Nov 10

- Israeli minister resigns in protest over PM’s policies (World Bulletin, Nov 9, 2014):

Peretz is the second minister in Netanyahu’s government to resign this month

Israeli Environment Minister Amir Peretz announced his resignation on Sunday in protest over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies, Israeli public radio reported.

Peretz informed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of his decision to resign in protest of Netanyahu’s political and economic policies, the report said. Continue reading »

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Aug 25

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General view of the rubble of a residential tower, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, is seen in Gaza City
A general view of the rubble of a residential tower, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, is seen in Gaza City August 24, 2014.

- Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment tower (Reuters, Aug 24, 2014):

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.

Israeli aircraft fired a non-explosive rocket at the building as a signal to residents to get out before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command centre.

“I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to evacuate immediately from every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at a cabinet meeting. Continue reading »

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Aug 22

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- My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine (Haaretz, Aug 14, 2014):

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.

By Desmond Tutu

The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.

If you add together all the people who gathered over the past weekend to demand justice in Israel and Palestine – in Cape Town, Washington, D.C., New York, New Delhi, London, Dublin and Sydney, and all the other cities – this was arguably the largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever in the history of the world. Continue reading »

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Aug 22

- Israel Faces its Own Evil (Gilad Atzmon, Aug 19, 2014):

Earlier today, just a few hours before the ceasefire collapsed, sources in Jerusalem have disclosed that Israel and the US have agreed to gradually lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, starting with the land crossings and eventually opening up sea traffic. Hamas, so it seemed, has achieved all of its objectives in the latest round of violence.  With sparse resources, limited fire power and obsolete ballistic technology, Hamas managed to bring Israel to its knees.

Plainly, the war was unwinnable for the IDF. Israel invaded the Gaza strip without establishing its own military objectives. The Israeli Government sent its soldiers into the streets of Gaza without understanding its own military, political or diplomatic aims. Both the IDF and the Israeli government were attempting to appease Israeli popular demand for revenge. The Israeli people felt humiliated by the Palestinian rockets. These largely harmless homemade rockets interfered with Israeli escapist philosophy. The rockets’ flare reminded Israelis that there are another people who claim the land, and this people, the Palestinians, are named after the land. Once again polls confirmed that Israelis were bloodthirsty, they wanted to wipe out the Palestinians for good, and the populist Netanyahu government rushed to deliver.

But here is a little surprise; Haaretz reported today that Netanyahu tried to hide the Egyptian cease-fire proposal from his cabinet. His deceit came about because Netanyahu understood that the Egyptian draft represented a total defeat for the Israelis.  Israel could have lifted the blockade on Gaza and let the Palestinians have a seaport and an airfield without dragging the region into another war. Netanyahu could have ‘freed’ the Gazans without perpetrating another set of colossal crimes against humanity. Continue reading »

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Aug 08

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- President Carter: Israel – Not Hamas – Is to Blame for War (Washington’s Blog, Aug 5, 2014):

Says Failure to Recognize Hamas Is the Core Problem

Jimmy Carter spent a lot of effort brokering peace in the Middle East. Some of his efforts succeeded. Since retiring from the White House, he has worked to try to broker  peace.    So he knows something about the Israeli-Palestinian situation.

President Carter wrote yesterday: Continue reading »

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Aug 04

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- Netanyahu: The Bombings Will Continue Until Calm Is Restored (ZeroHedge, Aug, 4, 2014):

One can’t make this up. Well, one can, if one was the Onion, which alas has permanently missed its IPO window in a world in which reality is now the very definition of absurd.

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Jul 30

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- “Shocked” White House Slams “Fabrication” After Israel TV Leaks Damning Transcript Of Obama-Netanyahu Phone Call (ZeroHedge, July 29, 2014):

While everyone’s attention is glued on Russia and whether Obama can successfully launch World War III, things are going from bad to worse when it also comes to US relations with Israel. Recall that here things were already on the verge of disaster after for some reason, Kerry was unleashed to “arrange” a ceasefire with Israel, when in reality the SecState somehow managed to infuriate every single feuding faction (there are lot of them), Israel included, after Haaretz wrote that “Kerry ruined everything.”

