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4 July 2006
Lobbies, & the
Corporate Media Don't Want You To Know
ISRAEL GONE CRAZY
or is it: ISRAELIS GONE WILD
US Policies in Iraq, in Palestine, and throughout much
of the world in fact, betray the professed message and the
core principles of the 4th of July, American Independence Day.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert,
"wants the Palestinians to
understand that the landlord has gone crazy."
MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4 July: The
unspoken truth is the Israelis don't really want a way out of the
current crisis, regardless of all their screaming and bombing/killing.
It is in fact a crisis of their making and one they are now exploiting
to pursue their real policies, which are never the ones they actually
talk about and hardly ever the ones the corporate international media
in the US so complicitly reports.
The Israelis have in fact for some time now done everything they could
to enrage and provoke the Palestinians -- everything just short of
enraging and provoking the world community to do something about their
increasingly apartheid-like military occupation of some three million
Palestinians. The too-late too-little proclamation by the Swiss
yesterday that the Israelis are 'violating international law' is of
course true; but it will have no real impact or resonnance for neither
the Swiss nor the Europeans, nor the shamefully cowering U.N. for that
matter, are going to do anything about it.
There is no situation in the world like the one in occupied Palestine;
and Gaza is in effect the world's largest open-air
What the Israelis are really manuevering for is the excuse to take down
the now Hamas-led 'Palestinian Authority' they created and in the
process to kill-off/imprison/demoralize this generation of Palestinian
leadership as they have done to the past.
Even more the Israelis was to further inflame the region and provoke
some kind of response so they can then ignite a larger regional
conflagration in which they can try to take down the regimes in Iran
and Syria, as well as Hezbollah (Lebanon) and Hamas (Palestine). They
are determined, along with the American neocons/evangelicals, to pursue
their Machiavellian schemes to control the region in tandem to varying
degrees with the US/UK/EU. It is the long-ago proclaimed crusading
'New World Order'...just no longer with that particular term out front.
for the Israelis having "gone crazy", actually these are not our words,
they are those of the beleaguered Israeli Prime Minister, successor to
long-time war criminal still-in-coma Ariel Sharon -- see the stories
that follow for the requisite insights.
And as for the realities of the situation with the Palestinians... It
is in fact the Israelis who hold thousands of Palestinian prisoners in
their jails and dungeons; and they who torture and kill quite literally
daily. The Palestinians on the other hand hold one Israeli soldier who
had been tasked to patrol/control the Gaza Ghetto/Prison.
Furthermore, the Israelis have for so long lashed out at how the
Palestinians target 'innocent civilians' -- of course aware that the
vast power differences and the military occupation itself often give
the Palestinians little choice other than submission. In this case,
however, when the Palestinians quite daringly and courageously target
the Israeli military occupying them the Israelis go even more berserk.
And so...when it comes to the crisis in Israel/Palestine on this 4th of
July...certainly don't look to American politicians or to the US
media. The ranks of both are so tragically filled with cowering,
ignorant, and oh-so self-righteous 'patriotic' rantings.
Indeed, the Israeli media in which all three of the stories that follow
were published in the past two days is far more aware and far more
honest than the Americans.
Remember as well though that it is American guns and money, the
American Pentagon and CIA, that make all the Israelis do now and in the
And thus realize on this 4th of July 'Independence Day' that the US and
its fireworks-cheering citizens are undeniably complicitous in the
craziness and the madness, in the vast number of deaths, and in the
ongoing series of war crimes (see the third article below) that are
being perpetrated throughout the Middle East on this day. And on every
MER - MiddleEast.Org
|The landlord's craziness|
|By Akiva Eldar|
Ha'aretz, 3 July: Even
during the crazy days of the World Cup, the world does not sit in the
bleachers when a country cuts off the electricity to hundreds of
thousands of civilians, sends its planes to threaten the leaders of a
foreign country, arrests ministers and bombs the office of the prime
minister of a neighboring country. How is it that when the Israeli
government behaves like a country that has lost all control, the United
States makes do with a routine recommendation for the two sides "to
exercise restraint"? Why is the European Union silent when the prime
minister says he is conducting an insane policy? Shimon Schiffer wrote
on Friday in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
said in an internal discussion that he "wants the Palestinians to
understand that the landlord has gone crazy."
