U.N. Rights Panel Votes for Inquiry in Gaza Conflict

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Palestinian children killed by Israel’s air strikes

 

GENEVA — The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to establish an “inquiry” into human rights violations in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories at a special session on Wednesday in which the top human rights official, Navi Pillay, said Israel and Hamas had likely committed war crimes with indiscriminate attacks on civilians. [Really? After 16 days of fighting, at least 687 Palestinians and 34 Israelis mostly soldiers have died]

Twenty-nine of the council’s 47 members voted for a resolution calling for the creation of a commission of inquiry to look at “all violations” of international law, with only the United States voting against and with 17 states abstaining, 10 of them European [Obama’s puppets].

The United States was working intensively to secure an immediate cessation of hostilities “but this resolution will not help us achieve that goal,” Keith M. Harper, the American ambassador to the council, told members before the vote.

The “inquiry” created by the council was a “biased and political instrument” he said, adding: “Once again, this council has failed to address the situation in Israel and in the Palestinian territories with any semblance of balance.”

Ms. Pillay had opened the session citing Israeli airstrikes on civilian homes and an attack on the Al Aqsa hospital two days earlier as examples of action where there seemed to be a “strong possibility” that international law had been breached “in a manner that could amount to war crimes.” {How about the massacre of children, Ms Pillay?}

These incidents and the high proportion of civilian casualties, who made up almost three-quarters of the nearly 700 Palestinians killed since the fighting started on July 8, “belies the claim that all necessary precautions are being taken to protect civilian lives,” she said.

Ms. Pillay also condemned indiscriminate attacks on civilians by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in Gaza who had fired rockets and mortar rounds into Israel, calling the attacks a clear breach of international law. [You need to do your homework, Ms. Pillay]

“The actions of one party do not absolve the other party of the need to respect its obligations under international law,” said Ms. Pillay.

Neither side had acted seriously to investigate or hold anyone to account for human rights violations, creating a climate of impunity that invited further abuses, she said.

“We have a humanitarian disaster,” Riad Maliki, the foreign minister for the Palestinian Authority, told the council. He contended that Israel had acted with impunity and that without an accounting, “the credibility of the U.N., the international community and the human rights system will be jeopardized.”

Israel’s United Nations ambassador in Geneva, Eviatar Manor, criticized what he called the council’s “ritual of naming and shaming Israel” and countered that “there can be no moral symmetry between a terrorist aggressor and a democracy defending itself.”

In a comment directed at Ms. Pillay, he added that “in the protection of the human rights of Israelis, this council and you, madam, have failed dismally.”

Look at Netanyahu’s “evidence” that civilians are harboring rockets in Gaza

Look at Netanyahu’s ‘evidence’ that civilians are harboring rockets in Gaza

James North on July 20, 2014
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Last night Israel launched a massive blow against Shuja’iya, a Palestinian neighborhood to the east of Gaza City, killing 63 people, among them 17 children. The graphic below appeared on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s twitter feed today, offering supposed evidence that rockets were harbored in houses and mosques in the neighborhood:

Take a look inside: #Hamas uses Shuja’iya as a fortress for its weapons. #ProtectiveEdge #IsraelUnderFire pic.twitter.com/XUnZ56cGwE

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Inside Shuja’iya – Israel Defense Forces

This level of “proof” would be comical if used to settle an argument over trivia. It is actually being used to justify the killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including four little boys who were playing soccer on the beach.

Children playing soccer at the beach killed by Israel's air strikes

Children playing soccer at the beach killed by Israel’s air strikes

 

Amazing Grace – Amazing Bombs + Interview with a Killer

No matter who your “God” or your religion is, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Orthodox Christianity … or none — This anthem is beautiful.

These two videos are best watched at the same time.

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Israel – IDF Blow Up Tunnel in Gaza | Gaza War 2014 RAW VIDEO

 

elenaIsraeli-Ukrainian soldier admits on TV she killed Palestinian Children.

