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   What Benjamin Netanyahu has learned over the years is that if he is in political trouble the best thing to do is attack the Palestinians, or manufacture some crisis surrounding evil Islamic elements inside or outside Israel.  As a survivor he has as little regard for the truth or facts as did Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney or for that matter his friend Mit Romney.  The present crisis unfolded as a means for Netanyahu to let off some steam against his favorite whipping boys, Hamas as a consequence of his displeasure at Obama's victory.  This is his little message to American Jews saying, "See you voted for this!"

    There is a greater need for Netanyahu and his war party to act with violence now.  As Tobias Buck noted in an article in the Financial Times on November 17th 2012, Hamas scored a significant political victory with the arrival of the emir of Qatar to Gaza and the Arab uprisings have given its base hope that its election victories will be translated into crucial political capital with the new Obama administration.  The Qataris promised $400million in building investments that would have also provided substantial economic power to Hamas.

    The Israeli attacks have also another effect, there are upcoming elections in Israel and with the killing of Hamas leader, Ahmed Jabari, Netanyahu has gained considerable political leverage, in fact, Israeli newsreporter, Barak Ravid wrote on the Haaretz Web site that Mr. Jabari was Mr. Netanyahu’s Osama bin Laden. But a more sinister view comes from a reporter for Israel's Haaretz news.  Nir Hasson states,

" Hours before Hamas strongman Ahmed Jabari was assassinated, he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the cease-fire in the case of a flare-up between Israel and the factions in the Gaza Strip. This, according to Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, who helped mediate between Israel and Hamas in the deal to release Gilad Shalit and has since then maintained a relationship with Hamas leaders. "

   This would argue that Netanyahu is even more cynical and self-serving than generally thought, though that is hard to believe.  If a peace agreement was near completion as is asserted, and if Netanyahu had information on its potential signing, then this murder of Jabari is Machiavellian indeed.  Background on Netanyahu and the war party below.

The Financial Times reported on March 26th that about 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the rightwing war party of Netanyahu's threats of war against Iran.  Saturday night the demonstrators marched through the streets to show that many Israelis are opposed to war and to an attach on Iran.  Many of those interviewed argued that starting a war was contradictory to building peace and protecting lives of Israelis, as an attack on Iran can only result in more attacks on Israel.  A survey byt Dahaf and Israeli polling institute, found that more than a third of Israelis  oppose an attack on Iran under any circumstances, with only 42% supporting an attack but only if it was supported by the USA.
    Meanwhile the Netanyahu government has been fighting of an increasing number of scandals, both financial and political.  A recent general strike has placed the blame of increasing inequality in Isreal on the war party:  While a national commission has confronted the government with a clear plan to break up the ruling oligarchy and produce a free and open market :
     Israel certainly faces many challenges, but the most threatening is from within.  Citing a study of 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation for Economic Development (ECED)  the publication Jewish World ( notes that the level of poverty in Israel today is greater than in Mexico.  What is more troubling is a study of ECED nations that found After Turkey and Israel only Mexico have more young people between the age of 15 and 29 years of age who are not working or studying.  This waste of human potential is shameful but is a consequence of the inequality and corruption that plague these nations.  For Israel the situation is a dire as in Mexico where conditions are similar with crime syndicates battling for control of drug and prostitution turf and the markets for guns from America while the control of the economy is not so concentrated as in Israel, the political situation is paralyzed by the constant feeling of violence and uncertainty, as in Israel (see:  
    The only way out of this vector of social stagnation for Israelis is to vote out of office all the members of the present parties and vote in new people who are not influenced by the money and threats of the oligarchs and crime families.  This is a large order, certainly given America's election laws (the most recent Supreme Court decision allows unlimited contributions), would make such an effort near impossible, but an organized campaign for clean elections where contributions would be an issue could make a difference in a road to an open economy and greater opportunity.
     Average Israelis are finding out that their government is not unlike those of the Arab states around them.  Like the struggle in Egypt and Tunisia, Israelis have a government that has a democratic facade, but run by an oligarchy (  This powerful group of billionaire families rules the country through sham elections that are bought and paid for but give the image of freedom.  While the average citizen struggles to get by, this rich elite have increased their control over the economy and wealth inequality has risen to historic heights ( compare with (

    Today the demonstrations in Israel provide an opening for a new democratic future, but more than just that, Israelis can reach real brotherhood with surrounding Arabs in the struggle for liberty and gain a true place along side the people of the Middle East.  The oligarchy has not allowed this kind of action in the past without challenge, usually by some convenient attack by terrorists (  The future can be won in the streets by organizing for freedom both from economic domination and from fear.

