Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran

Exclusive: Israeli leaders continue to pound the drum about taking out Iran’s nuclear program and some hardliners may want to strike soon, fearing the window of opportunity will close if President Barack Obama wins reelection and is less susceptible to political pressures, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern observes.

By Ray McGovern

There are mounting signs that the right-wing Israeli government may think the timing is right for an attack on Iran, with growing alarms inside Israel about alleged Iranian progress on building a nuclear bomb and with President Barack Obama fearing loss of key Jewish political support in 2012 if he doesn’t go along.

On Sept. 26, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Iran’s alleged progress, telling interviewer Charlie Rose that “time is short” before Iran obtains nuclear weapons and poses a direct threat to Israel and the rest of the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Yet, the key factor in any Israeli decision to send its aircraft and missiles to Iran is the degree to which Netanyahu and other hard-line Likud leaders believe that President Obama is locked into giving blanket support to Israel, particularly as Election 2012 draws near.

The Israelis might well conclude that the formidable effectiveness of the Likud Lobby and kneejerk support of the U.S. Congress as well as still powerful neoconservatives in the Executive Branch (and on the opinion pages of major American newspapers) amount to solid assurance of automatic support for pretty much anything Israel decides to do.

If Israel translates this into a green light to attack Iran, the rest of the world, even Washington, may get little or no warning.

Netanyahu and his associates would presumably be reluctant to give Obama the kind of advance notice that might allow him to consult some adult political and military advisers and thus give him a chance to try to spike Israeli plans.

Consequences of blindsiding? There would be a strong argument in Tel Aviv that past precedent amply demonstrates that there are few if any consequences for blindsiding Obama on Israeli actions.

There is also the precedent of how an earlier generation of Likud leaders reacted to a possible second term by a Democratic president who was suspected of having less than total loyalty to Israel.

In 1980, Prime Minister Menachem Begin was angered by President Jimmy Carter’s pressure that had forced Israel to surrender the Sinai in exchange for a peace treaty with Egypt. Begin made clear to his followers at home and abroad that Carter, if freed from the political pressure of facing reelection, might push Israel into accepting a Palestinian state. So, Begin quietly shifted Israel’s political support to Republican Ronald Reagan, helping to ensure Carter’s lopsided defeat.

Similarly, some Israeli hard-liners suspect that Obama in a second term might be liberated from his fear of Israeli political retaliation and thus renew pressure on Netanyahu to halt Jewish settlements in the occupied territory of Palestine and to reach a true accommodation with the Palestinians.

Under this analysis, a second-term Obama might add to Israel’s growing isolation in the Middle East, which even Defense Secretary Leon Panetta noted Sunday, telling reporters that Israel must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey.

“Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you’re isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena?” Panetta asked. “And that’s what’s happening.”

A Very Bad Year

Indeed, 2011 has been the worst year in recent memory for Israel, ushering in a highly unfavorable sea change in its strategic position.

Israel has lost the support of formerly friendly governments in Egypt and Turkey and finds itself increasingly isolated internationally, as the occupation of Palestinian territory begins its 45th year and the plight of the Palestinian people garners more and more attention and sympathy.

As Netanyahu and his right-wing advisers look at the new constellation of stars, it is a safe bet they discern an imperative to readjust them in Israel’s favor.

But, by attacking Iran? Okay, I know it sounds crazy. It is crazy. The question, however, is whether it sounds crazy to Israel’s leaders, accustomed as they are to a reality in which the tail can wag a large dog at will.

Besides, the Israelis are sounding increasingly desperate and the notion of attacking Iran and involving the U.S. might well be seen by desperate leaders as a way to stem further erosion of their strategic position, or at least to show they still have a very powerful supporter.

In my view, an attack on Iran would have a two-fold purpose: (1) to set back Iran’s nuclear development program and infrastructure, and (2) to mousetrap Washington into an even closer military relationship with Israel. Let’s put some context around these one by one.

First, the bugaboo about an Iranian nuclear weapon. Let me say at the outset that I could readily believe that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon. There are all sorts of reasons why one could understand Tehran seeing this as a reasonable course of action.

(As has been pointed out, Iraq had no nukes and we know what happened to it; North Korea has a handful of nukes and we know what did not happen to it.)

Trouble is, it doesn’t matter what I, or anyone else, might believe. For substantive analysts faith-based analysis is not an option (or, at least, it didn’t use to be). Empirical evidence is the coin of the realm for us.

Unlike Israel, which has refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and has some 200 to 300 nuclear weapons, Iran did sign the NPT and insists it has no interest in nuclear weapons, only enriched uranium for medical research and energy. Unlike Israel, Iran has allowed UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in to verify compliance with its commitment not to build nukes.

Still, there continue to be “beliefs,” and suspicions that Iran, for example, may be laying the groundwork for an eventual break-out capability, and Tehran has not always fulfilled all its obligations under the safeguards regime.

Yet, despite the spin often applied to IAEA reports by the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) and particularly The New York Times, the IAEA has never detected the diversion of enriched uranium from declared sites for the purpose of building a nuclear weapon. That is fact.

Intelligence Analysts Thwart War

Beyond that inconvenient truth, some other recent history may be worth bearing in mind.

In 2007, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, with full-throated support from Israel and the FCM, were drumming up support for countering what they claimed was Iran’s determination to build a nuclear weapon.  On Oct. 22, 2007, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States insisted publicly that “very little time” remained to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Really? Even were there to have been a nuclear program hidden from the IAEA, no serious observer expected Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon until several years later. Actually, truth be told, every other year since 1995 U.S. intelligence had been predicting that Iran could have a nuclear weapon in about five years.

It became downright embarrassing, like a broken record. The repetition was punctuated by the likes of former CIA Director James Woolsey, a dyed-in-the-wool neocon who kept warning that the U.S. may have no choice but to bomb Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program.

In mid-2006, Woolsey, who has called himself the “anchor of the Presbyterian wing of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs,” put it this way: “I’m afraid that within, well, at worst, a few months; at best, a few years; they [the Iranians] could have the bomb.” That was five years ago.

The Russians Get It Right

In early October 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin, unencumbered by the Likud Lobby which enforces Washington’s neocon-dominated “group think,” publicly mocked the “evidence” that had been adduced to show that Iran intended to make nuclear weapons.

