Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) alliance number three and former Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon has compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Hamas, saying it too was elected democratically.
In an interview today with Israel’s Channel 12, Ya’alon slammed Netanyahu’s long-term dominance of the Likud party – which he has led almost continuously since 1993 – comparing his reign to Hamas’ control over its own members.
He told the TV channel: “In Likud they choose [their list] through democratic elections. Hamas is also elected in democratic elections, but then [Knesset Members (MKs)] are managed using a balance of terror.”
“How did such a balance of fear come about, that resembles a ‘dictocracy’ more than a democracy,” Ya’alon added.
Ya’alon stressed that his criticism was directed not at the Likud party generally but rather at Netanyahu himself, claiming that a number of Likud MKs agree with him privately.
The Likud party this afternoon hit back at Ya’alon’s comments, claiming “he has long [since] lost his marbles”. A Likud statement read: “To compare the Likud and Hamas? The left-wing party of [Blue and White co-leader Yair] Lapid, [Benny] Gantz and Bogie [Ya’alon] continues to incite against more than a million Likud voters, who chose Benjamin Netanyahu to lead the country. Pathetic!”
Ya’alon also today reiterated Blue and White’s long-standing claim that it will not consider entering into government with Likud so long as Netanyahu remains at its helm.
“It’s not a personal issue, it’s a question of Bibism,” Ya’alon explained, adding that “it has become very dangerous to the future of the country in terms of democracy. It [has] turned into worship of one individual.”
Ya’alon’s comments will be seen as a thinly-veiled reference to Netanyahu’s ongoing efforts to guarantee his immunity from prosecution in three corruption cases, which could see him face up to ten years in prison. In this bid Netanyahu has sought to curtail the power of Israel’s Supreme Court, a move which former Israeli judges have claimed is reminiscent of Nazism’s rise to power in Germany during the 1930s. “This is the threat and we have to deal with it,” Ya’alon stressed.
Blue and White won the same number of seats as Likud in April’s general election, a performance hailed as a great success for the nascent party. However, given his position as incumbent prime minister, Netanyahu was given the first shot at forming a ruling coalition.
When Netanyahu last month failed in this task, Blue and White had hoped that party leader Benny Gantz would be tasked with forming a government, as dictated by precedent. However, in a bid to hold on to power Netanyahu pushed to see the Knesset dissolved, thus triggering fresh elections which are now slated for 17 September.
Blue and White – along with other centre-left parties Labor and Meretz – voted against the dissolution, but were defeated by the right-wing bloc and the predominantly Arab-Israeli partiesHadash-Ta’al and Ra’am-Balad, which seized upon the prospect of an election do-over in a bid to improve their dire April performance.
Despite rumours that Kahol Lavan’s component parts – Gantz’s Israel Resilience (Hosen L’Yisrael) party and Lapid’s Yesh Atid – could break apart ahead of September’s election, the party heads have vowed to contest the upcoming election together. Should this arrangement survive the coming four months’ campaigning, Blue and White is expected to remain Netanyahu’s biggest rival.
15 Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip have been living in a health centre for the past two months after UNRWA stopped paying their rent allowances on 10 June 2019
By Mohammed Asad
About 15 Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip have been living in a health centre for the past two months after UNRWA stopped paying their rent allowances.
The families, whose houses were destroyed by Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza, have been living in a number of room of the UNRWA-run Saftawi Clinic, including in the director’s office. They were forced to move out of their rented accommodation after they accrued rent arears of over 12 months.
Talks to resolve the stalemate between the families and UNRWA, and have them move out of the clinic have so far failed.
Israel launched a war on the Gaza Strip on 7 July 2014, killing 2,320 Palestinians, destroying 12,000 housing units completely and damaging tens of thousands more, according to official data.
Palestinians stage a protest against the ‘Deal of the Century’, planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018
By Ramona Wadi
As the unveiling of US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” remains uncertain and probably postponed, the international community has pitted itself against the proposal and deeming it an incentive to stand unequivocally in favour of the two-state compromise, which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has repeatedly described as the only possibility. In the US, a similar scenario is taking place.
A resolution drafted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen has raised Israel’s ire for its endorsement of the two-state compromise. Israeli diplomats, it was reported, have been lobbying for the removal of the two-state clause.
