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Netanyahu's War: What It Is Good For?


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David
- 38 days ago - truth-out.org
So far, the United States, Netanyahu's chief enabler, has been unwilling to stop the carnage, as it could easily do, because Washington hasn't yet heard enough complaints from Americans not to use their tax dollars to kill children in Gaza.



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David B. (29)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 12:31 am
The government of Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a new war on Palestinians in Gaza, a war whose purported justifications make George W. Bush's excuses for his illegal invasion of Iraq smell nice by comparison. So far, the United States, Netanyahu's chief enabler, has been unwilling to stop the carnage, as it could easily do, because Washington hasn't yet heard enough complaints from Americans not to use their tax dollars to kill children in Gaza.

Suppose that you believe that there are just wars and there are unjust wars, as many people do. Is Netanyahu's war on Hamas in Gaza a just war? A just war must have a just end, and the just end must be sufficiently good to more than compensate for all injustices caused by the war. The just end must not be reachable by peaceful means, and attempts to use peaceful means to achieve the just end must have been exhausted.

There is no plausible story that Netanyahu's war is a just war. As J.J. Goldberg recounts in the Jewish Daily Forward, the justification for Netanyahu's war on Gaza given by the chief spokesman of the Israeli military on July 8 was this: "We have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard."

That is not a just war. There is no just goal offered that killing is supposed to bring about. Killing itself is the goal.
As Goldberg and Max Blumenthal note, the racist revenge frenzy in the Israeli political system to which Netanyahu's military escalation is purportedly responding was deliberately manufactured by Netanyahu himself.
As Goldberg recounts in the [my emphasis]:

Once the [three kidnapped Israeli yeshiva] boys' disappearance was known, troops began a massive, 18-day search-and-rescue operation, entering thousands of homes, arresting and interrogating hundreds of individuals, racing against the clock. Only on July 1, after the boys' bodies were found, did the truth come out: The government had known almost from the beginning that the boys were dead. It maintained the fiction that it hoped to find them alive as a pretext to dismantle Hamas' West Bank operations.

The initial evidence was the recording of victim Gilad Shaer's desperate cellphone call to Moked 100, Israel's 911. When the tape reached the security services the next morning - neglected for hours by Moked 100 staff - the teen was heard whispering "They've kidnapped me" ("hatfu oti") followed by shouts of "Heads down," then gunfire, two groans, more shots, then singing in Arabic. That evening searchers found the kidnappers' abandoned, torched Hyundai, with eight bullet holes and the boys' DNA. There was no doubt.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately placed a gag order on the deaths. Journalists who heard rumors were told the Shin Bet wanted the gag order to aid the search. For public consumption, the official word was that Israel was "acting on the assumption that they're alive." It was, simply put, a lie.
[. . . ]
[Netanyahu's] rhetoric raised expectations that after demolishing Hamas in the West Bank he would proceed to Gaza. Hamas in Gaza began preparing for it. The Israeli right - settler leaders, hardliners in his own party - began demanding it.
Goldberg notes that before Netanyahu's revenge propaganda campaign and his violent crackdown on Hamas supporters in the West Bank, Hamas hadn't fired a single rocket from Gaza and had largely suppressed fire by smaller jihadi groups. But, Goldberg says [my emphasis]:

The kidnapping and crackdown upset the balance. In Israel, grief and anger over the boys' disappearance grew steadily as the fabricated mystery stretched into a second and third week. Rallies and prayer meetings were held across the country and in Jewish communities around the world. The mothers were constantly on television. One addressed the United Nations in Geneva to plead for her son's return. Jews everywhere were in anguish over the unceasing threat of barbaric Arab terror plaguing Israel.

This, too, was misleading. The last seven years have been the most tranquil in Israel's history. Terror attacks are a fraction of the level during the nightmare intifada years - just six deaths in all of 2013.
[. . . ]
When the bodies were finally found, Israelis' anger exploded into calls for revenge, street riots and, finally, murder.
[. . . ]
In Gaza, leaders went underground. Rocket enforcement squads stopped functioning, and jihadi rocket firing spiked. Terror squads began preparing to counterattack Israel through tunnels. One tunnel exploded on June 19 in an apparent work accident, killing five Hamas gunmen, convincing some in Gaza that the Israeli assault had begun while reinforcing Israeli fears that Hamas was plotting terror all along.

On June 29, an Israeli air attack on a rocket squad killed a Hamas operative. Hamas protested. The next day it unleashed a rocket barrage, its first since 2012. The cease-fire was over.

