“Despite his good intentions, Kerry so far looks like a naive and ham-handed diplomat who has been acting like a bull in the china shop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” wrote Barak Ravid, diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.
For all Kerry’s efforts, questions linger about whether U.S. President Barack Obama has any real willingness to try a second time on Middle East peace, having promised to make it a priority at the start of his first term but failing to make any progress.
Turns out that a fancy speech and lukewarm follow through doesn’t solve a lot of the world problems. Especially the tough ones.
I’m certainly not in love with John Kerry, but at least the guy is trying. That’s more than our Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama can say about his efforts.
Per Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office’s request, a special “rest chamber” was installed in the airplane which took the PM and his wife to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral in London.
According to the report, the chamber included a double-bed and was surrounded by four walls to give the couple absolute privacy.
Maybe they’re really loud when they get their freak on. Lord knows, any woman that would venture near the private parts of that ill, misshapen bitch ass cretin has to be half deranged herself.
Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott an Israeli conference in protest at the state’s 46-year occupation of Palestine was derided as hypocritical by some, who pointed out that the celebrated scientist and author uses Israeli technology in the computer equipment that allows him to function.
Am I prohibited from criticizing Israel because I eat bagels and the Jewish people invented bagels?
I must say, this is a pretty high school defense of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
Hey, America invented the computer and terrorists use computers so you can’t hate us and try to kill us.
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel and the Palestinians could not achieve a peace deal based on land swaps alone and insisted that the most important thing is for Palestinians to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state.
Is there a bigger dick on the international stage than Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu? I’m not sure. Maybe the North Korean wing ding.
It’s not enough for Netanyahu to settle up the land and get on with the life of his nation. He has to bog everything down with this acknowledgment.
Not surprisingly, as he’s such a dick, Netanyahu is unable to acknowledge and accept the state of Palestine and he wants what he’s unwilling to give.
“It seemed like he didn’t have something against the American people,” recalled Ammon, “he had something against the American government, which baffles me with the marathon.”
You know, the American government is not very popular with Americans, never mind folks all over the world who are on the receiving end of all sorts of imperial policies.
Last week, with the defeat of the background checks gun bill, which 90% of Americans support, you have a recent example of legislators not representing the people and wishes of 90% of Americans.
Is it so hard for Americans to believe that someone could feel really reamed by American government as a result of a policy that most Americans aren’t really informed about? Drones, for example.
How do you think a lot of Syrians feel about the U.S. government as they’re being butchered and Obama is on the sidelines for some reason? What if there’s a whole lotta 17 year olds who are going to come out of that conflict with extreme hatred of America?
What if in his mind the older brother was looking to avenge some U.S. government policy with this bombing by killing normal Americans who might not even know about that policy?
It could be like that.
From CNN here:
Jerusalem (CNN) — Israel will not open a criminal investigation into the airstrike that killed 10 members of a Palestinian family and two of their neighbors during the November 2012 war with Gaza.
Israel’s Military Advocate General (MAG) revealed its decision last week in a report that examined allegations of misconduct during Operation Pillar of Defence.
These deaths will be filed in the ‘regrettable’ folder of the cabinet called ‘collateral damage’.
And everything has been neatly tied up and this will continue.
Robertson apparently doesn’t believe there should be peace in the Middle East because, according to Right Wing Watch, “any deal that includes territorial concessions to the Palestinians, including Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, will lead to divine retribution and ‘catastrophic’ consequences.”
A gentle, loving God I guess.
No peace, ever, just keep Palestinians down forever.
Smells like a holy war to me.
“I know that in stepping foot on this land, I walk with you on the historic homeland of the Jewish people,” the president declared just 20 seconds into his remarks at the Tel Aviv airport. “More than 3,000 years ago, the Jewish people lived here, tended the land here, prayed to God here.”
Ah, the Nobel Peace Prize winner keeping the land war going by restating some ancient property rights reasoning.
No human has any superior claim to land to any other human. How could that be?
Can the Native Americans come back and say they have a historical claim to the New York metro area because they were here three thousand years ago?
These claims seem to be sporadically claimed when it suits various political interests, no?
For the first time in more than three months, at least one rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel early on Tuesday morning, according to Israeli authorities, breaking a ceasefire that had been in place after eight days of intense violence between Israel and Gaza last fall.
The rocket, which came down on a road outside the city of Ashkelon and caused no injuries, was the first from Gaza to hit Israel in the three months since a cease-fire agreement ended eight days of cross-border violence. Israel has violated the cease-fire several times by firing on fishermen and farmers approaching newly relaxed security perimeters, but the agreement has otherwise held.
These two excerpts are from the New York Times. The second excerpt occurred after folks protested that excerpt 1 did not reflect reality.
The racist fantasy is that the default position of all involved is that Israel is good, Palestinian territories are overflowing with terrorists.
Israel’s aggressive behavior is always justified because the Palestinians are irrationally violent.
At U.N. headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office released a statement saying that he “has repeatedly made his views on Israeli settlements clear. All settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, is illegal under international law. It also runs contrary to Israel’s obligations under the Road Map” for a Middle East peace settlement.
Laws are for suckers.