Palestinians, on the other hand, have been eliminated from the process except for necessary reference, and this is not due to the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to entertain US prospects of a deal. Its insistence on the two-state compromise has gradually eroded the focus from Palestinian rights to the PA’s willingness to accommodate the international community. Hence, the PA’s stance is just a continuation of the façade it committed itself to since its establishment.
Last April, former EU diplomats insisted that the bloc should “formally reaffirm” its agreement to the two-state paradigm and refute the US plan. The reason, however, was the EU’s international standing as regards its purported peace-building role, rather than Palestinian rights which are non-existent in the two-state hypothesis. With a prolonged diplomatic confrontation between the US and the international community over which plan to follow for Palestine, and with the PA persistently advocating for the two-state despite the losses Palestinians have incurred, the last shards of pretence were eliminated.
Not one single entity has proposed the obvious – ask the Palestinian people what they want – lest there is a departure from the historical process of international interference which created a colonial entity in Palestine. Instead, the diplomatic battleground was extended to create a parallel where external actors’ decision-making is only concerned with what benefits their meddling will reap to enhance their international standing.
The same process is now being repeated in the US, pitting proponents of the two-state against Trump’s deal. Had the Trump administration not concocted a new plan to fail Palestinians, the entire international community would have intermittently continued to coerce Palestinians into its diplomacy. With two prospects spelling disaster for Palestinians, the race as to who will fail Palestinians first has begun.
As the PA continues to limit itself to a choice between both disastrous options, it is aiding a complete manipulation of Palestinian rights. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to entertain US scheming holds no value while his faction is still supporting another form of facilitating Israel’s colonisation of Palestine.
Indeed, the PA’s stance is reminiscent of Jared Kushner’s refusal to discuss a two-state hypothesis, in terms of how detrimental both outcomes are for Palestinians.
While pretending to oppose Trump’s deal, the international community is pushing for a paradigm that covertly leads to the same outcomes. It is only because of the widespread hostility that Trump has generated since taking office, that the illusion of two camps for a solution has become ingrained and which is now being played out across the world in complete conformity.
In response to U.S. ambassador to Israel’s remarks that “Israel has the right to annex some of the occupied West Bank”,the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates announced that it is considering filing a complaint to the International Criminal Court.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman’s statement, the ministry claimed “is a reflection of the broad U.S. policy that is totally biased with the Israeli occupation and colonial policies.”
In a press release, the Palestinian ministry posed the question; “In what logic does Friedman think that Israel has the right to annex parts of the West Bank?, On what reality did he base his conviction? Or international law prohibiting the annexation of territory by force? Or the reality imposed by the occupation authorities?”
The ministry proclaimed that Friedman “is illiterate in politics, history and geography, and belongs to the state of the settlements… has nothing to do with logic, justice or law, unless they serve the occupation state, which he is eager to defend by all means.”
According to International Law, taking over or annexing land through military force is prohibited, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, and has ruled militarily there, since that time.
“These statements prove that Friedman is the ambassador of colonization and hostility targeting the Palestinian rights, including the right to self-determination and independence.”
“U.S. has its foreign policy determined by people who are politically immature and extremist in their ideologies, such as Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman. These men are playing politics as if they are in a circus.” – Palestinian Authority Spokesperson Ibrahim Milham
“Friedman’s statements are direct incitement against the Palestinian people, and are filled with lies that aim at justifying the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.” – Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi.
In response to Friedman’s statement that even if peace is achieved, the Israeli military would need to continue its military occupation of the West Bank, “this would constitute an annexation of occupied territory, which is a war crime according to international law.” – Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat.
More Palestinian officials have condemned the recent statement by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. “the vision of the American side to annex occupied territories is a war crime according to the international law.” – Secretary General of Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, (Twitter)
“President Trump’s ambassador provides enough background in order for everyone not to attend the Manama meeting: Their vision is about annexation of occupied territory, a war crime under international law.” – Saeb Erekat, (Twitter)
Friedman told the New York Times that he blamed the Palestinian Authority for the current stalemate in the peace process with Israel. All statements of the US ambassador “are totally rejected by all the Palestinians.” – aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and veteran Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath, (Voice of Palestine Radio)
“We won’t accept any American or Israeli steps and measures, Palestinians are sticking to their territories and will carry on with their struggle until they topple all the plots that aim at eliminating the Palestinian cause.” – Nabil Shaath, (Voice of Palestine Radio)
“Practically, Israel still occupies area C in the West Bank, and any Israeli measures will be a violation of international law.” – Nabil Shaath, (Voice of Palestine Radio)
“US President Donald Trump protects and encourages the Israeli side to keep occupying other people’s territories and violate the international law, and “any peaceful solution must end the Israeli occupation.” Nabil Shaath, (Voice of Palestine Radio)
From the beginning, it appeared farcical that a group of ideologically driven men with personal ties to the U.S. president and Israel, no experience in world politics and no interest in international law or the universality of human rights could deliver peace to the Middle East.
