Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

Exclusive: For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

Desperate to win reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped off Israel’s mask and exposed the ugliness that has deformed his country over the past several decades. He abandoned the subterfuge of a two-state solution, exposed the crass racism that underlies Israeli politics, and revealed Israel’s blatant control of the U.S. Congress.

For years, these realities were known to many Americans, but if they spoke up they were condemned as anti-Semites, so most stayed silent to protect their careers and reputations. But given Netanyahu’s brazen admissions the American people may have little choice but to finally take notice of this troubling reality and demand a change in U.S. policy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with his generals to discuss the offensive in Gaza in 2014. (Israeli government photo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with his generals to discuss the offensive in Gaza in 2014. (Israeli government photo)

The truth is that the two-state solution has been a fiction for at least the past two decades, dying in 1995 with the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. But the two-state illusion still served important political purposes both for Israelis, who would pay it lip service while continuing their steady encroachment on Palestinian lands, and for U.S. politicians who could point to the mirage as an excuse not to pressure Israel too hard on its human rights violations.

Yet, whenever any U.S. official actually tried to reach that shimmering oasis of a two-state solution, it would recede into the distance. Then, the Israelis would rely on their friends and allies in the news media and politics to blame the Palestinians. Now, however, the illusion of Israel seeking such an outcome in good faith has been lost in Netanyahu’s anything-goes determination to keep his office a case of political expediency trumping strategic expediency.

In the closing days of the campaign, Netanyahu promised that as long as he was prime minister he would block a Palestinian state and would continue building Jewish settlements on what international law recognizes as Palestinian land.

To further rally his right-wing Jewish base, Netanyahu warned that “Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations” an alarm similar to racist politicians in the United States motivating the white vote with claims about loads of blacks being bused to the polls. With his crude appeal, Netanyahu undermined the longstanding denial that Zionism is a form of racism.

Even before Netanyahu’s last-minute histrionics, he had exploited his relationship with the United States to burnish his reputation as a world leader by appearing for a record-tying third time as a foreign leader addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress. (Only Great Britain’s Winston Churchill had appeared three times before Congress.)

Acting as almost a stand-in for the President of the United States, Netanyahu gave what amounted to a faux State of the Union address filled with scary tales about Iran and with dire warnings against international negotiations seeking to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful.

Though some Democrats boycotted the speech because it represented an unprecedented insult to an American president, the Republican majority and many Democrats gave Netanyahu more than 40 ovations as they cheered his vitriolic attacks on Iran and his denunciations of the negotiations supported by President Barack Obama. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Congress Cheers Netanyahu’s Hatred of Iran.”]

Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

Then, last weekend, a prominent neoconservative Joshua Muravchik admitted that the almost certain outcome of Netanyahu’s scuttling of the negotiations would be to bomb Iran. Muravchik laid out this scenario in a Washington Post article headlined “War is the only way to stop Iran” in print editions and “War with Iran is probably our best option” online.

“What if force is the only way to block Iran from gaining nuclear weapons? That, in fact, is probably the reality,” Muravchik wrote. “Sanctions may have induced Iran to enter negotiations, but they have not persuaded it to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons. Nor would the stiffer sanctions that Netanyahu advocates bring a different result.

“Does this mean that our only option is war? Yes, although an air campaign targeting Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would entail less need for boots on the ground than the war Obama is waging against the Islamic State, which poses far smaller a threat than Iran does. Wouldn’t destroying much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure merely delay its progress? Perhaps, but we can strike as often as necessary.”

In other words, if Netanyahu keeps pulling the strings of the U.S. government, an open-ended war on Iran is the almost certain result. But Netanyahu, for short-term political gain, risked Israel’s longstanding support from the American people by spotlighting his role as the marionette of the U.S. Congress. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “A Neocon Admits the Plan to Bomb Iran.“]

Netanyahu’s reelection victory has clarified the situation for the American people in another way. We now know there will be no two-state solution with the Palestinians as Israel cements its status as an apartheid state and all the cries of “anti-Semitism” are not likely to silence people taking notice of this reality since the Israeli Prime Minister himself has taken the sting out of the slur.

The American people now have little choice but to recognize that Israel intends to maintain and expand its “Jewish state” pushing the Palestinians into isolated enclaves. For nearly a half century, Israel has exercised effective control over these indigenous people in the West Bank and Gaza (totaling more than 4 million people), but there was always the hope of a Palestinian state.