To make it
easier to answer these questions, another two should be added. The
first: Would Olmert let himself "go crazy" if Shaul Mofaz had remained
in the Defense Ministry, Limor Livnat in the Education Ministry and
Benny Alon in the Ministry of Science and Technology? The second: How
long would it have taken for Amir Peretz as opposition leader to submit
a motion of no-confidence in a government that is punishing all of the
Gaza Strip because Gilad Shalit was taken captive? (Does anyone
remember the names of the two soldiers who were killed? Was anyone
called to account for the failure?) Who would have been the first
speaker in the protest demonstration in Rabin Square? Yuli Tamir, one
of the founders of Peace Now, or Ophir Pines, one of the supporters of
the Geneva initiative?
Peretz and his colleagues claim that
were they not sitting in the government, the situation would be far
worse. Operation Defensive Shield taught us that the opposite is the
case. The Labor Party served as a defensive shield for deeds that a
purely right-wing government did not permit itself to do, for fear of
the reaction of the international community. Then defense minister
Benjamin Ben-Eliezer did the dirty work of eliminating the Fatah
government, and foreign minister Shimon Peres marketed the "there is no
partner" policy in the world's capitals. When the main "left-wing
party" carries out the destructive policies of the landlord, it is
difficult to criticize and to restrain the government.
it comes to relations with the Palestinians as well, the damage caused
by Labor in the government is far greater than its usefulness. A year
ago Labor granted its favors free of charge to prime minister Ariel
Sharon, and allowed him to throw the key of the Gaza Strip into the
hands of Hamas. Now the neighbors are learning that among the Israelis
there is no difference between right and left, between Peretz and
Mofaz. Everyone understands only the language of force. And at home -
what moral validity will there be from now on to a protest of the Labor
Party against a government that cuts off the electricity off hundreds
of thousands of people? What political value will there be to its
criticism of the policy of "verifying the killing" of the Palestinian
Sharon sent his critics back to the declarations of
his predecessor, Labor prime minister Ehud Barak, who stated that there
is no Palestinian partner. The next prime minister from the right will
send them to search in the archives for the story of Peretz's
adventures in the summer of 2006. Here, he will say, your man of peace
himself discovered that what one sees from here - from the war desk -
one doesn't see from there - from the opposition benches. According to
the last survey by Dr. Mina Tzemah, Peretz's functioning during the
most recent crisis is shortening his path back to those benches. Most
of the public - 62 percent - gave him a failing grade. The extent of
support for the Labor Party is no higher than 15 Knesset seats.
years have passed since Labor representatives in a national unity
government last presented an alternative to the policies of the right.
That was in the mid-1980s, when the leader of the party, Shimon Peres,
led the way to the London agreement and dismantled the partnership with
the Likud after Yitzhak Shamir caused the initiative to fail. Peres'
move began a process that ended in October 1991 at the Madrid
conference. From there Yitzhak Rabin arrived at the Oslo Accords, which
were supposed to release Israel from the occupation and gradually
transfer power to a Palestinian government.
later, Rabin's heirs are participating in the perpetuation of the
occupation and the destruction of a Palestinian government. Everything,
let us not forget, for the sake of the "convergence plan." Is there any
need to add - may it rest in peace?
Bordering on chaos
By Haaretz Editorial
Efforts to secure the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit and to
keep the Qassam rockets away from northern Negev communities have
evolved over the past few days into an all-out campaign against the
government of the Palestinian Authority.
begin with, the political echelon ordered the arrest of a group of
ministers and parliamentarians from among the Hamas leadership.
Yesterday, the Israel Air Force carried out a strike on the office of
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. And senior government
spokespersons threatened that if Corporal Shalit is not released soon,
additional steps can and will be taken against the Hamas leaders, who
are deemed responsible for the incident at Kerem Shalom and its
Justice and Foreign Ministry officials have said
that the members of Hamas' political wing were not nabbed in order to
serve as bargaining chips in talks with Shalit's captors, but were
arrested under suspicion of committing offenses under the Prevention of
Terrorism Law. Nevertheless, the decision to arrest politicians who
were elected in a vote that took place as a result of U.S. pressure and
with Israel's full consent is not purely a legal matter, but rather a
highly significant, strategic move.