   International criticism of Netanyahu's claims about Iran's intentions with nuclear development have focused on the failure of Israel to allow IAE inspections:  The people of Israel have an opportunity to turn the tide for peace and justice, the war party of Netanyahu stands in the way.  Donations to these war mongers from Americans should be rethought and money instead should to sent to Israeli foundations who support a free and independent press.

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  •  God knows that I'm no expert (4+ / 0-)

    on the issues surrounding Israel, but even with my limited understanding, I do understand this--U.S. financial support should come with strings, and those strings should drive a peace process. The status quo is untenable.

  •  Bibi= (3+ / 0-)
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    War Monger +Drama Queen. Period...SSK

    "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:26:47 PM PST

  •  Great diary... (1+ / 0-)
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    Heard that this Gaza attack is just weapons testing for a planned attack on Iran.  Disgusting.

  •  He is in a bind (0+ / 0-)

    Morsi of Egypt has just informed him that Egypt intends to re-open the border with Gaza, despite US objections, the UNGA is about to Vote observer status to the Palestinian State,despite US objections,  giving them status under the International Criminal Court.  There is no possible outcome of this Gaza misadventure that wont be perceived as concessionary and weakening Israeli security.  His coalition will crumble at any perceived concession.  And he got some Israelis killed, for no purpose.  Electoral poison

    He is toast, but cornered and dangerous.  

  •  A lot of broken links in the diary (0+ / 0-)

    I really wanted to see the economic and poverty data, but at least three links are broken or just go to front pages. Please fix them. Thank you.

  •  Did he also shoot off (1+ / 0-)
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    Hundreds of rockets at Israelis?

    Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Palate Press: The online wine magazine.

    by dhonig on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:01:34 PM PST

  •   Mr. Jabari was Mr. Netanyahu’s Osama bin Laden. (0+ / 0-)

    Correct. Hamas is to Israel as Al Qaeda is to the US. They share similar ideologies. And why any Progressive would complain about the elimination of either is beyond me.

    Kudos to Barak and Netanyahu, just as I offered kudos to Obama on the end of Bin Laden.

  •  Here is what Ralph Nader had to say (0+ / 0-)

    What is the U.S. National Interest?   By Ralph Nader
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Israeli elections are coming up in January so it is Palestinian hunting season again. Israeli cynics call it a time “for mowing the grass.” Out comes the well-worn playbook by Israel’s militaristic government that has worked to silence Israeli politicians and citizens who want a two-state solution.

    This is an opportunity to use and test advanced weaponry from the U.S., compliments of U.S. taxpayers, and squelch ongoing peace efforts, small and large, by Palestinians, Israelis and international peace advocates. The playbook’s first chapter is provocation to upset a tense but workable truce with Hamas, the elected government of Gaza. Hamas was encouraged at its creation years ago by both Israeli and U.S. backers to counter the secular Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Bit of a blowback there.

    Israeli government leaders are expert provocateurs when they wish to seize land, water or prisoners and upset any movement toward a peace that would create a viable Palestinian state back to the 1967 borders, which includes East Jerusalem. When Israel came into being in 1948, it soon broke a UN truce and doubled its territory by taking the large area known as the Negev desert, whose refugees ended up in the Gaza Strip. Now 1.6 million encircled and impoverished humans, blockaded and under siege by Israel, try to survive in an open-air prison little more than twice the size of the District of Columbia.

    Israel’s strategy of breaking cease-fires and truces over the years has been documented by Princeton University history professor emeritus, Arno J. Mayer, in his scholarly bookPlowshares into Swords: From Zionism to Israel (Verso, 2008). In late 2008, Israel broke a months-long truce with Hamas with an attack that took half a dozen lives. Modern Israeli missiles and crude Hamas rockets started flying to and fro. Then Israel invaded the Gaza strip with soldiers to add to its previous incursions -  24/7 electronic and satellite surveillance, omnipresent spies, flyovers, and data mining (down to specific details on each extended family and neighborhood).