Now, by jettisoning the prospect of a “two-state solution,” Netanyahu will institutionalize what had long been the unacknowledged fate of the Palestinians. In essence, Netanyahu is opting for a one-state solution, just with most Palestinians confined to a state-less netherworld where they will be denied political rights, left to wither and die.

And, whenever some Palestinians act up, Israel will wage war against them, killing thousands at a time and destroying their homes and infrastructure, what Israelis call “mowing the grass.”

With the facades gone, Americans must decide if they will embrace this apartheid system or not. Many Christian Zionists, who are a powerful force inside the Republican Party, are okay with Israel’s brutal repression because they see the Jews taking this land as a step toward fulfilling a biblical prophecy so Jesus can return to earth as its king.

But rational Americans are confronted with a difficult moral choice. Either continue supporting Netanyahu in brutalizing the Palestinians and in his looming war against Iran (using the U.S. military to carry it out) or insist that the U.S. government reassess its relationship with Israel.

The developments of March 2015 from Netanyahu’s proconsul-style speech before the U.S. Congress to the racist incitements of his victorious campaign have forced thoughtful Americans to abandon their longstanding excuses for Israeli behavior.

From now on, there’s no pretending that “standing with Israel” doesn’t mean kneeling in an obsequious acceptance of Netanyahu’s cruelty toward the Palestinians and cooperation in an illegal and aggressive war against Iran.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). You also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

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55 comments for “Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

  1. Raymond Smith
    March 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    It is way past time that the USA pull all aide of any kind from Israel. Israel needs to exist on it’s own and stand or fall as it may. They want to make their own choices that is their right. It is The USA’s right to not support their choices.
    We should also pull out of all of the Middle East. Time for the USA to heal itself first and worry about other countries later.

    • william beeby
      March 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

      I agree with every word you say Raymond Smith , I only wish more Americans could see what you can see. How can America claim to be a ” free ” country and protector of democracy when it`s Congress is controlled by the likes of AIPAC and the Knesset right wing haters of all non-jews in Israel .

    • David James Vickery
      March 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      No. The present situation of the Palestinians in both the West Bank and in Gaza is due entirely to American complicity with Israel for many decades. Americans collectively are just as responsible for the suffering in Gaza as are Israelis. Why? Silence. Turning a blind eye. Over and over again.

      While I appreciate the essence of your comment, Raymond, I believe that the U.S.A. should not pull out of the Middle East before justice is done. Reparations are made. Homes and lives are rebuilt.

    • Eileen K.
      March 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Raymond, you just nailed this one perfectly; my thoughts entirely. Israel has been (and still is) a racist, hypocritical, rogue terrorist state from its very inception; and, the USSA has been supporting this malevolent entity way too long.
      One would think, after the attack on the USS Liberty during the June, 1967 Six-Day War, that this nation would cut all ties, but it did not happen. Worse yet, one would think that after the worst terrorist act on American soil, wherein nearly 3,000 people were killed, the nation would cut all ties; but that didn’t happen, either. It’s obvious now that Israel has the USSA tightly within its malevolent grip; and, unless this grip is broken, this nation is doomed; period.
      Wake up, America, before it’s too late.

  2. Rich
    March 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    It is clear that Netanyahu is approaching the Palestinian problem like Jackson and many other US presidents approached the American Indian problem. Push them off their land, demonize them as savages when they react and gradually starve and slaughter them until there aren’t enough left to be a problem.

    • Zachary Smith
      March 18, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      This is a superb summary of the situation. In my opinion you left out only one ingredient – a new death march. But even then, you mentioned Jackson. The next expulsion by the Zionists will be a very large version of the Lydda Death March. And of course Jackson’s own Trail of Tears.

      IMO it’s just a matter of the Zionists setting the stage and waiting until they feel the time is right.

    • sentinels
      March 19, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Rich, yes Jackson was an evil-doer against the native Americans, but he managed to defeat the
      Rothschild effort to form a central bank.
      “Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out.”

      From the original minutes of the Philadelphia bankers sent to meet with President Jackson February 1834,
      from Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels

      • Thomas Howard
        March 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm

        ‘I Killed the Bank’ on his headstone…he was impressed

      • dahoit
        March 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm

        Unlike our pols today,Jackson by issuing the expulsion order,was following the wishes of his frontier electorate.
        And being it was 200 years ago,(almost)the comparisons between US and Israel are not equivalent,as there was no international laws that prohibited such actions,as there have been since the JSIL was conceived and created.The native Americans were also decimated and displaced by the French, Spanish,Portugese and British,in varying degrees,so lets spread the opprobrium a little.