Elena Zakusilo, an Ukrainian young women, decided at her young age to leave Ukraine and go to serve in the Israeli military. On November 4th, she participated in Ukrainian TV game show, “Lie detector” The Ukrainian version of “The moment of truth”. Contestants (connected to a truth detector) answer a series of personal and embarrassing questions to receive cash prizes. During the show she reveals horrible information on her military service.

Zakusilo admits killing Palestinians including Palestinian children. She answers the question “did you kill people” with “yes”.. she explains “we had to fire, had to kill, because it was either they [get] us, or we – them.”

Host: Did you happen to shoot at children?

Elena: Yes.

Host: How many people did you kill?

Elena: I don’t know.

She answers another question “are you willing to go back to Israel and continue killing enemies?” with “Yes” too.

Zakusilo justifies killing Palestinian children by repeating the same Israeli propagandists’ mantra of “terrorists”, “their mother sends them to die”. and “for them its normal” to lose their children.

Zakusilo, tells how she received a “Major” ranking in the army and reveals the technology of using dogs in the army’s repression of Palestinians. She was involved in training 150 dogs, sending them to spy into Palestinian villages with a camera and headphones, through which they receive orders from their trainers (to attack for example).

She also admits during the show that she decided to change her family name into a Jewish name so in Israel she would be well treated, as a Jewish, and not Ukrainian.

See below the transcription of the two deleted videos from the show, done by Inna Michaeli, who helped make this blog post possible. Unfortunately no youtube versions available because Ukrainians use different networks.

She also admits during the show that she decided to change her family name into a Jewish name so in Israel she would be well treated, as a Jewish, and not Ukrainian.

See below the transcription of the two available videos from the show, done by Inna Michaeli, who helped make this blog post possible. Unfortunately no youtube versions available because Ukrainians use different networks.

Zakusilo justifies killing Palestinian children by repeating the same Israeli propagandists’ mantra of “terrorists”, “their mother sends them to die”. and “for them its normal” to lose their children.

Zakusilo, tells how she received a “Major” ranking in the army and reveals the technology of using dogs in the army’s repression of Palestinians. She was involved in training 150 dogs, sending them to spy into Palestinian villages with a camera and headphones, through which they receive orders from their trainers (to attack for example).

She also admits during the show that she decided to change her family name into a Jewish name so in Israel she would be well treated, as a Jewish, and not Ukrainian.

See below the transcription of the two available videos from the show, done by Inna Michaeli, who helped make this blog post possible. Unfortunately no youtube versions available because Ukrainians use different networks.

There are other questions and answers before the next set of questions begin

Q: Do you consider your fellow colleagues as your real family, and not your parents?

A: Yes

DETECTOR: TRUE

Q: Who are your fellow colleagues?

A: Those with whom I served in the military

Q: Why did you go to the military?

Q from her mother: why are the colleagues considered family and not mom, dad?

A: When I go to friends, fellow colleagues, even the commander, they would accept me the way I am. I could come to him {commander} with any question, yes, he is a man, yes, he is an Israeli, who isn’t used to whining, he is a general, he tells you to go and shoot like this, so you go. But if you come to him and say, just for example, you know, I was walking down the road, and there was a kitten there, ran over by a car, or a person hit, and I feel bad. He will sit with you for an hour to talk, and try to understand why you feel bad.

Q: How many years were you in the military?

A: Six.

Q: Six years. Are you a professional soldier?

A: Yes.

Q: Which military rank did you reach?

A: Major.

Q: You are a major?

A: Yes.

Q: For which achievements did you get the rank of major?

A: For a good training of 150 military dogs that were working on remote control searching for and locating terrorists.

Q: So you prepared 150 dogs for service in the Israeli military?

A: Over the years of service, yes. I was a senior trainer, I can take control of any dog, even the craziest one.

Q: What can your four-legged graduates do?

A [17:20]: The doggy gets a little bag in teeth, it can be a video camera. You give a command, it runs into an Arab village, runs around there like a normal dog, and films what the terrorists are doing. It has an electronic collar, and a camera that hangs on the collar, and the trainer has the remote control, and he, from a distance up to ten kilometres, can watch and give orders to the dog, to attack or not attack. This was developed, it’s a new technology, and animals are trained to use it.

