Posts Tagged ‘ Israel ’

Palestinian Authority rejects Israel tax transfer

April 6, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he has refused to accept hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenues unfrozen by Israel. Mr Abbas says he returned the money because Israel deducted a third to pay for what it called utility bills. He has threatened to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) unless the full amount is released. Israel collects taxes on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), but halted payments in January. ... Israel says it has deducted the cost of services provided to the Palestinian population, including electricity, water and hospital bills." (04/06/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32193371  

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Israel: Olmert convicted of graft

April 1, 2015
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Chicago Chronicle    

"Former prime minister Ehud Olmert was on Monday convicted of fraud and breach of trust, the third guilty verdict on corruption charges since 2012 for the once powerful politician who is already facing jail time. The latest conviction could land Olmert five years in prison, which will be over and above the six-year prison sentencing he received last year in a separate bribery case." (03/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owosajd  

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Jim Crow in the Holy Land

March 25, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Phyllis Bennis  

"The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination. On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers -- and those trouble-making civil rights agitators, he complained, were busing them to the polls. But this wasn't Mississippi or Alabama circa 1965. It was Israel in 2015." (03/25/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/25/jim-crow-in-the-holy-land/  

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Is the US back in the coup business?

March 24, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Patrick J Buchanan  

"Though 'Bibi' Netanyahu won re-election last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will still look into whether the State Department financed a clandestine effort to defeat him. Reportedly, State funneled $350,000 to an American NGO called OneVoice, which has an Israeli subsidiary, Victory 15, that collaborated with U.S. operatives to bring Bibi down. If we are now secretly pumping cash into the free elections of friendly countries, to dump leaders President Obama dislikes, Americans have a right to know why we are using Cold War tactics against democracies." (03/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pab4c3l  

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Get ready for the third intifada

March 24, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Wight  

"Bibi's re-election makes the prospect of a third intifada more likely than ever. And when it does come it would take a surfeit of optimism to believe that it won't be as widely supported among the Palestinians as the First Intifada (1987-1991) or as violent as the Second Intifada (2000-2005)." (03/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohw87ff  

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Report: Israel spied on Iran nuke talks

March 24, 2015
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Times of India [India]    

"Israel has spied on Iran's nuclear talks with the United States and other major powers, Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Israel quickly dismissed the report as 'not true,' and denied spying on the United States. The Journal report, quoting current and former US officials, said the operation was designed to infiltrate the talks and help build a case against the emerging terms of a deal. Besides eavesdropping, Israel obtained information from confidential US briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe, the officials told the Journal. It added that more than the espionage, what irked the White House was the fact that Israel shared inside information with American legislators in a bid to sap support for a deal intended to limit Iran's nuclear program." (03/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m9yet29  

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Obama stands up for America

March 23, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"From the perspective of a noninterventionist, President Obama’s foreign policy has been a disaster. Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, and now the stalled withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan -- all this and more is evidence that the candidate who campaigned against the reckless policies of his predecessor has turned out to be worse, in many ways, than George W. Bush. However, in one area his recent actions have made us proud, and that is in his dealings with the rogue state of Israel." (03/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mckad36  

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Israel: Rivlin kicks off coalition talks in meeting with Likud

March 23, 2015
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Jewish Telegraphic Agency    

"President Reuven Rivlin of Israel launched the process of determining which party leader will be tasked with forming a new government. Acknowledging that the country has been through a 'stormy and passionate election period,' Rivlin started consultations on Sunday with representatives of each party elected to serve in the 20th Knesset. He met first with representatives of Likud, which led all the parties with 30 seats. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads Likud. ... Typically the head of the party with the most votes is tasked with forming the new coalition, but the president may chose whoever he thinks is most likely to be able to form a solid coalition." (03/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/pupojrx  

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Rethinking the US-Israeli relationship

March 23, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Netanyahu's apparent reelection and the egregious circumstances under which it was accomplished should prompt a reconsideration of the special relationship. Although it should have happened long ago, now would be a good time for the U.S. government to end the relationship and start seeing Israel as a rogue and aggressor nuclear power. (Of course the United States is hardly one to talk.) No more excuses. The Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust. Let's have one moral standard for all. Not that I think it has a chance of happening, but the U.S. government should cease all taxpayer aid to the Israeli government, stop vetoing UN Security Council resolutions that condemn Israel for its daily violations of human rights, and stop impeding Palestinian efforts to set up an independent country (with membership in the International Criminal Court, etc.)." (03/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pwqkk7k  

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Netanyahu flip-flops again on “two-state solution;” White House may stop appeasing Likud

March 20, 2015
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The Hill The Hill    

