The Times is a longtime
imperial apologist. It's no different on Israel. On July 21, its editorial
headlined "Israel's Embattled Democracy."
Instead of discussing the real Israel, it did more to defend than criticize
it. The Likud/Kadima divorce occasioned it.
In early May, unity was announced. Ten weeks later it dissolved. Collusion
between Israel's two major parties dealt another blow to its faux democracy.
Netanyahu was called "a disappointing, risk-averse leader." Saying so
conceals his real faults. He's Israel's worst ever prime minister. He's
a world class thug.
He heads a racist, repressive government. He contemptuously ignores
the needs of his own people. Moshe Silman self-immolated in protest.
Others followed his lead. Rage across Israel demands social justice.
Jews are increasingly marginalized and denied. Arab citizens are treated
like fifth column threats.
For decades, Palestinians have been militarily occupied. They're denied
all rights. More on what's wrong with Israel below. Its "embattled democracy"
The Times focused on Likud/Kadima unity giving Netanyahu "unprecedented
authority to get things done." True enough, but it's only the tip of
many disturbing faults.
Kadima's Shaul Mofaz "outlined an encouraging agenda," said the Times.
Saying so is in the eyes of the beholder. Israel's disturbing dark side
matters most. Mofaz, like Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, reflects
The Times barely touched on issues mattering most. Ticking off some
falls flat without detail explaining them and why they're important.
For example, concern about "aggressive settlement building" omits decades
of illegal occupation, militarized rule, land theft, dispossessions,
and brutal repression enforcing despotic authority.
Mentioning hardline Israeli elements "resist(ing) serious peace talks"
leaves unsaid decades of peace process hypocrisy.
Saying Palestinians haven't "shown enough commitment to a solution"
is patently false. From inception, Israel manipulated talks to fail.
They're a sham.
America led negotiations from the mid-1970s. Calling them a "process"
masks one of the greatest modern deceptions. Palestinians never had
a legitimate partner.
"Territorial compromise" and "land for peace" bought time without accomplishing
anything. Genuine talks aren't possible unless both sides work together
as equal partners.
Israel rejected PLO legitimacy. Yasser Arafat's November 13, 1974 General
Assembly comments were ignored, saying:
"The difference between the revolutionary and the terrorist lies in
the reason for which each fights. Whoever stands by a just cause and
fights for liberation from invaders and colonists cannot be called a
"Those who wage war to occupy, colonize and oppress other people are
"The PLO dreams and hopes for one democratic state where Christian,
Jew and Muslim live in justice, equality, fraternity and progress."
"I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter’s gun. Do
not let the olive branch fall from my hand."
Washington and Israel opposed his UN presence. Both countries remain
hardline against Palestinian self-determination and peace.
Instead they support lawless occupation, institutionalized racism, stealing
all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem as Israel's capital
The Times claimed Kadima represents moderation. It matches Likud extremism.
All major Israeli parties march in lockstep on issues mattering most.
Likudnik Ariel Sharon broke away in November 2005 and formed Kadima.
Before Netanyahu became prime minister in 2009, it waged war on Lebanon
in 2006 and Cast Lead on Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009. Each
conflict caused mass deaths and destruction.
Since 1967, all Israeli parties supported "aggressive settlement building."
Policies of major ones erode democratic freedoms. The Times ticked off
a list without explanation. Instead of denouncing lost rights it said
"activists say" they're endangered.
It hailed Israel's strength "as a democratic state committed to liberal
values and human rights." It called them "basic truths." It worries
about them "being lost."
How can it lose what it never had. Israel Shahak's "Jewish History,
Jewish Religion" and "Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel" presented what
Edward Said called a "devastating portrait of prejudice, hypocrisy and
Shahak explained it's pervasiveness in Israeli politics, the military
and society. He said substituting Aryan for Jewish and non-Jews for
Jews reveals a similar superiority doctrine.
He decried Israeli racism, discrimination, and xenophobia, adding:
"The support of democracy and human rights is....meaningless or even
harmful and deceitful when it does not begin with self-critique and
with support of human rights when they are violated by one's own group."
"Any support of human rights for non-Jews whose rights are being violated
by the 'Jewish state' is as deceitful as the support of human rights
by a Stalinist...."
Extremist Israeli rabbis claim historic Palestine belongs to Jews alone.
Non-believers are infidels. In 2007, former chief rabbi Mordechai Elyahu
called for mass-murdering Palestinians. Do "whatever it takes " against
them, he urged.
Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar called Cast Lead "a holy mission....waged
in the name of the entire Jewish people."
Though a minority, Israel's religious community wields enormous influence
politically, in the military, and society overall.
Political Zionism is hardline, belligerent and repressive. Negotiating
from strength is stressed. Confrontation, not diplomacy is policy. Peace
is deplored. Aggression is called self-defense.
Major objectives are longstanding. At issue is colonizing Palestine,
exploiting its people, dispossessing and dispersing them, replacing
them with Jews, legitimizing ethnic cleansing, and removing Palestinians
entirely from their land, history and heritage.
Rule of law principles, human rights, and other democratic values are
deplored. "Israel's embattled democracy" never existed.
How can it lose what it never had. Even Jews are marginalized, deprived,
and exploited. Privileged elites only prosper.
Nations governed by these "basic truths" aren't fit to live in. Times
writers can't see the forest through the trees.
It views Israel solely through the prism of Jewishness. Zionism long
ago corrupted it. Israel was founded on its principles. Peace and democratic
freedoms never had a chance throughout its existence.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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