Is peace around Israël possible ?, by Thierry Meyssan

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Jared Kushner has already solved the question of support for the jihadists and also that of the Saudi succession. President Trump should soon be revealing the details of his plan for peace around Israël.

The Middle East is a region where many different interests meet and interact. Moving one piece may provoke a reaction at the other end of the chess-board. The tentatives by Donald Trump to break with the strategy of Admiral Cebrowski [1] and pacify a particularly wounded zone are, for the moment, provoking contradictory consequences which are preventing him from concluding.

It is unrealistic to attempt to deal with problems as complex as these in terms of affinities and enmities, while each protagonist is fighting for survival. On the contrary, we have to understand everyone – and forget no-one.

Like his predecessors Reagan and Bush the Father, President Trump is intervening in Iran by destabilising the « reformers » (according to the Western expression) to the profit of the « conservatives » (in other words the partisans of Imam Khomeiny). However, the latter are reacting by marking points in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, which, in return, are destabilising the efforts of their White House allies in Palestine.

When Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the US from the JCPoA agreement, President Rohani (a reformer, in other words opposed to the propagation of the anti-imperialist Revolution to its neighbours) reacted on the one hand by appealing to the Europeans, and on the other by threatening some of them that he may reveal their corruption [2]. Yet it is unlikely that Brussels will respect its signature. On the contrary, everything indicates that the European Union will act as it did in 2012, by conforming to the demands of its United States overlord.

As for the Revolutionary Guard, they reacted by convincing their Syrian allies to lead the operation against Israëli Intelligence in occupied Golan – then by inciting the Lebanese Hezbollah to announce that this operation marked a change of regional strategy – and finally, by pushing Hamas to organise a demonstration at the Israëli security frontier with Gaza.

If Western public opinion failed to understand the link between these three events, Israël concluded that the Revolutionary Guard were now ready to attack it from Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.

The strategy of the Revolutionary Guard bore fruit, since the Arab, Persian and Turkish People unanimously condemned the repression of the Palestinian demonstrators (more than 60 dead and 1,400 wounded). The Arab League – several members of which, led by Saudi Arabia, maintain close unofficial relations with Tel-Aviv – suddenly began re-using its anti-Zionist rhetoric.

As for the Iranian interior, the Revolutionary Guard showed that the JCPoA agreement concluded by Cheikh Hassan Rohani was a dead-end, and that their political line was the only one that worked – they are now efficiently implanted in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Gaza, as well as in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

It will therefore be impossible for Donald Trump to negotiate peace around Israël without the help of the Revolutionary Guard.

We should remember that during the 70 years of Israëli conflict, the United States have only once been in a position to negotiate peace between all the protagonists. This was in 1991, after operation « Desert Storm ». In Madrid, President George Bush the Father and his Soviet counterpart Mikhaïl Gorbatchev united Israël, the Palestinians (but not represented by the PLO), Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

George Bush the Father had previously agreed in writing to return to the frontiers of 1967, to guarantee the safety of Israël, not to create an independent Palestinian state and to recognise Palestinian authority over the West Bank and Gaza. He believed it was possible to have this solution accepted, in conformity with the resolutions of the Security Council, relying on the authority of his partner Hafez el-Assad. The Madrid conference were a success. A process for negotiation and a calendar for the progressive resolution of the numerous disputes was determined. But the following meetings failed, because the Likud campaigned in the United States against Secretary of State James Baker and managed to prevent the re-election of President Bush the Father. Finally, Israël alone concluded the Oslo agreements with Yasser Arafat, himself alone. They were designed to address only the Palestinian problems. They were never accepted by the other protagonists, and consequently, were never applied. Then President Bill Clinton attempted to pursue bilateral negotiations with Syria by organising the Barak / el-Assad meetings. They failed, due to Ehud Barak’s about-face, but in any case, they would not have been able to resolve all the problems in the absence of the other protagonists.