So what happened next? Something rather stunning according to the US State Department, and which according to BBC reporter Paul Danahar, constitutes “a severe violation of a private discussions” – Israel’s Channel 1 decided to publish a Hebrew transcript of a portion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama’s telephone conversation which took place on Sunday, in which Obama was insistent that Israel unilaterally halt all military activities in the Gaza Strip. As is quite clear by now, Israel rejected, and the bloodshed continued.

The transcript, as shown by the Times of Israel was as follows: Continue reading »

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Jul 18

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- Israel launches ground incursion in Gaza Strip   LIVE UPDATES  (RT, July 17, 2014)

- Israel Launches Ground Invasion Of Gaza (ZeroHedge, July 17, 2014):

While the mainstream media busily speculates on just which Russians (because they are sure it’s not the Ukrainians) shot the jet out of the sky, Al Jazeera, via Bloomberg, reports that Israel has decided not to let a crisis go to waste and invade Gaza:

  • ISRAEL GROUND INVASION OF GAZA HAS STARTED: AL JAZEERA
  • ISRAELI ARMY DECLINES TO COMMENT ON REPORT OF GROUND INVASION

The operation is reportedly on a wide scale.

  • HEAVY ARTILLERY FIRE, EXPLOSIONS, HEARD THROUGHOUT GAZA

As Blomberg reports, Continue reading »

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Jul 16

- Gaza: Israeli commandos ‘running like chickens’ (PressTV, July 14, 2014):

By Gordon Duff

Israel has suffered her first defeat in a ground conflict since here ill-fated foray into Lebanon in 2006.

Israel reports that 13 Naval Commandos landed on a beach in Northern Gaza to “take out” a Hamas long-range missile battery. Israel’s own reporting is that they suffered four wounded and that two Palestinians died in the attack.

There is much they don’t tell. We have seen Israeli commandos before, particularly in the 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship carrying relief supplies to Gaza. During this attack in 2010, American born peace activist Ken O’Keefe, a former United States Marine (as is the author), disarmed and captured 3 “commandos.” Photographs of the elite Israeli troops, crying and rather soft looking for “commando types” went viral on the internet. Continue reading »

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Jul 13

Flashback:

On record: Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘America is something that can easily be moved.’ ‘The world won’t say a thing.’ ‘The world will say we’re defending.’ (Video)

- Lunatic Netanyahu Exposed: What The Israelis Really Think Of Us (Video)

See also:

- Netanyahu Orders Israel Army To Prepare For Possible Military Strike Against Iran In 2014

- Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: I Don’t Care What UN Says About Settlement Activities

- Netanyahu Wants UN Of The Internet: ‘Turn The Curse Into A Blessing’


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- Facts All US Citizens Need to Know About Israel and Palestine (Washington’s Blog, July 12, 2014):

  • Gaza (along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem) is occupied Palestinian territory under international law, determined by the vast majority of the world, as well as the highest court in the world, the UN’s International Court of Justice. Gaza cannot commit aggression against Israel, since Israel is in constant and continual commission of illegal aggression against Palestine by occupying it (illegally and sadistically blockading it and frequently committing terrorism against its civilians, including by targeting them with chemical weapons provided by US taxpayers – see “Rain of Fire” by Human Rights Watch). As documented by Amnesty Int’l, Human Rights Watch, and many others, Israel intentionally targets and murders civilians, including children, en masse.
  • But, even ignoring international law and that Gaza is under illegal Israeli occupation, Gaza did not initiate this current round of violence; Israel did:
  • Western/US/Israeli propaganda says the violence started with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths on June 12th. That is a lie:
  • On May 20th, the Israeli government murdered 2 unarmed Palestinian teens, one on video, and wounded a third.
  • The firing of pathetic scrap metal rockets from impoverished Gaza, which have killed no one, were in fact launched in response to earlier Israeli bombings, killings, assassinations, and arrests of Palestinians, including children.
  • Since the year 2000, Israel has killed 1,500 Palestinian children, while Palestinians have killed 132 Israeli children. That means Israel has killed over 1,000% percent more Palestinian children than vice versa. Continue reading »

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Jul 12

- Israel Is Bombing Gaza Back to the Stone Age to Get Hamas … But ISIS – NOT HAMAS – Claims Credit for Attacks Against Israel (Washington’s Blog, July 11, 2014):

Israel is currently bombing Gaza back to the stone age (MSM spin notwithstanding).

