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Maariv: Netanyahu Rejected Kerry’s Request to Release Palestinian Prisoners

April 10, 2013
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An Israeli newspaper reported on Wednesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry had failed in achieving any noticeable agreement in his contacts with Palestinian and Israeli leaderships, and that he only gor an approval on some economic projects that would supposedly enhance Palestinian economy.
Palestinian prisonersMaariv estimated that these “infrastructure” projects in areas under “Israeli” control, which PM Benjamin Netanyahu approved, will not convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to negotiations.

Regarding the Palestinian demand that “Israel” releases 123 prisoners who have been under Israeli custody since before Oslo Agreement, Maariv said Kerry exerted a lot of pressure on Netanyahu to release a part of them, at least before the Palestinian Prisoners Day.

From here, the Zionist paper pointed out that Israeli intelligence had recommended Netanyahu to free some dozens of prisoners, most of who are old and sick, and the Shabak did not believe they threaten “Israel’s” security.

In this context, rumors have indicated that Netanyahu had approved the deal. However, his office denied that, indicating that the Zionist PM would consider a gradual release process but only after the resumption of negotiations with the Palestinians.

Source: Agencies
10-04-2013 – 17:23 Last updated 10-04-2013 – 17:23

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Obama and Palestine’s Forgotten Past

April 2, 2013

Mugs with pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a keffiyeh, displayed in a souvenir shop in Gaza City, on 9 November 2010. (Photo: AP -Adel Hana)
Published Monday, April 1, 2013
In George Orwell’s 1984, the Party had the power to reach into the past and decide whether or not a particular event had ever happened. The Party slogan declared that “who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” President Obama’s recent visit made it abundantly clear that Israel has a stranglehold over the past, the present, and the future.

In the three days of his official visit to Israel, Obama made a series of speeches, visited the grave of Theodor Herzl, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Holocaust Museum. This carefully orchestrated tour tied together past, present, and future.

From the moment he stepped off Air Force One, President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu drove home the message that this is “our historic homeland” and that Jerusalem is “our ancient capital.” There were frequent references to Israel’s biblical heritage, with Peres proclaiming that Obama would “see the hills and mountains where our prophets preached. Where the soul of the Jewish people was born. Where the State of Israel was created.” The skilfully crafted rhetoric effortlessly connects the ancient past to Israel’s present and its claims to sovereignty over the land and Jerusalem.

One of the key sites that Obama visited was the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. The visit’s significance was made clear in Netahyahu’s opening remarks: “You will see the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls, the world’s oldest text of the Bible, written in Hebrew here 2,000 years ago, scrolls that bear witness to the timeless bond between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.” Obama was being presented with what Netanyahu wanted him to believe are the title deeds to the land.

If the Shrine of the Book presented the title deeds, then Obama’s visit to the Holocaust Museum showed that the control of the past guarantees the future. The theme here was the threat to the survival of the Jewish people. It was used to justify US military support for Israel and its use of force. In the words of Peres: “You support us as we rebuild our ancient homeland and as we defend our land. From Holocaust to redemption.”

Obama was keen to reciprocate and reinforce the message of his hosts that Israel’s roots are set firmly in the biblical past. He talked of walking on “the historic homeland of the Jewish people,” and that “the founding of the Jewish State of Israel was a rebirth, a redemption unlike any in history.” Like Peres, his use of the word “redemption” ties past and present together. It echoes George W. Bush’s remarks at the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel that “what followed was more than the establishment of a new country. It was the redemption of an ancient promise given to Abraham and Moses and David – a homeland for the chosen people of Eretz Yisrael.” Obama reinforced the connection between past and present with the phrases “a nation of museums and patents” and “timeless holy sites and ground-breaking innovation.”

Given this was the run up to Passover, Obama used the theme of biblical exodus to link Israel’s origins and future with those of the US. This powerful story of liberation from slavery and persecution, immigration and the gift of a promised land, provides a foundation narrative for both nations. Yet the exodus story is also a tragic tale of dispossession of an indigenous population slaughtered and driven from its land.