"The White House on Thursday sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tactics during his reelection campaign, warning that they could alter U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian bid for statehood. Netanyahu, who won decisively, appeared on Thursday to walk back his repudiation of a two-state solution with the Palestinians made just days before the election. But the White House's comments indicate that Netanyahu's campaign further strained already-tense relations between Obama and the Israeli prime minister. Press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily press briefing that the administration would 'reevaluate the strategy' it uses in making decisions at the U.N. and other international forums based on Netanyahu's decision to go back on his support for Palestinian statehood." (03/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mr2ndxv  

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When Bibi won, AIPAC lost

March 20, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart  

"Netanyahu in recent months has become a deeply polarizing figure in the United States. Republicans love him not only because he's a hawk but because he's an Obama foe. Many Democrats loathe him for the same reason. For Jewish groups with strong partisan identities, that's fine. Democratic-leaning J Street galvanizes its members by defending Obama against Bibi. Groups like the Zionist Organization of America and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's This World: The Values Network -- which enjoy funding from right-wing billionaire Sheldon Adelson -- galvanize supporters by defending Bibi against Obama. AIPAC, caught in between, says nothing and looks irrelevant. AIPAC's far from irrelevant. It remains the most powerful American Jewish group in Washington. But it is not built for this highly partisan, highly ideological age." (03/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kor84md  

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Netanyahu’s win

March 18, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Stephen Lendman  

"Despite emerging as third largest Knesset party, Joint List has no say whatever under either a Netanyahu or Herzog-led coalition. Believing otherwise is foolhardy. Israel's 20% Arab population is powerless, persecuted, and denied rights afforded solely to Jews. Election results changed nothing. Israel is like America. Democracy is pure fantasy. Not a dime's worth of difference separates major parties on issues mattering most." (03/18/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/18/netanyahus-win/  

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Israel: Likud surges to election win

March 18, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy. With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament’s 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. Such a government would likely put Israel at odds with the international community over settlement construction and its opposition to Palestinian statehood, and continue clashing with the White House over hard-line policies." (03/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l8f3kg3  

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Israel: Netanyahu says no Palestinian Arab state if he’s re-elected

March 16, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"With months of campaigning seeing him falling behind the left-center Zionist Union list, which has accused him of trying to sabotage a two-state solution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now vowing that, if reelected, he will sabotage a two-state solution. Netanyahu confirmed that there would be no Palestinian statehood if he gets reelected, saying any independent Palestine would amount to giving territory away to 'radical Islamists.' He then accused the Zionist Union of plotting to do the bidding of the international community with respect to the occupied territories." (03/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lx2hxb3  

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Who’s afraid of the Israel lobby?

March 16, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine  

"Congress is the last place to look for 'the brightest and the best' or the most knowledgeable. Still, most Senators and Representatives are at least somewhat better informed than people whose window on the world is Fox News. Why then did they make spectacles of themselves listening, yet again, to what Benjamin Netanyahu has to say about Iran? Why would they care? Why would anybody care what Netanyahu thinks? The short answer is: because they must." (03/13/15)

http://bit.ly/1Lb1524  

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Time to end the “special relationship”

March 10, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"Most sane Americans knew what Netanyahu's US tour was all about even before he arrived: More war. That's why they largely opposed it. Americans didn't need Netanyahu in Washington to explain his position -- they're already well aware of it because he's been trumpeting the same dire warnings for decades. Americans also have their own Netanyahu worker bees scattered throughout Congress, a sizeable bunch of US-based Zionists who adopt Netanyahu's murderous ideology wholesale. It is an ideology that sees diplomacy as a last resort and is well-funded by the strong-arm of AIPAC -- the Israeli war propaganda machine operating in Washington." (03/08/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/36235  

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Israel: Increasingly deranged Netanyahu nixes two-state solution, then denies he did so

March 9, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Faced with growing criticism from the far-right over a reported peace deal proposal, Israeli ruling party Likud issued a statement nationwide to synagogues in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out the two-state solution. ... The Likud statement went on to say that Netanyahu's 2009 declaration of support for a two-state solution was 'annulled' adding that Netanyahu's entire political career 'is the struggle against the establishment of the Palestinian state.' The statement prompted criticism from the Israeli left, leading Netanyahu to bizarrely deny that he'd ever made such comments as were attributed to him in the statement released by his own party." (03/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgtd95k  

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Jerusalem: Five hurt in car attack on pedestrians

March 6, 2015
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"A driver ploughed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem Friday, injuring five people in an attack that further inflamed tensions a day after the [alleged leaders of Arab] Palestinians vowed to halt security coordination with Israel. ... Four Israeli border guards were among those injured in the attack outside a security forces' base on the line separating west from Arab east Jerusalem. The driver was shot and seriously wounded by a security guard at the scene, according to police." (03/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oj3825p  

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Netanyahu’s impossible dream

March 6, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Benjamin Netanyahu came to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday and offered an idea so simple and brilliant that everyone in the White House must have felt dumb for not thinking of it. His alternative to the imperfect deal the U.S. may strike with Iran? A perfect deal. It was fitting that the Israeli prime minister made reference to the HBO series Game of Thrones, because fantasy pervaded his address. He thinks of negotiations as a process by which one side gets everything it wants and the other side gets nothing." (03/05/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/03/05/netanyahus-impossible-dream  

