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February 4th
11:13 AM

Israel prompts fears over Iran strike, cites looming 'immunity zone'

Bloomberg »

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said yesterday that Israel must consider conducting “an operation” before Iran reaches an “immunity zone,” referring to Iran’s goal of protecting its uranium enrichment and other nuclear operations by moving them to deep underground facilities such as one at Fordo, near the holy city of Qom.

…U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declined to comment directly on a report by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius that Panetta believes there is a strong likelihood Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June. Panetta and other U.S. officials have repeatedly warned Israel not to act alone.  >continue<

Is Israel preparing to attack Iran?  |  Persistent drum beat

November 23rd
3:37 PM
Via
mohandasgandhi:

The boys who cry “Holocaust”: The same neocon hawks who lied us into Iraq are using the ultimate argument-stopper to push war with Iran 
"&#8230;it is quite likely that the most powerful nation in the world will  simply stand impotently by while a tiny client state threatens to do  something that it knows is not just antithetical to its interests, but  possibly ruinous to them. The tail could be about to wag the dog right  off a cliff."  &gt;continue&lt;

mohandasgandhi:

The boys who cry “Holocaust”: The same neocon hawks who lied us into Iraq are using the ultimate argument-stopper to push war with Iran

"…it is quite likely that the most powerful nation in the world will simply stand impotently by while a tiny client state threatens to do something that it knows is not just antithetical to its interests, but possibly ruinous to them. The tail could be about to wag the dog right off a cliff."  >continue<

November 8th
9:54 AM

Soap Opera > Substance

Every news site is now making Sarkozy’s overheard comments about Netanyahu front page “news”. ‘Trash Talk behind Israeli Leader’s back’, predictably reads the head of the Drudge Report. But, of course, all journalism now succumbs to the sensibility of that vanguard of vacuity.

Leaks of Netanyahu’s aim to make overt war on Iran barely graze the edges of journalistic focus while tabloid titillation reigns supreme. Probably an inevitable outward symptom of citizen having fully degenerated into consumer.

August 18th
1:56 PM

'We Are All United'
Israel Protests Could Boost Peace Process

…protest leaders, anxious to include everyone, have not addressed these issues so far. “We cannot resolve the conflict with the Palestinians without fixing our internal problems, between religious and secular Jews, and between Jews and Arabs,” says Shafir, the protest organizer. “We don’t talk to each other; we just demonstrate against each other. But that’s changing now.” >continue<

August 17th
7:48 AM

Apartheid on Steroids

As a Jew who has been an ardent supporter of Israel since its independence, it pains me to record what I saw there.

What I witnessed in the West Bank—home to about 2.5 million Palestinians and 400,000 Israeli settlers—exceeded my worst expectations. While the world’s statesmen have dithered, Israel has created a system of apartheid on steroids, a horrifying prison with concrete walls as high as twenty-six feet, topped with body-ravaging coils of razor wire.

…How can Jews, who have been persecuted for centuries, tolerate this inhumanity? Where is their moral compass? How can this situation be acceptable to Judaism’s spiritual and political leaders? I don’t have that answer; except to say that Israel’s biggest enemy has become itself.   >read more<

May 24th
11:21 AM
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What lies Behind Netanyahu's Bluster on '1967 Borders'

Netanyahu’s argument for not going back to 1967 borders is that it is inconvenient. He says that the 1967 borders are indefensible. This assertion is a logical fallacy, known as special pleading. You can’t launch a war and annex your neighbor’s territory because you fear that your own presents security challenges. Lots of countries are unhappy with their borders. Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait in 1990 in part because he felt that the British had erred in not giving modern Iraq a deep water port, which made Iraq ‘indefensible’ and put it at an economic disadvantage. Pakistan believes that its failure to secure the headwaters of the Indus Valley rivers in Kashmir in 1947 puts it at a permanent disadvantage vis-a-vis India and makes the country overly vulnerable (‘indefensible’). Netanyahu’s immoral argument that a country just has to take by main force whatever it feels will make it more secure is astonishing and is a standing danger to world peace if it were taken seriously by other countries.

May 17th
11:14 AM

Israel left reeling after deadly border breach

"The state of Israel has a systemic problem…Except for deterrence, it has no means to prevent tens and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians – who succeed in getting organised and in realising the dream of return with their own feet – from breaking across its borders."


But Israel’s border deterrence was shattered by Sunday’s marchers, who simply walked through a minefield thought to be deadly. Not a single landmine exploded. Shaul Mofaz, the chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, told colleagues that Sunday was merely a curtain-raiser and was likely to be replayed unless the Government produced a peace plan. >continue<

See also: Rapidly escalating perils of a moribund peace process 

April 27th
2:21 PM

Fatah & Hamas Reach Palestinian Reconciliation

Another bit of Middle Eastern tectonics reported by Aljazeera:

The deal, which took many officials by surprise, was thrashed out in Egypt and followed a series of secret meetings.

"The two sides signed initial letters on an agreement. All points of differences have been overcome," Taher Al-Nono, a Hamas government spokesman in Gaza, told the Reuters news agency. >continue<

Most interesting, especially in the echo of the recent Wikileaks 10DOHA71 cable indicating Mubarak’s interest in feigning any real progress on this front. In the wake of Egypt’s shifting, and all the energy of Bouazizi’s traveling, Israel’s position appears desperate - especially as so much momentum builds for a UN recognition of Palestine this year.  But when Netanyahu looks to be trapped, let’s hope his gesticulating in the direction of Iran for the sake of a status quo doesn’t turn out to be orchestrating the next great catastrophe.

With Cantor and Boehner inviting Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, it’s not hard to anticipate certain themes.  And Bibi will have more than one cheerleader looking for more than cyberwar.

April 24th
1:56 PM
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Wikileaks: Netanyahu agreed to join Olmert's government if Israel attacked Iran

verbalresistance:

In 2007, Netanyahu said he would agree to join Ehud Olmert’s government if Israel attacked Iran, a WikiLeaks document shows.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed willingness to join Ehud Olmert’s government in 2007 if Israel initiated an attack on Iran, a document from the Israeli WikiLeaks collection has revealed….

…This was the second time Netanyahu expressed willingness to support the prime minister if he initiated an attack against Iran. In the summer of 2005, Netanyahu resigned as finance minister in Ariel Sharon’s cabinet over the Gaza disengagement plan. In December that year, Sharon left the Likud and founded Kadima. At the time, Netanyahu told Sharon he would “support him if he acted against Iran before the elections,” reported Aluf Benn in Haaretz two years ago.

Haaretz