Then, during a visit to Iran on Oct. 16, 2007, Putin sprinkled salt on the wounds of “bomb-Iran” neoconservatives; he warned, “Not only should we reject the use of force, but also the mention of force as a possibility.”

This brought an interesting outburst from President Bush the next day at a press conference.

Q. “Mr. President, I’d like to follow on Mr. — on President Putin’s visit to Tehran about the words that Vladimir Putin said there. He issued a stern warning against potential U.S. military action against Tehran. Were you disappointed with [Putin’s] message?”

Bush: “I — as I say, I look forward to — if those are, in fact, his comments, I look forward to having him clarify those. And so I will visit with him about it.”

Q. “But you definitively believe Iran wants to build a nuclear weapon?”

Bush: “I think so long — until they suspend and/or make it clear that they — that their statements aren’t real, yes, I believe they want to have the capacity, the knowledge, in order to make a nuclear weapon. And I know it’s in the world’s interest to prevent them from doing so. I believe that the Iranian — if Iran had a nuclear weapon, it would be a dangerous threat to world peace.

“But this is — we got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel. So I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously.”

Honest Intelligence

Just weeks later in November 2007, the U.S. intelligence community completed a formal National Intelligence Estimate in the best tradition of speaking truth to power. The NIE was the fruit of a bottom-up investigation of all evidence over the years on Iran’s nuclear activities and plans.

But the NIE’s conclusions bore no resemblance to what Bush, Cheney, their Israeli counterparts and the FCM had been claiming about the imminence of a nuclear threat from Iran.

The following is from the paragraph introducing the Key Judgments of the NIE of November 2007 that headed off war with Iran:

“A. We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program; we also assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Tehran at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons.

“Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005. Our assessment that the program probably was halted primarily in response to international pressure suggests Iran may be more vulnerable to influence on the issue than we judged previously.”

Having reached these conclusions, it is not surprising that the NIE’s authors make a point of saying up front (in bold type) “This NIE does not (italics in original) assume that Iran intends to acquire nuclear weapons.”

There being no guarantee that, even with an honest Estimate, reason would prevail in the White House, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen and other senior officers like CENTCOM commander Adm. William Fallon took the unusual step of insisting that the Estimate’s key judgments be declassified and made public.

They calculated, correctly, that this would put an iron rod into the wheels of the juggernaut then rolling toward a fresh disaster, war with Iran.

Recall that Adm. Fallon, who became CENTCOM commander in March 2007, let the press know that there would be no attack on Iran “on my watch.” He was fired in March 2008.

His senior military colleagues, while not as outspoken as Fallon, shared his disdain for the dangerously simplistic views of Bush and Cheney on the use of military power.

Bush and Cheney Aghast

What is perhaps most surprising is the disarming (if that is the correct word) candor with which George W. Bush has explained his chagrin at learning of the unanimous judgment of the intelligence community that Iran had not been working on a nuclear weapon since late 2003.

Bush lets it all hang out in his memoir Decision Points. Were one to assume that he and Cheney were genuinely worried about a threat from Iran, a long sigh of relief, or at least some follow-up questions, might have been reasonably expected in reaction to the NIE’s judgment.

Instead, Bush complains revealingly that the NIE “tied my hands on the military side,” noting that the NIE opened with the “eye-popping” high-confidence finding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003.

The former president adds that the “NIE’s conclusion was so stunning that I felt it would immediately leak to the press.” He writes that he authorized declassification of the key findings “so that we could shape the news stories with the facts.” Facts?

Sure. New and different “facts.” Did not the experience on Iraq prove that the “intelligence and facts” could be “fixed around the policy,” as the famous Downing Street Memo of July 23, 2002, put it regarding the need for the U.S. and U.K. to cook the intelligence and facts to “justify” attacking Iraq?

On Iran, though, a crestfallen Bush writes, “The backlash was immediate. [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad hailed the NIE as a ‘great victory.’” Bush’s apparent “logic” here is to use the widespread disdain for Ahmadinejad to discredit the NIE through association, i.e. whatever Ahmadinejad praises must be false.

But can you blame Bush for his chagrin? Alas, the NIE had knocked out the props from under the anti-Iran propaganda machine, imported duty-free from Israel and tuned up by neoconservatives here at home.

How embarrassing. Here before the world were the key judgments of an NIE, the most authoritative genre of intelligence report, unanimously approved “with high confidence” by all 16 intelligence agencies and signed by the Director of National Intelligence, saying, in effect, that Bush and Cheney had been lying about the nuclear threat from Iran.

Quid Est Veritas?

In his memoir, Bush laments: “I don’t know why the NIE was written the way it was. Whatever the explanation, the NIE had a big impact, and not a good one.” Spelling out how the Estimate had tied his hands “on the military side,” Bush included this (apparently unedited) kicker:

“But after the NIE, how could I possible explain using the military to destroy the nuclear facilities of a country the intelligence community said had no active nuclear weapons program?”

Well, bummer!

Thankfully, not even Dick Cheney could persuade Bush to repair the propaganda juggernaut and let it loose for war on Iran. The avuncular Cheney has made it clear that he was very disappointed in his protégé. On Aug. 30, 2009, he told “Fox News Sunday” that he was isolated among Bush advisers in his enthusiasm for war with Iran.

“I was probably a bigger advocate of military action than any of my colleagues,” Cheney said when asked whether the Bush administration should have launched a pre-emptive attack on Iran before leaving office.

And it is entirely possible that the Iran-war juggernaut would have been repaired and turned loose anyway, were it not for strong opposition by the top military brass who convinced Bush that Cheney, his neocon friends and the Israeli leaders had no idea of the chaos that war with Iran would bring.

Regrettably, Adm. Mullen just retired, and Adm. Fallon was fired in 2008 for speaking truth. It is far from clear that their replacements will be as able to act as counterweight to the neocons who continue to wield extraordinary influence in Official Washington.

For the record, despite the periodic alarums being raised among the usual suspects about the growing danger from Iran, U.S. intelligence analysts and top officials, to their credit, have continued to play it straight, so far as I can tell.