In keeping with the failure to mention this side of the story, Obama’s fleeting visit to Ramallah and Bethlehem ignored Palestine’s past. President Abbas spoke of “a people proud of their history, heritage, culture, and symbols” continuing “the path of their ancestors, extending since the ancient times over this land – their land.” But unlike his visit to Israel, Obama did not reciprocate or reinforce this message. Strikingly, he did not mention Palestine’s past nor did he visit any major archaeological sites, such as Jericho. His brief visit to Bethlehem was designed to appeal to an American Christian audience rather than suggest that Palestine had roots in the past.

Although Obama referred to “a viable and contiguous Palestinian state as the homeland of the Palestinian people,” the term “historic” was conspicuously absent. The Palestinians were made to appear as though they have only shallow roots set in modern soil. Three millennia of history are ignored as though they have no connection to its modern inhabitants. If Palestine has no control of the past, then it has no control of the future.

Israel’s territorial claims are underpinned by its appeal to a biblical past; powerful images that resonate with an American audience that funds the military and economic aid so vital to Israel’s control and occupation. This foundation narrative has been undermined by historians in recent years who have questioned the biblical account of events.

Yet a coherent history of Palestine stretching from the ancient past, including the biblical periods, to the present has not yet emerged to challenge the powerful images used so effectively by Peres, Netanyahu, and Obama. The cultural struggle for a history of Palestine that ties these centuries to the present is crucial in the struggle for self-determination.

Palestine is denied a present because there is no political will on behalf of Obama or successive American governments to force Israel to negotiate meaningfully; there was no mention of the 1967 borders or illegal settlements. As long as the past belongs to Israel, Palestine has no future.

Keith W. Whitelam is Emeritus Professor and former head of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Rhythms of Time: Reconnecting Palestine’s Past and The Invention of Ancient Israel: The Silencing of Palestinian History.

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Obama’s Peace Antics in Israel – Four More Years of This?

March 29, 2013

Mar 26 2013 / 9:08 pm

Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. (Photo: WAFA)
Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. (Photo: WAFA)

By Ramzy Baroud

At the precise moment US President Barack Obama’s Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20, persisting illusions quickly began to shatter. And as he walked on the red carpet, showered with accolades and warm embraces of top Israeli government and military officials, a new/old reality began to sink in: Obama was no different than his predecessors. He never had been.
On the day of Obama’s arrival, Israeli rights group B’Tselem, released a disturbing video. It was of Israeli soldiers carrying out a ‘mass arrest’ of nearly 30 Palestinian children on their way to school in the Palestinian city of al-Khalil (Hebron). The children plead and cried to no avail. Their terrified shrieks echoed throughout the Palestinian neighborhood as they tried to summon the help of passersby. “‘Amo’ – Uncle,” one begged, “for God sake don’t let them take me.” Nonetheless, several military vehicles were filled with crying children and their school bags. But what made the release of the video truly apt is the fact that it was released on the day president Obama was meeting Israeli children at a welcoming ceremony at the home of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

“Their dreams are much the same as children everywhere,” he said, referring to Israeli children, of course. “In another sense though their lives reflect the difficult reality that Israelis face every single day. They want to be safe, they want to be free from rockets that hit their homes or their schools.”
Many Palestinians immediately pointed out the moral discrepancies in most of Obama’s statements throughout his stay in Israel. Still, his visit was ‘historic’ declared numerous headlines in the US and Israeli media.

However, aside from the fact that it was his first trip to Israel as a president, it was barely momentous. His unconditional support for Israel has been tedious and redundant, predictable even. Those who have followed his unswerving pro-Israel legacy – including his visit to Israel as a presidential candidate in 2008, his talks before the Israeli lobby group AIPAC and many other examples – could barely discern a shift, except perhaps, in the total disinterest in political sensibility and balance.

He truly delivered in Israel. This was to the total satisfaction of the Israeli Prime Minister and his pro-settler government which was assembled shortly before Obama’s arrival. Obama spoke as if he were entirely oblivious to the political shift to the extreme right underway in Israel. Indeed, the new Israeli government is more right-wing than ever before. The extremist Jewish Home party has three important ministries, including Jerusalem and Housing and the ultra-nationalists of Yisraeli Beiteinu have been awarded the tourism ministry. It means that the next few years will be a settlement construction bonanza, ‘ethnic cleaning’ and greater Apartheid.