27 years later, the situation has become even more complicated. The Palestinians are divided into two camps – the secular groups from the West Bank, and the Islamists from Gaza. Iran is a new protagonist which now sponsors Hamas. Finally, the United States, under Bush the Son, recognised the colonies built by Israël after 1967, in violation of the Resolutions by the Security Council.

The conflicts around Israël can therefore not be reduced to the Palestinian question, and have nothing to do with the fitna opposing Sunnis and Chiites.

The plan drawn up by Jared Kushner is designed only to halt Israëli territorial progression, plus the respect of international law, thereby returning to the frontiers of 1967. It thus supposes that the Arabs will accept what will then become their « former defeats ». This is unlikely.

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Must Read–Israel’s Aggressive Behavior is Embodied and Prophesied in the Hebrew Bible

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Netanyahu: Israel thwarted terror attacks in more than 30 countries

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Israel: 200 nuclear weapons aimed at Iran, by Manlio Dinucci

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On April 30, 2018, Benjamin Netanyahu revealed stolen archives from Iran attesting that a secret military program of nuclear research had persisted in that country until 2003, despite the ban by Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei.

The decision of the United States to get out of the Iranian nuclear deal – which Tehran stipulated in 2015 with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – provokes a situation of extreme danger, not only for the Middle East.

To understand the implications of such a decision, taken under pressure from Israel which qualifies the agreement as the “surrender of the West to the Axis of Evil led by Iran”, we must start from a simple precise fact well: it is Israel that has the nukes, not Iran.

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Israel has been producing nuclear weapons for over fifty years at the Dimona site, built with the help of France and the United States. This site is not subject to inspections because Israel, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, does not adhere to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which Iran, on the other hand, signed fifty years ago. The evidence that Israel produces nuclear weapons was provided more than thirty years ago by Mordechai Vanunu, who had worked in the Dimona site: after being scrutinized by leading nuclear weapons experts, it was published by The Sunday Times newspaper on 5 October 1986. Vanunu, who was abducted in Rome by the Mossad and transported to Israel, was sentenced to 18 years in a disciplinary ward and released in 2004 under severe restrictions. [1]

Israel today (though without admitting it) possesses an arsenal estimated at between 100 and 400 nuclear weapons, including tactical bombs and new-generation neutron bombs; it produces enough plutonium and tritium to build hundreds more. The Israeli warheads are ready for launch on ballistic missiles, such as Jericho 3, and F-15 and F-16 fighter-bombers from the US, plus the F-35s.

As confirmed by the many IAEA inspections, Iran does not have nuclear weapons and pledges not to produce them by subjecting itself, on the basis of the agreement, to close international control. However, writes former Secretary of State Colin Powell in an email on March 3, 2015, that has come to light – “In Tehran we know that Israel has 200 nuclear weapons, all aimed at Tehran, and that we have thousands.”

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The US European allies, who formally continue to support the deal with Iran, are substantially lined up alongside Israel. Germany provided it with four Dolphin submarines, modified to launch nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. Germany, France, Italy, Greece and Poland participated, along with the US, in the largest international air warfare exercise in Israel’s history, Blue Flag 2017 [2].

Italy, linked to Israel by a military cooperation agreement (Law n ° 94, 2005), participated with Tornado fighters from the 6th Stormo of Ghedi (Brescia), assigned to the transport of US B- 61 nuclear bombs (which will shortly be replaced by B61-12). The USA, with F-16s of the 31st Fighter Wing of Aviano (Friuli), assigned to the same function.

Israeli nuclear forces are integrated into NATO’s electronic system, as part of the “Individual Cooperation Program” with Israel, which, although not a member of the Alliance, has a permanent office at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

According to the plan tested in US-Israel exercise Juniper Cobra 2018, US and NATO forces would arrive from Europe (mostly bases in Italy) to support Israel in a war against Iran. [3] This could begin with an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, such as that carried out in 1981 in Osiraq, Iraq. In the event of Iranian retaliation, Israel could use a nuclear weapon unleashing a chain reaction with unpredictable consequences.

