Tag Archives: Benjamin Netanyahu

WHAT?! They’ve lost it…like completely

18 Nov

US says Israeli settlements no longer considered illegal in dramatic shift



Mike Pompeo takes questions during a press conference in Washington DC Monday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

I don’t even know what to say.  It’s like mega-dufus and his cabinet get up every morning and think: “What completely, internationally destabilizing, unthought-out, randomly dangerous piece of shit-policy are we going to announce today?”

I won’t be able to blame Arabs (as all of you know I like to do) for even the extremest reactions.

“In making the case for the policy shift, Pompeo repeated some of the language he had used to justify the recognition of Israeli control of the Golan, saying it reflected “the reality on the ground”, and that it arose from the unique facts, history and circumstances” around the establishment of settlements.”

“…it arose from the unique facts, history and circumstances” around the establishment of settlements.”

What does that even mean?

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Salon: “Let my people go”

28 Mar

Israeli PM Netanyahu weekly cabinet meeting

“What makes this year’s Passover Seders unlike any others is that a majority of American Jews have been forced to face the fact that Palestinians today are asking Jews what Moses asked Pharaoh: “Let my people go.”  The Israeli elections, and subsequent support for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state, is not playing well with many younger Jews, and they will be challenging their elders to rethink their blind support for Israeli policies.”

Read whole article: “Let the Palestinian people go”: What younger Jews will be asking of Israel at Passover Seder this year

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Blogging of a hero of mine: Alexey Naval’niy

4 Jan

Navalny on Putin, Being Bugged and Revolution

Israel: know hope?

3 Jan

F141210ZZ42-e1418239874516Labor leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni (click)

from Al Jazeera:

Two Israeli parties unite against Netanyahu

Last updated: 11 December 2014

Opposition Labour party and HaTnuah join forces in bid to unseat PM Benjamin Netenyahu in March snap election.

 “Israel’s Labour party leader has joined forces with the former justice minister in a bid to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the country’s snap election in March.

Opposition Labour party leader Isaac Hertzog and centrist Tzipi Livni of the HaTnuah party on Wednesday announced their alliance at a televised news conference featuring the slogan “Together We Win”.

“When we receive the mandate… I shall serve as prime minister for the first two years and Tzipi Livni will serve as prime minister for the second half” of the four-year term, Hertzog said.

“Today the Zionist centre has risen against the parties of the extreme right,” said Livni, formerly Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, who was fired from government last week by Netanyahu, who accused her of working against his right-leaning coalition from within.

The joint list of candidates is expected to run on a platform emphasising the peace process with the Palestinians and greater economic equality.

Opinion polls give the Herzog-Livni alliance about 24 seats in the 120-seat parliament which is slightly more than their current total.

That is two or three more seats than polls give Netanyahu’s free-market, settler-friendly Likud. 

Likud ‘extremists’

Livni began her political career in Likud before following the late Ariel Sharon when he founded the Kadima party, then setting up her own HaTnuah before the last election.

She said that today’s Likud has been taken over by the far-right.

“The extremists… are turning our country into an isolated state, closed and alienated from its own citizens.”

Likud said the new alliance, if it took power, would make sweeping concessions in talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“There is no doubt what he could expect from such a radical left-wing government; dangerous concessions in Jerusalem and throughout our homeland,” Likud said in a statement.

Netanyahu fired Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, before calling an early election, which parliament set for March 17.

Livni said that HaTnuah and Labour would field a joint list of candidates and that she expected unnamed other parties to enter the alliance.

The same tactic was used in the 2013 election when Likud and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beitenu ran on a joint ticket, taking 31 seats.”

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