“It’s good to be back in The Land (Israel),” Obama said in Hebrew, at the Tel Aviv airport. “The United States is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally and your greatest friend.”
It is believed that for four years, Obama has failed to live up to the nearly impossible expectations of Israel. Israel requires a president with good oratory skills – for example, to emphasize the ‘eternal’ bond between his country and Israel, as Obama did – who is able to sign big checks and ask few questions. Obama has of course done that and more. Aside from the 3.1 billion dollars in financial support, he has rerouted hundreds of millions of US funds to bankroll Israel’s air defense system, the Iron Dome, whose efficiency is questionable at best.

Obama’s past transgressions, as far as Israel is concerned, is that he dared ask the right-wing government of Netanyahu to temporarily freeze settlement construction as a pre-condition to restart the stalled – if not dead – peace process. Of course, there is the widely reported matter of Obama’s lack of fondness of Netanyahu, his antics and renowned arrogance. But that matters little, since Israel’s illegal settlements continued to thrive during Obama’s first term in office.

Expectedly, Netanyahu was gloating. He has managed to assemble a government that will cater mostly to extremist Jewish settlers in the West Bank and also masterfully managed to humble the US president, or at least quash his ambitions that the US is capable of operating independently in the Middle East, without Israeli consent or interests in mind.

Now that Jewish colonies are flourishing – with occupied East Jerusalem area EI being another major exploit – Netanyahu is once more aspiring for a war against Iran, one that would not be possible without US funding, support and likely direct involvement. “Thank you for standing by Israel at this time of historic change in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said while standing near the mostly US-funded Iron Dome. “Thank you for unequivocally affirming Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself, by itself against any threat.”

Obama did in fact spare a few, although, spurious thoughts for Palestinians. “Put yourself in their shoes — look at the world through their eyes,” he said to an Israeli audience. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day.”

One would even applaud the seeming moral fortitude if it were not for the pesky matter that the US had voted against a Palestinian state at the United Nations last November and tried to intimidate those who did. And of course, much of the horror that Palestinian ‘eyes’ have seen throughout the years was funded and defended by US money and action. If Obama is trying to resurrect the myth that the US is a well-intentioned bystander or an ‘’honest broker’ in some distant conflict, then he has utterly failed. His country is fully embroiled in the conflict, and directly so. Many Palestinian children would still be alive today if the US government had conditioned its massive support of Israel by ending the occupation and ceasing the brutality against Palestinians.

In a joint press conference in Ramallah, alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama even demanded Palestinians drop their condition (proposed by Obama himself) of a settlement freeze in order to return to the so-called peace talks. “That’s not to say settlements aren’t important, that’s to say if we resolve the (main) problems, then settlements will be resolved,” he said. “If to begin the conversation we have to get everything right from the outset … then we’re never going to get to the broader issue,” Obama added. The broader issue, according to the US president is “how do you structure a state of Palestine,” which again, Obama voted against last year, and passionately so.

Aside from resounding rhetoric about peace, Obama is finally towing the Israeli line exactly as Netanyahu and the lobby would expect of him, or of any other US president. He has little to offer Palestinians, or Arab nations, but much to expect from them. Arab states must seek normalized relations with Israel, and Palestinians must “recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state, and that Israelis have the right to insist upon their security,” he lectured in Jerusalem on the second day of his trip, reported CNN online. The obvious danger here lies in the fact that Israel oftentimes conflates ‘security’ and its ‘right to defend itself’ by mass arresting children on their way to school in Hebron, or by inflicting or supporting wars against other nations – Lebanon, Iraq and now Iran.

Obama will eventually get back to his Oval Office desk, ready to resume work as usual. This will include the signing of many papers concerning additional funds, loans, military technology transfers and much more for Israel. Palestinians meanwhile will carry on with their long fight for freedom, without his noted oratory skills.

Meanwhile, the families of the 30 children kidnapped by the Israeli army in Hebron will have many days ahead of them in Israeli military court. But that, of course, is a different matter, of no concern to Obama and his many quotable peace antics.