While Israel claims that Hamas was behind the murder of 3 Israeli boys which started this round of violence (and subsequent rocket attacks), the Times of Israel reported last week:

A new Palestinian jihadist group pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIL) [or “ISIS”] has claimed responsibility for the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month in the West Bank, as well as other recent deadly attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians. Continue reading »

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Jul 05

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- Iraq Crisis Made in Israel  (Veterans Today, July 4, 2014):

By Dr. Kevin Barrett

Who is responsible for the disaster in Iraq?

Some blame the US for its calamitous invasion and occupation. Others fault Iraqis, pointing to sectarianism, corruption and incompetence.

But on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inadvertently revealed the truth: The tragedy in Iraq (like similar tragedies in Syria, Libya, Sudan and elsewhere) was made in Israel. All of these countries have been destabilized as part of Israel’s Oded Yinon plan to balkanize the Middle East.

Speaking at a Tel Aviv University think tank, Netanyahu declared Israel’s support for the destruction of Iraq to make way for an independent Kurdish state. Israel “should support the Kurdish aspiration for independence,” Netanyahu announced, celebrating the success of Israel’s plan to ignite sectarian strife in key Middle Eastern countries and set the stage for their fragmentation. Continue reading »

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Jun 26

- The Chaos In Iraq Is By DESIGN (Washington’s Blog, June 26, 2014):

Neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz planned regime change in Iraq more than 20 years ago … in 1991.

But the goal wasn’t just regime change (or oil).  The goal was to break up the country, and to do away with the sovereignty of Iraq as a separate nation.

The Guardian noted in 2003:

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt predicted devastating consequences for the Middle East if Iraq is attacked. “We fear a state of disorder and chaos may prevail in the region,” he said. Continue reading »

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Jun 24

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- Israeli Military Carries Out Airstrikes In Syria (Huffington Post, June 22, 2014):

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes bombed a series of targets inside Syria early Monday, the Israeli military said, in response to a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager the previous day.

In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside Syria, and “direct hits were confirmed.” The targets were located near the site of Sunday’s violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified “launching positions.” There was no immediate response from Syria. Continue reading »

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Jun 23

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- Israeli Prime Minister Insults Intelligence of U.S. Christians (Veterans Today, June 22, 2014)

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Mar 24

Flashback:

- Israel Charged with War Crimes and Genocide. Complete Judgment of Kuala Lumpur Tribunal (Global Research, Nov 26, 2013):

“The perpetrators had committed acts against the Palestinians, with intent to kill, cause serious bodily or mental harms and deliberately inflict conditions of life calculated to bring about the physical destruction of the Palestinians as a whole or in part.”

“The Tribunal recommends to the War Crimes Commission to give the widest international publicity to this conviction and grant of reparations, as these are universal crimes for which there is a responsibility upon nations to institute prosecutions.

The Tribunal deplores the failure of international institutions to punish the State of Israel for its crimes and its total lack of respect of International Law and the institutions of the United Nations.”


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the 68th United Nations General Assembly on October 1, 2013 in New York City

- Israel Backs Fascist Putsch, Supports neo-Nazi anti-Semitic Forces in Ukraine (Global Research, March 21, 2014):

The government of Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu is backing the fascist-led putsch that ousted Ukraine’s elected pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Far from opposing anti-Semitism and defending Ukrainian Jews from the neo-Nazi parties that have joined the new coalition government, Israel is doing its best to deny that any such threat exists.

