May 29th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Fareed's Take: Netanyahu doesn't want a deal

We've just gone through an arcane debate about whether Barack Obama said anything new when he called for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement based on 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps. In fact, that has been the working assumption of all negotiating parties - America, Israel and the Palestinian Authority - for over 20 years. It is what the Camp David talks of 2000 were based on; it's what former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's talks with the Palestinians was based on.

The newsworthy and real shift in U.S. policy was President Obama publicly condemning the Palestinian strategy to seek recognition as a state from the U.N. General Assembly in September.

Instead of thanking Obama for this, Prime Minister Netanyahu chose to stage, in the words of the former Israeli diplomat Alon Pinkas, "Nothing less than a bizarre tirade at the White House on Friday, educating the president about the plight and the pogroms of Jews throughout history."

So why did Netanyahu do this? Does it help Israel's security or strengthen it otherwise to stoke tensions with its strongest ally and largest benefactor, Washington? Does such behavior further the resolution of Israel's problems?

No, but it helps Netanyahu stir up support at home and maintain his fragile coalition.

The real revelation, which has been picked up by many in the Israeli press, is that it shows finally that Netanyahu simply doesn't want a deal. He always has a new objection, a new problem, a new delaying tactic because, at core, he has never believed that the Palestinians should have a state.

Here is the young Bibi, 33 years ago, at a forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts:

"I think the United States should oppose the creation of a Palestinian state for several reasons, the first one being that it is unjust to demand the creation of a 22nd Arab state and a second Palestinian state at the expense of the only Jewish state. There is no right to establish the second one on my doorstep, which will threaten my existence. There is no right whatsoever."

Prime Minister Netanyahu's references to the indefensible borders of 1967 last week also reveal him to be mired in a world that has really gone away. The chief threat to Israel today is not from a Palestinian army. Israel has the region's strongest economy and military by far, complete with an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

The chief threats to Israel are from new technologies - rockets and biological weapons - and from demography. Its physical existence is less in doubt than its democratic existence as it continues to rule millions of Palestinians who are entitled to neither a vote nor a country.

Ironically, the young Bibi understood that it was impossible to keep the Palestinians in such serf-like conditions forever. Listen to him advocating that Palestinians should be given citizenship, either in Jordan or in Israel:

"In the event that this negotiation process will continue, I am sure that what we're talking about is, in fact, eventual citizenship of some kind, either Jordanian or Israeli or in any other arrangement."

If the Palestinians were smart, they'd take Prime Minister Netanyahu up on that offer of citizenship in Israel, and then Bibi would wish he had been for a two-state solution all along.


soundoff (1,396 Responses)
  1. Joel

    Learn about Avraham Burg an ex Knesset member.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/avraham-burg-israels-new-prophet-979732.html

    May 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  2. Girish

    Zak is right on. Bibi has nothing to gain from a 2 state solution and therefore he will keep bringing up arguments that do not help the peace process.

    May 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  3. UN for All

    well After seeing all those butchering by jews in arab land , day after day for last 60 years , time has come to stop this butchering of innocent human by natsi jews once and for all. civilized society must take action to stop this zenocide by jewish terrorist.

    May 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  4. UN for All

    we need peace action not peace talk , enogh talk has been done , if UN can create Timor and south sudan new country, then UN should declere Palestine also a soverign country and if israel reject , UN should attact israel like they did to Iraq n elswhere .

    May 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  5. Aymin

    So let me understand this...The Israelis are suposed to make peace with Abbas who wrote his 'thesis'His doctoral thesis denying that six million Jews died in World War II. In his Arabic-language book “The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism” Abbas rejects “the Zionist fantasy, the fantastic lie that six million Jews were killed. The limited number that did succumb were victims of a joint [Nazi-Zionist] plot”.

    That's funny.....very funny......

    .Abbas and his fantasy 'the Palestinians" can go find a home in Jordan where they belong..

    May 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  6. Stein

    There are strong predictions that Israel will lose majority of the illegal occupation of Palestinian land within the next 3-5 years due to an overwhelming majority of international countries backing Palestinians. The main reason we Americans side with Israel is due to the overwhelming funds funneled through Rothschild Zionist (majority of Jews are actually against Zionism)who control our congress, Presidents, media, Hollywood and so forth. They have been pushing U.S. to start a war with Iran forever since they can't get directly involved with a Muslim nation. These Rothschild Zionists (please go on YouTube and type David Icke and learn more about Rothschild Zionism) are so influential they also control Israel's elections, media, entire economy, all Diamonds flow from Africa to Belgium, etc so they are the ones who would not allow peace between Israel and Palestinians. Recent poll shows 2/3 of all Israelis want peace with Palestinians. So why this is not happening, very simple, because they got the gold and much more. We need to wake up and stop Rothschild Zionist without being afraid of being called "anti Semitics."

    May 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Jennifer

      Thanks Stein for this clear explanation.

      May 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Peace

      Let me get this staright, Stein, you are claiming that there is a sect of Jews trying to take over the world. And now you are upset that people call you anti-semetic for making such a statement?

      May 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Peikovian

      How many oil wells in OPEC do the Rothschilds own, Stein? How many people among the 300 million Arabs do the Rothschilds employ, Stein? How many of the 22 Arab League states do the Rothschilds rule, Stein? How many of the 1.4 billion Muslims do the Rothschilds lead in prayer, Stein? Your Jewish obsession is pathetically out of date. The Jihadists already have you bent over an oil barrel, and you're thanking them for not being the Rothschilds.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:39 am |
  7. Jennifer

    The problem exists cause a bunch of fanatics Jews and Muslims.
    That's why!

    May 30, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  8. william pearson

    im all for people being recognized as jew and gentile, this has been the historical fact for as far as recorded history.,
    thus the 2 state solution, is not only proper from the start, it is the only fair way to govern, nobody wants another people to govern themseves. i understand this , love thy neighbor and watch out for your neighbor, but ill watch my own house first . the most natural way to live. thank you.

    May 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  9. stop the bs

    fareed the muslim has spoken

    May 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  10. Stein

    After I posted my point of view, I started reading some of the above comments. The unfortunate matter is we as a nation have a serious issue with literacy (not necessarily being able to read or write, but grasp of REALITY). I heard on the radio the other day that this caller was accusing Obama causing massive rain by setting up an giant machine in Alaska which controls the weather???!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS??!! He also accused Democrats causing the recent Tsunami in Japan??!!! well friends, as long as morons like him living in our society, then we can expect wars and conflicts forever in the land of Palestine. As you may have noticed, I am Jewish and I totally agree with Fareed, Israel must return their land, allow refugees to come home, and stop this nonsense with the settlements. Period.

    May 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Elisabeth

      God bless you Stein!

      May 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
      • Peace

        The UN created a country called TransJordan (now Jordan) that is inhabited mostly by Palestinians, you are advocating to create a country called Palestine for the Palestinians, and you and Stein are advocating for the refugees from pre 1948 to have a right to live in Israel (a country 1/5 the size of Georgia). But you still think Israel has a right to exist? That does not make sense.

        May 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Peace

      ..in other words you don't believe that Israel should exist.

      May 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • Elisabeth

        Israel should exist but not by killing and murdering and stilling lands.
        The world is aware of that!