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How Zionist Israel Celebrated Its 70th Anniversary

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Three days ago, Jared and Ivanka Kushner, Steven Mnuchin, Sheldon Adelson, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Dean Heller (R-NV), along with House members Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott, joined Benjamin Netanyahu and his Zionist government in celebrating the 70th anniversary of Rothschild’s Israel. (Evangelical Christian leaders Robert Jeffress, John Hagee, Paula White, Ralph Reed, Jim Garlow, Lourdes Aguirre, Ramiro Pena and Jay Strack were also there.) But the real celebration wasn’t the one attended by Kushner and Company; it was the one that took place on the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) killing fields just a few miles away. And that “celebration” mirrored the way Israel has spent its entire 70-year existence: by committing mass violence and murder against defenseless Palestinians.


The indigenous people of Palestine have been subjected to some of the cruelest and most inhumane treatment at the hands of the Zionist government of Israel ever since Zionists came to power on May 14, 1948. And May 14, 2018, was no different.


At least 58 unarmed (unless you count slingshots and stones against armored tanks, machine guns and .50 caliber sniper rifles as being “armed”) Palestinian protesters were mowed down by Israeli gunfire. Over 1,300 were wounded. And let’s not forget the relentless, non-stop air strikes against Syria by the Israeli air force since Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iranian treaty a little over one week ago.


Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today, writes:


On May 14, 2018, while an American delegation which included the purported slum lord Jared Kushner, a US Embassy opened in Jerusalem in violation of four Senate ratified treaties and the fourth Geneva Convention, Netanyahu decided to strike.


With Americans on Israeli soil and engaged in a solemn ceremony in defiance of human rights and the laws of man and God, America and Israel joined in the ritual slaughter of Palestinian innocents…at least 58 are killed and another 1,350 were injured by Israeli gunfire.


Duff then posts a column by Steve Robertson (that includes photos and videos) detailing the absolute horror routinely inflicted upon the Palestinian people by Israel’s Zionist government:


There was clear and undeniable video evidence that showed four Palestinian children playing soccer on the beaches of Gaza being shelled, dismembered and murdered by an Israeli naval gunboat. F-16 fighter jets, provided by the U.S., regularly drop laser guided one-ton phosphorus bombs on densely populated areas. A phosphorus bomb, for those unfamiliar with it, detonates on the ground and blankets the area with flying molten metal. When this molten metal lands on someone, a small child or an adult, the metal boils through the skin and can’t be put out…even if someone were to jump in a swimming pool.


U.S. provided, Apache helicopters are used [to] machine gun strafe, in-other-words spray bullets, throughout civilian areas. Each day Palestinian people, people just like you and me, are forcefully challenged year in and year out to go through armed military checkpoints when traveling to work, going to buy food or visiting family or friends. Each day the Palestinians must endure multiple hour long checkpoint delays, each of which are engineered to intentionally harass . . . and humiliate.


Palestinian property and homes are regularly and illegally seized and/or bulldozed to the ground. How many of you have heard about the young American peace activist Rachel Corrie who courageously stood in front of [a] Caterpillar bulldozer to protect the home of a Palestinian doctor from being bulldozed to the ground? Protesters who rallied around her watched in horror as the bulldozer operator ran over her and then backed up and ran over her again. She died as a result of these injuries.


As Israel controls the electrical power and water supply grids within the region, they psychologically and logistically turn off and on these services as they so choose. Often power and or water is available for just a few hours a day. Imagine, if you will, the impact on any home, your home, if you were forced to endure this. No power equals no water pumps [which] means no water to drink, cook with or wash in. No power means that your food spoils because the refrigerator doesn’t work. It also means live or die basic hospital equipment is inoperable. Life saving ICU equipment, nursery incubators don’t work and emergency or scheduled operations can’t be performed. Add to this that the basic infrastructure of schools have been bombed to the ground and/or have no basic utilities from which to operate.


[The] Israeli military [often] fire . . . tear gas canisters into Palestinian homes where parents have no means whatsoever of protecting their infants and small children from choking on these toxins and related lung/nervous system damage they cause.