    • SynHope
      March 20, 2015 at 12:23 am

      The only difference is this is not Jackson time. Those were isolated years for America. Palestine is in the centre of the planet. Obama, by potentially signing the peace deal with Iran, has taken the other route to counter Israelis expansionists policies. No wonder, they are opposing the deal so bitterly. If and if, this peace deal with Iran singed, this will be a disaster to the dreams of all the Zionists entities.

    • sam
      March 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

      The two settler states have much in common. Your post is right on the mark.

  3. Chet Roman
    March 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    As James Petras recently stated:

    “over the past quarter of a century, Israel’s proxy in the US, an entire panoply of Zionist political organizations, government officials, propaganda mills, media moguls, billionaires and millionaires, have deeply penetrated the legislature, executive and administrative centers of decision making.”

    “Netanyahu can sneer, with a crooked smile, at the US President, because, after several decades of Zionist permeation of the US state, he knows that he comes not as an outside power but as a leader and spokesperson of an inside power.”

    The only way to even begin to “normalize” the relationship with Israel is to get the money out of politics. That would only be a start since most MSM will continue to spew propaganda. Without very strict campaign finance reform the Golden Rule will continue to reign and zionists will continue to corrupt our political system.

  4. Joe Tedesky
    March 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Netanyahu knew what he was doing when he spoke to the almost all US Republican legislators. He tore a page right out of Mitt Romney’s play book where he realized he didn’t need that 47% who wouldn’t vote for him anyway. I’m sure Sheldon also feels this way. So, by declaring an end to the Israeli 2 state solution, Netanyahu went long!

    Besides all that, Netanyahu knows he has a Republican US Senate and House in his pocket. You better damn well believe that Adelson’s money will be working hard to gain entry into the Oval Office in 2016. If there was ever a time for the US to develope campaign finance reform, it is now!

  5. Aimé Duclos
    March 18, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    For any thoughtful person the wraps have long been off Israel’s intent vis-a-vis the Palestinians. But, in the same vein as the GOP 47 letter to Iranian Leaders, to undermine the US President who is in the midst of difficult negotiations with Iran to both prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and to prevent yet another war, should seriously strain Israel’s relationship with the US. As Mr Parry says, Israel’s true intent is now in the light of day.
    Bibi has much of Congress in his pocket and most of corporate owned media. He played to his base to get re-elected, with the help of John Boehner inviting him to give a campaign speech to Congress. He and most of the GOP have been advocating for a harder line against Iran. And Bibi would like us, the US, to undertake military action against Iran. Pretty cool to take a hard line and then get someone else to do your dirty work.
    It is past time to re-order our relationship with the nation of Israel. This would not be anti-semitism, but rather nation to nation diplomacy. We, the US, ought not be the wagged tail
    of any nation.

  6. March 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Just one question. How is Israel suppressing the palestinians any different than the USA or Canada suppressing the native americans? Seems awkward that people will take up the plight of others in foreign lands but overlook championing peoples rights in their own.

    • Zachary Smith
      March 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Fellow, your remarks suggest to me two possibilities. One, you’re an American Fundamentalist who swallows all the propaganda from Holy Israel. Or Two, you’re a newbie Hasbara practitioner who still hasn’t got the knack of shilling for the shitty little apartheid nation.

      Palestinian Enslavement Entering a New Phase

      That’s some beginning reading. If you’ve learned how to use Google, you can use the clues from that to eventually discover what it’s like to be ground underfoot by God’s Favorite Peopleâ„¢.

      When’s the last time you read a news story about American Indians having to carry special papers to move a few miles. Having to wait for hours at checkpoints to get from here to there. Enduring endless degrading treatment from the open-air concentration camp guards?

      Tell me if you will the US equivalent of the periodic murder sprees where the American Indians are targets of artillery, F-16s, and goonish troops?

      Give me the times and dates of the instances where Indian livestock is slaughtered. The Indian farms flooded with water or sewage. When the Indians attempting to tend their lands are used for target practice by local Americans. When Indian water is stolen from them. and any wells or cisterns they build are destroyed as soon as they’re discovered. When internationally-funded solar power units and the like are smashed upon discovery.