Hamas' victory in the
elections of the Palestinian Legislative Council boded ill for the
future of relations between Israel and the Palestinians and for the
security of civilians on both sides. However, getting rid of a central
government in the territories brings with it a disaster that is
sevenfold greater. In the eyes of the Palestinian public, an Israeli
arrest warrant is viewed as a badge of honor for a politician. No
Palestinian political leader with any sense would dare to rise to power
on the turrets of Israeli tanks. Even if the Fatah bureaucrats, under
the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, decide to consider the option and are
tempted to fill the vacuum - they are unlikely to remain in power for
The official eradication of the Palestinian
government will leave the government of Israel morally and legally
responsible for the well-being of the civilians in the West Bank and
the Gaza Strip, too. If the government of Israel fails to understand on
its own that chaos will lead to Somalization on the other side of the
street, the international community will be forced to stop the rot. No
wonder the neighboring states, Egypt and Jordan, are monitoring the
crisis with increasing worry.
The political echelon, which is
making every possible effort to secure the release of the soldier, does
not have the right to be dragged into populist moves. The government
must keep the State of Israel's overall political-security interests at
the forefront of its concerns. Regardless of the current crisis, these
interests do not in any way fall in line with quashing a neighboring
government and leaving millions of civilians to the mercy of armed
Media reports indicate that despite the far-reaching
implications of the siege on the Hamas government, the decision to take
action against the Hamas leaders was taken without a discussion in the
government, and not even with the approval of the political-security
cabinet. The ministers, and particularly those from the Labor Party,
must demand from the prime minister and defense minister an immediate
end to the attack on Hamas' political leaders, against whom there is no
evidence to indicate that they are involved in planning or carrying out
acts of terror.
Switzerland says Israel violating
international law in Gaza Strip
4 July - Associated Press: Switzerland said Monday that Israel has been violating international
law in its Gaza offensive by heavy destruction and endangering
civilians in acts of collective punishment banned under the Geneva
conventions on the conduct of warfare.
number of actions by the Israel Defense Forces in their offensive
against the Gaza Strip have violated the principle of proportionality
and are to be seen as forms of collective punishment, which is
forbidden," the Swiss Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
is no doubt that Israel has not taken the precautions required of it in
international law to protect the civilian population and
infrastructure," it said. The statement did not name the Geneva
Conventions, but it referred to provisions of the 1949 treaty, which is
regarded as the cornerstone of international law on the obligations of
warring and occupying powers.
Switzerland, as the depository of
the conventions, has a responsibility to call meetings if it finds
general problems with the implementation of the treaty, but it does not
have any special powers to interpret the document.
principle of proportionality and the ban on collective punishment are
found in the Fourth Geneva Convention, which spells out the obligations
of occupying powers toward the civilian population under their control.
has used tanks, troops, gunboats and aircraft to attack the Gaza area
over the past week to press militants to free captured IDF Corporal
When it launched its first large-scale military
action in Gaza since the disengagement from the coastal strip last
summer, Israel's declared purpose was to press militants to release
Shalit. In statements since, government officials have said they also
mean to disable the Hamas government and stop gunmen from launching
Qassam rockets at southern Israel.
"They have criticized us even
though we are showing restraint," Aviv Shir-On, Israel's ambassador in
Bern, told The Associated Press. "We are disappointed that the Swiss
government did not issue such statements when Israel's civilian
population was constantly under attack from the Gaza Strip."
said the criticism was unfair when Israel was supplying people in Gaza
with electricity, water, fresh food and necessary medicine even though
Hamas was sworn to the Israel's destruction.
called for the "rapid release" of Shalit, but said Israel had an
obligation "to respect international humanitarian law in the measures
it undertakes to liberate the captured soldier."
Israel's destruction last week of the main Gaza electricity power
station and its attack on the office of the Palestinian prime minister
was unjustified. It also urged Israel to free Hamas legislators,
including eight ministers who have been seized.
arrests of a large number of democratically elected representatives of
the people and ministers ... cannot be justified," the statement said.
Switzerland said it had earmarked an additional 1 million francs ($820,000) to provide medical supplies to civilians in Gaza.
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QANA Massacres - 1996 and 2006
(July 30, 2006)
It was ten years ago; but until today it has been mostly forgotten -- the terrible Qana Massacre in southern Lebanon, and the atrocious cover-up by Israel, the U.S. and the U.N. that followed.
IRAN War Coming
(July 28, 2006)
The Zionist Neocons who dominate Washington affairs in coordination with The Israel Lobby are working feverishly to create the conditions for the expansion of the war to Syria and Iran. The huge AIPAC conference in March at the Washington Convention Center has one giant theme - GET IRAN!
