US and Israeli agendas need
enemies. Both pursue rogue state policies.
They defy international laws and conventions, applying rule of law standards
to others, not themselves. Their interests alone matter, no matter the
toll on others.
When enemies don't exist, they're invented. Fear stirs public angst.
Major media scoundrels spread it. Propaganda substitutes for truth and
America's had no enemies since WW II. Israel's had none since the 1973
Yom Kippur war. However, you'd never know it from regular spurious claims.
Haaretz writer Amos Harel reported the latest in his February 2 article
titled, "Some 200,000 missiles aimed consistently at Israel, top IDF
officer says," saying:
Military Intelligence chief General Aviv Kochavi alleged "a more hostile,
more Islamic, more sensitive Middle East, one more attune to public
sentiment, less controlled by the regimes, and less susceptible to international
influence," despite no evidence whatever proving it.
In fact, clear evidence suggests the opposite. Since regional uprisings
began a year ago, some names and faces changed, nothing else. Policies
remain the same. Regime abuses and indifference to public need continue
in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, and elsewhere, despite public anger
and calls for change.
Kochavi stoked fear with lies, alleging 200,000 missiles target Israel.
Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas are blamed.
Iran's alleged nuclear threat further escalates tensions, despite no
evidence one exists. Nonetheless, he said, if Ayatollah Khomenei "issues
a command to achieve a first nuclear explosive device, we estimate it
would take another year before that's achieved."
On February 1, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz made similar accusations.
He emphasized heightened regional threats and said Iran's nuclear program
must be stopped.
Calling it a "global problem and a regional problem," he left unaddressed
its legal peaceful purpose in contrast to Israel's nuclear proliferation
He lied saying "There is no doubt that Iran is seeking military nuclear
capability." Israel's had one for decades. It's nuclear armed and dangerous.
In his 1997 book titled, "Open Secrets: Israeli Foreign and Nuclear
Policies"," Israel Shahak said "Israel (is) clearly prepar(ing) itself
to seek overtly a hegemony over the entire Middle East (with no) hesitati(on)
to use for the purpose all means available, including nuclear weapons."
Moreover, its longstanding policy dictates responding robustly if attacked,
including with nuclear weapons. America has the same standard. Both
are aggressive. As a result, world peace hangs in the balance. They
and rogue partners threaten it, not Iran, Syria, Hezbollah or Hamas.
Nonetheless, strategy includes spewing lies to blame victims. According
to Gantz, other Gulf states worry about Iran's alleged nuclear program.
Moreover, he claimed:
"(W)e must not forget one basic thing: Israel is the only country in
the world which someone is calling for its destruction and which someone
is building the tools to do so. This is something that cannot be ignored."
Spuriously suggesting Iran, Gantz said "The world and the region must
continue to isolate" the Islamic Republic, despite no threat whatever
from its leaders. Nonetheless, he added:
"It is correct to continue economic pressure and sanctions, from which
we are starting to see signs of achievement and progress in terms of
what is going on in Iran. It is correct to act and continue to disrupt
processes associated with the development of the Iranian nuclear project
and to work to enhance oversight over what is happening."
Only Iran's leaders "will decide at the end of the day if it will give
up on a military nuclear capability. But determined and consistent action
will (lead) to this strategic insight."
Gantz and other Israeli officials know Iran's nuclear program is entirely
peaceful and legal. In contrast, Israel defies NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty) provisions. It never signed the treaty. Iran did in 1968 and
abides fully with its standards. Israel operates lawlessly like its
Gantz also manufactured other "threats," saying:
"Gaza and Lebanon are some of the largest munitions depots I know. (They)
enter from Iran, Syria, and unfortunately even Russia continues to send
arms to this day, where in Syria it is not clear who will control and
operate them later."
"The Middle East is the most armed region in the world, and the bad
news is that we are the target of these arms. And we need to remember
In fact, Israel's been unthreatened for decades. It alone threatens
others and wages strategic wars against Gaza, Lebanon, and potentially
against Syria and Iran. Mainstream reporting ignores it.
It also lets Israeli President Shimon Peres spew lies about Iran's "evil"
leaders. Like other Israeli officials, he spuriously claimed Tehran's
nuclear program threatens Israel. He called it "ours and the world's
central problem at this time." He accused Iran of pursuing regional
and "even global hegemony." In fact, Israel and America alone share
Nonetheless, he said "Nuclear weapons mustn't be allowed to fall into
the hands of Iran's Ayatollah regime." He called its religious leaders
the "most morally corrupt regime in the world." Again, only Israeli
and American political ones top the world's rogue list.
Peres proved it by ruling out no options against Iran, saying "It is
the duty of the international community to prevent evil and nuclear
(weapons) from coming together. That is the obligations of most of the
leaders of the free world, one which they must meet."
Iran "funds, trains, and guides terrorists to spread terror and murder
across the globe," he claimed. Proving it's another matter because saying
so is baseless. He added more saying "the current Iranian leadership
offers the future only destruction. It threatens human rights and the
peace of nations."
Now age 88, Peres served in various political posts for decades, including
prime minister from April - June 1977, again from 1984 - 1986, and most
recently in 1995 and 1996. Now he's president, a largely ceremonial
In fact, he acts at the behest and discretion of Israeli ministers and
other top officials. Israeli presidents don't make policy.
Nonetheless, their comments are widely reported on issues of war and
peace and state security, no matter how duplicitous, untrue and hateful.
Peres had lots of practice. His recent comments show it. He echoes official
They've been unchecked for decades. No one challenges them, including
major media scoundrels promoting the worst ones. As a result, world
peace hangs in the balance. The threat's too grave to ignore.
A Final Comment
On January 25, American Conservative contributor Noah Millman headlined,
"Is Israel a Failed State?" His article reviewed Gershom Gorenberg's
new book titled, "The Unmaking of Israel."
What's "exceptional" about it, said Millman, is Gorenberg's framing.
It discussed decisions made during and after the 1967 war. Occupation
and repression followed. Progressively, Israel became "unmade."
Expanded settlements and other rogue policies corrupted democratic values.
However, Israel's fall from grace began from inception. Ben-Gurion endorsed
force, violence, and marginalizing non-Jews as policy.
Occupation intensified conflict. International law's spurned. As a result,
Israel's settlement enterprise and other rogue policies "undermined
the Israeli state top to bottom." Secrecy and corruption followed.
Decades of lawlessness reflect what Israelis "should have grown out
of when they acquired the power and responsibility of a state." Instead,
pursuing wrong over right "doesn't just undermine the" immorality of
injustice, but it provides evidence that the "Zionis(t project) failed
in what was arguably its primary objective."
Gorenberg wrote his book mainly for Jews. Instead of pursuing peace,
Israel chose conflict. It persists aggressively against non-threatening
Gorenberg's an Orthodox left-leaning Jew. He also espouses Zionism,
but not Israel's version. He said its "goal was a sovereign, independent
Jewish state in the historic land of Israel, as a means to the moral
and spiritual rebirth of the Jewish nation."
Historical inaccuracies and stealing Palestine aside, Gorenberg deplores
violence and repression. Pursuing them belie Zionist ideals, he believes,
though others view its early days much differently.
Either way, he sees greater trouble ahead unless future Israeli leaders
change course. So far, prospects at best are dim.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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