        May 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
      • Peikovian

        The world knows history like a sailor knows a streetwalker. You got here just in time.

        May 31, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • Peikovian

      There was another Stein, named Edith Stein, born into an observant Jewish family but an atheist by her teenage years, she converted to Christianity in 1922, was baptized into the Church, became a nun, was killed by the Nazis because she was still just a Jew. Considered a martyr known as Saint Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, a fine tribute from an organization that gave Adolf Hitler his start as an altarboy. Be as nice as you want, Stein. Sucker.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:33 am |
  11. gambino

    Reality Check Time. There' be no Palestinian state. a: Insufficient land, b: Pal leaders swindling funds, (Arafat died with an estate $1.2Billion!!) Not too shabby for a 'freedom fighter'. c: They aren't Jews, they don't belong in Israel. The Torah records the events, G-d commanded the Jews settle the land of Israel. If you don't believe in G-d, that's your problem. Come bring your fight if you feel up to it. Lets count the losers: The Pharoahs, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Spanish, French, Polish, Germans, British, Soviets.....and they're baaaaaaack.
    Starring the Jews!! By unpopular demand, everyone loves to hate them. Who in their right mind thinks, they're actually going to win this argument? Only a Palestinian! lol. Don't mess with the Jews, you will lose. It's just that simple! What's so hard to understand? Any rational normal thinking so called Palestinian, should sell and leave NOW. While he can still get good money. If you wait until you have to run again, you'll get nothing next time. Take your money and RUN AS FAR AS YOU CAN..................

    May 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Jack

      Wow! beautiful zionist talk.
      Be damned!

      May 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
      • Peikovian

        Oh, Jack. Some day folks will do some excellent bong hits from that skull you aren't using now.

        May 31, 2011 at 4:25 am |
  12. Bob

    Stein: the average Palestine believes the occupation started in 48 not 67 and it is a step by step land grab. You will sit nicely in the USA while Israel faces Millions of Arabs. You are a brave man and this that you are Jewish has no bearing either way on this discussion because one can be jewish and follow any belief.

    May 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  13. Aymin

    The end of 2,500 years of Jewish life in Iraq began during two days in June 1941. For 30 terrifying hours, mobs of marauding Iraqi Arabs, soldiers and civilians alike, killed 137 Jews and injured thousands more, pillaged scores of homes, and destroyed more than 600 Jewish-owned businesses. The event came to be known as the Farhud, a Kurdish term for the murderous breakdown of law and order. Within ten years, almost the entire Jewish community of Iraq was gone.

    Its exotic name aside, the Farhud wasn't an isolated eruption of anti-Jewish violence in some far corner of the world. According to the historians Shmuel Moreh and Robert Wistrich, it was at least in part an extension of the Nazi war of extermination against the Jews. Moreh is the editor of a 1992 collection of essays on the Farhud, recently revised and updated in English translation. Marking the seventieth anniversary of the attack, he and Wistrich, the distinguished historian of anti-Semitism, recently chaired a provocatively titled symposium, "Nazism in Iraq," in the hope of raising public awareness of the event and combating "Farhud denial" among today's Iraqi Arabs.

    At the symposium, Wistrich noted that in 1941, Iraqi Jews "found themselves in the crossfire of three converging forms of anti-Semitism": the anti-Semitism of Iraqi nationalists, the anti-Semitism of Palestinian exiles in Iraq, and the anti-Semitism of German Nazis. Both the Iraqi and the Palestinian versions were deeply influenced by Nazism.

    Consider the case of Yunus al-Sabawi, an Iraqi journalist who became the country's minister of economics and governor of Baghdad. Al-Sabawi also happened to be the author of an Arabic-language translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf. In the work's preface, he celebrated the "great adventurer, the great German leader who rose from being a simple soldier to the leadership of . . . one of the culturally and scientifically most developed nations in the world." During the Farhud itself, paramilitary groups organized by al-Sabawi were ordered to participate in the attacks.

    Or consider the role played by Palestinian exiles. Approximately 400 leading Palestinian families had moved to Iraq after the anti-Jewish riots in Palestine in 1936-39. The most prominent was the orchestrator of those riots: Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem, whose connections to Nazism in general and Hitler in particular have been thoroughly documented. But the mufti wasn't alone in channeling Nazi ideals: in their own account of the events leading up to the Farhud, British officials—the British ruled Iraq off and on from 1914 until 1955—noted the electrifying effect on Iraqi youth groups of their pro-Nazi Palestinian teachers.

    Then there is the role played by German Nazis themselves in the Farhud. Dr. Fritz Grobba was the German envoy stationed in Baghdad; fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, he successfully tailored the Nazi message to local sensibilities. Already in 1939 Grobba was predicting in a report to Berlin that "a day will come when the anger of the masses will erupt, and the result will be: a massacre of the Jews."

    Nazism exercised a double appeal to Palestinian and Iraqi Arabs. Its anti-Semitism resonated with certain powerful streams in Arab and Islamic tradition, and its anti-British animus resonated with the anti-imperialism promoted by Arab nationalists who despised the British as occupiers bent on thwarting their aspirations. Ironically, many Jews in Palestine viewed the British in similar terms (which did not prevent them from throwing in their lot with the British in the struggle against Hitler). The Jews in Iraq, however, were naturally more sympathetic to Great Britain, and were accordingly regarded by Iraqi nationalists as a fifth column.

    There were also deeper affinities between Nazism and Arab nationalism. Commenting on the Ba'athists, the nationalist group that would go on to dominate Iraq for the last four decades of the 20th century. Wistrich observed in an interview:

    The kind of people who founded the Ba'athist movements . . . looked up to Nazi Germany. The German national rebirth, including its anti-Jewish ideology, really appealed to them. The Third Reich represented militarism, glory, obedience, national unity, a messianic political faith—and the removal of the Jews.

    All of this history sheds light on contemporary understandings of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to the conventional narrative, the roots of that conflict lie in Israel's occupation of "Palestinian lands" beginning in 1967. A better and more accurate narrative, however, would place the issue in the context of the ongoing 100-year war waged by the dominant part of the Arab-Muslim world to rid the Middle East of its minorities, from the Berbers to the Kurds to the Jews to, of late, the Christians. In this perspective, the consecutive intifadas against Israel orchestrated by Yasir Arafat's PLO represent, as Moreh writes, "the continuation of the stones that struck the Jews of Iraq following the arrival in Baghdad of the Palestinian Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini and his associates."

    Both Moreh and Wistrich argue that the Farhud should be seen as a part of the Shoah. That is a debatable proposition—at the symposium, the objection was voiced that unlike in Europe, the Jews of Iraq, for all practical purposes, were not targeted for extermination. But there is no question that the massacre itself, and the role of Nazism in promoting and abetting it, deserve a prominent place in the collective Jewish consciousness. Seventy years on, it is amazing and frightening to consider that Arab nationalists, pan-Arab nationalists, and Islamists, loudly seconded by their European supporters, still charge Israel with being an outpost of "Western imperialism" in the Middle East.

    SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE!

    May 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Jack

      Oh yeah? It's easy copy/paste insanity and lies.
      But this is the truth!