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman issued an anodyne statement last week saying: “Israel is following the events in Ukraine with grave concern, worries for the safety of the Ukrainian people and hopes that the situation does not deteriorate and that no human lives are lost.” This came just two days after Netanyahu’s visit to Washington and, reportedly, after pressure from the US State Department for a public display of support for the new government in Kiev.

Continue reading »

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Mar 19

China and Russia will defend Iran.


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- Netanyahu Orders Israel Army To Prepare For Possible Military Strike Against Iran In 2014 (ZeroHedge, March 19, 2014):

Back in 2013 it was Syria where the world was gearing for imminent military action after a relentless series of false flag provocations by the United States (intent on securing a Qatar gas pipeline to Europe) which in the last minute was deftly diffused by Vladimir Putin. In 2014, it was the Ukraine’s turn, and after a prolonged campaign orchestrated by Victoria Nuland and the US State Department (again) which succeeded in the now traditional violent coup (see Egypt and Libya), once again saw Putin victorious, after yesterday’s annexation of the all important Crimean peninsula, achieved without the firing of one shot. So now that Putin has succeeded in trouncing the US twice in a row, it is time to poke some old, well-known geopolitical wounds, such as Iran. And who better to do it than Israel, where as Haaretz reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have ordered the army to continue preparing for a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities at a cost of at least 10 billion shekels ($2.89 billion) this year, despite the talks between Iran and the West, according to recent statements by senior military officers.”

To be sure there is a tangible benefit for all those involved: moar war means more military spending means more “broken windows” means more “GDP.” Continue reading »

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Mar 19

- Israeli airstrikes escalate tensions with Syria (AP, March 19, 2014):

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of airstrikes on Syrian military posts early Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding seven in one of the most serious clashes between the countries in the past four decades.

The airstrikes came in retaliation for a roadside bombing a day earlier in the Golan Heights that wounded four Israeli soldiers on patrol along the tense frontier with Syria. The overnight raids marked a sharp escalation of activity for Israel, which largely has stayed on the sidelines during Syrian President Bashar Assad’s battle against rebels trying to topple him.

It is unclear which of the many groups fighting in Syria may have planted Tuesday’s bomb. But Israel has said it holds Assad responsible for any attacks emanating from his country, and accused his forces of allowing the attack to take place.

“Our policy is clear. We hurt those who hurt us,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Assad would “regret his actions” if attacks continue.

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Mar 02

- Israel’s Netanyahu Heads to US for Talks with Obama (VOA News, March 2, 2014):

JERUSALEM — Israel’s leader is on his way to Washington for a summit Monday at the White House. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says two key issues are on the agenda for when he meets with President Barack Obama.

Speaking at the airport in Israel before leaving for Washington, Netanyahu said the leaders will discuss Iran’s nuclear program and peace talks with the Palestinians.

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Jan 31

In case you want to know who really is a curse (and has never been a blessing) for humanity:

On record: Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘America is something that can easily be moved.’ ‘The world won’t say a thing.’ ‘The world will say we’re defending.’ (Video)

- Former PM Olmert: Netanyahu Wasted Billions On Iran ‘Hallucinations’

- Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: I Don’t Care What UN Says About Settlement Activities

- Lunatic Netanyahu Exposed: What The Israelis Really Think Of Us (Video)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the 68th United Nations General Assembly on October 1, 2013 in New York City

- ‘Turn the curse into a blessing’: Netanyahu wants UN of the internet (RT, Jan 27/29, 2014):

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said at the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv that he wants to create a coalition of leading companies to turn the internet from a curse into a blessing.

In the wake of a reported breach of Defense Ministry computers, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu talked of the importance of cyber security at an Israeli cybertech conference in the Israeli capital on Monday, Globes reports.

“The biggest challenge we face with the cyber world is protecting the privacy and security of the public. There could be a serious breach,” he said.

“There should be a sort of UN for the internet. A coalition of the leading companies in the cyber world…and in my opinion Israel is the most advanced,” he added.

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