Robertson further writes:


Palestinian parents regularly and defenselessly witness their children being kidnapped by the Israeli military. [The children are] imprisoned and tortured in Israel’s gulags and will likely never be seen again.


In addition to this, there are reports of Israel harvesting organs from children. Yes, America’s greatest Democratic ally in the Middle East region appears to [be] regularly farming children for their organs. . . . Thus far, some 300,000 Palestinians are among the disappeared [that fill] the mass graves of the Negev.


See the report here:


Forgiveness In The Face Of Israel’s Great Global Arrogance and Cruel Indifference Towards Palestinians


Writing for GlobalResearch.com, Joyce Chediac writes:


More than anything, Israel is an agent of war, since its formation.


Just a day after the Trump administration exited the Nuclear Accord with Iran, in a coordinated move, Israel violated the sovereign borders of Syria and bombed what it called “Iranian positions” there. The provocative nature of these attacks, and bombings days later, were to draw Syria and its allies into an escalating conflict. Israel’s internal name for its strikes—”Chess.”


Israel has attacked all bordering countries, some, like Lebanon, repeatedly and for decades. It occupied or annexed all of historic Palestine and territory from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan. This not because it had to do so to survive. It is because imperialism backed the formation of Israel on stolen Palestinian land, not as a homeland for Jewish people but as an agent of war against Arab independence [or better, their independence from the Rothschild/Federal Reserve central bank]. The Holocaust survivors who populated it were meant to fight and die for imperialism. To this end, the U.S. has given this country of 8.5 million people $254 billion (2016 dollars) since its formation. Most of this is in sophisticated offensive weapons and spy equipment. Israel has been constantly at war with its neighbors for the benefit of U.S. imperialism. [I would counter that it’s not for the U.S. as much as it’s for the New World Order globalists who control U.S. foreign policy.]


She goes on to write:


Israel claims to be a democracy and a Jewish homeland. This “democracy” published in  January a list of 20 human rights organizations whose members would be banned from the country. This included Jewish groups like Jewish Voice for Peace that support some form of Palestinian rights.


A state that claims to be a refuge from anti-Semitism has twisted the definition of the term to include those who oppose the policies of the Netanyahu regime, many of them war crimes. It has launched an international campaign to get other governments to accept this patently false definition and make it legally binding. This is aimed at the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel, which calls for an end to the occupation of Palestine, equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the right of return for all Palestinian refugees to their homes.


In the U.S., both Democratic and Republican legislatures have happily complied. Such a bill is currently pending before the U.S. Congress, and 23 states have pass laws outlawing BDS as “anti-Semitic.”


See the report here:


Israel At Seventy: Symbol Of War, Racism, Reaction  


Sadly, most evangelical Christians will have no desire to read or listen to anything critical of Zionist Israel, because they have been totally and completely indoctrinated in Scofield dispensationalism and Israel-centered prophetic futurism.


From Liberty University (LU) to Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), from John Hagee to Robert Jeffress, and from Pat Robertson to Tim LaHaye, evangelical Christians have been immersed in the notion that the advent of Rothschild’s Zionist State of Israel in 1948 is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and that the state itself is a burgeoning fulfillment of Jehovah’s covenants with Abraham and David. They are further convinced that God’s promise to Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” (Genesis 12:3 KJV), applies to the Rothschild State of Israel created in 1948.


Believe me: I understand the way they think perfectly, because I used to think the exact same way—for over 30 years. That is, until I began to prayerfully and carefully study the issue for myself, only to find that Scofield and LU and DTS and Hagee and Jeffress and Robertson and LaHaye, et al. are wrong. The Rothschild Zionist State of Israel is NOT the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy; it is NOT a burgeoning fulfillment of the covenants God made with Abraham and David; Netanyahu and his fellow Zionists are NOT God’s “chosen people”; and God’s promise to Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee,” does NOT remotely apply to the Rothschild state created in 1948.


And perhaps nothing Jesus taught applies more accurately to the Zionist State of Israel than these words: “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:20 KJV)


Rothschild Zionism—since even before Israel’s inception, and even more following its inception— has produced chaos and carnage, destruction and death that is unparalleled in human history. And the impact of modern Israel on human suffering staggers the imagination.