      It's not the first time and won't be the last. On December 27, AP reported that:

      "Israeli aircraft struck Hamas security compounds across Gaza on Saturday in unprecedented waves of simultaneous attacks, and Hamas and medics reported dozens of people were killed."

      Haaretz headlined:

      "Israel launched (Operation Case Lead) Saturday morning (at around 11:30AM with no warning) the start of a massive offensive against Qassam rocket and mortar fire on its southern communities, targeting dozens of buildings belonging to the ruling Hamas militant group."

      AlJazeera.net reported that "Israeli missiles target Gaza," and continued:

      "Israel has launched air strikes on Hamas installations across the Gaza Strip, killing at least 155 people and causing heavy damage, according to officials and witnesses."

      "At least 30 missiles (later over 100 reported) were fired at targets on Saturday (morning), with the head of emergency services in Gaza saying at least 200 people were also wounded." By Sunday afternoon, Ma'an News reported much higher numbers – at least 285 known dead, more expected, and over 900 injured, many seriously.

      Among the dead was Gaza's police chief, Tawfiq Jabber, after a missile struck a police graduation ceremony in Gaza City. Other "casualties" (presumed killed) were governor of the Al-Wusta (central) Districts, Ahmad Abu Aashur, and commander of Security and Protection Services (in the government police), Ismail Al-Ja'bari.

      The Strip's interior ministry reported that all Gaza security compounds were destroyed. According to Hamas' deputy leader, Mousa Abu Marzook: So far "the aggression (hasn't) stop(ped)....they are targeting all the police headquarters and offices. We will defend our people, we will retaliate against this aggression....our military will retaliate."

      Marzook asked the international community to condemn Israel's wanton state terrorism. "Nobody in this world can accept what happened....the international community (must) stand against this and say that it is not acceptable." Former Palestinian information minister, Mustafa Barghauthi, said: Israel didn't attack Hamas, it attacked "the whole population and the free will of the people of Gaza. (Israel is guilty of) war crimes." Hamas' leader, Ismail Haniyeh, said "Palestine has never witnessed an uglier massacre."

      In Damascus, Khled Meshal, Hamas' political leader in exile, said Hamas pursued "all peaceful options without results" in calling for new Intifada resistance. The Arab League was tepid in its response. It called an "emergency" Sunday meeting in Cairo, then postponed it until Wednesday, December 31.

      Meanwhile, the raids continue; the death and injury toll mounts; vast amounts of despair, anger, and destruction as well; and Fatah leader and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (from Cairo) blamed Hamas for the violence. That provoked outrage from Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. He accused Abbas of "downplay(ing) the sufferings of our people in Gaza, belittl(ing) their pains, (and) providing justification of the holocaust and war waged by Israel."

      As always, most of the dead and wounded are civilian men, women and children. No matter, according to Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu saying: Saturday's attack is "only the beginning. The operation was launched following the violation of the terms of the lull by Hamas and the unceasing attacks by Hamas authorities on Israeli civilians in the south of the country."

      In fact, "attacks" were the pretext, not the cause of Israel's aggression. Since Hamas won a majority in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in January 2006, Israel, Washington and the West withheld recognition and more. All outside aid was cut off, an economic embargo and sanctions were imposed, and the legitimate government was isolated and vilified.

      The leading candidate to become Israel's next prime minister, Tzipi Livni, vows as a "strategic objective" to overthrow Hamas by military, economic and diplomatic means. Her main opponent, Benjamin Netanyahu, pledges to "topple the Hamas regime" and end its effective resistance against an oppressive occupation.

      All along, Hamas has been conciliatory to no avail. Earlier in the year, its leaders agreed to a ceasefire and observed months of it unilaterally, despite repeated Israeli violations and Gaza being under siege. On November 4, it ended after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) entered the Strip (without cause) and killed six Hamas officers supposedly to close off tunnels close to the Kisufim roadblock. Thereafter, in spite of both sides calling for peace, IDF hostilities continued.

      Israel is a serial aggressor. Hamas responds in self-defense as international law allows. Article 51 of the UN Charter permits the "right of individual or collective self-defense (against an armed attack) until the Security Council has taken measures to maintain international peace and security."

      On December 21, 1965, the UN General Assembly adopted Res. 2131 titled: "Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty." It called armed intervention, subversion, and all forms of indirect intervention synonymous with aggression and, for the first time, recognized "the legitimacy of struggle by the people under colonial rules (including occupation) to exercise their rights to self-determination and independence."

      On November 22, 1974, the General Assembly passed Res. 3236 recognizing that Palestinians have the same right to self-determination as other sovereign states.

      On June 8, 1977, Protocol 1 to the August 1949 Geneva Conventions was passed – "relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts." It declared the legitimacy of armed struggle (or resistance) to achieve self-determination as long as no proscribed methods are used. Further, "all states (are urged) to provide material and moral assistance to the national liberation movements in colonial territories (including occupied people seeking freedom)."

      Rarely do Palestinians get any, and, since 1967, have been some of the most isolated people in the world. For Gazans, no outside aid gets in, except for what Israel occasionally lets UN and humanitarian agencies supply and the little coming through tunnels on Egypt's border. It's never enough and falls woefully short of minimum amounts needed to survive. The result is a growing humanitarian crisis, an entire people on the verge of breakdown, compounded by mass slaughter, destruction, and it's "only beginning" according to the IDF spokesman.

      The world community is silent and lets Israel do as it pleases – despite repeated international law violations, willful acts of aggression, grievous harm to four million people under occupation, including 1.5 million under a medieval Gaza siege, now under attack.

      Reports were that EU nations and Russia called for (but didn't demand) an end to hostilities. According to Reuters, Washington urged Israel to avoid civilian casualties but stopped short of calling for an end to the attacks. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe blamed Palestinians in saying "Hamas' continued rocket attacks into Israel must cease if the violence is to stop." Unsaid was that they respond to IDF violence or that until December 27 no Israeli was killed or injured.

      Blame the Victim, Not the Aggressor

      On Saturday, Condoleeza Rice accused Hamas for the violence. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon could only express "deep alarm," and where was Barack Obama? An AP photo showed him on vacation "working out" at the Semper Fit Center at the Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii on Saturday, and CBS News reported that he's "closely monitoring global events, including the situation in Gaza, but there is one president at a time," according to Brooke Anderson, his chief national security spokesperson.

      In a July 2008 interview, The New York Times asked Obama if Israel should negotiate with Hamas in Gaza. He replied that "I don't think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens....I expect Israelis to do (all they can to stop them)....In terms of negotiating with Hamas, it is very hard to negotiate with a group that is not representative of a nation state, does not recognize your right to exist, (and) has consistently used terror as a weapon. Hamas is a terrorist organization....it's hard for Israel to negotiate with a country like that."

      Hamas was democratically elected. It's the legitimate Palestinian government. It's falsely called a terrorist organization, and it has every right to resist an illegal occupation under international law. It observed a unilateral ceasefire for months and extended peace overtures numerous times in the past. Israel spurned them by dividing Gaza and the West Bank, co-opting Mamoud Abbas, inciting Fatah against Hamas, isolating Gaza, and pursuing a policy of aggression, killings, targeted assassinations, mass incarcerations, and torture with full support from Washington, the West, and (from his comments above) the incoming Obama administration.