    With their avowed pinpoint bombing, the Israelis destroyed homes, schools, clinics, police stations, clusters of people at bus stops, farms, UN facilities and even hit the American International School – all with the blessing of President-elect Barack Obama. Observers marvel at the precise knowledge by Israel of who was in what car traveling where in Gaza, before being vaporized. Yet somehow, the second-most modern military in the world could not detect and stop those garages assembling the rockets or the sites firing the crude missiles, which were the rationale for the Israeli invasion.

    When the Gaza invasion-massacre ended, there were more than 1400 Palestinian fatalities, including around 300 children, and many thousands of injuries, a population surrounded by destruction and deprived by this illegal blockade-siege of medicines, food, water, electricity and the other necessities of life. One large extended family in several adjoining homes was ordered by Israeli soldiers to congregate in the largest of the homes. Then the Israelis blew it up. This Samouni family lost about 30 of its members, or more than double the entire fatality toll in Israel, including those soldiers lost from friendly fire.

    The current hostilities started in two stages. The first was a back-and-forth that saw an emerging truce broken decisively on November 14 when Israel pridefully blew up a car containing Hamas military chief, Ahmad al-Jabari who actually was leading the negotiations via Egypt with Israel for a longer-range truce. Back to Israel’s playbook, chapter two can be called the instant, mandatory resolutions by the puppet show in Congress and the automatic one-sided mantra by the White House.

    “Israel has a right to defend itself,” said President Obama, from the occupied, besieged, defenseless Palestinians, whose lands, water, homes, businesses and freedom of movement are being taken relentlessly by the raiding Israeli government that is not content with possessing 78 percent of traditional Palestine. More than 1500 Israeli reserve combat officers and soldiers signed a declaration refusing, in their words, "to fight beyond the 1967 borders in order to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people." The founder of Israel, David ben Gurion, candidly declared it “their (Palestine’s) land and we took it.” So Palestinians do not have a right to try to defend themselves against their cruel, powerful occupiers.

    Israel is violating several UN resolutions along with international law, according to many experts including Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. But the U.S. gives Israel its unwavering UN veto cover.

    Finally, chapter three of the playbook is to make sure that the Israeli government advocates dominate the U.S. media – the talk shows, the news slants, and the opinion columnists. This is becoming less easy in an internet age. Which might explain that, along with homes, water wells, rescue teams, an ambulance, and other civilian installations, the Israeli air force already has bombed the office building housing Palestinian television studios and hosting media from the western world, including Fox TV. That is one indelicate way to tell these western journalists to get out of Gaza so that the truth about the immense civilian suffering and war crimes can no longer be told by them.

    Still, the heroic Israeli progressives and peace advocates would not be silenced, in spite of some Hamas rockets nearing Tel Aviv. A few hundred of them demonstrated in this city, charging the Netanyahu government with provoking the fighting in Gaza to divert attention from conditions of social and economic injustices and civil liberty suppression in their country.

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved peacefully, without violence. During quieter times, more than half the Israelis supported a two-state solution. A few years ago, 61 percent of Israelis, polled by a prominent university there, favored negotiations with Hamas. A majority of Jewish-Americans, though unorganized, favor a two-state solution. In 2002, the Arab League unanimously (22 countries) presented with great fanfare an across-the-board peace treaty with the stipulation that Israel would adhere to UN Resolutions and allow a viable Palestinian state. Again and again, sometimes in full-page ads in U.S. newspapers, this offer was repeated only to receive scoffing and abrupt dismissal by the Israeli government. So, predictably, Washington did nothing.

    So what is the alternative? A one-state solution with both Palestinians and Israelis having equal rights? Noura Erakat, who teaches at Georgetown University, framed the dilemma back in August whenshe quoted former prime minister and current Defense Minister Ehud Barak, saying, after leaving his former post, “If, and as long as between the Jordan (River) and the (Mediterranean) Sea there is only one political entity, named Israel, it will end up being either non-Jewish or nondemocratic…. If the Palestinians vote in elections it is a binational state, and if they don't vote it is an apartheid state.” His rival, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the same thing. Awareness of this pathway is leading some extremist Israeli politicians who call Palestinians “vermin” and “rats” to think about the day when they can, with suitable provocations, drive the Palestinians into the desert.

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