Gideon Polya writes:


Presently there are 16 million avoidable deaths from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease each year globally and there have been 1,500 million such deaths since 1950 (this including 600 million Muslims), this carnage being significantly linked to continuing Zionist perversion of US aid and foreign policy.


There have been 32 million Muslim deaths from violence, 5 million, or from deprivation, 27 million, in 20 countries invaded by the pro-Zionist US Alliance in the US War on Terror (US War on Muslims) since the US Government’s 9-11 false flag atrocity in which Apartheid Israel is very likely to have been complicit.


There have been millions of refugees generated and millions of Indigenous deaths from violence or imposed deprivation in countries subject to Apartheid Israeli-backed, genocidal civil wars, notably Guatemala, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan.


There have been 28 million American preventable deaths since 9-11 (1.7 million annually) that are inescapably linked to Zionist-beholden US Governments committing to a $40 trillion long-term accrual cost of supporting Apartheid Israel, this including a $7 trillion long-term accrual cost for the killing of millions of Muslims abroad in the Zionist-promoted War on Terror instead of keeping millions of Americans alive at home. Australia has similarly committed to $11 billion per year long-term to the War on Terror ($176 billion since 9-11) with this fiscal perversion linked to 1.4 million preventable Australian deaths since 9-11 (85,000 annually). Canada has similarly committed hugely to the War on Terror with this inescapably linked to 0.1 million Canadian preventable deaths annually or 1.7 million preventable deaths in Canada since 9-11. The UK has similarly committed hugely to the War on Terror with this linked in terms of fiscal deprivation to 0.15 million UK preventable deaths annually or 2.5 million preventable deaths in the UK since the 9-11 atrocity that killed 3,000 people.


See the very thorough, well-researched and fully annotated report here:


70th Anniversary Of Apartheid Israel: History Of Violent Invasion. Chronology Of Palestinian Genocide     


Yet, to Scofield-zombied evangelicals, all of this death and destruction is considered not only “acceptable” but part of “God’s plan.” They believe that the Rothschild State of Israel is destined to usher in the return of Christ. But not before the antichrist takes over Israel, of course, and destroys a large percentage of the world’s population. Not to worry, however, because these Israel-obsessed evangelicals believe they will escape all of this death and destruction via the “Rapture.”


Evangelicals also attempt to justify Israel’s murder and genocide of millions of innocent people by trying to compare this death and destruction by the Zionist state to God’s direct commands to Old Testament Israel (through Moses) to defeat the nations of the Old Testament Promised Land. But there is absolutely NO comparison. Lionel Walter Rothschild, Theodor Herzi, Chaim Weizmann and Benjamin Netanyahu are NOT Moses. These men didn’t (or don’t in the case of Netanyahu) even recognize Jesus Christ as being the Jews’ Messiah or the world’s Savior. (And as every evangelical Christian should know, Jehovah of the Old Testament and Jesus Christ of the New Testament are ONE.) These men subscribed (or subscribe in the case of Netanyahu) to Talmudism, which is nothing more than the continuation of the pagan religion of the Pharisees in Jesus and the Apostles’ day. Back in May of 2014, Netanyahu even recognized the law that will “establish the Talmud, the core work of Jewish law, as an official basis for Israeli state law.”  


To equate the acts of a group of Christ-rejecting, Christ-hating Talmudists who murdered and are murdering millions of people for the sake of power and wealth to the acts of God’s great Old Testament prophet, deliverer and lawgiver, Moses, is nothing short of blasphemy.


But evangelicals do seem to have one thing right: This Zionist State of Israel created in 1948 has already partially fulfilled the antichrist agenda of bringing death and destruction to the world, as noted above. Unfortunately, one thing they may not be counting on is that when the antichrist agenda being accomplished through Israel comes to fruition, it may include the death and destruction of the United States—and when that happens, the “Rapture” may not come in time to save them.