      The UN Refugee Works Relief Agency's (UNWRA) operations head for Palestinian refugees, John Ging, expressed outraged on what's happening. Earlier he said: Gazans got nothing from the months of ceasefire. There was no "restoration of a dignified existence. We had our supplies restricted (during the period) to the point where we were left in a very vulnerable and precarious position" with very little food left until it ran out.

      The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) campaigns for Palestinian justice in areas of civil, human and political rights according to international law. Along with the Palestine Return Centre (PRC), the Palestinian Forum of Britain (PFB), the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), Stop the War, Friends of al Aqsa, the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), and Respect, Islamic Human Rights Commission it organized emergency protests opposite Israel's London Embassy on December 28 and 29 to demand an end of the Gaza siege and ongoing aggression. The urgency was highlighted by saying: Israel's Cynicism (Is) Supported by the West's Complicity" as it called for public solidarity to end it.

      For her part, Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni ordered the Ministry to "take emergency measures (to) open an aggressive and diplomatic international public relations campaign," according to Haaretz. In other words, Israel will spin its wanton aggression into justifiable self-defense and get dominant media help to sell it.

      On December 27, The New York Times took the lead. It reported that "Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas security facilities in Gaza on Saturday in a crushing response to the group's rocket fire....Israeli military officials (called the attack) an effort to force Hamas to end its rocket barrages into southern Israel. Thousands of Israelis hurried into bomb shelters amid the hail of rockets," making it seem like Israel resembled London during the blitz when, in fact, Hamas attacks are mere pin pricks and only respond to first-strike Israeli attacks.

      The Times and dominant media are silent on this. They continue spreading spurious lies about Hamas being "officially committed to Israel's destruction, and when it won Palestinian legislative elections in 2006 and then 'forcibly' took over Gaza in 2007, it said it would not recognize Israel, honor previous Palestinian Authority commitments to it, or end its violence against Israelis."

      All of the above is untrue. The Times continues to report falsely. Hamas wants peace, has repeatedly been conciliatory, and its founder, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, said earlier that armed struggle would end "if the Zionists ended (their) occupation of Palestinian territories and stopped killing Palestinian women, children and innocent civilians."

      Israel rejects all overtures. More recently, Hamas offered peace and Israeli recognition in return for a Palestinian state inside pre-1967 borders – its Occupied Territories that it's entitled to under international law.

      As early as 1988, the PLO under Yasser Arafat accepted a two-state solution with Palestinians willing to settle for only 22% of their pre-1948 homeland – a generous offer that, if accepted, would have had two sovereign states living peacefully alongside each other as neighbors.

      Israel rejects this out of hand. It chooses dominance over peace, violence over reconciliation, and imperial conquest above the rule of law. It's colonizing the West Bank, ethnically cleansing the population, and continues to terrorize Gaza. "The newspaper of record" is selective about "fit news to print," so uncomfortable truths are suppressed. It reported that one Israeli was killed Saturday and another four wounded, one seriously, but didn't explain that previous rocket attacks caused no deaths or injuries.

      After many months of siege compounded by ongoing attacks, Gaza is gravely affected, but so is the West Bank. Under the Fatah government, no rockets are launched, yet Israel maintains a violent occupation, continues to seize Palestinian land, expand its illegal settlements, and lets its residents terrorize Palestinians with impunity, even in cases of wanton killings and destruction of property.

      Early Reports on the Ground and from Israel

      On Saturday, Haaretz reported that 60 warplanes hit 50 targets simultaneously, then 20 more "struck 50 Palestinian rocket launchers in an effort to minimize Hamas' retaliatory strikes." The attack hit civilians with the IDF stating that those near targeted sites were "liable to get hurt." Some were children leaving school when the strikes were launched.

      Haaretz writer Amos Harel called them "the harshest IDF assault on Gaza since the territory was captured during the Six-Day War in 1967." Palestinian sources described a massive attack, like "shock and awe," destroying about 40 targets in three to five minutes. The IDF spent months picking sites, and dozens more may "come under attack in the coming days. Little to no weight was apparently devoted to the question of harming innocent civilians. From Israel's standpoint, Hamas" brought this on itself. In Pentagon-speak, civilians are "collateral damage," but pictures of the slaughter show otherwise – stark evidence of crimes of war and against humanity that no authority will punish.

      Also at issue is whether IDF ground forces will follow the air attacks, and if so, it won't be the first time. The right-wing Jerusalem Post quoted president Shimon Peres saying: "Israel will take all steps demanded of it to stop the rocket fire (but) we will not go into Gaza. There are other ways – we didn't leave Gaza in order to go back."

      The Ma'an News Agency reported (through Monday AM) at least 310 killed and over 1000 wounded with medical sources saying arrivals at Gaza City hospitals are in "pieces." In addition, the Head of Emergency and ambulance department, Muawiya Hassanain, confirmed that medical crews continued pulling dozens from under rubble.

      Things are desperate as he asked all Arab states for aid in the form of medications and operating supplies for those too badly injured to be moved. Hospital corridors are filled with bodies and gurneys, and local morgues are out of space.

      Israeli defense minister and former prime minister, Ehud Barak, declared Gaza's 20 square kilometers a "special military zone" – a classification just short of a declaration of war. It already is for its people, and here's how Al-Azhar University professor Said Abdelwahed described conditions late Saturday:

      "It is horrible outside! Minutes ago I heard the hissing of a Palestinian Qassam rocket, then another one accompanied by an explosion. It seems that the second one was hit by an Israeli aircraft that may have been targeting the Palestinian group. The news now is saying that an Israeli Apache helicopter has targeted a recreation ground with fish ponds."

      "Al-Shifa hospital said that there are more than 195 dead and over 570 injured there. Every minute the number of casualties goes up. These are the figures in Gaza, but there are still no official statements from other towns and villages and refugee camps. Near our apartment, my youngest son was waiting for his school bus when the preventive security department was hit 50 meters from where he was standing. Two men and two young girls died immediately."

      "It is utterly dark now. I am operating a small generator to contact the world via internet. Tonight everyone in Gaza is scared. It's totally dark (there's no power); children cry from fear; (at least) 206 people are dead. They (and the injured) line the floor at Al-Shifa hospital, but (it's) poorly equipped. (Its) administration called on people to donate blood. The teachers' syndicate declared a three days strike in protest...."

      "Just in, Israeli aircraft (Saturday night) hit places east of Gaza City where a number of people were killed and injured. Casualties are rising. People remain under rubble. One mother lost two young daughters and a son as they were heading to school."

      "Tonight is cold mainly for those whose windows (were) shattered by explosions." With Gaza under siege, "there is no glass available" to replace them. "In the apartment building where I live, 7 apartments witness freezing cold nights. They use blankets to cover in the place of the broken windows. Hundreds of homes" are in the same condition. Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh "gave a televised speech....to raise morale and to reconfirm that Hamas will not surrender. The death toll reached 210" and number of seriously injured is now up to 200. Another air raid" is now in progress north of Gaza City.