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Bibi wants war

March 4, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Netanyahu said nothing new in his peroration: it's essentially the same act he's been performing for years, a parody of Winston Churchill. The self-dramatizing, the hyperbole, the whining, the thinly-veiled jabs at his American 'allies' -- we've heard it all before. What stands out, however, given the venue, is the threat to 'stand alone,' i.e. launch a war that would rope us in. Implicit in this threat is the possibility that Israel could unleash its unacknowledged nuclear arsenal on Iran -- a threat made explicit a few years ago in an op ed piece by an Israeli academic with close ties to the Israeli government. One would like to think this is a bluff. After all, the whole world would condemn Israel in the wake of such a horror, but there's little reason to think this would deter Netanyahu." (03/04/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/03/03/bibi-wants-war/  

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Netanyahu campaign speech to US Congress: Same sh*t, different year

March 3, 2015
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Fox News    

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a controversial speech before the U.S. Congress to appeal to President Obama to pull back on nuclear talks with Iran, warning the 'bad deal' in the works 'paves Iran's path to the bomb' and could lead to a 'potential nuclear nightmare.' The Israeli leader made his impassioned case Tuesday in a highly anticipated address in Washington. He claimed the potential deal would make two major concessions which would threaten the security of Israel and the region by retaining Iran's ability to start up a nuclear weapons program." [editor's note: He's been raving about Iran being close to getting nukes for nearly 25 years now even though his own intelligence service tells him there's no active Iranian nuclear weapons program; this was just a campaign speech for the coming Israeli elections (yawn) - TLK] (03/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oadfqka  

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Netanyahu needs some tough love

March 3, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Make no mistake, a nuclear Iran would not be a good thing. However, it is not the end of the world either. Israel already likely has 200 to 400 nuclear weapons to deter Iran from any nuclear attack. If Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, Saudi Arabia and some other Sunni Arab states may feel they need one for deterrence purposes. However, some academics actually argue that more nuclear weapons might make the Middle East region more stable, because the shadow of nuclear destruction would hang over most disputes between nations. At any rate, even an imperfect agreement between the United States and Iran to limit its nuclear program is pretty much the only game in town, and Netanyahu and his allies in the U.S. Congress need to get used to it. And while the United States is dispensing tough love to an ally, perhaps it should consider whether Israeli intransigence in settling the Israeli-Palestinian territorial dispute is not being encouraged by providing more than $3 billion dollars in annual aid to an already wealthy country." (03/02/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5340  

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s long history of crying wolf about Iran’s nuclear weapons

March 3, 2015
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The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"[I]n 1992, then-parliamentarian Netanyahu advised the Israeli Knesset that Iran was 'three to five years' away from reaching nuclear weapons capability ... In his 1995 book, 'Fighting Terrorism,' Netanyahu once again asserted that Iran would have a nuclear weapon in 'three to five years,' apparently forgetting about the expiration of his old deadline. ... A 2009 U.S. State Department diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks described then-prime ministerial candidate Netanyahu informing a visiting Congressional delegation that Iran was 'probably one or two years away' from developing weapons capability. Another cable later the same year showed Netanyahu, now back in office as prime minister, telling a separate delegation of American politicians in Jerusalem that 'Iran has the capability now to make one bomb,' adding that alternatively, 'they could wait and make several bombs in a year or two.' ... In 2012 Netanyahu said in closed talks reported by Israeli media that Iran is just 'a few months away' from attaining nuclear capabilities. Later that same year, he gave a widely-mocked address at the United Nations in which he alleged that Iran would have the ability to construct a weapon within roughly one year ..." (03/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5w9rjy  

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Jerusalem: Church building torched in apparent hate crime

February 26, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Greek Orthodox seminary building in Jerusalem early Thursday, police said, 24 hours after a mosque was torched in the West Bank. The vandals torched an annexe of the seminary near the walls of the Old City and scrawled 'graffiti insulting Jesus,' police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, describing it as a 'nationalist' attack. ... Following a police request, a gag order has been imposed on all details of the investigation which will remain in force until March 4. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the attack as 'deplorable' and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice. On Wednesday, a mosque near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank was set alight and anti-Arab slogans in Hebrew sprayed on a nearby wall." (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pb46yjk  

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Israel: Regime announces purchase of 14 more US F-35 fighter jets

February 22, 2015
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Boston Herald    

"Israel said Sunday it will purchase 14 additional next-generation F-35 fighter jets for approximately $3 billion. The deal adds to the fleet of 19 U.S-made jets already purchased in 2010, the Defense Ministry said. The recent signing with Lockheed Martin Corp. includes an option for 17 more in the future. The first such planes are to arrive in Israel in late 2016." (02/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kfc57o3  

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