      If you’re a thieving settler posting on stolen property in the “holy land”, go back to Hasbara class and polish the lies they teach there. If you’re a Good Christian somewhere in America, I’d suggest you consider dropping that and try becoming an “actual/real” Christian.

      • davidg
        March 18, 2015 at 9:58 pm

        Aren’t you being a little harsh with Jason? Perhaps he didn’t express concern exactly the way others would, but I take his point to mean that European colonialism is ongoing, harsh, universal and current. The Tar Sands and pipeline development supported by the Harper government are willing to push the Native people away and make them suspect as security risks for environmental activity by the new bill C-51, a topic in itself. I did not get the sense that Jason necessarily dismissed any of the horrors of the Palestinian oppression but was castigating the European imperialism and its effects, and including Israel as a European Ashkenazi apartheid state. But perhaps I am wrong as I try to give Jason the benefit of the doubt. The Native conditions in North America are catastrophic for the indigenous people. No defense of the Palestinian horror is intended by me.

        • Zachary Smith
          March 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm

          Possibly Jason will reply and answer the questions both of us have raised. I’ve just noticed his name links to a web site – xxx.thefinalhour.ca.

          A cursory look at that showed me only two trends – he believes Global Warming is a fraud and vaccinations are dangerous.

          If true, those views tell me he slept through science & biology in school. I’ll confess I don’t yet understand the basis for the “equivalence” I read in his post.

      • AlexanderM
        March 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

        Touche and I’ve been wondering if believing that one is one of “God’s chosen people” is anything like believing that one’s group is “The Master Race”

    • Pablo Diablo
      March 18, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      You are SO CORRECT.

    • Pablo Diablo
      March 18, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      You are SO CORRECT

    • Joe Tedesky
      March 18, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Jason, you just gave me a good idea. Instead of the US giving Israel 3+billion dollars a year, why not pay Native Americans and African Americans that money?

      • Mary-Lee
        March 19, 2015 at 7:24 am

        Joe, I like the way you think!

    • bobzz
      March 18, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      You are quite right, Jason. The US and Israel are both guilty—the greatest misguided missiles in the world, the bulls in the world’s china store. The people that frequent this site know that. I can’t get my head around our doing a lot of Israel’s dirty work in Iraq and the Middle East generally and paying Israel $3.5 billion annually for the privilege. Figure that out. Israel should be paying us.

    • Mary-Lee
      March 19, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Jason, some of us can walk and chew gum at the same time. I have long been an advocate for Native American rights, I do see the similarity between the U.S. history of oppression and the Israeli history, and I am troubled and, frankly, disgusted by both.

  7. Bill Bodden
    March 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    It will take more than the minority of Democrats who refused to attend roll call for Netanyahu’s speech to change US government policy towards Israel. Citizens who are offended by Israel’s abuse of power and racism must let their representatives and senators know its time for a change.

  8. Brendan
    March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    “Ally of Al Qaida holds on to power in Israel”.
    That’s a headline you won’t see in the mass media but it’s a statement of fact if a recent article in the Wall Street Journal is correct (requires registration but it’s also reported in the following link):
    http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Israel-treating-al-Qaida-fighters-wounded-in-Syria-civil-war-393862

    “Report: Israel treating al-Qaida fighters wounded in Syria civil war”
    “… Israel has opened its borders with Syria in order to provide medical treatment to Nusra Front and al-Qaida fighters wounded in the ongoing civil war, according to The Wall Street Journal.”
    “… The Wall Street Journal quoted “an Israeli military official” who said that most of those treated were armed rebels fighting the regime.
    “We don’t ask who they are, we don’t do any screening,” the official said. “Once the treatment is done, we take them back to the border and they go on their way.” ”

    That’s a confirmation of reports from last year from United Nations observers on the Golan Heights, who reported the transfer and return of wounded across the Israeli-Syrian border.

    Al Nusra is an official branch of Al Qaida, which killed thousands in the USA in the 9/11 attacks and triggered the war on terror. That doesn’t matter, though, because Al Nusra are the good Islamic terrorists. That’s because they’re fighting the Syrian secular government which is Israel’s enemy due to its friendship with Iran.

