imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Israel: Heading for a Political Cliff?

by Stephen Lendman Thursday, Dec. 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Israel: Heading for a Political Cliff?

by Stephen Lendman

Middle East expert Patrick Seale knows the region well. He's covered it for over four decades. On December 4, he said:

He "rarely encountered such detestation of Israel, such thirst for revenge and such rage at its superpower patron. (It's) bubbling beneath the surface like molten lava."

How can tiny Israel "defy hundreds of millions of Arabs, Iranians and Turks and the vast Muslim world beyond? Only the United States can save Israel from the suicidal folly of its leaders."

Rage holds back only so long. Oppressed people eventually rebel. Israel's moment of truth awaits. US support delays its day of reckoning.

The longer rage builds, the greater the eventual eruption. When it comes, containment won't be possible. Rogue Netanyahu governance hastens the day. A previous article called him more mad dog than leader.

He may end up fiddling while Israel burns. His hermetic worldview may be its undoing. He threatens to take an entire nation and the region over a cliff with him.

Mindless Israelis look certain to reelect him. It's hard imagining why they support fascist neoliberal governance. They want peace, not war. Netanyahu threatens to drag them into an abyss.

They've got political strength enough to stop him. Indifference and support keeps him in power. He should be in prison, not government. The same goes for likeminded hardliners. Israel has more than its share.

So far, world opposition is tepid. Rhetoric substitutes for policies with teeth. Perhaps hints suggest modest change. It's not enough to matter but indicates hope.

On December 3, General Assembly Member States overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to join NPT and permit IAEA inspections of Dimona and other nuclear facilities.

The vote was 174 to six with six abstentions. Israel, America, Canada, and three tiny Pacific islands said no. The non-binding measure adds pressure to confront Israel responsibly.

Two resolution paragraphs were voted on separately. Both support universal NPT adherence. They called on countries not yet party to the treaty to ratify it "at the earliest date."

Washington and Canada expressed support. Israel and India alone opposed both paragraphs.

Arab nations and Iran planned to attend a mid-December Helsinki, Finland nuclear conference aimed at establishing a nuclear-free region.

On November 23, Washington unilaterally cancelled it. Doing so showed support for Israel. Netanyahu refused to attend.

Before Monday's vote, Iranian diplomat Khodadad Seifi told Member States "the truth is that the Israeli regime is the only party which rejected conditions for a conference."

He urged other nations exert "strong pressure" to force participation with no preconditions.

Israeli diplomat Isi Yanouka expressed typical Israeli arrogance. He claimed only Iran and Syria pose a regional nuclear threat. He thumbed his nose at all regional states. He fooled no one.

Syrian diplomat Abdullah Hallak said his government is justifiably angry because of "the whim of just one party, a party with (known) nuclear warheads" and long-range delivery systems.

Russia and Britain sponsored the conference. So did Washington. Obama yielded to Israeli pressure. He showed again which side he's on. Washington and Israel remain rogue partners. Their special relationship shows no signs of bending.

Following Monday's UN vote, heroic Israeli whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu said:

"Those who are controlling world history found themselves miscalculating world events!"

"The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backed the Helsinki conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East."

After Washington cancelled Helsinki, he added:

"The 2012 Helsinki Conference for the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction is NOT happening as planned."

"The conveners - US, UK, UN, and Russian Federation - issued statements claiming, 'regret that the conference will not be convened this year.' "

"Why? What makes them regret?"

Vanunu knows "regret" is code language for Washington yielding to Israeli pressure. The tail keeps wagging the dog. You'd think shame alone would force change. Not so far or concern about Israeli interests harming America's.

Israel is nuclear armed and dangerous. It menaces the region. Its occupation is ruthless, oppressive and lawless. Its security forces and rabid settlers terrorize Palestinian civilians. They've been unrelenting for decades.

Israel scorns peace. It craves violence and instability. Policies this extreme assure bad endings. Israel's moment of truth awaits.

Netanyahu's heading Israel over a cliff. So far, it's with Western support. On Wednesday evening, he met Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Nothing more than rhetorical displeasure with his policies followed. A senior German official said she considers Israel's security "sacred." She wanted the meeting.

It's supposed to have been about science. It was very much about expressing solid Israeli support. Palestinian rights got little more than lip service.

On December 4, Der Spiegel headlined "This Time, Israel Has Defied the Whole World."

Not enough to do anything about it. That's the sad reality. Netanyahu should have been disinvited. Germany and other EU states should recall their ambassadors, suspend relations, and impose stiff sanctions.

Initially strong British, French and German rhetoric cooled quickly. Threats about withdrawing envoys were reversed. Business as usual continues.

Europe solidly backs Israel. Pressure applied is so weak it's embarrassing. German broadsheets were quoted.

The Financial Times Deutschland wrote:

"One can only encourage the chancellor to use Netanyahu's planned construction of settlements in the West Bank as an opportunity to take the hardliner to task."

"Because what Netanyahu is planning makes a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians impossible."

