Time magazine's May 28 cover
features "King Bibi: He's conquered Israel. But will Netanyahu make
peace - or war?"
Managing editor Richard Stengel titled his profile "Bibi's Choice."
Readers got him sanitized, not accurately presented. Omitted was what
they most need to know.
Time included, America's scoundrel media feature managed news and information.
Truth and full disclosure are excluded and prohibited.
Netanyahu heads Israel's worst ever government. Bipartisan MKs are racist,
hardline rogues. What little opposition exists is weak-kneed. Most go
along to get along.
Netanyahu exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon and previous hardline leaders.
He's an embarrassment to democratic governance.
Israel is more hypocrisy than democracy. Few benefit. Most don't. Arab
citizens are entirely denied. Arundhati Roy calls India a "limbless,
headless, soulless torso left bleeding under the butcher's clever with
a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart."
Netanyahu's Israel replicates it. Rogue government rules. Official policies
reflect belligerence, violence, racist hate, exploitation, occupation
harshness, neoliberal rapaciousness, and war when Israel chooses.
Netanyahu deplores peace. Negotiations were always stillborn from inception.
Writer Henry Siegman once called them "the most spectacular deception
in modern diplomatic history."
Netanyahu calls them "a waste of time." Palestinians can't negotiate
without a legitimate partner. Talks every time reflect tragedy and travesty.
Israel's all take and no give. Oslo was unilateral surrender, a Palestinian
Israel got what it wanted. Palestinians got nothing for renouncing armed
struggle, recognizing Israel's right to exist, and agreeing to leave
major unresolved issues for later final status talks.
Nearly two decades later, they're still unresolved. They include an
independent sovereign Palestine free from occupation, the right of return,
settlements, borders, water rights, and East Jerusalem as Palestine's
Israel yields nothing. Netanyahu won't give an inch. He doesn't negotiate.
He demands. He also spurns peace and social justice.
Last summer, unaffordable housing prices sparked weeks of nationwide
protests. Other issues were raised.
They include high food and energy prices, low wages and eroding social
benefits, onerous taxes on working households, weak labor rights, education
and healthcare deficiencies, as well as other ways neoliberal harshness
harms most Israelis.
Netanyahu turned a blind eye. Wealth transfers from Israeli workers
to privileged elites and corporate favorites is policy. In early May,
public anger again erupted. Expect another long, hot summer.
Perhaps he plans more war to shift public attention. He threatened Iran
for months. At issue isn't its nuclear program. It's unchallenged regional
The alleged Iranian threat is baseless. It's program is peaceful, not
belligerent. It conforms to Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT) provisions.
Nothing proves otherwise. It's well known but not acknowledged.
Israel's a nuclear outlaw. It spurned NPT. It prohibits IAEA inspections.
It threatens the region menacingly. Neighbors know the threat. Iran
hasn't attacked another country in over 200 years.
War is official Israeli policy. So is state terror. Fear is stoked to
enlist popular support.
Most Israelis oppose attacking Iran without US support. Given administration
and congressional hawkishness, expect it after November elections.
Israel's Likud/Kadima unity government increased chances for what will
inflame the entire region and threaten general war beyond it.
Netanyahu, Obama, and officials in both countries have greater aims
than world peace and sparing humanity a potential holocaust.
No matter. Time gave "King Bibi" top billing. Stengel anointed him rock
star status. He's:
"poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David
Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel. He has no national rival."
"His approval rating, roughly 50%, is at an all-time high. At a moment
when incumbents around the world are being shunted aside, he is triumphant."
"Like his father, he sees Jewish history as a succession of holocausts.
Like his father, he has an almost mystical belief in the abiding power
of anti-Semitism, as though it were more biological than cultural."
He has "a governing coalition that will not leak or collapse if he opens
negotiations. He will no longer have to look over his shoulder."
"He will not have to call elections at the drop of a hat. He has not
had that before, and it gives him room to maneuver and room to compromise."
Abbas said: "Now he is the emperor....he can do anything."
He always took full advantage. Imagine what he'll do now. Imagine the
regional consequences. Imagine how much more Palestinians will suffer.
Imagine the threat to world peace.
Israelis watch and wait. At best, they express luke warm support. Haaretz
contributor Bradley Burston says they're "exhausted by war, graft, bureaucracy,
failed ideologies, the compendium of false promises," and major unaddressed
For years, thousands of Israelis voted with their feet and left. Many
others consider going for good reason. Like America, Israel increasingly
isn't fit to live in. For Arabs it's hell. For Jews, promised land illusions
vanished long ago.
Netanyahu ignores public needs. War is prioritized. Removing a nonexistent
Iranian threat is planned. He'll risk a potential holocaust for Israeli
hegemony and personal ambitions. That elevates rogue status to a higher
Is there reason to think he wants peace with Palestinians? He favors
hardline persecution instead. He threatens war on Gaza. Another potential
Lebanon conflict looms. He's involved with Western-generated insurgent
violence in Syria.
He's a regional menace. Yet he had the effrontery to tell Time that
Palestinians "will never have a better partner than me....I can make
(peace) happen and make it stick."
His agenda excludes peace in our time. He deplores it like US administration
and congressional hawks, as well Knesset hardliners.
Like Obama, Netanyahu's a war criminal multiple times over. Peace isn't
on his mind. Neither is compromise. He spurns democratic values and
rule of law principles. He practices state terror. He's more rogue than
statesman. He's a destroyer, not builder or visionary.
In June 1996, after being elected prime minister for the first time,
Time's cover story headlined "Can He Make Peace?"
He spurned it then and does now. As long as he leads Israel, peace in
our time remains illusory, not real. The region's fate hangs in the
balance, and maybe a lot more.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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