      UNRWA Expresses "Horror"

      The UN Relief and Works Agency commissioner Karen AbuZayd was outraged over Israel's attack, the mass killings and destruction, and expressed her "deep sadness at the terrible loss in human life." She reminded Israel that it's a signatory to "international conventions that protect non-combatants in times of conflict (and added that) these conventions are worthless if they are not upheld." A statement said that UNRWA will "exert all efforts to respond as quickly as possible to relieve suffering and pain (and added that today's attacks follow) weeks of a tight blockade that prevented UNRWA and other humanitarian agencies from assisting the population (that's) unable to (meet) their basic needs, and now" they're under attack.

      The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) Expresses Outrage in Calling for An Immediate End of the Attacks.

      It blamed the suffering in Israel and Gaza "squarely with successive Israeli governments" in citing 41 years of "increasingly oppressive Israeli Occupation without a hint that a sovereign and viable Palestinian state will ever emerge."

      Why so? Because Israel and Washington won't tolerate one beyond the fiction of isolated, surrounded, impoverished, and impotent bantustan outposts that IDF forces can enter at will and wreak havoc on a helpless population.

      Hamas and Islamic Jihad Response

      After the air strikes, Hamas ordered its Al-Qassam Brigades to respond "by any means necessary." Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called for a "massive response" and for renewal of others inside Israel. Islamic Jihad leader Khaled Al-Batsh called Israel's attack "open war." He also condemned the world community and Arab states for their "silence on such massacres" and vowed that Israel "would never make the resistance factions surrender."

      West Bank Protests

      Demonstrations erupted across the West Bank, including in Bethlehem, Ramallah city center, the Ad-Duheisha refugee camp, Hebron, Tulkarem, and East Jerusalem. Violent clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and IDF forces in Shufat refugee camp on the northern outskirts of East Jerusalem. Also in Qalandia, Ar-Ram and Al-Isawiya. Dozens of injuries and arrests were reported. Black flags were hung around the city and a commercial strike was declared.

      Tulkarem governor Talal Duweikat and Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Hasan Khriesah joined hundreds of others in the streets. The city declared a day of mourning in response.

      In Hebron, hundreds of university students protested for an end to violence. They chanted anti-occupation slogans and called for Fatah and Hamas to unify for a common purpose. The group marched to the Bab Az-Zawiyah neighborhood where confrontations erupted with IDF forces, and they, in turn fired suffocating amounts of tear gas.

      In Ramallah, Fatah organized a rally for hundreds and called for a general strike to close all city shops for the day. Demonstrators and international community institutions raised banners with slogans saying "one blood, one nation, Gaza and we are with you." Ministry of Prisoners Affairs, Ziyad Abu Ein, called on all Palestinians to unite in dark days. PLC member Mustafa Barghouthi called Israeli violence "their harshest crimes against Palestinians" and condemned world and Arab leaders for their silence.

      In Bethlehem, protests erupted in the Ad-Duheisha refugee camp (south of the city) and a larger crowd assembled in the city.

      A December 27 Palestinian press release read:

      "A demonstration to condemn the massacres being committed in Gaza."

      "Palestinian Civil Society organizations in the Bethlehem area, people of various political affiliations, Christians, and Muslims, and all people of conscience in the Bethlehem area are gathering at 5PM (Saturday) in front of the Church of Nativity and Omar's mosque in Bethlehem."

      Through Sunday afternoon, around 300 people were massacred by bombing besieged Gaza. Over 1000 were reported injured as well. The victims include men, women, and children, and the numbers keeps rising. "Join us today as we call for ending the massacres, ending the siege on Gaza, for reconciliation between all Palestinians, and for freedom."

      Signed:

      Khalid AlAzza
      Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
      Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour

      The Union of Health Work Committees – Gaza – Late Saturday Press Release – from Executive Director Yousef Momeusa

      After two waves of Israeli air attacks, "television footage showed dead bodies scattered on a road and wounded and dead being carried away by distraught rescuers. There was widespread damage to buildings." The number of dead exceed 200 and is rising. At "least 750 were wounded, 125 with critical injuries." Updated numbers are much higher and continue climbing.

      "The military operation makes the Palestinian blood fall like rain. As a consequence, the civilian population in the cities of Rafah, Khan-Younis, middle camps, Gaza City, Beit-Hanoun and Beit-Lahiya and in the refugee camp of Jabalia are suffering from the most horrible onslaught of Israeli military power....The number of dead and injured are increasing by the minute."

      "The infrastructure is being destroyed leaving many areas without power and water. Medical supplies in the hospital are largely exhausted (and) food supplies are dwindling." A real health crisis looms. UHWC is working "around the clock at the risk to themselves to deal with the crisis....The entire world is witnessing these scandalous and outrageous acts, and yet no concrete steps have been taken!!"

      "UHWC asks you to issue a strong Last Appeal Statement condemning Israel's human rights violations against the Palestinian people and to demand a cessation of this military offensive....There are no political considerations which can justify the silence of the international community any longer."

      Signed,

      Dr. Yousef Momeusa
      Executive Director

      Professor Said Abdelwahed of Al-Azhar University, Gaza
      on the End of the Six-Month Ceasefire

      Prior to Israel's December 27 attack, he feared the worst and said it "means escalation; bombardment, air raids. It means military activities on the border. The last six months brought big pressures on our social life, on resources, all due to the Israeli siege." With it were high prices on goods able to enter from Egypt through tunnels that for the most part Israel allows given the dire situation on the ground.

      "I can't see any progress being made towards a united Palestinian government. I think both sides" lose out as a result, "but Israel takes (full) advantage....The students (at my university) are deprived of many things. They are disappointed young people with no hope or future in front of them, so they are in bad shape."

      Abdelwahed mentions a Gaza City health worker "expect(ing) the situation to deteriorate (further): more incursions and more military operations in border areas. While the world is busy with Christmas, Israel can take action. (Already) we have 16 hours of power cuts a day. Hospitals have to run generators for hours at a stretch, which they weren't designed for. So they break down – and because of the closure we have no spare parts....I cannot see the internal situation improving soon. We're short of everything. Eighty per cent of people in Gaza (rely) on food assistance. It's a big problem." It's now much bigger.

      At 11PM on Saturday, Abdelwahed reported new air raids were in progress concentrating on the "eastern parts of the city of Gaza. One woman lost 10 of her family. Only she and a daughter remain alive. The daughter couldn't speak to the media because she didn't (understand) what happened. Panic is everywhere in the city and we anticipate (worse still) to come. Demonstrations erupted in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon." The death toll keeps climbing. "An Israeli caller just rang us up. My youngest son answered. The caller threatened that if I have any weapons they will hit my place!!!"

      There have been "five air raids in 10 minutes. Targets are societies and groups of social works in thickly populated areas. One mosque was hit as well. I am without electricity for 30 hours so far. I am still operating a small generator to contact the world via internet."

      Abdelwahed sent this email on Sunday. "My family and I are okay but stressed....the building adjacent to (ours) was hit by a small rocket from a helicopter. (The) situation is horrible and people are really panicked."

      "Last night, F16s targeted Al-Aqsa satellite channel and leveled it to the ground." Surrounding buildings are impossible to live in. "One small mosque across the street from Al-Shifa Hospital was (demolished)." Homes were badly damaged as well, one "belong(ing) to a friend of mine; he told me that what he witnessed was hard to describe in words....Also his sister was severely injured."

