Reprisals against civilians are a war crime, a fact to which Nutanyahoo is oblivious as he sends bombs to murder the people of Gaza in response to the Eilat attacks committed by as yet unknown assailants. No one in Gaza has claimed responsibility for the attacks, yet even if they had, reprisals against Gazan civilians would still be an international war crime.
Tellingly, Israel had preplanned an attack on Gaza.
‘The IDF recently completed the preparation of different plans of action against Hamas and the rest of the terror organizations in the Strip – from surgical strike to a wide-scale operation. ‘
Nutanyahoo has much to gain by creating a conflagration – to disrupt the UNGA vote for a Palestinian state, the Palmer report which is due for release at the end of this month, discussion of the Goldstone and HRC flotilla report in the UN in September, along with the J14 protests in Israel which threaten zionist privilege by merging Jewish and Palestinian housing and social welfare issues. Ironically, war will reduce the funds available for social welfare, and after its cessation, housing costs are likely to skyrocket.
At present, the J14 protests continue.
Shafir criticized calls by ministers including Ayoub Kara (Likud ) to end the protest due to the terror attacks. “The fact that the government is calling on us to halt the protest because of the terror attacks is an attempt to use our pain as citizens hurting for their friends and families to make us bow on the social front, and that’s sad for several reasons,” she said.
Perhaps as a smokescreen, Nutanyahoo’s mysterious aides have been floating unconfirmed signals in the past couple of weeks which indicate that Nutanyahoo *might* be willing to negotiate on 67 borders.
Leaks from unnamed aides to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claim he has shifted positions on another critical peace process issue – borders – but so far there’s no official confirmation. It appears to be a tactical move to derail the Palestinian strategy for a UN statehood resolution next month, and it could work if the Israeli leader can convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he is serious.
Netanyahu is demanding a quid pro quo, aides are telling Israeli media. He will acknowledge the 1967 Green Line as the reference point for negotiations of future borders if the Palestinians will agree to ultimately recognize Israel as a Jewish state
‘And Netanyahu has failed to publicly, clearly chart out the main lines of a territorial compromise (necessarily along the lines of the Clinton parameters of December 2000) that could serve as a basis for a two-state solution acceptable to Washington and Europe. Instead, Netanyahu has talked vaguely about his willingness to engage in “painful” concessions for peace, a formula that may sell well on the hill but has had little traction anywhere else.’
In the absence of confirmation from Nutanyahoo himself, these claims that he is prepared to negotiate seriously, also aired on Israel TV according to AP, should be considered as hasbara. The apparent concessions are in contradiction to Nutanyahoo’s stated position in May, along with his Bar Ilan speech and the Likud charter.
Predictably, Israel is now blaming their convenient whipping boy, Hamas, for rockets attacks launched pursuant to the Israeli reprisals.
In response to Israel’s murder of 5 Egyptian security personnel, Egypt has recalled its ambassador from Israel.
“The cabinet committee has decided to withdraw the Egyptian ambassador in Israel until the result of investigations by the Israeli authorities is provided and an apology from the Israeli leadership over the hasty and regrettable statements about Egypt is given,” the cabinet statement said.
The statement was later removed from the website, prompting speculation that Cairo may have retracted its decision. An Egyptian government spokesman said the cabinet stood by statements made by its information minister, but declined to make any reference to the recall of the ambassador, which was also reported by state media.
Emad Gad, senior researcher at Cairo’s Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said neither Egypt nor Israel was keen to escalate the issue further. “Withdrawing the Egyptian ambassador is a good step but Egypt still has to insist on a formal apology from Israel,” he said
Israel continues to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity unchallenged by the international national community. This is one of the important reasons why BDS, which circumvents government, is so effective and essential.
The Arab League has urged the UN to act to stop Israeli attacks on the people of Gaza and on Egyptian land.
Israeli faux pas shock horror – Egypt identifies three men responsible for Eilat terrorist attack and it doesn’t look like they are from Gaza.
