West Bank: Spoils Of War?

Now that we have the closest thing to a ceasefire in Gaza…..the Israelis have turned their eyes to the West Bank…….the best guess for the reconstruction of Gaza is about 20 years, so Israel did what it needed to do…totally destroy the infrastructure of the Palestinians….and then BiBi has a problem with his Right Wing, they wanted to totally destroy Gaza and make the Palestinians pay for their audacity to be free thoughts…….BiBi had to cpome up with a way to keep the Right in tow so that his government can continue to govern….but what would placate the ‘haters’ on the Israeli Right?

They will do what they always do…STEAL LAND from the Palestinians on the West Bank…….

In a move the US calls “counterproductive,” Israel has made a huge land seizure in the West Bank and is expected to use it to expand Jewish settlements. The Israeli anti-settlement group Americans for Peace Now says the 990-acre seizure in an area called the Etzion bloc—one of the parts of the West Bank that Israel wants to keep under any future deal with the Palestinians—is the biggest appropriation of its kind since the 1980s, the Los Angeles Times reports. A spokesman for the group calls the move a “stab in the back” to Palestinian moderates.

The appropriation is being seen as revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the area in June, which sparked the recent fighting in Gaza, Voice of America notes. Israel says the area has been declared “state land” not owned by Palestinians, the New York Times reports, but the local mayor says the area is planted with olive trees and belongs to Palestinian families. A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority says the move will “further deteriorate the situation,” and officials will seek to have the decision reversed.

Basically it is revenge against the Palestinians because they, Israel, could not break their resolve…….if Israel can keep postponing the ‘peace deal’ then it gives them more time to take more land thus diminishing the size of any Palestinian state if and when it becomes a reality…..and as a side benefit….it keeps the Right smiling and on BiBi’s side…..for now.

Israel is just doing what it does best…..destruction and thievery……they are stealing Palestinian land…that makes them NO better than any other authoritarian prick from history.

Why Israel’s bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers ‘stunned’ | Al Jazeera America

Many people have questioned just why Israel continued to attack Gaza…the tunnel BS has been debunked……rockets are notoriously inaccurate and have killed less than 10 people…..then why?

My opinion is that it was to destroy as much of the infrastructure as possible before the ceasefire……would make a two state solution harder to enact….

Even the US is asking some of the same questions…….read it for yourself…..

 

Why Israel’s bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers ‘stunned’ | Al Jazeera America.

Peace Has Come Today?

The big news on the wires is that there is a long-term ceasefire agreement between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Israel……so has peace finally come to Gaza?

(Newser) – Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said today they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Ziad Nakhala, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, said the deal calls for an “open-ended” ceasefire and an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies and construction materials into the war-battered territory. Talks on more complex issues, such as Hamas’ demand to build an airport and a seaport for Gaza, would begin in a month, he said.

Egypt planned an announcement later today. If the terms of the ceasefire are confirmed, it would effectively mean Hamas in the end settled for terms that are similar to those that ended more than a week of fighting with Israel in 2012. Under those terms, Israel promised to ease restrictions gradually, while Hamas promised to halt rocket fire from Gaza at Israel. The truce held, but Gaza’s border blockade remained largely intact.

This is good news for the people of Gaza……..but I warn the people to be vigilant…Israel will find a way to continue their path of death and destruction…..

Like I said good news for the suffering civilians of Gaza…….but I would not hold my breath that Israel will keep its word……they have destroyed all the infrastructure of a possible free and independent Palestine….they will do what they can to make sure that the two state solution is dead and buried…….and sadly the rest of the world will let it do what it will do to keep the Palestinians down and out…..

Give Peace a Chance?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

We have a ceasefire in Gaza and it is holding, for now (Sadly, did not last very long)…….talks are going on in Egypt between Palestinians and Israelis and Hamas (talks have been suspended for the renewed attacks in Gaza)…….and Hamas has offered a 10 year truce if certain demands are met….these are:

1. Return of IDF tank positions so that farmers can work their lands

2. Freeing of all prisoners arrested since June 23 (when 3 Israeli teens were killed by Hamas operatives), and improving the conditions of those currently in prison.

3. Lifting of Israel’s naval blockade around Gaza along with the complete opening of the land border crossings.

4. Establishment of an international airport and seaport in Gaza.

5. Expansion of Gaza fishing zone by six miles.

6. Open the Israel-Gaza Rafah border crossing permanently under UN supervision, instead of under Israel’s watch.

7. 10 year truce with Israel along with the deployment of an international observer force on the border.