      A medical doctor friend "told me that the death toll climbed to about 500 (though the media reports around 300) and more than 1000 injured." Israelis are targeting Rafah tunnels. "Hundreds of Palestinians stormed the Egyptian border with a bulldozer and on foot but failed to (get across) as the Egyptians shot live at them."

      A "new air raid on different targets (reported) minutes ago. Many died and injured. My window glass (is) shattered. (The) Customs house and passport department have been demolished minutes ago. Aircraft are still in the sky operating."

      "F16s (just) destroyed the largest security building in Gaza....Four missiles leveled the building to the ground; also police stations were hit and totally destroyed today. (We're hearing that many areas) were targeted by Israeli warplanes. Large numbers of civilians, including children died and were injured in today's attacks. At Rafah border, one Palestinian was shot dead (by the Egyptians). The situation on the border is terribly bad. An Israeli ground attack seems possible."

      Ma'an News Agency Updated Timeline Late Saturday Through Mid-Day Sunday, December 28 and 29

      - 10:15PM – 2 more air strikes; at least 3 killed and 4 injured in Zaitoun neighborhood, Gaza City, and Jabalia in the north;

      - 11:30PM – Israeli air strikes hit the Al-Mansura neighborhood east of Gaza City; 3 Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades deaths are reported;

      - 11:50PM – air strikes hit Khan Younis in southern Gaza and several northern areas;

      - 1:01AM Sunday – Israeli jets strike the security room in front of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City; a close by mosque is hit killing at least 2 and injuring 7;

      - 6:30AM – a medical storehouse in the Al-Junayna neighborhood and a fuel storage facility with diesel and benzene in the Tal As-Sultan area are hit – both near Rafah in the south; buildings and vital civilian supplies were destroyed; at least 3 deaths were reported;

      - 6:45AM – Gaza City's Shuja'iyya neighborhood is bombed; several were injured and a police center destroyed;

      - 8:00AM – Hamas police headquarters was attacked in the evacuated Israeli kfar Darum and Al-Matahin settlements;

      - 10AM – a police station in the Shuja'iyya Gaza City neighborhood was bombed; also three homes in the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood west of the city were destroyed;

      - 10:30AM – a jeep in Gaza City's Zaitoun neighborhood was attacked killing one child; a second strike targeted the Jabalia area; no casualties were reported so far;

      - 11:00AM – the temporary headquarters of the Rafah governorate was bombed injuring several people; the original building was destroyed on Saturday;

      - 11:45AM – the government municipal council offices were bombed in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza; several injuries were reported;

      - Noon – the As-Saraya government compound was attacked, killing one child and injuring several others;

      - Monday, December 28 – Israel's assaults continue with no letup; Haaretz reported that the Islamic University and another government compound in Gaza City were destroyed; other targets hit included a guest palace and at least some residential homes; "at first light Monday, strong winds blew black smoke from the bombed sites in Gaza City over deserted streets," punctuated by new explosions; Ehud Olmert spokesman Mark Regev said military action would continue until Israel "no longer (fears) terror (from) rocket barrages."

      Throughout the attacks, images and reports on the ground are horrific and disturbing. All around is death and destruction. Amputated bodies fill Al-Shifa Hospital hallways. In one corner, a dead seven-year old boy is in a cardboard box because the hospital ran out of sheets to cover him.

      One man is dazed after watching his son killed during the police graduation ceremony. Another father stood next to his son as he was decapitated. He's still screaming. In a hospital waiting room, a mother is silent after her son was pronounced dead.

      Carnage is everywhere, inside and on the streets – body parts, blood, strewn clothing and other items. Twelve-year old Ayaman is screaming as his father tries not to let him see the bodies of his brother and uncle torn to pieces under sheets.

      Yaha Muheisen stops searching for his son's body and Nawal Al-Lad'a can't find her two sons bodies in the hospital so she searches through rubble.

      Gaza medical personnel confirm that the majority of the dead are civilians, including men, women and children. Most were torn to shreds. Bodies continue to be pulled from rubble. Some Palestinians say images resemble the 1982 (Beirut) Sabra and Shitila massacres of about 3000 men, women, children and infants during a 62-hour (proxy) Phalange militia force rampage while the IDF stood by and let it happen.

      Ariel Sharon was defense minister at the time. After Israel invaded Lebanon in 1981, he authorized the operation, and in his autobiography confirmed that he negotiated it with Lebanon's president-elect Bashir Gemayel. Afterward, journalist Robert Fisk called it "one of the most shocking war crimes of the 20th century." Another in Gaza remains ongoing.

      Israeli journalist Gideon Levy wrote that "The neighborhood bully strikes again....Once again, Israel's violent responses....exceed all proportion and cross every red line of humaneness, morality, international law and wisdom. What began yesterday in Gaza is a war crime....Once again the commentators sat in television studios and hailed the combat jets" that killed the innocent. "Once again, they urged (not) letting up....Once again, they described" disturbing images as a "difficult scene....When the bully is on a rampage, nobody can stop him."

      Journalist Amira Hass called Gaza "Little Baghdad, bombs everywhere, smoke, fire, people not knowing where to hide, fear everywhere, rage and hatred." She wrote painfully of carnage and death, of the living searching for loved ones, of no electricity, no gas, no flour, no bread for the past week, just despair and destruction as Israeli attacks continue.

      Harold Pinter on Israel

      On December 24 at age 78, Harold Pinter lost his long battle with cancer. He was the most influential playwright of his generation, the 2005 Nobel laureate for literature, a voice of political protest, and a passionate campaigner against human rights abuses. The Nobel academy citation called him an author "who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed room." For some, he was a "permanent public nuisance, a questioner of accepted truths, both in life and art."

      Too ill with cancer, he recorded his award ceremony speech on videotape, voiced strong opposition to the Iraq war, Britain's role in it, and called the invasion a "bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law." Would he say less about Israel's current assault?

      Pinter was Jewish, a critic of Israel's illegal occupation, and its brutality inflicted on Gazans. He was one of 105 prominent Jewish signers of an April 2008 "We're not celebrating Israel's Anniversary" petition. Its last paragraph read:

      "We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on (Gaza) civilians and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations." Pinter called George Bush a "mass murderer." He felt no different about merciless Israeli leaders.

      A Possible Ground Invasion?

      On Sunday, Haaretz reported that the IDF "will call 6500 reservists to duty, as part of the largest Israeli offensive on (Gaza) since it" seized the Territory in 1967. Defense officials said that the call-up is part of military preparations for a possible escalation of fighting. Meanwhile, IDF infantry and armored troops (including tanks) man Gaza's border for a possible ground invasion, and Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak warned that "The operation will be deeper and expanded as much as necessary."

      "The Bloodiest Day in the History of Occupation"

      That's from a Palestinian Centre for Human Rights PCHR) December 27 press release that "condemn(ed) in the strongest terms the war waged by" the IDF on Gaza. As it's done many times before, PCHR calls on the international community and High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War to intervene immediately, to stop the killings, and to end the unprecedented devastation and deteriorated humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

      The Gaza-based One Democratic State Group called for "all civil society organizations and freedom loving people to act immediately (to pressure their governments) to end diplomatic ties with Apartheid Israel and institute sanctions against it." It's press release headlined: "Stop the Massacre in Gaza – Boycott Israel Now!"