Although they have pretty much worn out the subjunctive mood in their testimony to Congress, the bottom line is that there is no new intelligence information that would warrant significant change in the judgments of the NIE of November 2007.

There is still no intelligence to “justify” a preventive attack on Iran (as if preventive attacks are ever justified under international law).

And this time senior intelligence officials should be called to testify under oath about the evidence and analytical conclusions, before Israel gets the U.S. embroiled in another catastrophic war that would make Iraq and Afghanistan look like a skirmish.

Mousetrapping the President

I promised, so many paragraphs ago, to address how Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu might see an attack on Iran as “mousetrapping” Washington into an even closer military relationship with Israel.

My own sense is that, despite his recent bravura performance in Washington, which included a speech to a joint session of Congress in which Republicans and Democrats competed to see who could jump to their feet fastest and applaud the loudest at every phrase uttered by the Israeli prime minister, Netanyahu is running scared.

I believe he thinks he needs the U.S. now more than ever. And on that I would have to agree.

This shone through his answers to David Gregory of NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sept. 25. Gregory could hardly get a word in edgewise, but that was good in a way, since a loquacious Netanyahu provided ample grist for analysis. The Prime Minister seemed to be reaching, and came across, at least to me, as defensive:

GREGORY: “Israel is arguably as isolated as it’s ever been in the midst of Arab spring. Turkey has turned against you, the Arab world has moved away from dictators who supported Israel, had peace treaties with Israel, and is now more negative towards Israel. In this day and age, at this particular moment, despite Israel’s well-known and substantial security concerns, how can you occupy Palestinian territory at this moment?”

NETANYAHU: “Well, you’ve got two assumptions in your questions, and I want to parse out and actually suggest that they’re wrong. The first one is that we’re isolated. Well, we’re not isolated in this country, which happens to be the strongest country on earth.

“I walked yesterday in the — in, in Central Park. You know, people met me. Jewish-Americans, but many non-Jewish-Americans and they said, ‘Keep the faith. We’re strong. Be strong. We’re with you.’

“A former lieutenant colonel in the Marines who’s now a teacher met me in a restaurant in New Jersey, great view of the United — of New York City. He said, ‘We’re with you all the way. Stay strong.’ A New York NYPD policeman, he says, ‘I’m not Jewish. We support you. Stay strong.’ America supports Israel in unparalleled way, unprecedented ways, number one.

“Every one of the U.S. presidents represents and acts on the tremendous innate friendship of the American people to Israel. And by the way, a piece of news, Israel is the one country in which everyone is pro-American, opposition and coalition alike.

“And I represent the entire people of Israel who say, ‘Thank you, America.’ And we’re friends of America, and we’re the only reliable allies of America in the Middle East.”

However, there can be little doubt with Israel’s loss of key allies in Turkey and Egypt that its strategic position in the region is more tenuous than it has been in recent memory. Grassroots movements are also taking root in America showing sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, even if Official Washington continues to march in lockstep behind Netanyahu.

Yet what matters most, in my view, is how Netanyahu and his associates read Obama; specifically, how afraid is he of diverging one iota from the pro-Israel stance he has adopted. There is quite enough evidence they feel he is putty in their hands, and it is hardly necessary to rehearse that here.

Let me instead try to draw a lesson from my experience last summer as a passenger on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, “The Audacity of Hope.”

Activism Exposes Cowardice

When we made a break from Greece for the high seas on July 1, it was a mere 33 minutes before a Greek Coast Guard boat intercepted us. After a standoff of well over an hour, black-clad, black-masked commandos showed up in a black rubber boat, climbed onto the Coast Guard boat, and pointed their machine guns at us.

It was more than a little bizarre: not one of us 37 passengers, 12 media journalists, or five crew flinched, much less hit the deck. When our captain discerned that his delaying tactics would not prevent us from being boarded, he acquiesced to the Greek Coast Guard orders to return to Piraeus, where “The Audacity of Hope” was (and is still) impounded.

We later learned that on that same day, the government of Greece issued a directive without precedent in that legendary seafaring nation. The order prohibited any boat from leaving Greek ports bound for Gaza.

It was clear that the Israeli government was pressuring Athens, in private and in public, to stop the ten boats of this year’s flotilla from setting out for Gaza. It is unlikely, though, that Israel alone would have been able to reverse four millennia of Greek history and embarrass the Greeks so pointedly.

It became obvious to me that it was Washington that brought the most decisive pressure to bear on the Greeks. Why? In short, because Obama has far more influence with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou than with Netanyahu. And this, despite the $3 billion the U.S. gives Israel every year.

Before leaving the United States, I was cautioned by a source with access to senior staffers at the National Security Council that not only did the White House plan to do absolutely nothing to protect our boat from Israeli attack or boarding, but that White House officials “would be happy if something happened to us.”

The way this happy message was phrased was that NSC officials would be “perfectly willing to have the cold corpses of activists shown on American TV.” Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray was told essentially the same thing by former colleagues reporting what they had learned from senior State Department officials.

In other words, senior national security and foreign policy officials in Washington were claiming they viewed with equanimity the possibility that we would meet the same type of welcome given by the Israeli Navy to last year’s flotilla to Gaza though, on sober reflection, it appears to me that the Obama administration’s preferred outcome was that we simply be bottled up in Greece.

In last year’s attempt to break the Gaza blockade, Israeli commandos attacked the flotilla on the early morning of May 31, 2010, in international waters. The commandos killed eight Turkish civilians and a 19-year-old American, Furkan Dogan. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan protested, and Turkey continues to demand an Israeli apology, compensation, and an end to the blockade of Gaza.

In contrast, not a whimper came from President Obama. Actually, it gets worse. The White House and State Department did their level best to duck any responsibility to protect American citizens; instead, Official Washington spread the erroneous notion that Dogan was not a red-white-and blue American but rather some sort of hybrid “Turkish-American.”

They knew that was incorrect. He was born in Troy, New York; he never applied for Turkish citizenship.

Blockade’s Legality

As for the legality of the Israeli blockade, happily, there remain at the State Department some sticklers for international law, apparently with the courage to quit loudly if State were to give its blessings to the outlandish notion that the Israeli blockade is legal.