Q: The dog implements the orders based on the reactions it gets?

A: Yes.

Q: through the collar?

A: Yes, there are also headphones, and it can hear the trainer. It hears. Let’s say, the terrorist is running with a weapon, the trainer says “attack!” and the dog holds him until the soldier arrives.

Q: The dog is with headphones?

A: Yes, it’s a new American technology, it exists.

Video 2:

Q [first minute, from the start]: Are you hiding from the Ukrainian authorities that you hold the Israeli citizenship?

A: Yes

DETECTOR: TRUE

Q: But you understand that once this show goes on air, it will become known.

A: In worst case, if something happens, I can go back there {Israel}. I even have a different last name, here and there.

Q: Yes? Which last name do you have there?

A: There, I have the family name of my grandfather, Gluzman,

Q: Why is it so?

A: It’s my mom’s middle name, so that they won’t hear there our Ukrainian family name and with the other name {Gluzman}, with Jewish roots, they’d treat differently.

Q [01:54] Do you still work for the Israeli special forces?

A: Yes

DETECTOR: TRUE

Q: I don’t even know what to ask…

A: I’ll explain. In Boryspil {international airport near Kyev} there is an Israeli airline {she possibly means El-Al, the only Israeli airline officially operating in Boryspil Airport}, affiliated with the Israeli embassy, and I escort and receive passengers who arrive there.

Q [2:54] Did you kill people?

A: Yes.

DETECTOR: TRUE

The first time it was a big stress, I remember like now, I threw away the gun and said I won’t go anywhere. {Eventually} I did go.

Q to mother: did you know that your daughter killed people?

A of the mother: I know that she served during the war with Lebanon, and she was in the military, and of course, how can you be in the military without {killing}…

Host: someone…

A of the mother: not someone, apparently those she was fighting with, I think. Let her explain, whom she killed.

Q: The day when Yasef {Yaser} Arafat died, there was a massive riot by Arabs. They were shooting at the unit, I saw that there were hits, I saw ..head.. . They always told us to shoot in the air, at the feet, and […] the soldiers understand that if you keep shooting like that, you will be gone. So we had to fire, had to kill, because it was either they [get] us, or we – them. I can’t say I’m proud of that. It’s scary, especially when children run with Molotov cocktails, and they send children, to turn the attention to them, little kid, barely walking, 3-4 years old…

Q: But children are too…

A: Explode…? {Completes his sentence} They, suicide bombers explode in the trains… They, the terrorists, have a known tariff, an adult terrorist worth 30,000 dollars, a child – 50,000. The Hamasniks paid to the Arabs. And mothers say – so what, we can give birth to five more.

Q: Wait, so the mother sent her child…?

A: For them it’s normal, for them it’s normal, yes.

Q: And for that she gets…money…?

A: For them it’s normal, yes. For the terrorists it is, yes. They, the terrorists, change the cartoons for the children, and show them in their way, in their language Tom and Jerry, Tom are those who run around and try to hit with the hammer, and Jerry is the people who save their life somehow, and already in the children’s consciousness they understand that it’s normal, that this is how it should be. The good Muslims, say that the shahids are not Muslims, they are just fanatics.

Q [6:22]: Did you happen to shoot at children?

A: Yes.

Q: How many people did you kill?

A: I don’t know.

Q: So in order not to have to move in to live with your parents, are you willing to go back to Israel and continue killing enemies?

A: Yes.

DETECTOR: TRUE

Israel’s Invasion of Gaza Sets Off Protests in Europe

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A restaurant in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb, was damaged during protests against Israel’s Gaza offensive.Credit Miguel Medina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

PARIS — The conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza is spilling into the streets of dozens of cities in Europe, as thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters have depicted Israel as the aggressor and sought to isolate it internationally.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered over the past several days in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam and other European cities in mostly peaceful expressions of support for Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel has carried out a 14-day offensive aimed at stopping rocket fire and closing tunnels used to infiltrate fighters into Israel. In addition to the large number of Palestinian casualties, the conflict has also resulted in the deaths of 20 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers.