      The "Stench of Death Hangs Over Gaza," wrote Ola Attallah, IslamOnline correspondent from Gaza City. Can we sense it, smell it, feel it, anguish over it, and decide once and for all this won't stand! If not now, when? If not us, who? If wanton butchery isn't incentive enough, what is?

      Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

      May 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
      • Peikovian

        Wow, that was quite the Cirque du Jerque, Jack. How's your elbow now?

        May 31, 2011 at 4:23 am |
  14. Phil Newton

    Bibi: time to cut a deal.

    But hurry: this isn't the 70's.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  15. EG

    Fareed Zakaria is a Muslim-sympathizer who, like his peer Christianne Amanpour, continues to bash Israel and operate on a victim mentality - something Palestinians have themselves been doing for decades.

    Romy, here's some upfront feedback for you: I don't give a cr*p about your Palestinian and Lebanese children who are already learning in school how to hate Jews; they're most likely to turn into adult suicide bombers. Schnebel. Is that a Jewish name? There's nothing more nauseating than a self-hating Jew who also operates on victim-mentality. Then again, Schnebel could be a German name in which case your response wouldn't surprise me either. Old habits die hard. I get the idea behind German and Arab ideology; these folks are almost genetically pre-determined to spread venom and hatred. But the self-hating Jew, like that Soros character who describes his childhood years during the Holocuast as "exhillirating?" What a sick, twisted, pathetic pr*&k of a human being.

    Long story short... peace: do-able. two-state solution: do-able working on a two-state solution with a terrorist group: NOT do-able. Netanyahu: Gets it completely. THE ANTI-SEMITIC, ANTI-AMERICAN, ANTI-FREEDOM RADICAL ISLAMIC BARBARIANS are responsible for not wanting peace in the region. And here's my message to you, Mr. Zakaria: This Jew and the living Jews around the world are not going back into the ovens again. I will go down fighting. But if it happens, let me say this: The Muslims won't just stop with the Jews. Mark my words.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • fred

      Sorry but violence calls violence. Our congress is full of that!
      It's a shame that most of you didn't learn the lesson.

      May 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
      • EG

        Thanks for responding to my post, Fred. You're right, sometimes violence does beget violence. Let me ask you this: if you're married with two children and three thugs show up to rob your home - and you have a gun - are you going to try to negotiate first and help teach them what they're doing is wrong? Or are you going to take that gun and defend your family? It's the exact same principle. There is also a collective perception out there that Jews are not supposed to be able to defend themselves. I'm on the planet to shatter that myth. Right now I'm watching children on a CNN video learning hatred and how to kill. Jews don't teach that; Muslims do.

        May 31, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  16. Kiev500

    How predictable. If a Zionist does not like the message, he immediately attacks the messenger. How many here have done just that? How many have called the author an anti-Semite or a corrupt Muslim? How many have attacked CNN? How many of these same people have said similar things about President Obama? And how many have attacked the BBC for it's reporting on this issue? No doubt they will also go after the Pope if he dares to call for support of the initiative that Obama laid out in his recent speech. No one remembers this has been long-standing US policy, which Israel has ignored for decades. The ignorance and name-calling is about to end because the PR battle is over.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • Elisabeth

      You couldn't have said it better. Thanks!

      May 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • EG

      Kiev? That's Ukrainian, correct? Well, I don't expect anything insighful from you. It's no secret that the Ukrainians could have given the Nazis master classes on Jew-hating. Ever heard of an even called Babi Yar? You know, where Ukrainians rounded up and polished off more than 33,000 Jews in couple of days. Probably makes you aroused. How's that for PR?

      May 31, 2011 at 12:35 am |
      • Chuck

        EG,
        I see you like to play the victim and attack people based on their nationality. What is EG anyway? At least Kiev had the guts to use something other than initials, which is more than I can say for you.

        The fact is there is plenty of blame for Israel on this issue.

        BTW I'm a U.S. citizen born and bred. So what are you gonna call me? I'm not Jewish, so self-hating Jew is out. Let me guess, you'll call me an anti-semite and/or make some comment about my intelligence. Nice try, but I don't prejudice people. I have no problem with the Jewish faith or the Jewish people. I've even been to a few of Jewish services; they were beautiful. I have a problem with the Israeli government's actions toward Palestine and bullies in general.

        I'm off to work now so I'll leave you to your whining, brooding and name calling.

        May 31, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  17. Bob

    EG You couldn't have said it better and if you look at this liberal promoted "Arab Spring" in yemen Islamic militants already took over parts.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • EG

      Thanks for the feedback, Bob. I won't get started on that issue. There's too much negativity, anti-Zionism and general ignorance here; then again, it is CNN.

      May 31, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  18. Kiev500

    Here is the Hamas press release that I would LIKE to see: (Comon, Hamas, it's time to step forward as diplomatic leaders if you want to be part of the solution)

    **
    We will end our legitimate resistance and recognize Israel upon signing a peace agreement that (1) creates permanent borders and (2) ends Israel's occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. This will end all future claims by all sides. We will renounce violence when Israel stops using violence, assassinations, military force, and racist civil regulations against our own people. We propose to accept and honor all previous peace agreements if Israel honors it's commitment from the Road Map agreement to stop all settlement construction. If we must negotiate with an Israeli government that includes factions like Likud, UTJ, and Yisrael Beiteinu, -that refuse the concept of two states for two peoples, then surely Israel can negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.

    We encourage Israel to stop illegal Settlement construction and put a credible peace offer on paper with a map showing it's desired borders. Vague inferences to peace with stipulations and conditions are not a peace offer. With a credible Israeli offer on paper, the PLO and PA representatives will proceed to negotiations with Israel that are moderated by the Quartet and open for public review. There will be no more private negotiations and secret offers. The options for a peace agreement have been evaluated for decades. All we have to do is pick the parts we can agree on and request Quartet bridging proposals for what remains. The Settlements issue can be resolved on a case by case basis with mutually agreed swaps of similar land. Both sides should desire a border that is as short and straight as possible as these characteristics improve defensibility. The Palestinian right of return can be resolved with just compensation and repatriation to the Palestinian state.

    Israel's claim that the Jordan valley is critical to it's security is complete hogwash considering it's current ability to cover the airspace by plane and surveil the ground by spy satellite. Technology has ensured that no army can sneak up on Israel. Our representatives would accept a third party security force like NATO in the Jordan valley, with periodic evaluation for effectiveness and necessity. Israel’s most dangerous enemy is the one within, -the pro-Settlement Zionists who would prefer civil war to any peace agreement that creates two states for two peoples. We wish you success managing these difficult issues, but we must remind you time is precious and September approaches.
    **

    May 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Alan

    There never was any doubt of the Bush Regime’s complicity in Israel’s naked aggression against the Lebanese civilian population. Bush has protected Israel from world condemnation. Bush has blocked those who attempted to bring a stop to Israel’s bombing of residential neighborhoods and civilian infrastructure, and now Bush rushes more bombs for Israel to drop on Lebanon.

    On July 22, the New York Times revealed the full extent of the Bush Regime’s participation in the heinous war crimes being inflicted on the Lebanese people: “The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign. . . . The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said.”