  9. Boris M GARSKY
    March 18, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    The shear size of the hypocrisy and obsequious behavior regarding their pandering to Israel is astonishing. The goal of the neoon republicans, when it comes to the American people is to eliminate all entitlements, initiate usurious rates of student loans which were unnecessarily privatized, and restrict the publics assets to its God given rights of clean water and air, home gardening, fair rate of imterest on savings accounts, etc. However, when it comes to Israel, we can’t seem to do and give enough, including the lives of our sons and daughters and one must remember that every loss destroys many others. No Problem! We give Israel more than $3,00,000 in aid, every year. No Problem! We also give Israel billions of dollars in military hardware every year. We have outsourced most of our military police functions to Israel resulting in many more millions of dollars to Israel. Further, we have given tens of billions of dollars in loans to Israel, none to be repaid and all written off. And WHAT do we get in return??? We get to fight more insane wars on Israels behalf. Israel also receives $15,000,000,000 from Germany, every year; war reparations. Of course, Russia and the rest of Europe gets NOTHING!!! So, when it comes to entitlements to the American people, the republicans cry ‘Foul’. When it comes to entitlements for Israel, the republican (NEOCONS) ask “HOW MUCH?

    • davidg
      March 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Don’t you mean 3 billion? A typo, it looks like.
      Read Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath” and Miko Peled’s ” The General’s Son” along with Pappe’s “The Idea of Israel” if you already haven’t.

    • william beeby
      March 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Boris I could not have said it better myself. The £15billion per year from Germany amazes me. The American taxpayer cannot in all conciousness continue to subsidise the Israelis without Palestinian blood on their hands. If that sounds harsh I`m afraid it`s true for me anyway and I am in no-way anti-American , my son and grandson live and work in Boston.

  10. Boris M GARSKY
    March 18, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    The shear size of the hypocrisy and obsequious behavior regarding their pandering to Israel is astonishing. The goal of the neoon republicans, when it comes to the American people is to eliminate all entitlements, initiate usurious rates of student loans which were unnecessarily privatized, and restrict the publics assets to its God given rights of clean water and air, home gardening, fair rate of imterest on savings accounts, etc. However, when it comes to Israel, we can’t seem to do and give enough, including the lives of our sons and daughters and one must remember that every loss destroys many others. No Problem! We give Israel more than $3,00,000 in aid, every year. No Problem! We also give Israel billions of dollars in military hardware every year. We have outsourced most of our military police functions to Israel resulting in many more millions of dollars to Israel. Further, we have given tens of billions of dollars in loans to Israel, none to be repaid and all written off. And WHAT do we get in return??? We get to fight more insane wars on Israels behalf. Israel also receives $15,000,000,000 from Germany, every year; war reparations. Of course, Russia and the rest of Europe gets NOTHING!!! So, when it comes to entitlements to the American people, the republicans cry ‘Foul’. When it comes to entitlements for Israel, the republican (NEOCONS) ask “HOW MUCH?

  11. Pablo Diablo
    March 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Let Netanyahu speak before THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.

    • March 21, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      That is a good one Pablo. I agree with you. Let that genocidal maniac speak before the ICC tribunal.

  12. F. G. Sanford
    March 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you Mr. Parry for this courageous article. This new paradigm may threaten a number of other sacred pretenses. If Bibi is the ‘marionette’ whose performance is animated by the Neocon consensus, then Israel is the tail, and USA is the dog. This would appear to be consistent with Noam Chomsky’s assertion that “The Lobby” is not the prime mover – he insists that there are lots of lobbies and lots of donors, and that “The Lobby” is no more or less a factor than any other. This tacitly (and cunningly) lays the blame for Israeli intransigence and Palestinian suffering squarely on the USA. As Israel’s primary enabler, we assume the burden of guilt. Given that Bibi has unmasked himself with a platform, and the Israeli electorate has openly embraced that same racist, expansionist roadmap, will the gatekeepers and apologists continue this charade of ideological obfuscation? Much of the political psychosis in America today finds its roots in the struggle to reconcile rigid Neocon ideology with the necessary flexibility of a rational democratic system. Few Americans realize that this ideology has its roots in the philosophy of a Jewish scholar named Leo Strauss, whose mentor was a Nazi jurist named Carl Schmitt. There is no better recipe for political schizophrenia. We have compromised our own democratic processes to make this “marriage” work. Our Constitution contains a ‘Bill of Rights’ to prevent the ‘Tyranny of a Misguided Majority’. Israel, despite its claim to democracy, has no constitution and no such constitutional protections. Their Neocon enablers in USA have been at the forefront of efforts to dismantle those protections in our own Constitution. The result has been shameless hypocrisy. Regardless of who is the dog and who is the tail, the product of this unholy matrimony has been a steady descent into something that irrefutably resembles fascism. America and Israel are like an obnoxious couple that shows up on the world’s guest list, and all the other countries wonder, “Who invited these assholes”? As a result, our democracy, our prosperity and our credibility are disintegrating. Everybody sees it but us. At the end of the day, “Full Spectrum Dominance” is the Neocon strategy to insure that Israel gets whatever it wants, regardless of how untenable that might be for the rest of the entire world. We are a dysfunctional couple in a toxic relationship headed for mutual self-destruction. But…we love each other!