As Goldberg documented in the Forward, this crisis was manufactured by Netanyahu for political ends.

The United States government has many levers on Netanyahu. Of course the United States gives Netanyahu billions of taxpayers' dollars a year, but while it would be politically difficult (to put it mildly) to cut off US military aid - the Obama Administration could not bring itself to cut off military aid to the Egyptian military coup, even when clearly required to do so by US law - the administration has many other, more subtle levers on Netanyahu that it could deploy without giving AIPAC, the ADL and their allies a convenient target for counterattack. The administration could raise the volume of its public criticism of Netanyahu. The administration could let it be known that it might refrain from vetoing a UN resolution that condemned Netanyahu. The administration could "leak" that it is deepening efforts to engage Hamas politically, then issue a non-denial denial when these efforts are criticized. The administration knows full well that it has all these levers and more. All it lacks is sufficient public political pressure to use them to force an end to the killing.

From the past, we know how this ends. It ends with a new ceasefire. The key question is how many human beings will be killed and injured in the meantime. President Obama should use all his levers to stop the killing now.
 

DAVID E. (10)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2:27 am
> What It Is Good For?
- (doubleplusUN)well, since it is mostly U.$.A.-financed (to the tune of only a few $ billion per year plus a few free weapons hardly worth mentioning) it, for one thing, helps save money from other, less beneficial and important, causes --- e.g. paying teachers/schools or, --as recently reported (&posted on C2NN, too)-- (imported-)food-safety-inspections (which to perform properly there just ain't no money for in the U.$tates of Armsdealers)
 

DAVID E. (10)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2:37 am
> > What It Is Good For?
- just one part of USraHell(PTB)'s (*) quite openly in in no unclear terms long.time announced (**) strategy of robbing land by "ethnic cleansing" / "(incremental) genocide" by making the Palestinians scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle, live like dogs (to borrow words from well-renown Israeli politicians), or go away

*) *) may they --asap-- become (an embarrassing page in the book of) history !
**) though maybe not on faux news & similar (?)
 

Anteater Ants (73)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 5:39 am
For profit?
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 7:14 am
The answer is; -NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING!!!
 

jess b (24)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 8:11 pm
Statement by Michael and Osha Neumann that accompanied their request for the removal of their grandmother’s name from Yad Vashem:
“I do not believe that the Jewish people, in whose name you have committed so many crimes with such outrageous complacency, can ever rid itself of the shame you have brought upon us. Nazi propaganda, for all its calumnies, never disgraced and corrupted the Jews; you have succeeded in this…you blacken our names not only by your acts, but by the lies, the coy evasions, the smirking arrogance and the infantile self-righteousness with which you embroider our history… You will never pay for your crimes and you will continue to preen yourself, to bask in your illusions of moral ascendancy.”
 

Ros G. (90)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 6:18 am
Thank you........I'll sing to that......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX7V6FAoTLc
 

Kathleen Mireault (37)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 7:30 am
Noted, with sad but complete agreement. Thx for posting, David, and to Jess for that anguished quote from the Neumanns.
 

Dave C. (213)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 8:07 am
Nothing.
 

caroline s. (79)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 8:14 am
Absolutely nothing }:*-(
 

jan b. (3)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 8:34 am
Israel finally left Gaza in 2005 but soon after, a group called Hamas won elections and took control there. Much of the world calls Hamas a terrorist organization. It refuses to recognize Israel as a country and wants the jews to vacate.....- and will use violence to achieve its aims.
The rockets fired from Gaza are relatively crude and Israel says their main purpose is to instill fear and harm Israeli civilians. Since Wednesday, Gaza militants have fired hundreds of rockets, killing three Israelis and paralyzing large areas of the country where civilians were ordered to stay close to home or bomb shelters. The fighting has forced tens of thousands of Israeli children to stay indoors, and schools in southern Israel have been closed for the past two days. On Thursday, a rocket attack on an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi wounded a baby and a 4-year-old child, along with killing three adults. Photos showed rescuers evacuating the baby, who was covered in blood. In addition, 10 children have been hurt by shrapnel, Israeli paramedics said.
A slew of rocket fire from Gaza continued throughout Saturday afternoon, with Palestinian terrorists launching 11 projectiles toward Israel since midnight.