Such a lethal combination of religious fundamentalist and nationalistic bias, as well as direct investment in the Israeli occupation, with views that align with the far right in Israel, cannot be trusted with the mammoth task of peacemaking, let alone spearheading a credible and trustworthy political process with the required qualities of integrity and respect.
Jared Kushner, the political novice appointed by his father in-law, the president of the United States, as head of the Middle East “peace” team, is just one example of this unqualified and irresponsible group.
Kushner was on the board of a foundation that supported and funded the Israeli army. His family’s charitable organization regularly funds construction in the illegal Israeli Beit El settlement near Ramallah in the West Bank, while the current U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, was the head of an organization called American Friends of Beit El. Adding President Donald Trump’s former bankruptcy lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, with his declared allegiance to Israel, as the peace envoy, compounded the absurdity.
This team embodies a significant departure from established U.S. policy, including that of the most prejudiced previous administrations. However, given their backgrounds, the arrogant, condescending and racist attitude displayed by Kushner in a recent Axios interview should come as no surprise.
Kushner had the insolence to state that while Palestinians deserve self-determination, he was not sure they could govern themselves. This appalling statement betrays a colonialist attitude and a deeply patronizing tone of a “white man’s burden,” which has no place in respectable international discourse.
Trump’s “peace team” is seemingly stuck in the colonial era, when the subjugation of other peoples was justified by the racist claim that they were incapable of governing themselves, should be grateful for their masters’ handouts and needed to prove they deserved freedom and human rights.
The right to self-determination is universal, unconditional and absolute. Under international law, it is not only non-negotiable but also of erga omnes nature, meaning its realization is the responsibility of all states. In Palestine’s case, the international community has repeatedly and unequivocally recognized and reaffirmed this right for decades. But like his father-in-law, Kushner is obviously ignorant of the law and averse to facts.
By assuming the United States has the right or standing to condition the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, Kushner is voicing the dominant bias of this administration, which treats Israel with positive exceptionalism, rewards and bribes while singling out Palestinians for negative exceptionalism, bullying and exclusion.
Kushner’s interview responses are an extension of the Trump administration’s policies over the past two years. The unilateral and illegal decision to recognize Israel’s illegitimate annexation of Jerusalem was just the first in a series of hostile and irresponsible political and financial decisions—aimed not at achieving peace but at pummeling the Palestinians into submission and capitulation.
The administration also closed the Palestinian representative office in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, which had served U.S.-Palestinian relations since 1844. It discontinued Congress-approved funding to Palestinian civil society, hospitals and infrastructure, and then, following the advice of this “peace team,” it defunded UNRWA, the U.N. agency mandated to serve over 5 million Palestinian refugees.
These measures adversely affected the millions of Palestinians Kushner claims to deeply care about and understand—even better than they do themselves.
Such is the flawed logic of the planned Bahrain “workshop,” despite the serious Palestinian and international concerns and lack of participation by the Palestinian leadership and business community. In fact, this “workshop” aims to financially and politically reward and integrate Israel in the region, while ignoring the legal and political context of the occupation denying Palestinians their economic potential and political rights. Yet Kushner still makes the delusional claim that the workshop will serve Palestinian interests.
The Trump administration has allied itself with the most extreme, racist, right-wing elements in Israeli politics. Today, Israeli political discourse has become a competition between the extreme religious and extreme secular right over who can inflict more pain on the Palestinian people and annex more Palestinian land.
Historically, such bluntly racist, colonialist attitudes have been proven to fail. Yet even with failure guaranteed, Kushner’s shortsighted, hollow approach is dangerous, because it threatens to subvert any genuine effort at peacemaking in the future.
Kushner is dead wrong about the reality and nuance of the situation. The Palestinian people are not begging for charity or seeking to improve the conditions of their captivity. Palestinians seek to realize their natural and inalienable right to self-determination, freedom, sovereignty and dignity—none of which depend on Kushner’s approval nor the administration’s endorsement.