This is the Ehud Barak we remember and know from various past predilections, his fetishes are taking an even grosser form. : “Those who operate against us will be decapitated” – does Barak mean he’s going to assassinate, whilst ‘collaterally’ murdering countless civilians, whom he thinks are at the head of the resistance? or just generally chop everyone’s heads off whom he suspects of opposed Israel’s oppression?
Really? Senior IDF officials suggest amending Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt
Spring is so short here
Hamas: Gaza militant groups agree to cease-fire with Israel
Hamas was not behind the attacks on Thursday
, nor does it seek to increase tensions with Israel. Therefore, a direct attack on Hamas will be perceived as disproportionate and unjustified. Egypt will not be able to stand aside; this time it will surely call back its ambassador from Tel Aviv and freeze the peace.
The international community will not show restraint; it will present Israel as a war-monger. And when hundreds of rockets from Gaza hit Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Be’er Sheva, Rehovot, Rishon Letzion and Tel Aviv, the Iron Dome will be deemed ineffectual. Netanyahu will face dilemmas that tore Ehud Olmert apart.
Members of Knesset from Israel’s leading opposition party, Kadima, urged the cabinet on Sunday to launch a military campaign in the Gaza Strip, in light of the ongoing barrage of rockets.
Gaza Under Attack – in pictures
IDF officer: Terrorists planned an abduction attack
Is Israel planning to invade the Sinai?
The SCAF has largely been silent about identifying the armed groups who launched the attack.
“Given the conflicting reports, where is the SCAF’s official statement on the recent developments in Sinai?” ElBaradei asked on his Twitter account, adding that the SCAF needed to inform the public about its strategy to handle the delicate security situation in the peninsula.’
Al-Qassam: Israel ‘crimes’ cannot be ignored
Israel’s video game killing technology
Israel’s revenge attacks against defenceless civilians in Gaza continue
Israel weighs response after rocket barrage leaves one dead, several wounded
Minister Shalom: Not ruling out option of ground operation in Gaza
Opposition MKs urge IDF action in Gaza as rockets keep falling on southern Israel
From spy intrigue, self-sabotage & condom failure to neolib softdrink stands, the WHR has it all!
Also, the General Security Service (Shabak) wasted no time in making it very clear, very loudly that they had given the army very detailed and specific information of the impending attack. But remembering Clinton trying to take out Bin Laden back in ‘98 and getting blamed unfairly for wagging the dog? I should shut up about the obvious thoughts pursuant to the above intelligence.
War crimes, collective punishment … does Israel hope the people of Gaza drown in their own excrement?
Palestinians farming creatively to overcome the ‘buffer zone’
Israel to expel Palestinian activists
Israel launches bloody reprisals in Egypt and Gaza
Palestine / Israel Links
What sort of monsters fire tear gas at children?
Demolitions by Israel increase fivefold, says new UN report
Another BDS success: Tuba Skinny cancels show at jazz festival in Israel
Occupy, Colonize, Exploit: The Economic Uses of the Separation Barrier
Murdoch press success; discuss Palestine and BDS and ignore occupation
Attacks on Gaza continue: “I’ve never seen shrapnel wounds like this before.”
Palestinian youth in Gaza skeptical about PA’s UN bid
Zionist idiotic waffle on the fake state: ‘Virtual’ Palestinian state could lead to actual disaster
Australia’s leaders must back Palestinian bid for statehood : Robert Newton pontificates pompously on the fake state.
Flashback to Obama giving Nutanyahoo the Jordan Valley as if it was his to give, nearly a year ago: Obama in personal appeal to Netanyahu: Extend settlement freeze for two months
Kafka at the Rafah border
John Pilger: Riots reveal Britain’s forbidden truth
A New Approach: A statement by prominent Australians urging political leaders to break the stalemate on refugee and asylum policy
Ita still tells the truth? Murdoch told me to have someone followed: Buttrose
Malcolm Fraser exposes the truth about Beazley’s political opportunism which blind freddy could see at the time anyway, and which disgusted then as now.