8. Israel must never enter Gaza under any circumstances and protect Palestinian Muslim worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

9. Israel must refrain from interfering with the newly created unity Palestinian  government between Fatah and Hamas.

10. Rehabilitation of Gaza Industrial Zones and allowance for Gaza to create a border protection force.

 Try to look at the requests/demands with an objective eye.  Of course they will be unacceptable to Israel.  However, read the list and tell me where there is a problem.
The UN needs to step into the action about here…….base member countries on the ground to keep the peace…….then Israel needs to approve most of them and then we will see who is scamming who.
What does Israel have to lose? They have enough firepower to do what they do best….destroy.  And the West will make sure that they are never without superior weapons systems.
If Israel wants to prove their claims about Hamas then this is the perfect way to expose their deception.  Of course the Zionists within the government will never allow this plan to go into effect.  And the reasons are obvious.
Now for Hamas….they need to accept this plan and hold true to their proposals….this will go along way of proving to the world that they are truly on the side of the Palestinian people and not just a cell of terrorists.
This will make the Palestinians happy and secure and it will make Israelis safe and secure…..where is the problem with either of those?
Hamas has offered…now it is Israel’s turn to prove that they truly want peace and not the destruction of the Palestinians.
How will this end?
My guess is with further airstrikes and more destruction……

 

There Is No Right Or Wrong

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

 

Let’s return today to that magical land of Gaza.  In war there is NO right or wrong……just death and destruction.  WQe were fortunate that we had a couple of days when the violence and destruction was at a minimum but all that has been taken to the crapper….it is on again!

Let me pause here and insert…..before some well meaning troll tries to jump down my throat….may I suggest you read the whole piece before you attempt that jump.

Onward and upward!

I have looked at both sides of the conflict…..and yes I am sympathetic to the Palestinians…….for reasons that are personal and I shared once and will never do that again……but since I do analyze situations I want to talk about the reasons for the conflict.

 

First, MSM lets the Israeli government have pretty much a free platform to sell their response to the issues at hand….my problem is they are given softball questions to answer that let their talking points fill the airways.  Not once have I heard a journalist ask these people a few pertinent questions.  Like….you say the tunnels are used to attack Israeli civilians….then if so how many attacks have been carried out in the past 5 years?  Or you justify the deaths in Gaza saying it is in response to the rockets fired….how many Israeli civilians have been killed by these rockets in the past 5 years?  Soldiers killed in the commission of a military operation are not civilians.  I would like to hear a good honest answer to those two questions….but of course there is NO way they will answer them.

The Israeli government spokespeople always come back to the tunnels and their intended use……the problem is it is all BS….as proven by CNN and NYT…..

The Israeli site +972 has blown that propaganda completely out of the water. A well-researched article in Hebrew that it translated from an educational worker near Gaza states that the tunnels do not appear to be targeted at civilians and they come out more than a mile from any kibbutz, let alone the kindergartens.

In short, the tunnels fear was hysteria, drummed up by the Israeli government to heighten war fever, and then purveyed by the New York Times and CNN.

The piece at +972 — which is headlined in part, “In reality, every tunnel so far has been used against military targets alone” — was published in Hebrew on “Local Call,” and written by Emanual Yelin, who lives in Be’er Sheva and is said to work near the Gaza border. Yelin is a full-on Israeli patriot, but he has no truck with the lies and propaganda disseminated around the tunnels.

The disgusting thing is that the MSM continues to allow this lie to be told and used as a justification of killing civilians.  As late as today on BBC America an Israeli government official used the lie again.

Now the Palestinians…..whoever is firing the missiles into Israel are cowards….I will agree with the Israeli government on that point.  Hamas needs to get a grip on the factions that are doing this if Hamas statement that they do not know who it is….they want to govern then they need to take control of that one situation.  Once they do that then there is NO excuse for the killing and the destruction.

Now let’s look at the destruction…….is it truly in search of Hamas leadership?

I have been watching and reading most everything I can get on the war and I have made my analysis…….in my thoughts it is all about the destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure of a would be Palestinian state…..look at the targets…hospitals, schools, power generation, roads, water supply and sanitation……all aspects of a state’s infrastructure.  Let’s not forget the terror that the constant threat of attack brings.  And how about the attacks on fishermen or the lack of food through the Gazan wall…..another attempt to hurt the economy and the infrastructure.

