imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

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

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Netanyahu: Israel's Pinochet

by Stephen Lendman Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at 6:10 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Netanyahu: Israel's Pinochet

by Stephen Lendman

Chileans old enough to remember won't ever forget September 11, 1973. A "Caravan of Death" followed Pinochet's power grab.

It included mass arrests, disappearances, torture and murder. All suspected regime opponents were targeted.

Victims were buried in unmarked graves. Some were mutilated before being executed. Death squads killed thousands.

Netanyahu treats Palestinians much the same way. Brutalizing occupation and war without mercy reflect official policy.

Netanyahu heads Israel's rogue government. He exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon and previous hardline leaders.

He's an embarrassment to democratic governance. He and those around him are over-the-top. They're ideologically extremist. They're lawless, ruthless, racist and belligerent.

Israeli governance is more hypocrisy than democracy. Peace is a non-starter. Netanyahu, his security cabinet, ministers and most Knesset members scorn it.

State terror is official policy. Palestinians are marginalized, persecuted, brutalized and denied fundamental rights everyone deserves.

Israeli Arab citizens are enfranchised in name only. They have no say. They're considered fifth column threats.

A so-called peace process never existed and doesn't now. Netanyahu and other hardliners scorn it. They crave violence and instability.

State-sponsored militarism, belligerence, ruthlessness, apartheid, racist hate, occupation harshness, exploitation, neoliberal rapaciousness and premeditated war reflect official policy.

Besieged Gazans suffer most. They're trapped in the world's largest open-air prison. Expect little or no longterm relief from ongoing Cairo talks.

They're ongoing. A current 5-day ceasefire ends Monday night local time. Whatever Israel agrees on won't be worth the paper it's written on.

Israel doesn't negotiate. It demands. It wants its interests alone served. It offers little or nothing in return.

Concessions made are too little to matter. Expect multiple violations straightaway. It's standard Israeli practice.

It says one thing. It does another. The disturbing pattern repeats every time. A previous article explained.

After Israel's November Pillar of Cloud aggression, Egypt under then President Mohamed Morsi negotiated ceasefire terms.

Israel agreed to halt all Gaza hostilities. They included land, air and sea attacks as well as targeted assassinations.

Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups agreed to stop rocket and other hostile actions.

Israel agreed to open border crossings and facilitate movements of people and goods.

Egypt got assurances from both sides to abide by agreed on terms.

They committed themselves to no breaches henceforth. Hamas stuck to the letter of the deal. Israel violated it straightaway.

Expect nothing different this time. Israel calls naked aggression self-defense. It calls legitimate Palestinian self-defense terrorism.

It takes full advantage. It does so for any reason or none at all. It blames Palestinians for its crimes. They're horrendous.

They include genocidal slaughter, widespread destruction, targeted assassinations, mass arrests, lawless imprisonments, targeting elected Palestinian officials for belonging to the wrong party, and all Palestinians for praying to the wrong God as well as wanting to live free on their own land in their own country.

Israel is one of the world's most egregious human rights abusers. It ignores fundamental rule of law principles.

It violates them repeatedly. It does so unaccountably. It willfully targets civilians and non-military related targets.

It does so maliciously. It claims a divine right to operate extrajudicially. It considers mass murder self-defense.

Talks to achieve a durable ceasefire continue. It's unclear precisely where things stand.

On Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel rejects longterm ceasefire terms unless its security needs are met. In other words, unless business as usual continues.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhru said Palestinians won't compromise their fundamental demands. Key is lifting Israel's lawless eight-year siege.

"We are committed to achieving the Palestinian demands and there is no way back from this," said Abu Zuhri.

"All these demands are basic human rights that do not need this battle or these negotiations."

"The ball is in the Israeli occupation court."

Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal said the key "goal we insist on is having the demands of Palestinians met and (for Gaza to) exist without a blockade."

"We insist on this goal. In the case of Israeli procrastination or continued aggression, Hamas is ready with other Palestinian factions to resist on ground and politically and…to face all possibilities."

At the same time, Netanyahu warned Hamas, saying:

"If (it) thinks it will make up for its military losses with a political achievement, it is wrong."

