The current hostilities with Gaza were a pretext to test the new anti missile system, Iron Shield. It also gave the current Israeli government the opportunity to kill some Hamas dignitaries. The IDF use these kind of hostilities as a laboratory. Testing future war scenarios, in particular retaliation by Iran after the IDF launches it’s attack against same.
What do you think?
6 months agoNovember 21, 2012 13 notes Reblog
Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is convinced that Iran is on the verge of acquiring a nuclear weapon. He believes that the Iranians cannot be deterred through diplomacy, and he views the Iranian threat as one that may bring about a second Jewish Holocaust.
His generals disagree.
In one of the most astounding public breaks by the Israeli national security establishment with a sitting prime minister, Netanyahu’s own military Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has stated that Iran’s leadership is rational. Gantz is not alone.
[Read the full text of this article by Joel Rubin, the Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the Ploughshares Fund, at the link above.]
1 year agoApril 27, 2012 7 notes Reblog
A thorough examination of the legal rights of all those displaced by the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
Mark LeVine asked three leading scholars of the “refugee problem” - Karma Nabulsi (lecturer in international relations, Oxford University), Susan Akram (Boston University Law School and founder of the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services) and Ingrid Jaradat Gassner (Director of BADIL, Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights) - to address some of the key arguments surrounding the right of return. Some of the answers are quite detailed and technical, but given the importance of this debate, we have not edited them, so as to offer the most complete information possible on this issue.
1 year agoSeptember 24, 2011 4 notes Reblog
ISRAEL: Supreme Court orders demolition of West Bank settlement
via: L.A. Times
For the first time, Israel’s Supreme Court has formally ordered the dismantling of an illegal West Bank settlement, brushing aside requests from the government for more time in order to organize the evacuation and construct alternative housing.
The government had already conceded that the Migron outpost, just north of Jerusalem and home to about 250 settlers, was illegally built in 1999 on top of private Palestinian land.
But since 2006, when the advocacy group Peace Now first filed a lawsuit against the settlement, the government has sought delays and broken deadlines to evacuate the settlers.
In frustration, the justices decided Tuesday that the settlement should be demolished by March 2012. If it happens, it would be the first evacuation of an entire settlement since 2005, when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip.
But other court orders, including one to evacuate an illegally built, Jewish-occupied apartment building in an Arab-dominated Jerusalem neighborhood, have not been enforced.
The decision is likely to turn up the heat on Israel’s Supreme Court, which is frequently put in the position of enforcing controversial or unpopular policies that Israel’s lawmakers and officials prefer to avoid.
(Source: Los Angeles Times)
1 year agoAugust 3, 2011 38 notes Reblog
WASHINGTON, June 26 — US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice warned that there would be no major affront to the US contribution and funds to the UN than the support by its member states of a Palestinian State, The Telegraph reported.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, will present a proposal to the 192-member strong General Assembly recognizing a Palestinian State, during the annual session of the organization to take place next September in New York.
The United States and Israel have categorically opposed this initiative. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the proposal once it is put up for discussion at the Security Council next month.
Despite the US opposition, Palestinian officials expect to receive two thirds of the votes to summon the rarely-used mechanism called “Uniting for Peace”, by means of which they could counteract the US veto and reach partial UN membership.
Alternate coverage at the Telegraph.UK
1 year agoJune 29, 2011 69 notes Reblog
Via: Electronic Intifada
Ms. Clinton “it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.” source
Clinton must know that Gaza is not part of what any country recognizes as “sovereign” Israeli territory, and therefore neither are Gaza’s territorial waters. Any boats entering Gaza’s waters would not in fact be entering “Israeli waters” as Clinton claimed. Clinton also, presuming she is properly briefed rather than misled, must also know that last year Israel attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla when it was in international waters and GPS data showed that it was actually heading away from Israel.
By invoking Israel’s supposed “right to self-defense” against civilian boats trying to reach Gaza, we must understand that Clinton is telling Israel the United States will not stand in the way of another military attack.
1 year agoJune 25, 2011 6 notes Reblog
Commentary on the upcoming UN vote on Palestinian statehood in the UN this fall.
Via Andrew Sullivan
The logical next step would surely be to take the US out of the equation. We have become an enabler of Israeli intransigence, and the last two years have proven nothing except that Obama’s hands are tied and that Israel and the US Congress run this relationship, as Netanyahu has memorably bragged about in the past.
1 year agoJune 13, 2011 5 notes Reblog
Nelson Mandela (via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)
Always reblog. If Nelson Mandela says it’s apartheid, it’s probably apartheid.
vruz: I think he has seen apartheid up close, he can probably tell it when he sees it.
Thanks for posting this
2 years agoMay 3, 2011 376 notes Reblog
Blog Entry By Miko Peled
The myth of Israel being a democracy is still being perpetuated even in light of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. While Jewish Israelis think they are the only rightful citizens of their land and will argue that they live in a democracy, this is far from being true. Israel has been in control of the West Bank for over four decades and had built and invested heavily in the West Bank. But Palestinians who make up the vast majority of the population in the West Bank are excluded from any of it. In other words, 100% of the construction in the West Bank was done to bring Jews into the WB and exclude the close to 3 million Palestinians whose land this belongs to in the first place. 3 million Palestinians are left out, disenfranchised even as they see their lands taken, their homes destroyed and roads, malls, schools and gated communities being built for Jews only with no access to them or their families. Some democracy.
And that is not the worst of it. Water, the scarcest resource of all is controlled and distributed by the Israeli water authority, including the large amounts of water that exists within the WB.
Read the entire post where Miko Peled (a Israeli with an illustrious pedigree) discusses the politics of water and the fantasy of Israeli Democracy.
2 years agoMarch 4, 2011 5 notes Reblog
The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as “illegal” and called for an immediate halt to all settlement building. The 14 other Security Council members voted in favor of the resolution in Friday’s vote…
The Palestinians say they will not resume peace talks until Israel halts settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which it wants as its capital.
This was part of a deal our Secretary of State offered to Netanyahu months ago in which she gave an incentive package including “20 fighter jets, worth some $3 billion, as well as promises to oppose any Palestinian attempt to obtain international recognition of statehood in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza without Israeli agreement.” She also promised that the “US would veto any UN Security Council resolution along those lines and actively work against similar resolutions in forums where it does not have a veto.”
The planes were provided irrespective of Israel’s part of the deal.
Are you guys paying attention?
2 years agoFebruary 18, 2011 78 notes Reblog
In the NY Times, an oped piece makes clear the problem Obama and the US face with the Egyptian uprising. Supporting democracy in the Middle East, watching national democratic movements remove tyrants and repressive regimes versus appeasing a bellicose and aggressive Israeli.
Who do you think has the strongest lobby on capital hill, Israel or Egyptian reformist? Can you see why we are supporting the head of Egyptian Secret Police to be Mubarak’s replacement?
By HELENE COOPER and MARK LANDLER
Published: February 4, 201
the final paragraph quoting Mr. Levy, the former Israeli peace negotiator,
“The problem for America is, you can balance being the carrier for the Israeli agenda with Arab autocrats, but with Arab democracies, you can’t do that.”
read entire piece
2 years agoFebruary 5, 2011 2 notes Reblog
Headline to opinion piece in haaretz.com large Israeli Daily Newspaper
Western intelligence in general and Israeli intelligence in particular did not foresee the scope of change in Egypt, which may require a reorganization of the IDF.
By Amos Harel
The collapse of the old regime in Cairo, if it takes place, will have a massive effect, mainly negative, on Israel’s position in the region. In the long run, it could put the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan in danger, the largest strategic assets after the support of the United States.
The changes could even lead to changes in the IDF and cast a dark cloud over the economy.
2 years agoJanuary 29, 2011 27 notes Reblog
The string of popular uprisings that are rocking the Arab world, most recently in Egypt, have created a fundamental dilemma for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Policymakers are being forced to place a bet on an outcome that is inherently unpredictable and pregnant with some unsavory consequences.
See the full text on the Foreign Policy blog at the link above.
Gary Sick has been a “middle east” analyst since the Carter Administration, with a focus on Iran. He warns in this blog post that the Egyptian Rebellion has a strong domestic implications for the US when “Israeli / Egyptian” relations are considered as part of this complex equation.
2 years agoJanuary 29, 2011 4 notes Reblog
On this day: British student Tom Hurndall dies after being shot directly in the head by an Israeli sniper for attempting to carry Palestinian children out of the line of Israeli sniper fire
Tom was unarmed and wearing the internationally recognised peaceworker’s fluorescent orange jacket. He was struck down on 11 April 2003 and never regained consciousness. He died nine months later at a London hospital on 13 January 2004.
The sniper who killed him was an award-winning marksman and his rifle had a telescopic sight. (read more)
Defy The Stars - by Jocelyn Hurndall, in memory of her son.
Obituary: Tom Hurndall | Guardian
2 years agoJanuary 13, 2011 283 notes Reblog
Profile of Gideon Levy Israeli Journalist
Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
For three decades, the writer and journalist Gideon Levy has been a lone voice, telling his readers the truth about what goes on in the Occupied Territories.
Interview by Johann Hari September 24 2010
Gideon Levy is the most hated man in Israel – and perhaps the most heroic. This “good Tel Aviv boy” – a sober, serious child of the Jewish state – has been shot at repeatedly by the Israeli Defence Force, been threatened with being “beaten to a pulp” on the country’s streets, and faced demands from government ministers that he be tightly monitored as “a security risk.” This is because he has done something very simple, and something that almost no other Israeli has done. Nearly every week for three decades, he has travelled to the Occupied Territories and described what he sees, plainly and without propaganda. “My modest mission,” he says, “is to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say, ‘We didn’t know.’” And for that, many people want him silenced.
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2 years agoSeptember 26, 2010 4 notes Reblog