There are enough recalcitrant professionals, experts on the Law of the Sea and international conventions, to put their weight down behind the notion that all countries, Israel included, should abide by those laws. Thankfully, their professionalism prevented even further embarrassment from U.S. behavior vis-à-vis international law.

That stubborn professionalism may account for one of the most bizarre State Department press conference I have seen. On June 24, AP reporter Matt Lee and some of his colleagues decided to be more matter-of-fact than diplomatic with State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, the wife of Robert Kagan, a neoconservative national security adviser to Vice President Cheney from 2003 to 2005 (and now a Washington Post columnist).

Asked directly, three times, whether the U.S. government considers the Israeli blockade of Gaza legal, Ms. Nuland would give no answer.

“I am not a Law of the Sea expert,” she insisted (four times). Her talking points were that the U.S. Boat to Gaza should not be a “repeat of what happened last year” (four times).  As though last year’s flotilla was responsible for the attacks by Israeli naval commandos and this year’s flotilla would be considered responsible as well.

It seems likely that, however discreet we passengers on “The Audacity of Hope” tried to be with our messaging, U.S. officials became aware that we were on the verge of making a break for the high seas and Gaza (damn the torpedoes and commandos).

What seems clear in retrospect is that, whereas macho officials at State and the NSC would have been comfortable, as they claimed, seeing our cold corpses on U.S. TV, Obama had the presence of mind to consult his handful of adult advisers who understood that something had to be done, and quickly, since a PR disaster was in the making.

An attack on a U.S.-registered boat endangering us passengers, including author Alice Walker (not to mention the journalists on board from The New York Times, CBS, CNN,, et al.) was to be avoided at all costs.

Mr. Milquetoast himself could not match Obama in pandering to the Israelis. That said, the President does try to keep to a minimum those times when it is acutely embarrassing to defend the kind of Israeli behavior the rest of the world finds heinous.

If there were a “repeat of what happened last year,” it would prove more difficult this time to avoid criticizing Israel (though, when push came to shove, Obama could probably summon the political “courage” to remain silent again).

However, if President Obama could not summon up the courage to ask Prime Minister Netanyahu to ensure safe passage for “The Audacity of Hope,” that display of timidity would not be lost on the Israeli leaders; one can imagine them being amused by it.

But if he did ask Netanyahu, Obama apparently received the gesture that seems to have become Netanyahu’s trademark in reacting to entreaties from Washington (right thumb on nose, fingers flapping).

In that case, Obama would have been forced to recognize that his influence with Netanyahu is nil, and rather than risk a dust-up with Israel, the safer course would be to put the screws to the less formidable Greeks to bring us back to shore and keep us there.

Fortunately for Obama, considerable leverage was available on Greece since it was in dire economic straits and in need of another fiscal bailout. With bigger fish to fry, so to speak, Greek Prime Minister Papandreou did what he was told and kept us ashore.

The middle-level Greek officials, including some of the Coast Guard, whom we encountered, were very apologetic, virtually holding their noses as they forced us to comply.

So, put yourself in the position of Netanyahu and his colleagues. Try to see Obama as they do and reflect on the various political equities and strategic considerations mentioned above. If you were Netanyahu, would you worry very much that Obama might get in the way if Israel decided to take a whack at Iran?

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He served a total of 30 years as a U.S. Army officer and then a CIA analyst, and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

43 comments for “Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran

  1. Cameiros
    October 14, 2011 at 14:11

    We are…the chosen ones.
    We have no rules or laws that do not reflect our special place in this world.
    Our allegiance is to God alone; and since we are his chosen – and he speaks to us alone – we will decide what is best for us.
    The rest of you do not know.
    How can you?
    God spoke to Moses, after all.
    He gave us the land of Israel.
    The Arabs are dogs; they deserve to live in shtetls. In fact they like it.
    Trust me.
    If the Arabs do not acknowledge our special position and rights as the chosen they will have to leave; or die.
    And if we have to bomb Iran – or anyone else for that matter – so be it.
    Why question us.
    We receive our instruction from a higher authority.
    And those schmucks, those americans, they do everything we want. Just see how the congressmen in the most powerful country on earth do our bidding.
    I tell you sometimes its embarrasing…no, actually its hysterical.
    They really do everything we tell them.
    Quite amazing.

  2. khan
    October 9, 2011 at 11:53

    As the prophet Isaiah presaged: Israel is indeed a Light unto the Nations.

    What light ? evil ?

    Even in their own Torah and your Bible they always cheat their Lord, steal, lie, most better evidence is Jews create calf to worship when Moses up to Mt. Sinai to receive Ten Com: What jews use to create the calf—Gold , where they got ,,,,, cheated from Egyptian. of course they were slaves and can’t afford to save gold. Jews are cheater and you are a news Egyptian that all.
    They got technologies from all around the world by all mean (from their GOYIM) but they never share free to other.

  3. flat5
    October 7, 2011 at 05:31

    Israel: A Light unto the Nations
    Those who demonize Israel are either misinformed or malevolent

    If that proverbial man from Mars came to visit and read the world’s newspapers, especially those in the Arab and Muslim world, he would be convinced that Israel was the most evil nation in the world and the source of all of the world’s strife.

    What are the facts?

    A nation to be emulated. The reality, of course, is that Israel is a nation, a society, that should be admired and emulated by many countries in the world. The very fact of how the State of Israel came into being is one of the most inspiring in history. Born out of the ashes of the Holocaust, it has emerged as one of the most advanced, productive and prosperous countries in the world.

    The demonization of Israel, assiduously cultivated by the Muslim world, has reached a crescendo following Israel’s recent defensive action in Gaza. Instead of being grateful to the hated Jews for having totally withdrawn, the Palestinian Gazans showed their gratitude by almost daily pounding Israeli towns with close to 10,000 rockets and bombs. After countless warnings, Israel ultimately decided to put an end to this travesty.

    When Israel finally did invade Gaza it took the most elaborate precautions not to hurt civilians. As a first in the history of warfare, Israel dropped tens of thousands of leaflets, warning the population and urging it to abandon areas in which military action would take place. The Israeli military made thousands of phone calls urging people to leave areas that would come under attack. But fighting in a densely populated environment is difficult and loss of civilian life is hard to avoid. Hamas fighters wear no uniforms. It is impossible to tell them from civilians. Is a person who allows a rocket launcher in his backyard a civilian or a fighter? And how about using schools, hospitals and mosques as munitions depots and staff centers? The hue and cry of Israel’s demonizers in accusing it of “disproportionate force” is totally absurd. The ultimate insult, comparing Israel to the Nazis, is freely bandied about by Israel’s detractors.