In the meantime, the celebration of modern Israel’s 70th anniversary this week was merely a continuation of what Zionist Israel has celebrated since the day it was conceived: death and destruction.


P.S. I, again, invite readers to watch my eight-message, two-DVD series The Church And Israel.


As I said, I had been schooled in and personally believed and taught Israel-based Bible prophecy for over 30 years. After MUCH prayer, deliberation and personal study, however, I came to realize that everything I had been taught and had myself taught on the subject was patently FALSE. I now realize that the Zionist State of Israel created in 1948 has NOTHING to do with Biblical Israel.


These two DVDs containing eight messages explain the basic, foundational scriptural truth relative to the subject of Israel that must first be comprehended in order to understand the full teaching of Scripture on the matter. I consider these eight messages to be “Biblical Israel 101.”


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Hamas Launched Another War with Israel

Hamas Launched Another War with Israel?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Since December 2008, Israel launched three preemptive wars of aggression on Gaza – Hamas not the perpetrator as Israel, Washington and Western media scoundrels falsely claimed.



The neocon CIA house organ Washington Post gives yellow journalism at its worst a bad name – supporting US and Israeli wars of aggression, blaming victims for their ruthlessness.



WaPo: “Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in the Gaza Strip over the past decade, and though it may not look like the others, a fourth one is now underway.” 



“Having tried and failed to defeat Israel with rockets and armed cross-border attacks, Hamas this spring deployed a new strategy: assembling thousands of nominal civilians to march on and attempt to breach the border fence, in the calculation that many would be killed.” 



“The result would be a moral and political defeat for Israel – and perhaps some relief for a regime that is literally besieged from all sides.”



Fact: All of the above are bald-face lies.



Fact: Without just cause, Israel (with full US support and encouragement) waged three preemptive wars of aggression on Gaza – a fourth one possible, maybe likely, so far not launched.



Fact: Nuclear armed and dangerous Israel is one of the world’s most powerful militaries. Lightly armed Hamas’ military wing is solely for defense, not an aggressor against Israel or any other nation.



Fact: Great March of Return Gazan protests are all about anger and frustration over years of illegal Israeli blockade of the Strip, causing intolerable humanitarian crisis conditions, the world community doing nothing to hold Israel accountable for its high crimes.



Fact: Demonstrations have nothing to do with Hamas mobilizing thousands of Gazans near Israel’s border to breach it. They’re all about justifiably wanting an end to intolerable conditions.



Fact: Israel is a ruthless Ziofascist apartheid state masquerading as democratic. As long as it maintains US support, regional peace and stability remain unattainable.



WaPo disgracefully lied claiming Hamas “assembled” thousands of Gazans along the Strip’s border with Israel on Monday – “armed with wire cutters, slingshots, knives and, in a couple of cases, firearms.”



Palestinians throughout the Territories use slingshots to throw rocks in response to Israeli violence. 



Eyewitnesses on Monday, Nakba Day Tuesday, and previous Gazan Great March of Return demonstrations reported they proceeded peacefully, no weapons of any kind seen.



Yet Israeli soldiers used live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, toxic tear gas and other harsh tactics – no Palestinian provocations justifying its actions, state terror by any standard.



Israel falsely claimed two dozen demonstrators killed were terrorists, its way of trying to unjustifiably justify its viciousness.



WaPo: “Clearly (Israel) must defend its borders; if it had allowed thousands of Palestinians to pour across toward nearby Israeli communities, the bloodshed could have been much greater.”



Fact: Its undeclared borders are unthreatened by Hamas or anyone else. Israel routinely uses lethal force against Palestinians, knowing accountability is never forthcoming.



Hamas, Gazans, and all Palestinians are victims of Israeli ruthlessness – what WaPo and other media scoundrels never explain.



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New York Times whitewashes Israel’s massacre of Gazan demonstrators

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Today’s main New York Times article on Israel’s massacre of Gazan demonstrators – the lead front-page story in the print edition – is a masterpiece of deceit. The article, by David Halbfinger, employs the time tested tools of distortion, including classic Orientalism, dueling narratives, one-sided use of sources, and hiding the perpetrators behind passive sentences, topped off by outright dishonesty.

