It’s only a matter of time before karma catches up to the Israeli government
Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. (AFP/File)
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The tide is rising steadily against the policies of the extreme rightist Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is notorious for his flip-flop while negotiating with Palestinians, who have been waiting for 48 years to establish their state in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem and the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip. More than 600,000 Israeli colonists have illegally moved into the Occupied Territories.
Of late, what has been amazing is the growing criticism of Israel on the internet. Several American websites are blasting its policies — unlike the traditional American media, which is usually friendly towards Israel. A case in point this week involves New York Times correspondent Jodi Rudoren, who has been criticised by the popular website Mondoweiss.net for “act(ing) as a stenographer for an Israeli government report that whitewashes the military of war crimes in last summer’s invasion of Gaza, in an article titled ‘Israeli report backs tactics by military in Gaza war’”.
In a review of Max Blumenthal’s book The 51-day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, Rod Such writes that the book “will not be well-received by US corporate media [because] the reasons are apparent in the very title”.
A former editor for World Book and Encarta encyclopedias, maintains that “It is a 51-day war, not a 50-day war as the New York Times and other corporate media repeatedly say. For the Times, 50 days means the war started on July 8, when Hamas’ military wing fired rockets into southern Israel, not on July 7, when Israel, as even some Israeli media acknowledged, broke its ceasefire agreement with Hamas by killing seven of its members in an air strike”. He explained that “the difference of a day is the difference between portraying Hamas as the aggressor and Israel as acting in self-defence or acknowledging that Israel was the aggressor and Hamas acted in self-defence”.
The United Nations General Assembly last Monday unanimously elected Denmark’s former parliament speaker, Mogens Lykketoft, as president of its 70th anniversary session where he said he wanted leaders who would be gathering for the anniversary in late September “to focus on the road ahead for peace, security and human rights”. Haaretz, the liberal Israeli daily, recalled that “last year, when visiting the [Middle East] region in his capacity as the Danish parliament’s speaker, Israel criticised him for only meeting Palestinian officials in Gaza and the West Bank, but not Israeli ones,” an action which the paper saw as a “snub”.
In a column titled ‘How Obama abandoned Israel’, which appeared last Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, accused US President Barack Obama of abandoning Israel since coming to the White House in 2008. Oren argued that Obama and Netanyahu made mistakes that damaged the ties between the two countries, but charged that the US president did so “deliberately”. According to Haaretz, Oren claimed that Obama had forsaken the two key principles in the ties between Israel and the US: Avoiding public discord and the commitment on the part of both sides not to surprise each other with policy changes.
In a most startling commentary that appeared in the Washington Post this week, Walter Pincus, a prominent columnist, began his daily column by saying: “What if Israel suddenly changed course and announced it was prepared to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and work towards establishment of a Middle East nuclear-free zone?” Pincus quickly added: “I’m not saying this is in the works. Far from it.” But the significance of the column is that it was the first to raise this issue in a major US newspaper, although I had previously advocated this line. Moreover, the so-called P5+1 (US, Russia, Britain, France, China plus Germany) face a deadline at the end of this month to reach an agreement with Iran, which is a seeming possibility. But Pincus’s argument makes sense: “So the best way to remove Iran’s nuclear threat is to create a Middle East nuclear-free zone. It has been on the UN agenda since the 1960s and the subject of several General Assembly resolutions promoted by Egypt and Iran.”
If this does not work, he concluded, sharing an opinion with Israeli columnist, Ari Shavit, the issue “will become the biggest threat facing Israel. It might turn the lives of Israelis into a nightmare”.
By George S. Hishmeh
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