  13. Zachary Smith
    March 18, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    U.S. support for Israel could slip after Netanyahu victory

    I was really surprised to see this on Google News. The White House discussing the Israeli election in the same terms as Mr. Parry’s essay was really quite stunning.

    I really hope something comes from this other than idle chit-chat. Israel is doing real and lasting damage to the US, and giving them piles of taxpayer dollars while they do that damage needs to end!

    • jaycee
      March 19, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      The US and other western countries have been aware co-collaboraters with the Israeli project for some time. What must be particularly irksome at this moment, beyond Netanyahoo’s Congressional appearance, is the public disavowal of the two-state negotiation effectively removes the signature talking point which propped disapproval of Palestinian efforts at the ICC and UN: namely, that Israel and Palestine were engaged in negotiation and unilateral declarations would harm that process.

      The parallels with the South African apartheid system and the international efforts which brought it to an end will become clearer to more people over the next months and years. The campaign against apartheid was triggered and sustained by citizen organizations and individuals, with national governments dragging far behind. This will also be the case again – so no sense whining about what our (largely right-wing) governments are not doing.

  14. onno
    March 19, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Excellent article by Mr. Parry. The comments are reflecting the views of some Americans who are worried about the political direction of Washington.

    Indeed the American people have to realize electing a Republican president with a hand on the trigger would result in WW III. I can imagine what would have happened if a brain dead warrior like McCAIN would have been elected in 2008.

    Now that the American global hegemony is collapsing it seems that Washington Neocons want to use their military power – if necessary with nuclear force – which they already have stacked all around the world like in Europe 120 nuclear warheads and so in Japan, South Korea. This would be the end of this planet, but apparently the No-Brainers in Washington believe in the American Dream of Superiority and total IGNORANCE.

    For more background about the US war involvements I suggest reading (its in German) by F. William Engdahl: ‘Amerika’s Heiliger Krieg’ or American Holly War ISBN 978-3-86445-124-9

  15. Peter Loeb
    March 19, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I WILL BLOCK A ZIONIST ISRAELI STATE…

    Of course, I cannot! But with US and EC support, the West can. And we all know that the
    US’s “First Zionist President” will not. Ever. Hillary Clinton would be the “First Woman Zionist
    President”. (Elizabeth Warren is not far behind in her support of Israel uber alles.)

    If it were possible I would append a photo of the shambles of a home of Palestinians before
    the newly built homes of the settlers in South Hebron (“EI” photo, Feb-March). Or perhaps
    Jewish settlers would prefer to “live” in a cave….(The homes are, of course, for Jews only!! Perhaps a cave is more…”diverse” and would even accept Jewish settlers as well. I am not sure of this however.)

    —-Peter Loeb, Boston, MA USA

    Mr. Parry’s article is on target. My small check for the Consortiumnews spring fundraiser
    is in the mail.

  16. Gregory Kruse
    March 19, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I’m gratified by the excellent intellectual quality of Parry’s article(s) and the comments so far. I have nothing to add, except that even as a person of little better than average intelligence and of poorly disciplined scholarship, I am dreadful as I try to see through the darkness down the path humanity apparently has taken. To know by reading consortium news that others are honestly examining the path and trying to determine what might be ahead, gives me some respite, and I’m glad to be a participant and a supporter.

  17. Zachary Smith
    March 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I hate to get my hopes up, but still – even a hint at “consequences” is encouraging.

    White House Signals It May Let Sanctions Against Israel Proceed At UN

    Given the US Congress’ cartoonish support for Prime Minister Netanyahu it appears unlikely that there will be any cut off of us aid to Israel, but by simply letting the international system work President Obama can put a lot of pressure on the Israeli government.