Hanan Ashrawi is a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee.
This nurse is the fourth paramedic to be killed during the protests, while around 700 others were wounded
Palestinian paramedic Mohammad al-Jadeeli, 36, succumbed to wounds sustained while offering first aid to wounded shot by Israeli occupation forces on 3 May 2019 in Gaza.
In a statement, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) announced Al-Jadeeli’s death on Monday and said he suffered severe fractions in the skull after being shot with a metal-coated with rubber bullet in his nose.
Al-Jadeely was transferred to the West Bank city of Al-Khalil to receive advanced treatment due to his serious conditions, but he died.
During the Israeli crackdown on the protests of the Great March of Return and Breaking the siege, around 315 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 were wounded.
This nurse is the fourth paramedic to be killed during the protests, while around 700 others were wounded.
There’s a worldwide debate over the “legality” of Death Penalty, Execution or Capital Punishment as it is referred to in the different legal systems. There are people and organizations who support capital punishment and even with increasing its rates and the legislation that widens its range alleging that it deters and reduce capital crimes within the society. However, others, people and organizations are against it and fighting and campaigning to stop it as an inhuman way of punishing individuals for committing crimes and offenses that the whole society is responsible for.
You cant justify killing for killing, nor eye-for-eye policy, otherwise you would have a whole dead or blind society. China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the US are the largest killers in the world in which a whole society is standing up to kill an individual for committing a crime that he is partially responsible for, while actually the whole society is the murderer !!!
No one is born criminal or killer, but the social conditions are the main factor of criminality, and the social conditions are provided and shaped by the society and government !! However, we are not to discuss the official and judicial death penalty, but extrajudicial assassination, the Death Squads !! “israel” is out of this debate, simply because it is so “democratic” and never committed such a punishment but once in 1962 against Eichmann, the Nazi. The human blood and life for “israel” is so precious, specially the jewish one as it never executed anyone from the “chosen people”, the beloved sons of God !!!
Can you believe this? I don’t, simply because I have witnessed the mass-killing Israelexecuting the whole people of Palestine. Inside “israel” the conditions are perfect for the jew “citizen” but in the occupied Territories, it is hell for the occupied natives !!! “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” David Ben-Gurion (the father of “israel”), May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.
The zionist systematic assassination policy is very well known. “israel” has been using Death Squads even before it was established and once it was terrorist groups of Lehi, Irgun, and Stern, even a long time before they (the zionist terrorists) assassinated the Swedish noble and diplomat Bernadette . It’s a Zionist systematic policy that was established on the Rabbinic genocidal mentality, and the assassins mostly become the top leaders (war criminals) of “israel” like Begin, Shamir, Sharon,Barak, Livni, Bennett, Shaked and the list is endless.
they are fed hatred by their Talmud teachings:
‘NOW GO AND SMITE AMALEK, AND UTTERLY DESTROY ALL THAT THEY HAVE, AND SPARE THEM NOT; BUT SLAY BOTH MAN AND WOMAN, INFANT AND SUCKLING, OX AND SHEEP, CAMEL AND ASS.’ (SAMUEL, 15:3)
BARAK’S ROLE IN THE ASSASSINATION OF ABU JIHAD MAKES IT CLEAR THAT ALL WINGS OF THE ISRAELI ZIONIST ESTABLISHMENT, THE SO-CALLED DOVES AS WELL AS THE OPEN SUPPORTERS OF ISRAELI EXPANSIONISM, ARE TIED TO THE POLICIES OF STATE MURDER AND MASS TERROR. IT SUBSTANTIATES THE FACT THAT THE PRESENT RECOURSE TO POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS IS PART OF A STRATEGY TO DESTROY THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT THAT HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE LABOR PARTY LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS LIKHUD.
A terrorist state (any terrorist state like “israel”) can allege that it doesn’t apply Death Penalty within its borders, and even that its “legal” system doesn’t have such a penalty, but on the ground they practice it openly and widely to annihilate the indigenous occupied people. Since it was established, “isreal” has never committed Death penalty but once, however they (the Zionists) are applying a systematic and deliberate murder of a whole people politically by eliminating its political and social elite. When its murderers reach to the top of the Government like Shamir and the current offense minister Barak (who slain three Palestinian leaders in Beirut with his bare hands), then the whole government is murderous!!It [the assassination policy] began with the (Jewish National Fund) JNF Arab village inventory that was a blueprint completed by the late 1930s that included the topographic location of each village with detailed information including husbandry, cultivated land, number of trees, quality of fruit, average amount of land per family, number of cars, shop owners, Palestinian clans and their political affiliation, descriptions of village mosques and names of their imams, civil servants and more. The final inventory update was finished in 1947 with lists of “wanted” persons in each village targeted in 1948 for search-and-arrest operations with those seized summarily shot on the spot in cold blood.The idea was simple – kill the leaders and anyone thought to be a threat the British hadn’t already eliminated quelling the 1936-39 uprising. It created a power vacuum neutralizing any effective opposition to Zionists’ plans.