 

jan b. (3)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 8:39 am
Why does anyone need to be reminded that the jews do not require their women to wear beehive outfits, stone women to death if they are raped and create shame for their family, or do honor-killings or join terroists group that want to take down planes and do another 911. They don't discriminate against Christians like the Christians living in fear in arab countries.
Israel is the ONLY democracy in the middle east and just wants to EXIST as a country without being fired upon with rockets. If they chose to be sitting ducks from rockets ----is that what American wants ?
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Lois Jordan (54)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 12:44 pm
Noted. Thanks, David. Well, this American wants my tax dollars spent on problems we have here in the U.S. and on peace rather than war and violence.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 12:44 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Eleonora Oldani (47)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 1:00 pm

Thanks David - to answer the question "What it is good for?" sis quite simple:

That way polit-Israel can't be "talked" into new peace negotiations even if they're again a farce and charade like all the others before. It's not really that Israel doesn't want peace - Israel can't AFFORD peace. If peace would break out Israel would simply implode due to all the domestic problems and disparities which so far are covered-up by the created fear and "Angst". Polit-Israel NEEDS an outside enemy in order to simply continue to exist.

PS Isn't it ... strange ... how these Zionist "twister and apologists" almost never have a profile like in this instance "jan b." ... quite telling ...

And ... jan b. ... maybe you should once go an have a look at how the Orthodox Jews enforce their "black tent" dress code on their women - not for nothing are they called the "brothers of the Muslim Brothers" ... or check out the segregated busses where the women must sit in the back ... or the "Modesty Patrol" in Jerusalem which beats the crap out of Jewish women which are not "modestly" enough dressed ... in short: wake up! Fundamentalists are fundamentalists irrespective of the name of the religion - they're all nuts IMO.
 

Thomas B. (1)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 2:16 pm
To point out the obvious, if the Israelis can warn Palestinian residents which houses should be evacuated before they strike, is it asking too much for Hamas to warn the same Palestinians that they should leave town before launching the rockets that are about to put them in danger of Israeli retaliation?

That would require actual concern for human life though.
 

Marc P. (32)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 3:51 pm
Why on earth would Netanyahu want to stop the war??? This falls perfectly into Israel's plan of the genocide of all Palestinians, and the eventual takeover of their homes by Israeli "Settlers." (Land thieves.) All of this is going as planned and I would not be surprised if it was later discovered to be ISRAEL'S Mossad that murdered those 3 boys to spark this unrest. Netanyahu is desperate for a diversion to the fact that it has recently come to light that Israel has an active, ongoing campaign to torture and sexually assault Palestinian children solely to terrorize the adults. This is it.
 

Eleonora Oldani (47)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 4:18 pm
Thomas - how should they do that? You seem to forget - or don't know - that Gaza simply doesn't have the facility to do the same for the residents as Israel has and does. What ever little infrastructure they manage to build before Israel has yet another one of their regular goes at Gaza ... Israel flattens instantly!

Besides - Gaza is roughly 20x6 km with a population of approx. 1.7 Mio - there's no place to go and hide and Israel knows that perfectly well. Add to this that Israel chooses the targets at whim - whatever they consider to have "ties" to Hamas gets bombarded; literally everything incl. hospitals (5 so far) and a Center for the Disabled.

There's simply no excuse anymore - if there ever was that is - for the crimes against humanity which Israel commits routinely.

We should never forget that the Palestinians are the oppressed and occupied and not the other way around. Nobody forced todays Israelis at gunpoint to go and settle in this land and disposses and murder the indigenous population. Nobody.
 

Lone F. (28)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 4:51 pm
I agree with Marc p. It has also crossed my mind that " I would not be surprised it was later discovered to be ISRAEL'S Mossad that murdered those 3 boys to spark this unrest."
Also, "Only on July 1, after the boys' bodies were found, did the truth come out: The government had known almost from the beginning that the boys were dead. It maintained the fiction that it hoped to find them alive as a pretext to dismantle Hamas' West Bank operations."
Thanks for posting, David!
 

jess b (24)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 5:01 pm
This is true.
The Mossad are capable of anything, they are responsible for many assassinations.
Also, Israeli police, knew exactly how the poor Palestinian boy, burned to death in Jerusalem, died and are still withholding details.
 