"Clearly Netanyahu doesn't want a Palestinian state." Given Germany's Nazi history, Merkel "must choose her words carefully."

"That history obligates Germany to criticize the repressive measures taken by a government like Netanyahu's."

America's ugly past warrants similar obligations.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said:

Netanyahu seeks revenge. "Israel's settlements on Palestinian land are a violation of international law, against which the Palestinians could take action within the framework of the United Nations."

Netanyahu's "government is creating facts on the ground indicating a creeping annexation of the West Bank. The prime minister is provoking both the Palestinians and the international community."

Süddeutsche Zeitung said:

"This is typical of the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, but it's not clever. Revenge is never a good counselor -- and in the end the damage to Israel could be greater than to the Palestinians."

Netanyahu "defiance and megalomania" heads Israel toward "growing isolation."

Die Welt added:

Israeli punishment of Palestine "is likely to lead to long-term international isolation of Israel." Germany objected without enough muscle to matter.

Merkel knows Netanyahu spurns peace. He refuses to end occupation harshness. He keeps stealing Palestinian land. She, other European leaders and Obama do nothing to stop him.

Nor does longtime collaborationist Abbas. Policies on his watch fall far short of confronting Israeli lawlessness. Rhetoric substitutes for supporting his own people.

He said E1 construction crosses a "red line."

"If the project is implemented, we will use all legal and legitimate means to stop it, and we have something to say and do about these dangerous decisions," he said.

He also said he'd pursue ICC action if Israeli leaders commit aggression. He did nothing after eight terror-bombing days. He ignores daily Israeli crimes. He's complicit as Israel's enforcer.

He's done nothing to stop exponential settlement expansions on his watch. Legitimate resistance does all it can. Over time, Netanyahu's extremism may accomplish more.

World leaders may tire of his double-dealing. Washington one day may feel the same way.

The combination of fascist leaders, fanatical settlers, and religious zealots sharing power makes Israel a classic pariah state. It's the worst kind of neighborhood bully.

It redefines rogue governance. Patrick Seale said "the whole world knows" Israeli hardliners "want land not peace."

Perhaps Israel's writing its own epitaph. Arab countries once had seven diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv. Two remain.

At issue is for how long. Palestinian ambassadors may be more welcomed. Israeli ones may lose support. Change won't come easily or soon. Liberation is well worth waiting for.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

The Uber-fication of the Democratic Party O01 2:16AM

In LA, San Diego, Sacramento and 147 Other Cities, McD And Other Fast Food Workers Picket S05 1:08PM

Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media? S04 11:39AM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S02 4:49PM

Anti-blackracism in the U.S. S01 12:10PM

New Zine on Activist Collective Living A29 9:19AM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 2 of 2 A21 9:09PM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 1of 2 A21 7:01PM

Running Down the Walls 2014 A20 8:48PM

Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery Extends Exclusive Engagement A19 3:37PM

Los Angeles Declares “Hands Up!” in Peaceful Protest of LAPD Murder of Ezell Ford A18 4:09AM

Ezell Ford and Ferguson Solidarity A17 6:35PM

Family and Supporters of #Justice4Fords Protest LAPD Execution of Ezell Ford in South L.A. A17 2:49PM

Southern California Swarms to Save the Bees in Solidarity with Honey Bee Day Around the Gl A17 5:30AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

New Economy and New Prosperity O01 6:13AM

Albedo somatosensoriel O01 1:36AM

From Scarcity to Glut? S30 4:19AM

Chinese Spring? Hong Kong rebels S29 9:47PM

ILWU denounces Oakland Block the boat action S29 4:59PM

Obama's Phony War on Islamic State Militants S29 1:23PM

Making Sense of the CETA, 128 pp S29 10:47AM

Obama Targets Free Expression S29 6:51AM

8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No on Training and Funding Syrian Rebels S29 4:27AM

America: Humanity's Greatest Threat S29 4:26AM

Philippines: Dismantling the Marcoses' "Empire of Memory" S28 11:06PM

MSM Support Brazen Lawlessness S28 11:10AM

Irresponsible New York Times Presstitution S28 6:47AM

Israel: Guilty of Genocidal High Crimes S27 1:36PM

Bombs Away: Official US Policy S27 12:12PM

Paraphysique de la déontologie S27 9:41AM

Britain: Washington's Convenient Pawn S27 7:04AM

American parents stand up for Tammy and Jonah Rief S27 1:42AM

Holder Resigns S26 1:33PM

Argentina Faces US Contempt Hearing S26 8:21AM

ISIS is a CIA Inspired 'Frankenstein' Monster Designed to Villify Islam S26 5:24AM

Obama Wants Regime Change in Russia S26 4:00AM

Asian Socialism Conference in the Philippines S26 3:40AM

Wheat Gluten May Cause Symptoms of Depression and Paranoia S25 1:22PM

Reactiions to Obama's UN Address S25 1:00PM

Vice News reporting from besieged Kobane in north Syria S25 8:47AM

Why a Global Wealth Tax Reduces Inequality S25 5:51AM

Obama's Demagogic UN Address S25 4:22AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy