'America, stop sucking up to Israel'

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On a day when Hillary Clinton, in Israel to restart peace negotiations, could claim that "what prime minister [Netanyahu] has offered in specifics on restraints on a policy of settlements is unprecedented...", the Haaretz columnist, Gideon Levy, came back with an appropriate admonishment: 'stop sucking up to Israel.'

What turns out to be Netanyahu's unprecedented offer is nothing less than the promise to continue expansion of existing settlements, like the 150 illegal villages, towns, and cities built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as shown in the map above. Not shown are the hundred or so illegal outposts that have yet to be dismantled as promised. Hillary's statement again shows that America bends to Israel's will and it is presently this fawning stance that impedes peace, at least according to Levy.

His article is entitled: 'America, stop sucking up to Israel':

Barack Obama has been busy - offering the Jewish People blessings for Rosh Hashanah, and recording a flattering video for the President's Conference in Jerusalem and another for Yitzhak Rabin's memorial rally.

In all the videos, Obama heaps sticky-sweet praise on Israel, even though he has spent nearly a year fruitlessly lobbying for Israel to be so kind as to do something, anything - even just a temporary freeze on settlement building - to advance the peace process.

The president's Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, has also been busy shuttling between a funeral...and a memorial... in order to find favor with Israelis....

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived here last night, will certainly express similar sentiments: "commitment to Israel's security,""strategic alliance,""the need for peace," and so on...

Before no other country on the planet does the United States kneel and plead like this.

Now is the time to say to the United States: Enough flattery. If you don't change the tone, nothing will change. As long as Israel feels the United States is in its pocket, and that America's automatic veto will save it from condemnations and sanctions, that it will receive massive aid unconditionally, and that it can continue waging punitive, lethal campaigns without a word from Washington, killing, destroying and imprisoning without the world's policeman making a sound, it will continue in its ways.

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The article is worth the read beyond the snippets provided above.

Tags: Gaza, Hillary Clinton, Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine (all tags)

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Re: The Palestinians are not fooled.

Foolery goes back beyond the "generous offer" that came out of the David 2000 negotiations, to at least the Oslo Accords, which Israel promptly used as a pretext to continue the colonization of the Palestinian territories. Israel broke the rules as they have continually done.

Palestinians: U.S. keeping peace process paralyzed

And who doesn't know that Washington is carrying water for the Israelis, of all people Netanyahu.

Pointing an accusing finger at the United States, the Palestinians on Sunday said Washington's backing for Israeli refusal to halt Jewish settlement expansion had killed any hope of reviving peace negotiations soon.

On a one-day Middle East visit on Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed Israel's view that settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank should not be a bar to resuming negotiations - contradicting the Palestinian position.

"The negotiations are in a state of paralysis, and the result of Israel's intransigence and America's back-peddling is that there is no hope of negotiations on the horizon," said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah.


by MainStreet 2009-11-01 08:21AM | 0 recs
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Jon Stewart's comedy news show The Daily Show is reportedly under fire from pro-Israeli groups for giving airtime to two pro-Palestinian figures on Wednesday night.

Stewart hosted Palestinian democracy activist Mustafa Barghouti and human rights activist Anna Baltzer, author of A Witness in Palestine, who explained the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of the Palestinian side.

According to a letter reportedly written by Baltzer and circulated by blogger Eric Johnson, the show "was overwhelmed with angry emails and phone calls prior to the appearance, and up until the last minute it seemed like they might cancel."

"During the taping the show had its only heckler in 11 years," Baltzer wrote. "The entire staff were very nervous and may come to regret the monumental decision (and not make it again) as they will surely be inundated now that the show has aired."

At one point during the interview, Barghouti asserted: "We [Palestinians] are struggling for liberty, we are struggling for justice. It's Palestinians who have been subjected to the longest occupation in history and a system of segregation that is totally unjust."

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by Winston Smith 2009-11-02 04:49AM | 0 recs
Re: 'America, stop sucking up to Israel'

I tried to cover the original Daily Show story here,

http://www.mydd.com/story/2009/10/25/100 22/127#readmore

but it seems to be taking on more legs. Thanks for this update. Jon Stewart really broke with the censorship and decided to have people on his show that can tell the truth.

by MainStreet 2009-11-02 06:13AM | 0 recs

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