    Obviously, Bush and his government do not think Israel has yet murdered enough Lebanese. Bush denounces Syria and Iran for allegedly arming Hezbollah, while he rushes more deadly weapons to Israel.

    The entire world is appalled at the Bush Regime’s support for Israel’s policy of expanding its borders through naked aggression.

    Every Arab and Muslim now knows that the US is Israel’s enabler. Arab hopes are dead that the US will pressure Israel to behave more humanely toward people not armed with American fighter planes, tanks, and high explosives.

    America’s complicity in Israel’s war crimes is more than America’s UK lapdog can stand. According to the French news service, AFP, “The United States is starting to look isolated in its refusal to rein in Israel’s attacks on Lebanon with key ally Britain criticizing the wholesale killing of Lebanese civilians and widespread destruction.”

    AFP reports that Britain’s deputy foreign minister Kim Howells “questioned Israel’s military tactics and slammed Israel’s killing of ‘so many children and so many people. If Israel is chasing Hezbollah, then go for Hezbollah. You don’t go for the entire Lebanese nation.’”

    But is Israel after Hezbollah or is Israel after the real estate that comprises southern Lebanon?

    Rightwing Israelis say Israel needs southern Lebanon as a buffer against Hezbollah. If Israel were to succeed in driving Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon, Israel would then want a buffer for southern Lebanon, where Israeli settlements would quickly spring up, And after that buffer, another, just as Israel has gobbled up Palestine.

    The American people need to understand what everyone else in the world understands: The Bush Regime is empowering the Israeli state to push out its borders by stealing land from other people.

    This Israeli policy is the source of the Middle East conflict.

    It is ignorant and immoral to blame the conflict on Hamas and Hezbollah. These organizations were created by Israeli aggression. Lacking American jet fighters, tanks, ordinance, and resupply, these organizations resort to terror, which is the only weapon that they have. Otherwise, the world would pay no attention as Arabs are ground under by Israeli expansion.

    The fault is America’s more than Israel’s. The American government and the brainwashed American public are the source of the conflict. If America did not enable Israeli aggression, Israel would have to behave responsibly and endeavor to co-exist with its neighbors.

    Israel is an artificial state created in Arab lands by European colonial powers after World War II. Instead of working to win acceptance and overcoming Arab hostility to Europe shipping off “the Jewish problem” to the Middle East, Israel has antagonized its Middle East neighbors. Israel can play the bully-boy role, because the US acts as Israel’s big brother. With its policy of fang and claw, Israel endangers its own right to exist.

    Many distinguished Israelis came to this conclusion long before I did. I am only repeating what can be read in more eloquent writings of distinguished Israelis.

    Israel’s greatest friends are its own peace movement and those few in America who dare to criticize Israel’s self-destructive policies. It is not anti-semitic to hold Israel to the same standards as other civilized countries or to report facts instead of Israeli propaganda.

    Israel’s greatest enemies are the American neoconservatives, who hold the power in the Bush Regime. What we are witnessing in the Middle East is the unfolding of the neocon plan to destroy all vestiges of Arab/Muslim independence and to remove all opposition to Israel’s agenda. Can five million Israelis, even when backed by the United States, forever suppress hundreds of millions of humiliated Muslims stewing in their humiliation?

    This is a recipe for perpetual conflict and the eventual destruction of Israel.

    Neocons believe that deception of the American public is a legitimate way for them to achieve their plan. Bush’s so-called “war on terror” is the cloak for neocon deception.

    Bush’s war is not on terror. Bush’s war is on Muslim states not ruled by American puppets.

    Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Peikovian

      What dress are you wearing to the prom? Something black, something gay, something Jihad, something Che?

      May 31, 2011 at 2:27 am |
  20. JustObvious

    The United States bases it position on the its own tried and true policy of ethnic cleansing. The native population was disparaged to be savages and a impediment to expansion. Between 1790 and 1820 the majority of the native population was expelled breaking treaties using false negotiations. Resistance to forced immigration is characterized as aggression. History is re-imagined to marginalize the rights of the native population and wipe out the facts from collective memory.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  21. barbara

    WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET HOW THESE PALESTINIAN ANIMALS WENT AND STABBED AN INNOCENT FAMILY TO DEATH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, WHY DO ALL THESE NAIVE LIBERALS FIND EXCUSES WHY ITS ALRIGHT TO KILL INNOCENT JEWS?/

    May 31, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Anya

      To Barbara,

      How many israelis were killed compare to the palestinians?
      Answer to that!
      You're on every post spewing your zionist venom! we know you

      May 31, 2011 at 12:57 am |
      • Peikovian

        I see you Anya. Check under the bed.

        May 31, 2011 at 4:17 am |
  22. barbara

    We should never forget how the Palestinian Muslim animals went into a Jewish house to kill an innocent Jewish family and stab them to death in the most cruel way , and u have liberal Jews that will defend these Muslim animals and blame israel this is disgusting. When is the last time you heard an Israeli stabbing a Palestinian family to death Jews would never act like these animals
    May god revenge their innocent blood

    May 31, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  23. barbara

    when are liberal secular Jews like stein going to wake up and see that the widespread hatred and obsession with the Jews in the Muslim world has nothing with the so called occupation because most Muslims don’t give a damn about the Palestinians they are killing each other in every Muslim country every minute they use israel as an excuse to hate the Jews and u liberals are buying their propaganda against the Jews, and u have these assimilated liberal Jews that buy their propaganda and will never condemn Muslim terrorism

    May 31, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  24. Descarado

    Zakaria is Obama's and the Islamo-fascists' Heinrich Himmler. Well played, CNN!

    May 31, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  25. barbara

    muslims are the only ones without a heart that would stabb innocent children to death. muslism are the only ones that will burn innocent people to death with acid muslims are the only ones that will blow up innocent people into pieces becasue they disagree with you these muslims are animals and crazy people like fareed will defend these muslims and only condemn israel all the time these liberals are sick no wonder they say liberlism is a mental disorder

    May 31, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Anya

      Shame on you and be damned.
      Muslims family gave organs' son to save the life of jewish kids.
      Google that if you don't believe me

      May 31, 2011 at 1:00 am |
      • Peikovian

        Shame on you and be fisted. You'll thank me later.

        May 31, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  26. mark

    its amazing how all these muslims here have acess to the internet in their cave. and how do they have time to write comments arent they busy killing each other??

    May 31, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  27. misha

    Folks, to further illustrates Zak's premediated, methodical anti jewish agenda,watch the CNN video on interest rates. He's blaming Greenspan of the current economic situation because he has held very low interest rates. If it wasn't because of low rates, this economy would be long in the dumpster. Zakaria has to go and be kicked out out of the public eye for fanatic, antisemite, demagogue and plain garbage/evil distorted journalist.

    May 31, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  28. misha

    This blog is strongly edited. Lots of blogs missing from yesterday!!!

    May 31, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  29. misha

    My take on this is that Zakaria is taking advantage of the Jihad wave to stir-up anti jewish sentiment in America and worldwide, using CNN as outlet.this man has to be stopped, because his intentions are murderous. He is a disguised jihadist that got access to US media. Aint this an irony and a tragedy...

    May 31, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  30. mark

    mish at least they are better then other liberal websites ,try posting a comment on the new york times website defending israel they will never post it

    May 31, 2011 at 12:46 am |
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