Marc P. (32)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 6:04 pm
jan b.: Why do people like YOU need to be reminded that Israel has dragged families out of their homes and put Israeli settlers in them saying "These are our houses now because God says so." Why must you be reminded that on a daily basis Israel chains 12 year old kids naked to walls, electrocutes them and beat them. Threaten them with sexual assault, and at times actually sexually assault them. Why do people like you need to be reminded that Israel drags the sisters and brothers in front of these children chained naked to the wall and tells those children that their little sister will be aped or their mom's bones will be broken? Why does anyone need to b reminded that since the year 2000 131 Israeli children have been killed while 1540 Palestinian children have been killed. Palestine wants to exist as a country without having homes stolen and occupied. Without having their children tortured and killed, without having their homes bulldozed with women and children still in them, without having illegal settlers beat and kill their children. Without having Israeli soldiers fire teargas at the children for no reason when they are walking to school. Israel is FAR from innocent and there is plenty o shared blame for this current crisis.
 

Ros G. (90)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 8:11 pm
Unfortunately...jan b is just showing her ignorance and prejudice....she think because the Israelis look like most of us....and not the "others" they must be like us.....and considering that many were born outside of Israel many think it too..but is not the case.....just ask any Jewish woman that has had to endure......a traditional Jewish Divorce..where she stands in a circle..and gets spat at by her former husband.....even if he is the guilty party....this happens in Australia, the US, everywhere.....I was shocked to hear this from one of my friends.....who had just been through it.....how degrading for her, how humiliating for her......all so her former husband could marry his mistress in a Synogague. Modern times.....not centuries ago.......most would be to ashamed to mention it to an "outsider" but it affected her deeply

 

jess b (24)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 11:07 pm
"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." -Aldous Huxley
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Monday July 14, 2014, 4:10 am
For nothing! Thank you David.
 

Enrico H. (7)
Monday July 14, 2014, 5:54 am
noted
 

Angelika R. (146)
Monday July 14, 2014, 8:03 am
Thx David! And thanks to Mark P. for mentioning the Mossad , that has been my suspicion from start and my thought was reinforced after Goldberg's piece which I had already read earlier.
As for Jan b's ridiculous comments here, why is nobody protesting her/his(?) outrageous lies? There have been NO CUSUALTIES so far on the Israeli side and only some injured while the death toll on Palestinians has reached or exceeded 100. It is outrageous to post some old fox news article from Nov. 2012 here, that's exactly what Jan did.
 

Sam H. (401)
Monday July 14, 2014, 9:57 pm
This whole thing may seem like an exercise in futility, but it’s not. The only way to test the new refinements to the Iron Dome was through a live military exercise. The price of 186 dead Palestinians and 1390 injured was quite a bargain for Israel, considering what it stands to gain from peddling its “tested” system to other countries.
 

Eleonora Oldani (47)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 1:44 am
Sam - how come I didn't think of that?

Also check out http://www.care2.com/news/member/558572678/3788296 which I just put in now. Spread it it's wo
 

Sam H. (401)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 2:00 am


The Pretext for Bombing Gaza

 

Ros G. (90)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 2:35 am
LOL, Dear Eleonora.......you're right.....me too..... thought of the insider job possibility just didn't take it to the next step...Cui bono, and why? Fortunately we have wonderful friends.....that keep us on our toes and make sure our "grey matter" remains sharp........As for our dear little "Crusader/recruit, jan b".. Angelika, I think she is busy trying to find out about "dress codes", "bus rules" and and "divorce procedures"...can you just image..how the "others" are going to explain that....will check out the new link....Thank you Eleonora and Sam..
 

Eleonora Oldani (47)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 12:32 pm
Sorry for having been cut off this morning - we struggle with power cuts. Just wanted to say that it's worth reading and spreading the article I posted and which Sam linked in his post at 2:00 am. Thanks Sam!

Yes, dear Ros, if we don't continuously ask "Qui Bono?" we overlook the leads and "hints". It's very much like cherchez la femme in French - except that the findings in this case are not so nice ... LOL.

Stay safe!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 1:16 pm
Please sign if you haven't already
Tell CNN to stop ignoring Palestinian suffering in its coverage of the ongoing violence between Israel and Gaza!
 

Marc P. (32)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 5:02 pm
The good news is that our campaign to end the U.S. media's pro Israel propaganda campaign is working! Today for the first time on the CBS World News the reporting actually focused on the plight of Palestinians caught in this mess. It also mentioned in a reasonable fashion, the demands of Hamas. The story (Amazingly enough!) had actual interviews with several Palestinians who were NOT nuts, and had coherent messages to the world! This is a (Small) start!
 

Ros G. (90)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 6:02 pm
Found in my inbox this morning from Just Foreign Policy.......I can not sign it (Australian) but those that do feel free.....maybe this is another piece in the puzzle

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