Even Bibi can’t have it both ways. On the one hand, he appeals to Jews all over the world, especially Europe, saying come to
Israel, it is the only place on the
globe where a Jew can be safe.
Then, he turns around and addresses our
US congress declaring that Israel and all its citizens are on the verge of
being wiped off the face of the earth by Iran. For two decades now, Netanyahu has declared Iran about one year from getting “the bomb,”
which will immediately be dropped on Israel.
a safe place or not? Even Bibi can’t have it both ways.
I am inclined to think
is not a safe place, but not because of threats from Iran. It is because of Gaza, West Bank and the US. The international conscience for justice and
fair play will someday turn against Israel.
GAZA – Israel’s latest bombardment of Gaza which left over 2,100 Palestinians dead, including over 500 children, and destroyed thousands of buildings, including schools, mosques, power plants and water supplies, will not be forgotten anytime soon by those who suffer from it or those who have seen it.
Oxfam published on February 27, 2015 concerning the conditions in
Since July, the situation has deteriorated dramatically. Approximately 100,000 Palestinians remain displaced this winter, living in dire conditions in schools and makeshift shelters not designed for long-term stay. Scheduled power cuts persist for up to 18 hours a day… With severe restrictions on movement, most of the 1.8 million residents are trapped in the coastal enclave, with no hope for the future.
Bearing the brunt of this suffering are the most vulnerable, including the elderly, persons with disabilities, women and nearly one million children, who have experienced unimaginable suffering in three major conflicts in six short years.
Catherine Essoyan, Oxfam’s Regional Director said:
Families have been living in homes without roofs, walls or windows for the past six months. Many have just six hours of electricity a day and are without running water. Every day that people are unable to build is putting more lives at risk. It is utterly deplorable.
Strip away my dignity, call me an animal and treat me as such, as
Israel has done to
the people of Gaza
for 67 years, give me the opportunity and I will hit back. Israel has a lot of making up to do
if it is to ever feel safe.
WEST BANK - Though the focus of attention has been on
Gaza since last year’s massacre by Israel, life in the West
Bank continues under Israeli harassment. In 2014, Israel
demolished 1,177 Palestinian homes in West Bank,
an average of nine Palestinian buildings per week. In
January, alone, Israel
destroyed 77 buildings, leaving 110 people, half of whom were children,
homeless in the frigid cold of winter. When a home is destroyed, Israel declares
the area abandoned and confiscates it for Jewish only homes, roads, checkpoints
or to make room for their apartheid wall. Israel talks of a “Two-State
Solution,” if the Palestinians would just be reasonable, all the while pushing them
off their land in West Bank back onto less than 39% of the least desirable land
for agriculture, while systemically cutting off water and electricity.
According to the United Nations, last year,
Israel killed 54 Palestinians in the West Bank and injured 5,866 others, including 1,187
children. The average home invasion for
search and arrest was 98. There were 330 incidents of Israeli settler-related
violence including the destruction of 9,400 trees.
US - Of course,
could never keep its boot on the Palestinian neck were it not for the support
and encouragement of the United
As I write this, there is much talk in the media about the strained
relationship between Israel
and the US
because Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to congress in a few days. I am sure the view from Palestine blurs when trying to see the
rift. When the Palestinian Authority
appealed to the UN for help, Obama’s UN ambassador, Samantha Powers called it
“deeply imbalanced.” And when Mahmoud Abbas speaks of going to the
International Criminal Court, the US said it would “damage the
atmosphere.” Ali Abunimah claims that
the atmosphere is already severely damaged:
I challenge Ms. Powers to go and repeat her words to any of the 100,000 Palestinians in
Gaza still living in the damp and freezing
rubble of their homes, to the surviving parents of more than 500 children
killed in the Israeli attack or to the thousands who will live with lifetime
injuries. … Few Palestinians will forget that when Israeli fire was raining
down on them, the Obama administration authorized the transfer of grenades and
mortar rounds to resupply the Israeli army.
And what does the
US government have to say about all
this? Only that Israel has a
right to defend itself. No matter what Israel does, our US government supports it and every
Palestinian knows it.
Mike Coogan may help us to understand why such blind support by the
“You see this napkin? In twenty-four hours, we could have the signatures of seventy senators on the napkin.” These are the words of Stephen Rosen, official of AIPAC, describing the power of the pro-Israel lobby... Four years earlier, while boasting about his bad faith implementation of the Oslo Accords to a group of Israeli settlers, Benjamin Netanyahu said, “
America is a thing you can move
So, as Netanyahu comes to address our Congress as to why he thinks we ought to go to war against
for the safety of Israel, our
media is baffled to understand why the Palestinians just can’t make peace.
Ben Gurion understood why years ago:
Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with
Israel. That is natural: we have
taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does it matter to
them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand
years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis,
Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault?
They only see one thing. We have come
here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?
And Ben Gurion knew nothing of the history above. All he knew was the Nakba of 1948. But, he also knew what Bibi Netanyahu seems to not understand.
Israel can strive to be a good neighbor, or Israel can be
at war until it is destroyed as a Zionist state. But, he can’t have it both
March 1, 2015
 Andrea Gemanos,
Rebuilt Effort Could Take 100 Years: Oxfam, Published by Common Dreams,
February 27, 2015 Gaza
 Ben Norton, UN: In 2014,
Demolished 1,177 Palestinian homes in the West Bank.
Reported in Mondoweiss, February 2,
 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Defense of Children International.
 Ali Abunimah, For Suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu “rift” is a Side Show, Published in Huffington Post, February 20, 2015.
 Announced to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg. Reported by Mike Coogan, Netanyahu is a Paper Tiger, Mondoweiss, February 3, 2015.