  18. March 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Bare with me a moment…all of this would be moot if it weren’t for the devastating attacks on 9-11-01, which if you do your homework, clearly points to the code word for that day ‘The Big Wedding’ where the US and Israel forever enmeshed their destinies through treacherous betrayals and dual US/Israeli’s calling the shots. At every turn leading up to, on, and following that fateful day, pro-Israeli US government and private citizens, many of whom hold dual US/Israeli citizenship, were in a position of power to allow them to divert attention away from the true conspirators, and soundly place the blame on (the CIA trained ‘monster’) Osama bin Laden and the ’19 Muslim Arab extremists’…. if not for this massive intrusion of deception upon the world…we would not be in this position. Israel has clearly demonstrated its willingness to go to ANY lengths to maintain its bloody grip on Palestine. If the US populace and thus the world knew of Israel’s involvement along with the US CIA and military and the Bush cadre’ criminals, we would be in a very different place….Israel may not even exist at this point if we stood up and took notice of the deep involvement of key US/Israeli dual citizens in 9-11, and very likely the madman just re-elected in Israel and others in that governments’ rolls. WakeUPandSmelltheFalseFlags!!

  19. March 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Here is a good place to start: https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9/11:Israel_did_it

  20. Bill Bodden
    March 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Now that people are facing up to what has been obvious for some time that Israel is a predominantly racist society can we consider discussing fascism in its government?

    “Israelis Vote to Abandon All Pretense of Seeking Peace: Openly Embracing Fascism” by DAN GLAZEBROOK – http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/19/israelis-vote-to-abandon-all-pretense-of-seeking-peace/

  21. Henry Norr
    March 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Great piece, except “rational Americans are confronted with a difficult moral choice”? It’s not the least bit difficult, if one is to decide on the basis of morality, rationality, or just about any other consideration except blind tribalism (in the case of Jews) or manipulation and intimidation on the part of the Zionists!!

  22. Lawrence Goodman
    March 19, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    This article is a biased selective observation of historical events. With the blessing of the United States and the UN Jewish survivors of the Holocaust established the State of Israel which was immediately attacked by all it’s Arab neighbors sworn to the annihilation of Israel. Also those Arab states expelled its Jewish populations, in which many had thousands of years of history. Many of Israel’s Arabs fled believing that the state would not survive. Israel had an open door for its brethren. Displaced Arabs were not welcomed into neighboring Arab states, many of which were rich and had plenty of room. Thus was created the problem of displaced Arabs. They were left to fester by their brothers. Historically there was never a state of Palestine.

    But historically Palestinians walked away from many offers of a two state solution. Under present conditions with Hamas dedicated to the annihilation of the Jews and all the other terror activities in the region it is an extraordinarily perilous time to consider a Palestinian state.

    Now Israel is surrounded by chaos and terror. It’s survival is challenged by its neighbors. Why do articles like this hold Israel to a higher standard than that of its neighbors when its people are threatened with annihilation. How sanctimonious are many of the comments above! In relatively recent history slavery was legal in the US. Its black population is treated less than equally.

    How can you suggest that Congress kneels before Netanyahu? Perhaps Congress wants to hear what he has to say. The US involvement in the Middle East has been a series of tragic miscalculations. The very lives of Israel’s Jews are at the risk of still another miscalculation. Can you blame its leader for responding to an invitation to appear and state what he really thinks?

    What would your readers think if they and their families lived within hundreds of miles of Isis and Syria? Wouldn’t they take an aggressive posture of defense for survival?

    • Zachary Smith
      March 22, 2015 at 1:01 am

      (2nd attempt)

      Many of Israel’s Arabs fled believing that the state would not survive. Israel had an open door for its brethren. Displaced Arabs were not welcomed into neighboring Arab states, many of which were rich and had plenty of room.

      Israel’s murders of Palestine’s Muslim citizens frightened them (as was the intent) into running for their lives.

      *** Therefore the entire refugee problem can be blamed on “neighboring Arab states”. ***

      This sort of BS might be swallowed by a sunday school class of elementary-age children, but it’s really pitiful when presented on a blog like this.

      Oh, and regarding those poor families who fear ISIS: Holy Israel is actively supporting the terrorists and SEEKS the chaos within Syria.