The distortion starts in the first sentence. “Across the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, loudspeakers on minarets urged Palestinians to rush the fence bordering Israel. . .” An Orientalist gem, insinuating that Gazan protesters are motivated by religious primitivism, instead of Israel’s crushing blockade and regular armed attacks.

“. . where they [the Gazans] were met by army snipers.” “Met” is hardly the appropriate word here, especially after another Times correspondent, Declan Walsh, has already described how far off Israeli snipers shot a woman in the stomach right in front of him on Sunday night.

“At least 58 were killed and thousands injured. . .” Passive voice; conceal the killers.

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In paragraph 4, Halbfinger turns explicitly to dueling narratives. “For generations, both sides of the conflict have been locked in competing mutually negating narratives. . .” The implicit question: Who knows which side is right? This is post-modernism gone lethal, a view favored by Western liberals who sense something is terribly wrong but who are too cowardly to criticize Israel. Sometimes, one side of a dueling narrative is fundamentally true, and the other is a pack of lies.

Lower in the article are 4 short paragraphs reported from the standpoint of the Gazan demonstrators themselves.

But then immediately, a reverent respect for the Israeli military’s point of view. For 7 paragraphs, Halbfinger took dictation from the army’s mouthpiece, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, who asserted that the Gazans were: “planting or hurling explosives”; flying flaming kites into Israel; trying to slip armed fighters into Israel to “wreak havoc”; launching an armed attack on the border fence; and firing “numerous shots” at Israeli soldiers – all of which amounted to an “unprecedented level of violence” – against Israel!

Next, stenographer Halbfinger writes that “Israel responded with gunfire and tear gas, and Israeli jets struck five targets in a Hamas military training facility. . .” This is Orwellian. Lt. Col. Conricus makes up or grossly exaggerates Gazan actions, and Halbfinger then calls Israel’s vicious attacks a ‘response’ to things that never happened.

Conricus also alleges that “one Israeli soldier was wounded by shrapnel from what was believed to be an explosive device.” Halbfinger fails to report that if true, this would be the very first injury to any Israeli whatsoever, whether soldier or civilian, in nearly 7 weeks of protest during which Israel has killed 107 Palestinians and injured another 13,000.

You have to pause to see what is happening here. Israel has just committed the biggest single massacre since its 2014 invasion of Gaza. The Times has 3 correspondents in Gaza, including the aforementioned Walsh, Iyad Abuheweila and Ibrahim El-Mughrabi – all of them doubtless risking their lives to report from amid the mass killing, and their shorter secondary article in today’s Times is helpful. But the paper’s main report gives them 4 puny paragraphs and devotes twice as much space to unsubstantiated claims from the proven liars of the Israeli military. This is truly taking “dueling narratives” to ugly ends.

Halbfinger does not quote a single human rights group, not even the respected Israeli organization B’Tselem, which has implored Israel’s soldiers not to fire at the Gazan demonstrators. Palestinians are dying by the dozens and being grievously wounded by the hundreds – Medicines Sans Frontieres said sniper bullets are leaving exit wounds the size of a fist – but Halbfinger did not let the Palestinians speak.

David Halbfinger is a skilled reporter and he must know exactly how he is distorting what is really happening in Gaza. We suspect he is under tremendous pressure – from the Israeli government, from his editors, from some of his readers. Until the pressure to tell the truth increases, he (and his colleagues) will continue to whitewash.

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Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza terrorists



 


The Israeli Air Force has carried out a series of airstrikes against Hamas military facilities in northern Gaza in retaliation for “heavy machine gun fire” that reportedly targeted the city of Sderot.

The strikes targeted four Hamas-affiliated buildings and infrastructure objects in a military compound of the Sunni organization, while three more sorties were launched at a weapons production facility, the IDF said.

Israel said it was a warranted response to numerous shooting incidents throughout Wednesday, including machine gun fire, which targeted the city of Sderot in the Southern District of Israel.

