Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmud Abbas, are weak. She noted the similarities between Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and Abbas and said their weakness comes at Israel’s expense. Livni stressed that an effort to split Hamas by strengthening PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh would give legitimacy to a terrorist. She then referenced an op-ed piece that Haniyeh wrote, saying that his ideas — including his statements on Palestinian refugees — take the conflict all the way back to1947. (Note: Livni probably was referring to Haniyeh’s op-ed piece that appeared in the Washington Post on July 11. END NOTE). Instead of legitimizing Haniyeh, she said, we should press him to accept the three requirements stipulated by the Quartet declaration of January 30, calling for Hamas to renounce violence, accept previous Palestinian-Israeli agreements, and recognize Israel. If they accept these requirements, they will be a partner, according to Livni…”

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Israeli Report: Morocco King’s Wife Too Generous!

Press reports said that Morocco King Mohammed VI’s wife offered Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni a diamond-studded gold necklace when the latter secretly visited Rabat in late 2009.

According to the report, Morocco’s Jewish Federation, too, spared no money on a glitz welcome of its own, pampering Livni with a gem and diamond jewelry set, including a necklace and two golden rings.

Livni quickly deposited the gift in the Knesset storage vault, as per the law regarding gifts to Knesset members, Israeli daily Ma’ariv said, as it reported how Israeli officials unveiled for the first time some 2,000 items of gifts from world leaders and plain folks to the Israeli Knesset.

The report said that over its more than six decades, world leaders and plain folks alike have showered Israeli parliament Knesset with hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry, paintings, books and other state gifts. Yet, it acknowledged that Morocco’s royal family was among the most generous.
Parliament’s treasure trove also contains some more bizarre items, among them a leather whip from the Stalingrad Municipal Councils and a pink Geisha dress adorned with jasmine flowers received by a delegation of parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee during a visit to the Far East.
Israeli legislators and senior officials were also recipients of dozens of Asian vases, decorative porcelain plates, goblets, silver and gold coins, ties, pens, cufflinks, art and, last but not least, a bottle of rare 200-year-old whiskey.

Source: Agencies

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Ex-Foreign Minister Livni claims that Israel’s standing in the world is sliding

Via A4P


July 11, 2011

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MEMO – 10 July 2011

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni has criticized Benyamin Netanyahu’s government for “searching for superficial issues and ignoring the essence” while running Israel’s affairs. According to the ex-Foreign Minister, the way that current ministers are operating “is losing Israel its friends and taking the country’s international standing to a new low”. Livni, recently returned from a political tour of the US, said that Netanyahu does not understand the extent of the harm that he and his government are causing Israel through his anti-peace policies.

When asked by Israel’s Army Radio why she is ignoring the Palestinian Authority, which “rejects taking any action for resuming negotiations, and misses every opportunity that appears before it”, Livni answered, “This is not true. We have to be frank and acknowledge that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] did not reject negotiations and did not retreat from the path of peace.”

That’s not all: “Even the narrative that gets repeated daily in Netanyahu’s circles,” she claimed, “that the Palestinians rejected a generous offer from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, is not true. Abu Mazen did not reject it. He just did not give a response, because Operation Cast Lead in Gaza was still hot.” Livni claimed that if Netanyahu had agreed from the beginning of his term of office to resume negotiations from where Olmert left off, “we would have been in a different position today”. Netanyahu, she added, “was afraid to lose his right-wing camp, so he sought to make the negotiations fail.”

Livni told Army Radio that she had met a lot of Israel’s friends abroad and found them in a state of frustration. “There are many Jews around the world who say they love Israel, but do not understand its policies. They say there is a ‘disconnect’ between them and the state.”

Meanwhile, political sources in Israel said that the US Administration is taking a sharply negative stance against Netanyahu’s government but it has decided not to intervene in public due to the elections.


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