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Monday, July 19, 2010

Steaming Piles of Waste in the Middle East

The first of the two steaming piles, this one brought to you by Netanyahu:


Fibi Netanyahu: In 2001, PM boasted of manipulating Oslo accords
(and America)
http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/39692/fibi-netanyahu/

This video, if not a fake, might give us some insight into our current "partner for peace" 's thinking. Obama said Netanyahu is willing to take risks for peace, but are we sure peace is Netanyahu's goal? It is really unclear, except when there is a photo op with an American President.

He boasts about defeating the Oslo accords in no uncertain terms, brags about how easily manipulated America and our policies are, and "...suggests that the only way to deal with the Palestinians is to “beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it’s unbearable” ."

When people unearth quotes such as Ariel Sharon's infamous one, ... :
"every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don't worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it."
people generally say you are using criticism of Israel to hide your anti-Semitism, you can't prove he said that, etc then blame the Palestinians for being stubborn, placing preconditions, torpedoing negotiations, etc. It will probably be the same with this video.

And even if it's real, it's not like the US will change from blind support for Israel to supporting justice and human rights or anything. At least you'll be informed, though. And as pessimistic about the process as ever.


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And the second pile:


Israel dumps waste on Palestinians- video
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2010/07/201071731516628999.html


Not only are settlements illegal, they are dumping their waste from their illegal existence illegally on Palestinians. Netanyahu wants us to feel sympathy for these illegal land-stealing squatters to allow them exemptions from any settlement moratoriums so that they can build schools and "live normally", meanwhile issuing orders for demolition to native Arabs' homes inside Israel. Oh, Israel is demolishing them because they build without permits, you say? Israel won't give them permits to build because it is trying to "Judiaze," or ethnically cleanse, the area. No natural growth allowed for native Arab Israelis, but poor illegal settlers - who left their more legal home to further colonize "Greater Israel" and claim every hilltop (as in the famous 1998 quote) - deserve this. (???) Par for the course in the Palestine-Israel conflict!

A glaring double standard and steaming pile of waste. I guess that makes three. Sorry, I miscounted.

For more on settlements, I've got a tag to the right with 20 or so posts on that topic...


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