“Hamas is solely responsible for the events transpiring in and out of Gaza, and is accountable for all terrorist activity emanating from Gaza targeting Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” the IDF said. “The IDF is prepared to continue fulfilling its mission to ensure Israeli civilians’ security and sense of security.”

The strikes followed earlier retaliation by the IDF against Hamas positions on Wednesday, when an Israeli tank targeted a group which reportedly opened machine gun fire on its soldiers. While there were not believed to be any casualties, machine gun fire from Gaza is said to have struck at least six homes in Sderot.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been on the rise since December, when US President Donald Trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, triggering furious protests violently suppressed by the IDF. Deadly clashes have further escalated during the so-called ‘Great March of Return’, which culminated on Monday when the US embassy officially opened in Jerusalem.

At least 60 people lost their lives in what became the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014. More than 2,700 people were injured, many by live ammunition. While the Palestinian government called the Israeli crackdown a “terrible massacre,” Israel denied accusations of using excessive force against the protesters, insisting the crackdown is justified to protect its border.

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Nets Move On From Israel After Hamas Claims 50 of the Dead as Theirs

After spending the first two days of this week painting the Jewish state of Israel as cold-blooded killers for defending their border from violent assaulters content with killing them, the evening broadcasts of the liberal major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) finally moved on from the topic Wednesday. But the timing was suspect since earlier in the day, Hamas official Salah Bardawil boasted about how 50 of the 62 people killed were members of the terrorist organization.

A Hamas official on Wednesday acknowledged that 50 of the 62 Palestinians reported killed during Gaza border riots on Monday and Tuesday were members of the Islamist terrorist group, bringing the total number of known members of terror groups among the fatalities up to 53,” reported The Times of Israel Wednesday.

In an interview with Palestinian Baladna, a news outlet there, Bardawil gave the “official” tally. “In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, Fifty of the martyrs were Hamas and 12 from the people,” he said. “I am giving you an official figure. 50 of the martyrs in the recent battle were from Hamas.” The video tweet below by Israeli Defence Force spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus shows Bardawil’s comments.

The Times also noted that “the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad had said on Tuesday that three members of its Saraya al-Quds military wing were killed by Israeli forces in Khan Younis.

This admission by the Hamas official came after the three American networks spent their morning and evening shows mourning for the dead and claiming they were all just “peaceful” protesters. “In Gaza, two protesters were killed today, but it was more a day of grieving for the 60 killed here yesterday. A baby suffocated by tear gas laid to rest,” ABC chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran said on Tuesday.

 

 

In fact, many of the foreign correspondents actually scoffed at the idea that any of the rioters were being violent at all. “Israel accused others of throwing grenades and pipe bombs and released this video it says shows Palestinians attempting to breach the border fence. Israel claims at least 24 of those it killed were terrorists,” huffed CBS foreign correspondent Holly Williams skeptically. “The U.S., like Israel, blames the violence on Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip.”

Most of the liberal media, including the three networks, breathlessly parroted the unverifiable death and injury totals provided by the Palestinian Authority without mentioning the fact they’re infamous for forging such statistics. “Israel has not put out its own official death toll, but officials have questioned the accuracy of the Hamas-provided figure,The Times acknowledged.

A grade-A example of Hamas’ diabolical intrigue is in the child supposedly killed by tear gas whom Moran harped on. According to The Times’ reporting: “In one case, a Gazan doctor told the Associated Press that an 8-month-old baby, who the Gaza ministry said died after inhaling Israeli tear gas on Monday, had a preexisting medical condition and that he did not believe her death was caused by tear gas.” That’s not to mention Moran never seemed to question why someone would bring a baby to a literal war zone.

And the networks’ continued suggestion that the “peaceful protesters” were armed with little more than slingshots was also proved horrendously false because eight were killed in a “gun battle.” “Among the dead, the IDF said on Tuesday, were [sic] all eight members of a cell of armed Hamas operatives who were killed in a gun battle as they sought to breach the fence in the northern Gaza Strip.

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