– Ramzy Baroud ( is an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of His latest book is: My Father was A Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press).
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Netanyahu’s Road to Damascus

March 29, 2013

Netanyahu’s Road to Damascus
by Roy Tov

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven—Acts 9:3

On Friday, March 22, 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and apologized for the Israeli attack on Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla that caused the deaths of nine Turkish citizens. Afterwards, Netanyahu’s bureau released a statement. A repentant Netanyahu is such an impossible thought that it is worth reproducing the core of his declaration:

“The prime minister made it clear that the tragic results regarding the Mavi Marmara were unintentional and that Israel expresses regret over injuries and loss of life,” and “Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized to the Turkish people for any errors that could have led to loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement on compensation.”

Is Netanyahu journeying his Road to Damascus? Is his apology sincere?

The idea is so ridiculous that even Israel didn’t attempt to claim that Netanyahu had seen the light and humbly apologizes from the bottom of his heart. The idea is so ridiculous that Israel formally disclosed its immediate reason. Netanyahu’s statement repeated President Obama’s words said on the same day, before leaving Israel. President Obama revealed that Netanyahu and Erdogan had spoken by telephone; saying in his statement, “The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security.” Netanyahu’s bureau statement said, “his [Netanyahu’s] commitment to working out the disagreements in order to advance peace and regional stability”. Netanyahu dropped his old gun-machine and is ready to crash the Road to Damascus with his shiny, new American tank.

Colonel Riad al-Asaad

Colonel Riad al-Asaad

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American Script

On March 25, Colonel Riad al-Asaad, formerly head of the Free Syrian Army (the West-supported forces attacking Syria) lost a leg after a device exploded next to the car he was using. He is a former Syrian Air Force commander, who defected to the opposition in July 2011 and set up the Free Syrian Army a month later in Turkey. He was taken to a hospital in Turkey. The day before, Moaz al-Khatib resigned as head of the opposition National Coalition, the political body behind the Free Syrian Army. These dramatic events exposed one of the reasons for the Americans forcing Netanyahu to apologize. The second reason was to create security in the Mediterranean Eastern Basin, so that the USA will be able to profit from the gas there (see U.S. accomplishes takeover of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Fields). Now Turkey and Israel are friends again, the escalating disputes over the gas would be resolved. America will harvest gas in eternal peace. Eternal? Just a sec, what about Syria?

Syria is neither Libya nor Mali. It is not a desert country that can be conquered by NATO overnight. Western generals wouldn’t be able to claim that they have defended the democratic will of the Syrian people. Two years after the Syrian Civil War started, Assad still runs the country. The rebels made remarkably little territorial gains; those were limited mainly to areas next to the Turkish and Iraqi borders. At the beginning of 2013, several reports on rebels’ violence flooded the media with pictures that left no room for imagination: they are neither democratic nor Syrian. They are rapidly losing the population’s support in the areas that they have conquered, though they are still fighting. The two recent events have weakened them even more. USA and NATO can’t trust them anymore to complete their Western masters’ machinations. The USA has utterly disappointed Machiavelli.

Israeli-Turkish Interests

Israel is re-analyzing its former enterprises with Turkey. In recent years, several issues have changed; the relationship between the two countries is unlikely to return to what it was. The graph to the right, courtesy of The Marker, was prepared with data provided by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. It shows the sharp drop in the number of Israelis visiting Turkey (left graph, in thousands) compared to the increase of the total number of tourists visiting Turkey (right, in millions). Turkey will survive even if the Israeli tourists do not return. This is a realistic scenario, the prices of hotels in Turkey have increased, and the country has become less attractive to Israelis; for example in the weekends of the upcoming Passover holiday, the offered prices reach almost $500 dollars just for the hotel. When Israelis started travelling to Turkey, similar deal cost five times less. The majority of Israeli worker unions (“workers committees;” modern Hebrew is plagued with Communist terms, see Stalin Jews box), the largest bulk clients of Turkish vacation deals, announced that they won’t even consider returning to Turkey. Arkia, an Israeli airline, has announced that it will re-open its charter line to Turkey, meaning that it had obtained a permit from the Shin Beth secret police; yet, it may find it has no clients.