"If (it) thinks that by continuing the steady trickle of rocket fire it will force us to make concessions, it is wrong."

"As long as there is no quiet, Hamas will continue to suffer heavy blows."

"Hamas knows we have a lot of power but maybe it thinks we don't have enough determination and patience, and even there it is wrong, it is making a big mistake."

Egypt reportedly presented a "final proposal." Wording is suspect. Loopholes remain.

Terms include:

-- both sides committing not to engage in any "sea, air or land" hostile actions against the other;

• Palestinians promising not to dig tunnels to Israel;

• Israel recognizing Hamas/Fatah unity;

• opening all crossings between Gaza and israel to facilitate the free movement of people and goods to include construction materials for rebuilding;

• the transfer of goods between the West Bank and Gaza;

• reducing the Israeli/Gaza buffer zone to 300 meters, then 100 meters on November 18.

• deploying PA forces on Gaza's borders beginning January 1;

• gradually expanding Gaza's fishing zone to 12 nautical miles offshore; and

• involving Israel in international efforts to rebuild Gaza.

At the same time, wiggle room loopholes remain. Key issues are unresolved.

They include unconditionally ending Israel's eight-year blockade, and Hamas' demand to build a seaport and airport. They're needed to facilitate imports and exports.

Another provision pertains to funds transfers for 45,000 Hamas employees. Israel froze them. They remain unavailable.

Other unresolved issue include transferring and administering Gazan rebuilding funds, letting Hamas receive other donations, and whether the PA will control all aid donations.

Terminology is key. Egypt's proposal mentions "Palestinian factions" without naming them and the "Palestinian government."

Hamas and Islamic Jihad reject this. They want to be mentioned. Egypt and Israel are opposed.

At the same time, both sides must agree on what goods may enter Gaza, in what amounts, how they'd be inspected, and how free movement of people will be handled.

According to Egypt, "end(ing) the blockade" depends on resolving these issues. Israel claims no blockade exists.

It wants language only mentioning the easing of border restrictions - not ending them altogether unconditionally as Hamas demands.

Much work remains unfinished. Israel remains hardline. It wants terminology defined its way. It wants loopholes to exploit.

It wants terms as easy as possible to violate. It wants Hamas and other resistance groups marginalized and weak.

It wants business as usual to continue. Egypt's proposal largely benefits Israel. Unresolved details left for later can be exploited to its advantage.

For example, no exact date is specified for opening Rafah's border crossing. Construction of a seaport and airport is unresolved. So is lifting the blockade entirely.

Letting PA security forces operate in Gaza risks rendering Hamas and other resistance groups irrelevant.

The only thing both sides agree on is the importance of ending hostilities. Continuing them means more Palestinian deaths, injuries and destruction.

Israel needs time to recoup from the pounding its image took. it got more criticism than any previous time in decades.

Reversing its pariah state status won't be easy. Perhaps impossible if bombing and shelling resume longer-term.

The possibility remains. On August 16, Reuters headlined "Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands of face long war," saying:

It "rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end (Operation Protective Edge), and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires."

Israel has yet to accept or reject Egypt's proposal. Both sides will continue discussing terms on Sunday and Monday through the midnight deadline local time.

On August 17, AP headlined "Optimism Fades as Talks to Resume on Gaza War," saying:

On Sunday, an unnamed Palestinian negotiator said his side is "less optimistic" about ongoing talks "than we were earlier."

Gaps between both sides remain wide. Terminology and provisions proposed advantage Israel. Key for Hamas and other resistance groups is entirely ending blockade conditions unconditionally.

Israel categorically refuses. It wants Gaza demilitarized. Both sides are at loggerheads.

Whether compromise can be reached remains to be seen. Most important is Israel's consistent violation of previous agreements negotiated.

If ceasefire terms are agreed on in Cairo, don't expect this time to be different.

Israel can't be trusted. Once a violator, always one. For sure with hardline extremists running things.

They're lawless, ruthless, anti-peace and belligerent. Expect nothing good for Palestinians from Cairo longterm. Expect business as usual to continue.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 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