Why Are Things So Bad In Washington? MER FlashBack
(July 28, 2006)
Why are things so bad in Washington? Why is the Israel Lobby so strong and those who are supposed to represent the Arab countries and peoples so pathetic weak and incompetent? Some of the answers can be found in this MER Flashback first published nearly two years ago in September 2004:
The US - Israel WAR of 2006
(July 28, 2006)
British PM Tony Blair's rush to Washington to see George Bush today may be an attempt to thwart the war's quick expansion to Syria and Iran -- which is what this is really all about for the Zionist Neocons and Israel. The Israelis claim otherwise, as they so often do, yet they are mobilizing tens of thousands more of their reserve army hoping and planning they will have the excuse, and the American green light, to push forward and truly remake the entire region for themselves and the neocons.
SAUDIS PUBLICLY WARN U.S. and ISRAEL
(July 25, 2006)
It was just two days ago on Sunday that the Saudis all but demanded an emergency meeting with the American President. They came to the White House in force -- the Foreign Minister, the Ambassador to the U.S. (formerly in charge of National Security in The Kingdom), and the old American Ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan (now in charge of National Security in The Kingdom). They left unhappy. They are even more unhappy after Condolezza Rice's failed visit to Beirut and stealth visit to Ramallah as Palestinian protestors demanded a 'Day of Rage' against the Americans and boycotting of Rice. The following extraordinarily unusual statement and warning has just come from Riyadh in the name of the Saudi 'Royal Court', the highest authority in The Kingdom:
LEBANON Destroyed - July 2006 - Look Carefully If You Dare
(July 23, 2006)
Call it Lebanon's 9/11; call it Israel's (and America's) War on the Arabs and Muslims of 2006; call it the opening phases of a kind of new World War which may soon escalate to Syria and Iran (as the US and Israel appear to want) and maybe beyond (as they probably do not want). But whatever you call it, look carefully and closely at the pictures. Whatever you call it now remember the pictures for in the future those now so miserably bleeding and suffering will understandably try to do horrible things tomorrow to those who are responsible for doing these things today.
The Extraordinary Ways of the Jewish/Israeli Lobby - Tom Hayden Speaks His Mind
(July 23, 2006)
This quite personal exposee by Tom Hayden of American politics when dealing with all things Middle East, and of the extraordinary role of the Jewish-Israeli Lobby in American life, should be of considerable interest to all who are today trying to understand just why the U.S. does what it does, and does not do what it should.
Daniel Ellsberg - Past, Present, Future
(July 21, 2006)
Pentagon Papers Author Daniel Ellsberg Says:
* Government May Have Carried Out 9/11
* Bush Regime Might Stage Terrorist Attack to Provide Pretext for
* Coming Iran and Syria Invasion
* And to Justify Internment Camps for Dissident Americans
Have You Heard of the 'Israeli/Jewish Lobby'? Lou Dobbs on America and the Middle East
(July 20, 2006)
Now of course Lou Dobbs of CNN has heard of 'The Jewish/Israeli Lobby'. He's probably even read The London Review of Books cover article by Professors Mearsheimer and Walt that has brought the subject out of the closet in recent months. But then Dobbs works for CNN; and even a flag-waving America-firster star like him has to be looking over his shoulder lest he go too far for those who hold the real power.
So no mention of the Israel Lobby nor of American Jews in what Mr. Dobbs had to say yesterday on air (just imagine what he must really think and say when the cameras aren't rolling). But for every question mark Dobbs so rightly uses the power and influence and fear-factor of The Israeli/Jewish Lobby is a significant part of every answer.
AMERICA'S WAR ON ARABS, MUSLIMS, SYRIA & IRAN
(July 19, 2006)
The pretense is otherwise of course -- America the 'honest peace broker' -- but the realities are quite something else. Just as the Reagan Administration gave Israel the 'Green Light' for the Invasion of Lebanon in 1982, so the American's have given Israel the 'Green Light' for the destruction of the Palestinians and the Lebanese in 2006.
ISRAELIS ON THE RAMPAGE - 'The Army Is Hungry for War'
(July 18, 2006)
They are now doing to the Palestinians and the Lebanese what hasbeen planned, in tandem with the Americans, for some time.
The Slide To WORLD WAR III
(July 17, 2006)
Before the invasion of Iraq, no less a newman than Walter Cronkite was warning of World War III but prescribing a far different course. Even with Cronkite's unique stature however he was hardly heard. The corporate media wasn't even willing to report Cronkite's warning for he insisted that it was the policies of the United States and the Bush/Cheney Administration that were primarily responsible. He urged Americans to wake up and he urged when it mattered that the Iraq invasion/occupation not take place. MER almost alone reported the significance of Cronkite's speech back then -- October 2002.