Hundreds of our leader, intellectuals, professors, students, prisoners, women, writers, thinkers, politicians, novelists, researchers, mayors, teachers, peace activists… have been deliberately assassinated by the terrorist state of “israel”. Over the past 100 years, the zionists have been targeting our elite to eliminate any possibility to have a healthy society and leadership, they are annihilating our people.
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners were assassinated inside the prison after being caught and investigated like [Akkawi], others were released and shoot dead in the street a few days after being released. Hundreds of our leaders were assassinated in their offices, cars, homes or the street by the “israeli” assassination units that are ruling the Zionist state. Hundreds of writers, young peace activists, women were deliberately assassinated in their homes or in the street !!!
For the israeli terrorists, there are many different reasons to assassinate. Sometimes they murder a peace activist for his/her ability to convinces the Israelis and international peace activists to act, for his ability to cluster more peace activists [Abu-Rahmeh]. Sometimes a mayor is killed for being a leading national figure that unites Muslims and Christianstogether [Khalaf] the christian mayor of Ramallah. Sometimes when his impartial plan that is about to reach to a peaceful settlement [Bernadotte]. Sometimes students are killed because they are so popular in defending their cause specially those studying in the European Universities [al-Khederi]. Sometimes a leader is assassinated because he so influential in the International politics [Abu-Iyad]. Sometimes, a women is slain simply because her ability to organize and lead [Muna Dahi]. Sometimes a juvenile student is targeted for his a ability to move his fellow students to demonstrate [hundreds]. Sometimes a prisoner is assassinated for his ability to educated other prisoners [Ibrahim alraai]. Sometimes a writer is killed because he is internationally quoted for his authentic writings [Kanafani]. Sometime they assassinate Arab scientist to abort their efforts [Almashad] for developing the Arab society. Sometimes they even slaughter European scientist who are about to reveal the zionist sabotage plots [Bonomo & Ferez]. Sometimes, simply because he doesn’t look good in the zionst eyes…. Shall we go on and name thousands of simple unknown martyrs who were targeted deliberately and shoot from “zero distance מדווח אפס”? if to use the zionist terminology after committing a successful assassination?This policy has been followed all the time even by the zionist terrorists before establishing “israel”, and it was so clear when it was approved by the Knesset in 2000 during the second Intifada where hundreds were deliberately assassinated by the special “israeli” undercover units in a few months…. And still this systematic killing is going on !!!
In an article titled, “The israeli Terrorist State and its Mossad Assassins,” the late professor Israel Shahak, a Holocaust survivor, and chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights from 1970 until 1990, famously wrote: “There is nothing new in the fact that Israel is a terrorist state, which, almost from its inception, has used its intelligence service (the Mossad) to assassinate people on foreign soil with any violence or terror it considers necessary for its ends.”
So, “israel” never assassinated but Eichmann? I can believe this only if I am crazy or fool, or drunk maybe !!!
It is not necessary to have a “legal” system to legalize Death Penalty, but you can simply do it widely and systematically while alleging of being a so “Human” occupation and the “only democratic oasis” in the Middle East !!!
LONDON, PALESTINOW.COM — The monitoring and documentation team in the Action Group For Palestinians of Syria revealed that 39 Palestinian refugees died during last May in Syria, 15 of whom were killed under torture in the Syrian regime’s jails.
The group said in a report issued on Sunday that 10 of the martyrs were killed in shelling, other 7 were killed in field executions, 2 killed with gunshots, 4 killed in explosions, and one killed by a sniper.
The report revealed that the victims, who were killed in last May, were in different areas of Syria. 11 of them were in Aleppo, 7 in Damascus, 3 in Rif Dimashq, 2 in Hama, one in Dar’a, while the locations where 15 of them were killed are still unknown