Some of the demonstrations took on a distinctly anti-Semitic tinge, although the organizers said they were designed solely to protest the Israeli incursion into Gaza that has left 500 Palestinians dead, many of them civilians.

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French Jewish leaders Monday warned against importing the Arab-Israeli conflict to Europe following a weekend in which a radical fringe among pro-Palestinian protesters in the French capital clashed with police, targeting Jewish shops, lighting smoke bombs, and throwing stones and bottles at riot police. Eight synagogues in France have been targeted in the past week, Jewish groups said.

President Obama said Israel has the right to defend itself against attacks from Hamas, but he expressed concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths in the conflict.

France, with some of Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish populations, has become a flash point for anger against Israel, and Jewish community leaders say they fear that criticism of Israeli policy is being seized upon by some to promote anti-Semitism.

Over the weekend, the authorities banned protests in selected areas of Paris, citing security concerns. Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over into violence, and earlier this month several hundred protesters sought to storm two synagogues in the French capital during an anti-Israel demonstration in which protesters chanted, “Death to Jews!” and “Hitler was right,” according to Serge Cwajgenbaum, secretary general of the European Jewish Congress, a Brussels-based organization representing European Jewry.

In the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles, dubbed “little Jerusalem” because of its large Jewish community, a peaceful demonstration on Sunday turned violent when clutches of youths lit smoke bombs and firecrackers, Agence France-Presse reported. The Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions said the protesters targeted Jewish shops, including a kosher grocery store and a pharmacy.

Similarly, in Barbès, in northern Paris, a mainly peaceful protest that took place Saturday in breach of a ban turned violent when police blocked a march, prompting some demonstrators to hurl stones. There were 44 people arrested, Le Figaro reported, and 17 police officers were injured. Israeli flags were burned, the paper said, noting that protesters had also unfurled a banner that included the word, “Isra-hell.”

A leader of Germany’s Jewish community said some of the demonstrators in that country had shown an “explosion of evil and violence-prone hatred of Jews.”

Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said Monday that “Never in our lives did we believe it possible that anti-Semitism of the most primitive kind would be heard on the streets of Germany.”

The protests come amid growing concerns about rising anti-Semitism in much of Western Europe, but particularly in France, fanned by the strong performance of the far-right National Front party, and a perceived rise in anti-Semitic violence. In June, a French-born man was accused of gunning down four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in an anti-Semitic attack. Now, Jewish community leaders say they fear events in Gaza could further aggravate tensions.

Laura Nhari, a spokeswoman for the Representative Council of the Jewish Institutions of France, said Monday that the Jewish community in France was shocked and indignant following attacks on synagogues and Jewish businesses. She said it was imperative that both the Jewish and Muslim communities did not import enmities from the conflict in Gaza into France. The Jewish community in France had no plans to organize pro-Israeli protests, she said.

“The conflict in Gaza is happening in the Middle East, while we are the Jews of France, and we do not want to import this conflict into France,” she said. “Anti-Zionism is the new face of anti-Semitism in France.”

The France Palestine Solidarity Association, a 4,500-member group that has been organizing some of the protests against Israel, said Monday that roughly 300 protests in support of the Palestinians had been organized in the past two weeks in 80 cities in France, and that the vast majority had been peaceful.

Didier Fagart, the group’s secretary general, said that the protests were aimed at showing solidarity with the suffering of Palestinians and were in no way motivated by anti-Semitism, which he firmly rejected.

“We want to show the pain of the French people over the massacre underway in Gaza, and to protest against the French government’s scandalous support of Israel,” he said. “We condemn any form of violence and racism, including anti-Semitism.”

He added that those perpetrating violence were part of a tiny fringe, including possibly disenfranchised youths of North African origin. He said his group was determined that its support of the Palestinians not be hijacked by unacceptable violence.