    Israel is not an “apartheid state.” Another familiar tack of Israel’s vilifiers is to call it an “apartheid state,” on the model of former South Africa. But that is so ridiculous, so preposterous, it is hard to believe that serious people can countenance it. The exact opposite is the case. Israel is the only country in its benighted neighborhood in which people of all colors and religions prosper and have equal rights. Israel, expending substantial effort, rescued tens of thousands of black Jews from Ethiopia. And it has given assistance and absorbed countless Christian expatriates from Sudan, who escaped from being slaughtered by their Muslim countrymen. Israel’s over one million Arab citizens enjoy the same rights and privileges as their Jewish fellows. They are represented in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and are members of its bureaucracy, of its judiciary, and of its diplomatic service.

    All over the world, Leftists, including in the United States and, sad to say, even in Israel itself, tirelessly condemn and vilify Israel. Why would they do that? First, of course, there is good old-fashioned anti-Semitism. Second, many of those who hate the United States vent their poison on Israel, which they consider being America’s puppet in that area of the world. But Israel should certainly get top grades in all areas important to the Left. In contrast to all its enemies, Israel has the same democratic institutions as the United States. All religions thrive freely in Israel. Also, in contrast to all of its enemies, women have the same rights as men. The Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court is a woman. One-sixth of the Knesset are women. Compare that to Saudi Arabia, a medieval theocracy, where women are not allowed to drive cars, where they cannot leave the country without permission of a male relative, and where they can be and often are condemned to up to 60 lashes if the “modesty police” deems them not to be properly dressed in public. Gays and lesbians are totally unmolested in Israel; in the surrounding Muslim countries they would be subjected to the death penalty.

    In spite of demonization and vilification by so much of the world, Israel is indeed a Light unto the Nations. The State of Israel is the foremost creation of the Jewish enterprise and Jewish intellect that has benefited every country in which Jews dwell, certainly our own country, the United States. Second only to the United States itself, Israel is the world’s most important factor in science and technology, way out of proportion to the small size of its population. Israeli Jews are at the forefront of the arts, the sciences, law and medicine. They have brought all these sterling qualities to bear in building their own country: Israel. By necessity, they have also become outstanding in agriculture and, most surprisingly, in the military. What a shame that the Arabs opted not to participate in this progress and this prosperity and chose instead the path of revenge, of Jihad and of martyrdom. As the prophet Isaiah presaged: Israel is indeed a Light unto the Nations.

  4. Umlandt Gerhard
    October 6, 2011 at 07:23

    If Iran is attacked by Israel,
    this will be the sentence to
    death for Israel.
    And the West will know then,
    how silly it was not to stop
    Israel before.

  5. Emmanuel
    October 6, 2011 at 06:41

    Hello Ray,

    You sound honest; so I’ll leave you the benefit of the doubt, for now. However, can you please explain where is “occupied territory of Palestine”?

    If you are really honest, check your history before answering that question. You might never admit it but there is no such thing as “occupied territory of Palestine” because there is not a people called “Palestinian” in the first place.

  6. tom2
    October 5, 2011 at 03:37

    Say goodbye to Israel.. The protest in America Is factually protest against Zionism.. Call a spade a spade.. as the say!

  7. Karen Romero
    October 3, 2011 at 19:55


    First, I would like to preface my further comments with the fact that I am not perfect and I realize that. But, when I know something for sure, I believe it is very important to alert others to that fact. Second, you are a very good writer and for me to be able to write as well as you do, that would be a dream come true. Third, you are a good blessing to our country and I thank you for that. Most of all I thank you for your honesty in journalism and that you show others what a caring heart you have.

    With that said and with due respect to your article there are a couple of items in the article that could be changed to better reflect THEE TRUTH which of course is God’s TRUTH…
    First item:
    In my view, an attack on Iran would have a two-fold purpose: (1) to set back Iran’s nuclear development program and infrastructure, and (2) to mousetrap Washington into an even closer military relationship with Israel. Let’s put some context around these one by one.

    Ray, this is really the other way around. Two should be one and one should be two. For that is and what was the two-fold purpose for the attack on Iran that the Mossad were not able to pull off.

    Second item:
    Unlike Israel, which has refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and has some 200 to 300 nuclear weapons,

    Israel actually has 526 nuclear weapons. Of course they don’t want everyone to know about that. But, 200, 300, or 526 that is far too many nuclear weapons for any country to have. One nuclear weapon is too many for any country to have!

    I know I can be annoying to people when I point out TRUE facts. That isn’t my intent. My intent is for people to know thee TRUTH!

    You probably heard of that Al Franken guy. He is a Senator from Minnesota. Well there was this other guy whose name is Norm Coleman and Norm’s cronies held up Al Franken from going to the US Senate. I THINK they did this for approximately nine months. I KNOW he won by 649 votes legitimate votes as documented and stamped as THEE TRUTH in the Akashic Records. Not even the earth jounalists got this fact right. What was disturbing about that whole election is (I read in the records) there was voter fraud on both sides. The 649 votes Al Franken won the election by was after the voter fraud votes were tabulated out. I felt it to be very important that this info be documented somewhere on earth so I documented that information on Wikipedia. The corrupt FBI probably went and erased that. They do stuff like that.

    Anyway Ray, thank you for another very important truthful article and caring about our country as much as you do.

    Karen Romero

  8. Claire Voyant
    October 3, 2011 at 18:31

    Anybody ever hear that old joke about how to survive a nuclear attack? Well, you get three Valiums and an 8 oz. glass of tepid water. You thoroughly dissolve the Valiums in the water, and take off all your clothes. You get a white sheet, and find a corner of your house away from any windows. Drink down the glass of water, sit down, and cover yourself with the sheet. Once covered, you bend over as far as you can, put your head between your legs, and KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE!

