An editorial titled When Genocide Is Permissible. Yes, you read that correctly.
And it’s filled with gems like this:
But anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian.
So that happened. And it was summarily deleted. But, of course, the internet never forgets… click here for cached article.
via Murtaza Hussain
So you really don’t have to choose between being ‘pro-Israel’ or ‘pro-Palestine.’ If you support secularism, democracy, and a two-state solution—and you oppose Hamas, settlement expansion, and the occupation—you can be both.
Source: The Huffington Post
There’s a long-standing narrative, made prominent again over the past few weeks, that Israel cannot work with Hamas, cannot legitimize or recognize them in any way, because Hamas has repeated stated that its goal is the destruction of Israel. This is written in the Hamas charter and has never been revised or repudiated.
Thus, it’s taken as a given amongst those who support Israel that there’s nothing to be done as long as Hamas remains in control in Gaza and that Palestinians who support Hamas do so because they support Israel’s destruction. All that Israel can do, it seems, is to continue its blockade and oppose any efforts by Palestinians to bring Hamas into a unity government with Fatah. Hamas, Israeli politicians and their supporters claim, represents an existential threat to Israel and, as such, cannot even be considered a potential partner for peace until it formally rejects its long-standing opposition to Israel.
When did Israel become so uncharacteristically rigid in its thinking?
Let’s be honest: It’s not like Hamas is the first group to pose an existential threat to Israel. The PLO did so before Hamas, as did numerous countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The organizations and states actively sought Israel’s destruction for decades. Egypt and Jordan, for example, are neighboring states with fully-functioning militaries that formally declared war on Israel several times throughout the country’s history. And yet Israel made peace with both countries. Those peace agreements were very difficult and very costly for everyone involved, but they’ve endured for decades now. And the PLO/Fatah provides a model for normalizing relations between Israel and representatives of a dispossessed people who advocated armed struggle against Israel. The Oslo process hasn’t exactly lived up to its promise, but there remains an opportunity for representatives from Israel and the Palestinian Authority to negotiate together rather than to bomb one another.
Years ago, the PLO, Egypt, and Jordan were seen as existential threats and then one day they weren’t. One day their leaders viewed Israel as completely illegitimate and promised its destruction; the next day, they were sitting down to negotiate with Israeli diplomats. Obviously this is an oversimplification; it took a lot of back-channel negotiation, commitments from third parties, and — most of all — it took courage from politicians on both sides to see one another (and the situation as a whole) in a different light. But, importantly, it also took Israelis saying to themselves, “Peace is more important to us than anything else. Maintaining a constant war footing is bad for us, so maybe we can find a way to talk to these people who keep saying they want to kill us and maybe they’ll stop wanting to kill us.” This takes courage and it takes will and it takes creativity.
So, I guess what I’m saying is, this whole thing about Hamas representing a credible existential threat to Israel is just laziness. Israel found a way to negotiate with people who were better equipped to carry out their threats in the past. I can’t imagine anyone today actually believes that Hamas is ever going to succeed in destroying Israel, so then this is just a more palatable way of saying, “We’re just not willing to think very hard about how to make peace with the Palestinians.” Or worse, “It’s better for us not to make peace, actually.”
If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves. No nation, including any in the Muslim world, appears willing to intervene to protect the Palestinians. No world body, including the United Nations, appears willing or able to pressure Israel through sanctions to conform to the norms of international law. And the longer we in the world community fail to act, the worse the spiral of violence will become.
Former head of CIA’s Bin Laden Unit, Michael Scheuer vs. Peter King and fellow congressman on US Foreign Policy, Israel and what inspires the terrorists to fight.
LTMC: A spirited exchange.
I ain’t often you see someone say “bullshit” to a congressional panel.
The new leitmotif of the Israeli propaganda machine is that Iran is cheating. The Iranians just can’t do otherwise. Cheating is in their nature.
This might be effective, because it is based on deeply rooted racism. Bazaar is a Persian word, associated in the European mind with haggling and deception.
But the Israeli conviction that the Iranians are cheating is based on a more robust foundation: our own behavior. When Israel started in the 1950s to build up its own nuclear program, with the help of France, it had to deceive the whole world and did so with stunning effect.
Indeed, some Israeli commentators have joked that Netanyahu believes in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the famous – and infamous – tract fabricated by the secret police of the Czar. It purported to expose a sinister conspiracy of the Jews to rule the world. A hundred years later, controlling the US comes near to that. The senators and representatives are no fools (not all of them, in any case). They have a clear purpose: to be re-elected. They know on which side their bread is buttered. AIPAC has demonstrated, in several test cases, that it can unseat any senator or congressman who does not toe the straight Israeli line. One sentence of implied criticism of Israeli policies suffices to doom a candidate.
Fifteen years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech at the United Nations about becoming financially independent from the United States. For a young nation such as Israel, it was the country’s equivalent of saying to your parents (and your parent’s friends, given the U.N. setting), “Hey, I think it’s about time I moved out and got my own place. Put the car insurance in my name. I got it from here.”
Arguably, everyone present at the U.N. in 1997 probably patted Israel on the back and said “well done” and “good job” and “one word: plastics” — it was a pretty bold move at the time. The thing is, though…
… Israel still hasn’t moved on.