French leaders have spoken out robustly against anti-Semitism in recent weeks, and the controversial ban on the demonstrations has coincided with a government effort to persuade the world that France is not anti-Semitic. “Anti-Semitism is our common enemy,” France’s foreign and interior ministers wrote in a recent opinion piece in The New York Times.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the protest ban. “What happened again yesterday in Paris — unacceptable unrest — justifies all the more the brave choice by the Interior Ministry to ban a demonstration,” he was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.

Speaking at an event commemorating the July 1942 roundup of Jews in Paris, he warned of a new type of anti-Semitism he said was “spreading on the Internet, on social media, in our working-class areas, among young people who are often directionless, who have no awareness of history, who hide their hatred of the Jews behind a mask of anti-Zionism and behind the hatred of the Israeli state.”

President François Hollande on Sunday also said that anti-Semitism would not be tolerated.

The method in Israel’s madness

 

 

THE ROVING EYE
The method in Israel’s madness

Pepe Escobar
By Pepe Escobar
Why would Israel, in a deliberate and methodical operation planned over a week in advance – according to statements by senior Israeli military commanders made in Hebrew-language media days before the attack – target an unarmed ship on a humanitarian mission flying the flag of Comoros? (Unlike Turkey, Comoros is a party of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction over war crimes committed on vessels of member states.)
Why would Israeli commandos shoot nine unarmed activists dead with nine millimeter bullets at close range, between the eyes, in the top of the head, in the back of the head, in the chest, in the back, and in the legs – including an American citizen? (The final death toll may be 15, as six activists are still missing; Israeli army radio reported 16 dead early last Monday when the attack
took place on the Mavi Marmara, a part of the Free Gaza flotilla.)
How could Israel think it would get away with it by censoring video and photos – and then getting away with it all over again by refusing an international, independent commission to investigate the incident and subsequent cover-up?
Why, geopolitically, would Israel declare war on the de facto international community – from Muslim nations to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member-countries to global public opinion?
Is this merely a case of a “dysfunctional government”, as Bradley Burston wrote in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. And strategically speaking, is there any method behind the madness? Or is the method actually the madness?
Be afraid, be very afraid
There may be a very simple answer to all these questions: fear.
Let’s survey Israel’s possible motivations. A key Israeli motive to attack the humanitarian flotilla was to send a “signal” to Turkey about the Brazil and Turkey-mediated Iran nuclear fuel-swap deal – as its success pre-empted Israel’s pleas for a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Israel wants conflict between Washington and Tehran – and that means using the Israel lobby in Washington to sabotage US President Barack Obama’s half-hearted attempts at finding any sort of agreement with Tehran over its uranium-enrichment program.
Israel wants a weak Turkey – out of the loop both in the Middle East and the European Union (EU). Turkey is an emerging, key regional power now with good, stable relations with its neighbors. Turkey is key for the US: 70% of all supplies for US troops in Iraq go through the Incirlik base in Turkey. Turkey has troops fighting the US war in Afghanistan. Not to mention that Turkey – in Obama’s own terms – represents the key bridge between the West and the Muslim world.
The White House gave a wimpy response, “The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.” This was also Washington’s signal to Turkey that the Brazil-Turkey mediation on the Iran nuclear fuel swap deal was not exactly welcome.
Iran agreed last month with the leaders of Brazil and Turkey to send most of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey to be held in escrow pending delivery of fuel rods for the Tehran Research Reactor.
As much as Israel wants Turkey immersed in deep trouble with both Syria and Greece, and fighting a nasty internal Kurdish problem, Ankara is not exactly trembling because of Israel’s “message”. In terms of conventional military strength, Turkey is ahead of Israel itself; and moreover it is a very important US NATO ally.
Another key Israeli motive was to undermine and in fact abort any possibility of meaningful peaceful negotiations with the Palestinians and the Syrians – and to cut Turkey from the loop. Turkey is very much involved in the Palestinian tragedy. It is trying hard to breach the gap between Fatah and Hamas. A key Israeli aim appears to be to sabotage any Turkish-led peace initiative to solve the Palestinian problem that includes the essential provision of a fully denuclearized Middle East – anathema to (undeclared) nuclear power Israel.