    Does anybody remember the “Fox and Friends” segment where that nit-wit Gretchen Carlson was talking about Jimmy Carter’s book? She said that Carter revealed that Israel had nuclear weapons, and commented, “Isn’t that kind of like treason?” Yes, she called Carter a traitor.

    The mind-set of America is oblivious to facts. That secret was revealed by Mordechai Vanunu. Now we’re hearing that there is a campaign to release a REAL traitor, Jonathan Pollard, from prison at Israel’s behest.

    Today, Fox News ran a story about Amanda Knox, claiming that the crowds outside the courtroom were cheering the decision. Guess what folks, they were screaming, “Vergonia!”, (sp?) which means, “Shame!” Fox lied again, and Americans were duped.

    I don’t have a crystal ball. But here’s my prediction: Either Israel will do it, or USA will cave and release Pollard. I say, give them Pollard. The alternatives will be (1) Closure of the Straights of Hormuz, and economic destruction of USA, or (2) See if you can get your hands on three Valiums.

    • Claire Voyant
      October 3, 2011 at 23:13

      PS: I want Israel to survive: After all, who taught me to think? I owe everything I have to the wisdom of Jews. This is not a joke. It is an existential statement. If Israel has no chance, neither do my children. I raised them to think, not to hate. They are Jews, but they don’t know it. Please, don’t betray your loyalty to the difference between right and wrong. Shalom.

      • Maria
        October 4, 2011 at 12:05

        The wisdom of Jews abhors inhumanity. Besides, the best of Jewish tradition has been formed among European Diaspora. Israel today is closer to the former USSR than to the ideal of humanity.

    • Hillary
      October 4, 2011 at 11:15

      The wife of US intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel Jonathan Jay Pollard claimed that it was the duty of every American Jew to give their first allegiance to Israel ?

  9. flat5
    October 3, 2011 at 17:21

    Israel Has the Right to Attack Iran’s Nuclear Reactors Now & Other Lies
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    Huffington Post – Iran’s recent attempt to ship arms to Hamas in Gaza is an act of war committed by the Iranian government against the Israeli government. The Israeli Navy seized the ship, loaded with weapons designed to kill Israeli civilians, and traced the weapons back to Iran. Nor is this the first act of war that would justify a military response by Israel under international law. Iran has sent other boatloads of anti personnel weapons to Hamas and Hezbollah. In addition, back in 1992, the Iranian leaders planned and authorized a deadly attack on Israel’s embassy in Argentina. That bombing, which was carried out by Iranian agents, constituted a direct armed attack on the state of Israel, since its embassy is part of its sovereign territory. Moreover, the Iranian government has publicly declared war on Israel by calling for it “to be wiped off the map.”

    Under international law, these acts of war — known as Casus Belli — fully justify an Israeli armed response. Even the UN Charter authorizes a unilateral response to an armed attack. Providing weapons to a declared enemy in the face of an embargo has historically been deemed an armed attack under the law of war, especially when those providing the weapons intend for them to be used against the enemy’s civilians. So too is the bombing of an embassy.

    Two other recent events enhance Israel’s right use military means to prevent Iran from continuing to arm Israel’s enemies. The recent disaster in Japan has shown the world the extraordinary dangers posed by nuclear radiation. If anybody ever doubted the power of a dirty bomb to devastate a nation, both physically and psychologically, those doubts have been eliminated by what is now going on in Japan. If Iran were to develop nuclear weapons, the next ship destined to Gaza might contain a nuclear dirty bomb and Israel might not intercept that one. A dirty bomb detonated in tiny Israel would cause incalculable damage to civilian life.

    Moreover, the recent killings in Itamar of a family including three children, demonstrate how weapons are used by Israel’s enemies against civilians in violation of the laws of war. Even babies are targeted by those armed by Iran. Hamas praised the murders.

    Israel has the right to prevent its civilians from being murdered by Iranian weapons, especially weapons of mass destruction. Iran would have no legal standing to protest a surgical attack on its nuclear facilities that are designing weapons that could be used to achieve Iran’s declared goal of wiping Israel off the map and killing millions of its citizens. The leaders of Iran have publicly declared that a nuclear exchange, killing millions of Jews and Muslims, would be acceptable to them because it would destroy Israel while only damaging Islam. A suicide nation cannot be deterred by the threat of retaliation. Israel’s only realistic option may be a preventive military strike of the kind it conducted against Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981. That surgical attack may have saved countless lives at the cost of one single casualty. By the way, Iran too tried to destroy Iraq’s nuclear reactor, but failed. Certainly Israel has the right to do what Iran itself tried to do — namely prevent a lethal enemy from developing weapons capable of mass murder of its citizens.

    This is not to say that Israel should attack Iran’s nuclear reactors now. That it has the right to do so does not mean that it should not wait for a more opportune time. The law of war does not require an immediate military response to an armed attack. The nation attacked can postpone its counterattack without waiving its right. The military option should always be a last resort after all other efforts have failed. It may well be that efforts to permanently disable Iran’s nuclear computers will succeed. Although it is unlikely that economic sanctions will ever persuade Iran’s ideological zealots to end their nuclear weapons program, a combination of quasi military, tough economic and diplomatic sanctions may slow it down to a point where the military option can be postponed. But under no circumstances should the military option ever be taken off the table. Israel must preserve its ability to exercise its fundamental right of preventive self defense. If possible, it should act together with other allies. But if necessary, it has the right to act alone to protect its citizens. Nearly everybody hopes that it won’t come to that, but hope is not a policy. As George Washington cautioned in his second inaugural address, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”

  10. flat5
    October 3, 2011 at 17:15

    The recent murder of a family of five in Itamar shocked Israelis to their core. A terrorist broke into the Fogels’ home before stabbing and garroting to death the two parents, Udi and Ruth, and their children Yoav, 11 years old, Elad, 4, and almost decapitating Hadas, who was only three months old.

    There has since been very little outcry from the international community. Many nations who are so used to condemning the building of apartment units beyond the Green Line remained silent on this sadistic murder. Meanwhile, the few international correspondents to have covered the massacre have placed it in the context of ongoing settlement-building and Israel’s so-called “occupation.”

    However, regardless of one’s views on which people have greater title to Judea and Samaria, or the West Bank, it is a historically inaccurate distortion to claim that the occupation that breeds this type of violence. If this mantra were true, then it must be the case that before the occupation there was no violence. This defies the historical record.