israeliturismturkeyDespite its drama, the American pressure met little opposition. On February 18, 2013, the Israeli government ended a freeze on advanced electronic warfare systems for the Turkish Air Force and supplied Turkey with military equipment for the first time since the Gaza Freedom Flotilla event. This event is not only a precursor to the apology, but also a reminder that the relations between the Turkish and Israeli armies were strong before the flotilla disaster. Can they return to their former status? Back then, Turkey provided Israel with much needed air space, where the IAF could train, but it has been replaced by Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. Theoretically, Israel would prefer Turkey to the European countries, but there is a tiny problem. Turkey and Iran are now cooperating in intelligence matters; Israel probably wouldn’t take the risk of unintentional leaks of military data through this option. Military cooperation between the countries will probably be restricted to the supply of equipment and multi-party exercises with the USA and NATO. There is a Hebrew saying “Kavdehu VeHashdehu” (“Honor him and suspect him”), which reflects the new relation. Turkey won’t be as trusted as before. Considering all these factors, what was the rush to normalize the situation? After all, it damages Netanyahu. His main partner, Avigdor Lieberman, has already defined Netanyahu’s apology “a serious error.” Is Netanyahu a neo-Samson saying “Let me die with the Turks?”

Netanyahu’s Road to Damascus

Syria is neither Libya nor Mali. The USA failed to impose an “Arab Spring” on it. This is not surprising; if taking American-weapons from the IDF, the Syrian Army is much stronger than the IDF. The 1973 War could have ended differently if only a minor change in the Syrian Army moves were implemented. Two years after the attack on Syria started, even planeloads of weapons to the Western-supported mercenaries cannot defeat the Assad regime (see Israel Buys Croatian Path to Syrian Rebels. Without a quiet Syria, the USA cannot easily collect gas commissions from the Eastern Mediterranean. Is Netanyahu’s apology an indication the “Free Syrian Army” would be scrapped in favor of a Turkish-Israeli tweezers-attack on Syria?

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March 27, 2013
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Recep Erdogan is still conducting his show and running his circus except for the fact that now he has become more exposed than ever . The staged reconciliation between him and Netenyahu monitored by Obama caused the relations that were never severed to resume . From the beginning Erdogan has been performing his show of being a foe to Israel which cannot be …since Turkey’s relations with Israel go back to the foundation of Israel itself and were supposed to make up for the absence of Arab/ Israeli relations . The economical exchange between the two countries has reached its peak under Erdogan and involved all kinds of trade. The Mavi Marmara was but an accident arranged probably by Turkish Intelligence to boost the Turkish image as a supporter of the Arabs ready to sacrifice for Palestine and acquire thus a credibility regarding the Palestinian cause that will give it a say in the matter.

Now coordination is required between the two allies regarding the war launched by the west against Syria . The visit of Obama to Israel comes to lift up the morals of the usurping state whose territories have become fully accessible to the missiles of Hizbullah and to change the balance of forces in favor of Israel. This change can only happen if Syria – the major ally of the Lebanese Resistance – surrenders . The staged reconciliation between Netenyahu and Erdogan is just for gullible people and what happened is that Netenyahu – summoned by Obama – apologized by telephone to his long time friend and ally for the death of nine Turkish peace activists killed by the Israeli army according to a previous understanding over the matter between Turkish and Israeli Intelligences as has been leaked . The apology will be followed by indemnities paid by Israel to the Turkish families to make up for their loss provided Turkey drops all legal charges against the Israeli government . This is how the victims of the Mavi Marmara- on whom Erdogan built his glory- have been sold cheap by him . We hope the Turks will wake up one day to the circus run by Erdogan and by Uglu that uses sectarian Islam for the benefit of NATO and Israel and at the expense of the Arab Cause.

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Cataclysmic Idiocy at FOX: "Neat, clean, over before you know it!"

March 27, 2013


“… There are signs President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have come to some sort of private understanding over Iran. I think Obama gave Netanyahu a green light to do whatever Israel has to do to stop Iran. America will give Israel the advanced weapons it needs for a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear sites, but will not join in that fight. Obama said, “we’ve got your back,” but did not say “we’ll be with you shoulder to shoulder should fighting break out…This all sounds good. The U.S. wants to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but doesn’t want another Middle East War to do so. Diplomacy hasn’t worked; neither have sanctions. So let’s give Israel the weapons it needs to do the job. Neat, clean, over before you know it, and the U.S. stays out...”