To round it all up, there is the crucial element of fear itself. As the once-fabled Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have struggled in battles with Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006 and Hamas in Gaza in 2008, they have had to come to grips with the fact that their tanks are now vulnerable to Russian-made rocket-propelled grenades; their ships are now vulnerable to Hezbollah’s made in China missiles; and their planes will soon be vulnerable to Russian S-300 surface-to-air missiles.
The new axis in town
Iraqi Kurdistan is now virtually independent – according to Washington’s designs. Israel is robustly active everywhere in Iraqi Kurdistan. At the same time, the US actively supports the Iraq-based Kurdish Workers’ Party separatists in eastern Anatolia as well as Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) separatists in Iran and Kurdish separatists in Syria. The Turkish military spent no time analyzing these crucial developments. Their conclusion: NATO is not exactly a panacea. We must focus on the Middle East.
And this has led to the ultimate Israeli nightmare. The new key axis in the Middle East is Turkey, Iran and Syria. It used to be only Iran and Syria. Its historical legitimacy simply cannot be questioned, as it unites Shi’ite Iran, secular Syria and post-Ottoman Sunni Turkey.
There are many fascinating side-effects of this cross-fertilization – such as more than a million Iraqis, many of them very well educated, finding a new life in Syria. But the most remarkable effect of this axis is that it has smashed the same old divide-and-rule logic Western colonialism has been imposing on the Middle East for more than a century. Turkey’s destiny may not be firmly attached to a fearful Europe that really does not want to embrace it after all; Turkey is to become once again a leader of the Muslim world.
Life for the new axis won’t be easy. United States covert operations have tried to destabilize Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – to no avail. The same for US Central Intelligence Agency black ops in Sistan-Balochistan province in southeast Iran, as a means to destabilize the regime in Tehran. And the same for shady covert ops meant to bring a new military dictatorship in Turkey. But while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton perfects her vociferousness, Assad, Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah and Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad got together this February in Syria and advanced their partnership.
Crucially, Russia immediately stepped in to fill the US-provoked void. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has been to Ankara and Damascus and has positioned himself in favor of full reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas and a fully functional Palestinian state side-by-side with Israel.
Even US Central Command commander General David “I’m always positioning myself to 2012” Petraeus has been forced to publicly admit that US strategic ally Israel – because of the non-stop colonization of Palestine and the blockade it is enforcing in Gaza – has become an immense burden for US strategic designs.
Russia on the other hand supports the new Turkey, Syria and Iran politico-economic axis. Visa-free travel between Ankara and Moscow is now on. Russia’s Rosatom and Atomstroyexport are finishing Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station this August; are discussing the building of other plants; and have clinched a Turkish nuclear power station deal worth US$20 billion (Syria is also interested).
Stroitransgaz and Gazprom will bring Syrian gas to Lebanon – as Israel prevents Lebanon from exploiting its considerable offshore reserves. Russia is on a roll. Tehran will soon receive its already paid-for S-300 missiles. And Syria will soon get a new naval base.
In Pipelineistan, Russia and Turkey are now brothers in arms. Russia will build a crucial Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline to bring Russian oil from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Moreover, Turkey is about to join the Russian South Stream gas pipeline – and that means a direct blow to the troubled US/EU-supported Nabucco.
Russia – just like Turkey – also wants a fully denuclearized Middle East, which implies a non-nuclear Israel. This will be discussed at the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency.
Thus, essentially, Israel fears the new Turkey, Syria and Iran as much as it fears Russian support for it. A new Middle East is being born – and there seems to be only one place for Israel: isolation.
Israel’s “mad dog” strategy – conceived by former military leader Moshe Dayan – is not exactly an exercise in fitting in. Even centrist Middle East analyst Anthony Cordesman, an establishment icon at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote an essay under the title “Israel as a Strategic Liability?”
Big Brother Washington may be – forever – blind to it; but if you are a state and your strategy is to configure yourself as South Africa at the twilight of apartheid – by the way, at the time Israel was trying to sell nuclear weapons to South Africa – method is the last thing to be found in your madness.
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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