    In 1929, the Jewish community of Hebron—which stretches back millennia, long before the creation of Islam and the Arab conquest and subsequent occupation of the area—was brutally attacked. The Jews who had been living peacefully with their Muslim neighbors were set upon in a bloody rampage, inspired by Palestinian Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, who later became notorious as Hitler’s genocidal acolyte during the Holocaust. In two days, 67 Jews were hacked or bludgeoned to death. Jewish infants were beheaded and Jewish women were disemboweled. Limbs were hacked off the dead as well as those who managed to survive.

    On visiting the scene shortly after the massacre, Britain’s High Commissioner for Palestine John Chancellor wrote to his son “I do not think that history records many worse horrors in the last few hundred years.”

    This and other similar pogroms happened, not only before the “occupation” of Judea and Samaria, but even two decades before the state of Israel was reestablished. From 1948 to 1967, Judea and Samaria were illegally occupied by Jordan, which renamed the area the West Bank, in reference to the East Bank of the Kingdom of Jordan that fell beyond the Jordan River. Not one Israeli was allowed into this area, yet nor did Israel know one day of peace in that time, during which it saw brutal attacks launched from the West Bank against Israeli civilians.

    Further evidence against the mantra that the occupation breeds violence can be culled from Palestinian sources. Take Hamas’s founding charter, for instance, which does not mention occupation or settlements. What is does contain are calls for the complete destruction of Israel, down to its last inch, such as: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” The charter goes even further, aspiring to a point in time when there will be no Jews left anywhere in the world.

    Meanwhile, the Palestine Liberation Organization, currently headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, notes in its founding charter that “this organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank,” while still calling for a “liberation of its homeland.” This was written in 1964, fully three years before Israel conquered the West Bank during the Six Day War.

    It’s safe to say that the violence and terror visited upon Israelis has little connection to “occupation” or settlements. This myth has no historical foundation, but is easy to proclaim for those who have little understanding of the conflict.

    Yet these fatuous canards only make our conflict harder to solve. The recent massacre in Itamar highlighted the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing incitement to violence through its media, mosques and educational system. At this point, the basic parameters of the peace process need an overhaul. If our aim is to reach a peaceful resolution, then merely ending the “occupation” would far from guarantee that, as history has shown.

    Israel was assured in the past by the international community that if it just retreated from Gaza and Lebanon, peace would flourish and violence would come to an end. In both cases, this hope proved deadly wrong, and millions of Israelis have been subjected to incessant attacks from these territories since the retreat.

    This is not about “occupation” or territory; it is about meaningful coexistence. Only when the root ideological causes of our conflict are solved can Israelis and Palestinians make the painful concessions necessary for peace.

    Mr. Ayalon is the deputy foreign minister of Israel.

    • Maria
      October 4, 2011 at 12:01

      This is not about “occupation” or territory; it is about meaningful coexistence.”

      I am sorry for your betrayal of the humanistic tradition of the Jewish people.
      The truth is that Israel became synonymous with aggression, aggression, and more aggression based on the racist theocratic slogans.
      “Ben-Gurion told the twentieth Zionist Congress:
      The Jewish state now being offered to us is not the Zionist objective. […] But it can serve as a decisive stage along the path to greater Zionist implementation. It will consolidate in Palestine, within the shortest possible time, the real Jewish force, which will lead us to our historic goal.”

      Most regrettably, Israel became the real danger to humanity:

      Israel threw away as inconvenient the holocaust lesson of “never again.”

    • October 4, 2011 at 22:02

      Foreign Minister Danny AYALON, I have read your post and have marvelled at the manner with which you presented your case. It is very difficult to `sort out`diplomatic niceties from facts, truths, and half truths. Your opening paragraph could be compared to OPERATION CAST LEAD. both incidences
      are horrible and disgusting and are cut from the same cloth.You are old enough to remember the MAU-MAU rebellion in Kenya, being a West Indian working for the War Office in England at that time was horrible, I had to face the criticisms of (`those savages are killing the Europeans and hacking them to death with cutlasses`) on a daily basis, and could only retort that death to the Kenyans are more humane because British bombs and bullets are merciful to Kenyan men, women, and children. If we are the best that the Creator can do….. perish the thought.

  11. October 3, 2011 at 16:42

    Hamas denies the right of a Jewish state and calls for the destruction of it (genocide), why are the flotillas then going to gaza? Why are the arab nations trying to destroy the only Jewish state since its conception and why this is never addressed? 49+ Muslim nations gang against Israel in the U.N. and newspapers don’t see anything wrong with it. Who funds the flotillas, Iran or Saudi Arabia? If Iran is not building the bomb why is it that they restrict full access to the International Atomic Agency into their program?

    • Hillary
      October 4, 2011 at 10:51

      Callit Asyouseeit on October 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm has a question

      “Why are the arab nations trying to destroy the only Jewish state since its conception”

      Why ? very simple answer —

      because ever since Israel was created by the “Western” powers from stolen Arab land over 60 years ago the Jewish State has waged an Ethnic Cleansing of the natives both Arab and Christian in a totally planed agenda.

      Because Israel has inflicted years of misery on indigenous Arab Muslim and Christians in Palestine.

      In addition to the killing of civilians, Israel is a colonial-settler State that is subjugating all of Palestinian society, WHILE it steals from them.

      Zionism created a fictional history to justify Jewish colonization of Palestine & subsequent ethnic cleansing it of its Arab indigenous population.

      The “Flotillas” for Gaza are World humanitarian aid efforts to help people held in a Ghetto compared to the WWII Jewish Warsaw Ghetto.

      When Hamas, Ahmadinejad etc call for an “end of Israel” they refer to the end of the right wing Israeli Government of the Jewish State responsible for so much evil.