Personally, I think Israel is shooting themselves in the butt with their constant attacks on Gaza.  Why?  I will let journalist Dan Glazebrook tell my readers……

………………as many commentators have noted, even if Israel were successful in its stated aim of destroying or weakening Hamas, this would only result in even more militant groups emerging, perhaps even Al Qaeda type groups such as ISIS, gaining support from a traumatised population by promising revenge attacks and uncompromising armed jihad. Whilst many have argued that this would somehow be against Israel’s interests, the reverse is likely to be true. Groups such as ISIS have played a key role in facilitating US and British policies in the Middle East in recent years, by weakening independent regional powers (or potential regional powers) such as Libya, Syria and now Iraq. They would likely have the same effect on Palestine, and would certainly set back the prospects for the emergence of a Palestinian state: they would never countenance, for example, unity with Fatah, and would rather serve to provide a permanent pretext for savage Israeli attacks which Western Europe and North America would be obliged to support. Moreover, if Gaza became an ungoverned and ungovernable disaster zone – which is what Israel is in the process of creating – there would of course be no question of its gaining sovereignty over its territory, and even less over its waters and gas reserves. Israel would remain free to bomb at will, just as the US and Britain remain free to bomb at will in the failed states they have created in Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iraq.

This constant warfare in the name of security is not going to end well for either side of the conflict….the Palestinians need to tighten their control over the actions of the fringe groups…..and Israel needs to be more forthcoming with their reasons for their ever present attacks…….

To me the Israelis are using every attempt to destroy and part of the area that could be the corner stone of a Palestinians state….so any commitment to a two state solution is disingenuous at best.. and at its worse…..a LIE!

 

Oppressed Becomes The Oppressor

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By this point in your life you have been exposed to the horror of World war 2 and the Holocaust……if not…..where the Hell have you been?

Every time Israel goes into action against the Palestinians we are reminded over and over about the horrors that the Jews were exposed to during the Holocaust…all the death and misery.  And because of the horrors they endured you would expect them to have No toleration for any such actions what so ever…….but you would be WRONG!  Not mistaken but flat out WRONG!

One of the Israeli intellectuals of the founding generation, Yeshayahu Leibowitz feared that a Jewish state would become no better than the oppressors that he and so many others fled from in the days of WW2….he stated………”it would invert the whole history of the Jewish people, turning them into the spitting image of the oppressors whose terrorism from which we fled.”

He also noted that the …..”the entire energies of the Jewish state, instead of looking after the needs of its citizens, would be directing at enforcing “a strange system of political domination”……he was more prophetic than he has been given credit.

Israelis were the victims in the days of WW2….they were imprisoned, lands confiscated, harassed and put to death…….where is that any different than the circumstances with the Palestinians?  They were victims and for that they were basically given a country….the world trying to soothe its guilt….and in doing so have turned the victim into the oppressors they fled from in the past.

The world continues to close its eyes to the horrendous effects that Israeli policy is having on Palestinians….all because the world still feels the guilt of World War 2…..until they break that feeling this sort of murderous outreaches will continue.

The victim will continue to be the oppressor……and the Palestinians must wait for the world to rid itself of a guilty past.

Palestinians Support The People Of Ferguson

With all the trouble in Ferguson after the death of Mike Brown….Palestinians took to Twitter to help protesters deal with tear gas….instructing them on what to do when gassed…..and now the people of Palestine have sent a statement to the people of Ferguson in support…….the statement reads…….

We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. We wish to express our support and solidarity with the people of Ferguson who have taken their struggle to the street, facing a militarized police occupation.

From all factions and sectors of our dislocated society, we send you our commitment to stand with you in your hour of pain and time of struggle against the oppression that continues to target our black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives.

We understand your moral outrage. We empathize with your hurt and anger. We understand the impulse to rebel against the infrastructure of a racist capitalist system that systematically pushes you to the margins of humanity.

And we stand with you.

We recognize the disregard and disrespect for black bodies and black life endemic to the supremacist system that rules the land with wanton brutality. Your struggles through the ages have been an inspiration to us as we fight our own battles for basic human dignities. We continue to find inspiration and strength from your struggles through the ages and your revolutionary leaders, like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Kwame Ture, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale and others.

We honor the life of Michael Brown, cut short less than a week before he was due to begin university.  And we honor the far too many more killed in similar circumstances, motivated by racism and contempt for black life: Ezell Ford, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tarika Wilson, Malcolm Ferguson, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo, Yvette Smith, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Kathryn Johnston, Rekia Boyd and too many others to count.

With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.

The protesters in Ferguson have sent the trouble with the police international……social media has helped so many and will keep that spot light on the situation……eventually the dinosaurs that rule this country will realize that social media is instantaneous…..the world is watching!