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Obama to Netanyahu: ‘You better understand well the relationship of an attack by Israel on Iran with an attack by Israel on Palestinians!’

March 22, 2013


“… Most analysts explain that President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel is a make-up visit designed to repair the damage to his public standing in Israel for skipping Jerusalem on his way to Cairo in 2009. The question is this: Why does the leader of the free world need the sympathy of the Israeli public? Why is the leader of the strongest global power making such an effort to court a country with a population equal to about two percent of the US population?

Who says an American president has to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem? Since the founding of the state in 1948, no more than four presidents have visited us (Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George Bush, Jr.). Having been elected to a second term, Obama obviously has no need to kiss up to Jewish voters. Just this year, he sent his vice president, Joe Biden, to speak at the annual convention of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. And there’s still more than a year and a half to go before mid-term elections for both houses of Congress.
They say that Obama is taking the trouble to come here in order to coordinate policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, when Obama decided to visit Israel, it wasn’t even known whether Bibi (Netanyahu) would manage to put together a government. When the two sit side by side, no one will know which way the wind is blowing on the Iranian issue in the new security cabinet.

To top it all, when the US president wants to discuss some issue with the head of a foreign nation, he does not order Air Force One to be fueled and drag himself to the other end of the world. He has bigger worries at home than being liked by the Israeli public. He could have conducted the discussion on Iran with Netanyahu at the White House. Bibi has never turned down an invitation to pose for a photo in the Oval Office. 

So why is Obama bothering to come to Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman, at a time when the American and international economies need his attention so badly? No, it’s not Middle Eastern oil, which for many generations has been flowing through the arteries of American leaders; the dependence of US industry on the oil wells of the Gulf States is declining with each passing year.

‘America in Iraq’

The answer is simple: Obama is coming here to try and salvage what’s left of US standing in the region. An America that abandons the Israeli-Arab conflict to its fate is not worthy of the title “world power.” Giving up the leading role in the play entitled “The Peace Process” is a declaration of bankruptcy by US foreign policy. One can assume that Obama knows the status quo between the occupier and occupied cannot go on forever. As an American diplomat once told me, “Your conflict is like a car with a transmission which has only two gears — drive and reverse — and the driver has to choose one. Either forward or back. Park is not an option.” 

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate does obviously not want the third intifada, signs of which are emerging on the ground, to be named after him. Unlike Netanyahu, who refuses to see any link between the Iranian problem and the Palestinian problem, Washington, Brussels, London, Berlin and Paris understand full well the relationship of an attack by the Jewish state on Iran with an attack by the Jewish state on Arab citizens. The Iranians have for years been inciting the Arab street against Israel. When the Al-Jazeera network airs pictures of Israelis attacking an Islamic state next to reports describing Jewish soldiers storming Palestinian neighborhoods, young Muslims around the world set fire to US flags alongside Israeli flags. Obama has no desire for this failure to bear his name.

‘America’s ally in Palestine’

Twenty-two years ago, then-president Bush, Sr. identified an opportunity to enlist the international coalition that had been mobilized by the United States to act against the aggressive Muslim regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The Madrid Conference, convened in 1991 with the participation of an Israeli delegation headed by then-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir and then-deputy foreign minister Benjamin Netanyahu, led to the Oslo Accord. 

Ten years later, Bush, Jr. identified the potential hidden in Saudi Arabia’s frantic reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and encouraged the states of the Arab League to support the peace initiative that was born in Riyadh. 

The echoes of Obama’s visit to the region will resonate in the halls of the Arab League summit convening in Qatar next week. The historic initiative will soar or sink on Obama’s watch and with it, US influence over the punctured ship of the Middle East.…”

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Zionist PM Apologizes, Amends Ties with Turkey

March 22, 2013

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US President Barack Obama (Up L), Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu (Up R), Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L)In their first phone conversation since 2010, the Zionist PM has apologized to Turkish PM Erdogan for deaths in the Gaza flotilla raid, Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said. The Zionist entity also agreed to compensation for bereaved families.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the apology and agreed with his Zionist counterpart on the need to normalize the relationship that deteriorated after the UN report in 2011 made public the storming of a Turkish aid flotilla.
As back then no apology followed from the Jewish entity, Ankara expelled its ambassador and froze military cooperation with the country.