ISRAEL and the US Rain Death and Destruction on Arabs and Muslims
(July 16, 2006)
"The Israelis were yesterday trumpeting the fact that the missile was made in Iran as proof of Iran's involvement in the Lebanon war. This was odd reasoning. Since almost all the missiles used to kill the civilians of Lebanon were made in Seattle, Duluth and Miami in the United States, their use already suggests to millions of Lebanese that America is behind the bombardment of their country." - Robert Fisk
The new exclusive MER Program - Get It Today!
(July 16, 2006)
Please tell your friends and family.
Forward this to them today.
Predicted MEGA-CRISIS Now Exploding
(July 14, 2006)
It was on 1 and 2 June that MER published the articles below predicting the 'Mega-Crisis' that has now come to pass. Blame not Israel as much as the superpower US. Near-total U.S. isolation in the world resulted in another US veto in the Security Council yesterday on behalf of Israel. More U.S./Israeli aggression and denial could yet plundge the world into another more major world war as events now threaten to spiral out of control.
Boycott and Ostracize Israel - A Call From South Africa
(July 13, 2006)
If there are any people in our world who intimately understand racism and apartheid it is the South Africans. And the people of South Africa are now calling out not just to their own government but to the world. The call to boycott and ostracize Israel, a la the tactic that was applied to the apartheid South Africa of old, is right on the money. But rather than heeding the call to justice and law the Americans have once again today violated all of their own principles by vetoing once again a Security Council resolution trying to restrain the Israelis. Shame on the Americans. Cheers for South Africa.
THE DESPICABLE ARAB ELITE
(July 13, 2006)
While 'Rome Burns' They Party, Buy Prostitutes of all types, and Squander Their History as well as their National Wealth -- This amazingly twisted and corrupted world of Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz and his despicable class of super-rich super-spoiled Arabs is also the world from which the Osama Bin Ladens and Aimen Zawahiris have arisen. It is the world from which Hezbollah and Hamas and the suicide bombers have come forth. And it is the world in which this despicable class has left its civilization and heritage practically defenseless against the Neocon/Evangelical and U.S./Israeli/European onslaught now at the ramparts.
SECRET WAR - Black Ops Underway Against Iran and N Korea
(July 11, 2006)
The American media, cowered by the Washington politicians and on the take from the corporate money-men doesn't focus on these kinds of very important and insightful stories. But it was features in the UK in the Sunday Times last weekend:
Israeli Torture and U.S. Complicity - Then and Now - MER FlashBack
(July 11, 2006)
The U.S. and Israel are connected in oh so many ways...and torture techniques are among them.
The unusually unspoken reality is that the U.S. and Israel have been torture interconnected in the Middle East for quite a long time. Those now infamous hoods -- because of the dramatic pictures from the US prison in Iraq -- have long been used by the Israelis in prisons where Palestinians are treated far worse but the world has looked the other way for decades now. Indeed Israeli 'training' of Americans to 'deal with the Arabs' may well be the secret so-far untold aspect of the torture and abuse scandals of recent years.
GET IRAN! Battle Stations Washington
(July 9, 2006)
The war to 'regime change' IRAN and/or to devastate IRAN is already underway. It has been fomented in Washington primarily by the Israeli/Jewish lobby working in tandem with the worst of the Evangelical Zealots. AIPAC's convention in March was in fact quite openly devoted to Get Iran!
Killing and Pillaging in Iraq and Palestine in pursuit of the New World Order
(July 8, 2006)
The Americans are busy covering up and excusing the realities of their miserable occupation of Iraq, in which the Israelis are so very much co-complicitous. And the Israelis are busy covering up and excusing the realities of their miserable occupation of the Palestinians, in which the Americans are so very much co-complicitous. Meanwhile here in Washington that grand coalition of crusading Christian evangelicals, of which the President himself is a part, and the Neocon Jewish gang that works ever-so-closely with the Israelis, of which many key Administration officials are a part, continues to dominate as never before. Now in the target sights are Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and all others who dare stand in the way of the neo-imperial U.S.-Israeli 'New World Order' for the greater Middle East region. This letter from occupied Iraq helps put things in perspective.
Israel Gone Crazy - or is it...Israelis Gone Wild
(July 4, 2006)
US Policies in Iraq, in Palestine, and throughout much of the world in fact, betray the professed message and the core principles of the 4th of July, American Independence Day.