      Whether you know it or not, you’re defending a bunch of murderous thieves.

  23. Wm. Boyce
    March 20, 2015 at 12:08 am

    The supreme irony here is the history of the Jewish people being perverted to their being the master race in Israel. If this isn’t irony I don’t know what is.

  24. Duglarri
    March 20, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I’ve been working for some time to come up with an analogy to explain Israel’s relationship to the United States.

    And what I’ve concluded is this: Israel isn’t an ally; it’s a pet.

    Which America will feed before feeding it’s own family.

    And although it’s a tiny, yappy thing, America lets it run around and piss off other bigger dogs, and reacts in fury if any of them so much as give it a dirty look.

    But it’s been pooping on the carpet, and peeing on the rug. And it’s been snapping at America’s hand, even while the hand is holding out food. The most recent times it actually bit the hand, hard, and America lost a bit of blood.

    Nobody in the rest of the world can understand why America puts up with it. Obviously, America loves that dog.

    But at long last, America is starting to look at that dog with a bit of a stern expression on it’s face. Like it’s not happy.

    Some day, America will decide it’s had enough, and though it might not put the yappy little thing in a bag with rocks and toss it into a river, it may decide to take it round to the vet and have some of its essential equipment cut off.

  25. marc j
    March 20, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Unfortunately it will take a war with Iran to overcome the Zionist control of Congress and the media. Iran is a large country and the population is very likely to put up a strong defense because they will not be fighting for a dictator (e.g. Iraq) but for a nation and its principles. I don’t think Americans have nearly the commitment to attacking Iran, on behalf of Israel, as Iranians do to defending their country.
    Too many Americans have too much faith in the ability of military technology to overcome all opposition. Even the “most powerful military of all time” has its limits. A defeat is possible; a stalemate is probable. America might find itself in the same position as Germany in December 1941. If the Iranian defense does not collapse, the bodies will be coming home by the ship load and inevitably the search for someone to blame will start. The line between esteemed Senator and traitor is thin.

  26. geokat62
    March 20, 2015 at 8:08 am

    “But rational Americans are confronted with a difficult moral choice.” Difficult?…. you can’t be serious!

  27. sam
    March 20, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I am not at all optimist–it took Obama less than 48 hours to congratulate Bibi on his election victory. Adelson and Saban’s money, together with the over-representation of Jewish lawmakers will ensure our 101 percent support for the Jewish state.

  28. JDonald
    March 20, 2015 at 10:49 am

    So how much of the Middle-east land will satisfy the Zionists? Are they really after the plot laid out to Abraham in Genesis, Chapter 15? The lands from the Nile to the Euphrates which includes all of the Sinai, much of Saudi Arabia, all of Jorden, a large swath of Iraq, most of Syria and large portion of Lebanon would make for a very large country. Do the “kooky kristians” really hope for such a defeat of all the surrounding governments of Israel, as defined by the UN resolution? Just try to get an honest answer and I can guarantee that none will appear.

  29. March 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Israel has controlled America for long time, some learned people say that they went more aggressive after the assassination of Kennedy who opposed Israel to go nuclear. With the more than 70 Jewish Organization in the US who lobby day and night and spend billions of dollars in the Congress, the Senate, the Administration etc. (Our own money) to buy our elected officials in order to do the bidding and impertinences of Israel. 3 billion dollars plus the more than 10 billion in “Loan Guarantees” which are never repaid, plus all kinds of state of the art military equipment including nuclear warheads and biological and chemical weapons (White phosphorus) they have used on the Palestinian people every time they decide to massacre them, all that and more our dear politicians give Israel on a yearly basis.
    American brothers ans sisters, its time to wake up.

  30. zerojr@zero.com
    March 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    yet for the russkie commie revolution anniversary he they refuse to acknlowdge the fact the commie jew foriegn bolshviks commited genocide against them and view it and celebrate it as a liberation

  31. charlesfrey@hotmail.ca
    March 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Two points: “neocon Republicans” should be shortened to ” REPUBLIKUDS “, saving space.

    Two, why are so-called intellectuals still reactively and reflexively parsing the dozens of interim, so-called peace deals between Palestine and Israel, when, in fact, nothing has changed since the first Zionist Congress in 1897, shortly after which the Master Race discussed the necessity of steeling incrementally, under the radar. All overthrown agreements since then, have served as mere pepper spray for us dumb goyim. Trust me !

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