      • Sam
        October 4, 2011 at 14:15

        Well said Hillary. Just to make it clearer for some the posters here, Ahmadinejad said the destruction of the Zionist regieme and not the State of Israel. CSPAN has it on tape. Most people feel this conflict started in 1948. Israeli Freedom Fighters (terrorists)bombed hundreds of Arab villages, Some of the terrorist groups were the Irgun who bombed The King David Hotel in 1946 (killing at least 90 British advisors Jews and Arabs)Then there were the Haganah and the Stern Gang. People should be aware of the bombing of the USS Liberty by Israeli war palnes in 1967.
        It’s ironic that Israel was granted UN Statehood in 1948 without any negotiations with the Palestinians. Now the US is insisting that Israel and the Palestinians negotiate a deal. The Palestinians have regected the 2 state proposal in 1948 because Israel at this time had about 20% of the greater Palestinian Area, but was given 55% of the land. The Palestinians had 80% of the population and were offered 45% of the land. The Arabs feared that once Israel Statehood was issued, there would be an ethnic cleansing of the native Arab population. They wanted the right to stay where they lived. But, this request would not be a precondtion to Israeli Statehood. The result was that on the first day of Israeli statehood up to 500000 Palestinians were pushed out of this newly formed aparthied state. The Arabs also fear land grabs, but this too would not be a precondition to Israeli Statehood. The Arabs fears were correct. The Nakba in 1948 and the 100’s of illegal settlements for the last 60 years.

      • john price
        October 16, 2011 at 16:46

        There is only 1 country that has attacked the USA in the recent past. They are nuclear armed and deadly dangerous, they also pull the strings in Washington,they are the real deal deadly ememy. Any ide4as?

  12. Hillary
    October 3, 2011 at 16:24

    Israel ,the US Federal Reserve whose 15 Direstors are all Jewish and AIPAC between them rule the US Foreign Policy and they have already supplied Israel with the Bunker Buster nukes to attack Iran.

    We are in a Christian Crusade organized by the above with the help of the MSM all starting with Iraq & the end is nigh.

  13. Karen Romero
    October 3, 2011 at 16:01

    Thank you Ray. With respect to your article, Israel already did attack Iran and the nuke didn’t go off. Divine Intervention! The Mossad is aware of this and some of them have broken away from the rest of them, because they finally realize there is a God! Finally! The Mossad are very slow learners!

    There is no printer in Heaven where the Akashic Records are located or else I would print off this information for you Ray. I did send an email to Sheriff Richard Mack recently explaining that I knew of this situation. The government is very well aware that I know things ahead of time. I don’t have any secrets to hide, but our government and the governments of the world are trying so desperately to hide their dirty, filthy secrets. Too bad for them, because their secrets are being exposed.

    Anyway, here is a copy of the email I sent to Sheriff Mack. Why did I tell him? Simply, because I was typing him an email at the time, and I figured I better tell someone.

    Subject: A thank you note
    From: Karen Romero ([email protected])
    To: [email protected];
    Date: Friday, August 5, 2011 2:10 PM

    Dear Sheriff,

    I read about you. And, you are doing really good things for We the People. So this is a thank you note.
    I would like to send a small (mainly because I am currently homeless) donation to help in the work you are doing. When the truth seekers and truth tellers are doing good, if I can swing it, I like to send in a little bit of money.
    But, the problem is, I do not like Pay Pal. I read something about the owner or rather owners of Pay Pal and they are not nice. This was verified in the Records. So, maybe you have a PO Box address or something like that. If so then I would like to send a small donation.
    Thank you for helping educate the people and explain the situation so well. I will tell you this…I rarely get scared of anything. But, you know what frightened me recently…was hearing Josh the Marine thinking he was right. But, you see he is young. He didn’t live on earth as long as you and as long as I have. I am 56 years old. America was different before Josh was even born. With that said, I thought he has some Marine mind control going on. He really thinks what he said is right. And, with respect to him, I lovingly say he is so very wrong. You know he just couldn’t hear you.

    Karen Romero
    PS You may already be aware of this, because some government people are aware of this. For awhile now behind closed doors Israel is planning on nuking Iran then blaming Iran. I am not antisemitic.
    In fact I worry about all the good Jewish people that cannot read records or discern as easily as I can.
    So, anyway…they have been plotting and planning, but up until last night they weren’t actually going to implement. They were waiting to implement. Well, guess what…they either did this today or I am telling you they are going to do this in the next few days. This doesn’t scare me because Jesus is not going to allow this. Thanks be to God! But, I am very nervous in this moment because the idea that they are really going to do this. Well, it is such horrible behavior. Very ungodly! This will not be the first time that Jesus and the Holy Angels of God has stopped a nuke. The government leaders know this. There is this book called the Jesus Factor. Although written as a fictional book there is part of that book that is stamped as thee TRUTH in the Akashic Records! Apparently during former President Truman’s time there really was a nuke that was fired and the nuke did not go off, then if I recall correctly they did a practice nuke and that wouldn’t go off. And, other countries are aware of this. So, for those that don’t believe in the power of God, there is a God that is protecting us so much. Jesus is a great defender of humanity.

  14. rosemerry
    October 3, 2011 at 15:05

    Thanks Ray. No Zionist has to worry about Obama growing a spine-he is a born-again Likudnik. As for caring about US citizens, is anyone surprised by the AlAlwaki killing? Robert Parry’s post yesterday showed how terrorists can live their lives out in freedom and luxury in the USA, if they are anti-Castro Cubans such as Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles.

  15. October 3, 2011 at 14:56

    It is time we tell Netanyahu “you are on your on”. As for claims UN has not right to declare a state, that is correct, Palestine can declare a state based on International Law just as Israel did. All Palestine needs is some state to recognize her and she has more that Israel did. The issue is borders and Palestine has legal borders approved by the UN. UN Membership is an extra nice place the USA had to bribe states to recognize Israel membership. So, stop the …..please we are not stupid the scam is clear. But if Palestine accept the demand that it must go through Israel to declare a state that is an implicit recognition Israel has sovereignty over Palestine land. I hope Abbas thinks seriously of this because Netanyahu is devious and tricky and Obama who is an International Law graduate should know the scam and be ashamed of it.

    October 3, 2011 at 14:34


    • David Evans
      October 5, 2011 at 11:09

      Yep. Congress is the key. Both parties need to be unelected and replaced with independents, but alas, funding becomes an issue, as Dems and Repugs both are corporate-sponsored. Business and Banksters love wars. Until US voters get their news away from corporate puppet script readers, we will continue to elect the wrong Congress.

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