During Friday’s call, Netanyahu and Erdogan “agreed to restore normalization between Israel and Turkey, including the dispatch of ambassadors and the cancellation of legal steps against IDF soldiers,” Ofir Gendelman, the Zionist PM’s spokesperson said in statement posted on FaceBook.

Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara was on its way from Turkey to the Gaza Strip when it was intercepted by the Zionist Navy in May 2010. The vessel was part of a flotilla that was attempting to break an occupation naval blockade of Gaza. As a result of the incident, nine Turkish activists aboard the vessel were killed.

The news on the telephone call was broken by US President Barack Obama himself.
“The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security,” Obama said.

“I am hopeful that today’s exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities,” the US president added.
The statement was released by the White House just before he ended a visit to the Occupied Territories.

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March 21, 2013

Daniel Mabsout,


Watch the two delinquent liars spilling their lies over us shamelessly . The two delinquent thugs stand on tribunes and speak as if nothing mattered , They are really twin brothers and it was never as clear as today , that they are both heading two rogue states , both founded on blood and genocide whether the USA of America that killed the original people of the continent that was …called Turtle Island exterminating 18 millions of them or the Israeli rogue state that has become the joke of the century since its whole story and history could be summarized in one word that is : Murder. These are criminals that should be under lock waiting for capital punishment instead of giving press conferences and being summoned by journalists who wait eagerly to write down and reproduce each lie to publish it and broadcast it and spread it to the four quarters. No one should miss on the gems vomited by Netenyahu and Obama of course especially the ones related to the chemical weapons that killed Syrian soldiers and Syrian civilians yesterday in Aleppo .
Obama thinks that the Syrian regime should be held responsible for the chemical weapons that were handed to the thugs of the opposition by Turkey and by order issued by the US administration . How wonderful on behalf of Mister change to give us directly the chance to hear him and see him where he really belongs next to the Zionist gangster, the killer who does not hide his crimes . What has happened to the world that people of this kind can walk around and speak and rule as if nothing happened . To those who bet on liars and criminals to give them their rights or to do them justice we say you must be totally deluded or drugged , go prepare yourself for the next battle if you don’t want to end up gassed by the chemical weapons of Obama or have your children killed by his drones or afflicted with the depleted uranium he generously pours on people as service rendered to democracy ! Learn the language that these thugs speak and learn the language they understand , keep your weapon within reach before they slaughter you and your family! These are the cowboys of yesteryear and the Zionist Haganas and the fanatic sectarian thugs acting in Syria!

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Israel to ask Obama to use air strikes in case of Syrian missile transfer

March 19, 2013


“… These missiles are not just a problem for Israel,” the official added. “They include [anti-ship] missiles, and who has the biggest navy in the Mediterranean?” – a reference to the US. Israeli military and government officials concede that it is unlikely that they will be able to persuade Washington to take military action in Syria unless chemical weapons are involved.But they want to use Obama’s scheduled five hours of talks with Netanyahu on Wednesday evening to secure a guarantee of US support for more pre-emptive Israeli strikes, even if they risk provoking a cross-border conflict with Hezbollah. “What I hear over and over again from Israeli generals is that another war with Hezbollah is inevitable,” a western diplomat said, pointing to estimates that the Shia militia has up to 60,000 missiles hidden in southern Lebanese villages. He said neither side had anything to gain from a new conflict now. 

Netanyahu’s office concedes that it is more likely to succeed in securing US support over Syrian missiles than to persuade Obama to share the Israeli prime minister’s position on Iran. There have been many exchanges between the Israeli and US governments in the run-up to the Obama visit attempting to narrow the gap between their Iran policies. Obama has pledged not to allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon and US officials say they will know when the Tehran regime takes the decision to make a bomb and begins to assemble it…”