All posts tagged: Hamas

Hamas Won Again

Gilad Atzmon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive victory yesterday. He is likely to carry on to a fifth term in office. As of this morning, the right-wing bloc has a clear advantage of 65 seats (out of 120) over the centre/left parties and seems more likely to form a coalition. The meaning of yesterday’s election results are obvious and undeniable. The Israeli left is now marginal, verging on non-existent. The Israeli Labour party has been reduced to a miniature caricature, pretty much the size of Meretz, themselves a parody of left thinking. Needless to mention that these two parties are Zionist to the core. They deny the Palestinian right of return and believe in segregation between Jews and Arabs by means of a two-state solution. Netanyahu is, beyond doubt, the most sophisticated player in the Israeli political theatre. In the weekend he vowed to annex the West Bank Settlements. By performing this election ploy, he managed to completely obliterate his hard-line rivals on the right such as Bennett-Shaked’s New Right and even Zehut, …

Another Unnecessary War?

by Idan Landau, via Defend Democracy Press The writing is already on the wall: Israel will soon launch a military operation in Lebanon. Not a targeted attack on a weapons convoy or factory, but a simultaneous attack on Hezbollah’s missile production and launch sites. The operation will take place at the same time as, or immediately after, a series of assassinations of known Hezbollah operatives. That organization will, of course, react by launching a massive missile barrage at population centers in Israel, and Hamas may contribute its share in the south. Last week we were informed that missile interceptor systems have already been deployed throughout the country as part of a joint “drill” between the IDF and the U.S. military. Washington has already given a green light, or so we learn from Thomas Friedman’s most recent column — a faithful mouthpiece of American foreign policy. In this well-orchestrated event, Israel’s mouthpieces play a single tune: Iran and Hezbollah have crossed a red line, and if their Russian patron does not restrain them (the crux of Israel-Russia security coordination), Israel will strike hard (and it will do so because …

Jonathan Freedland and the “Price Tag”

by LeanToTheLeft A response by CiFer “LeanToTheLeft” to the Guardian article “Israel’s hawks can’t dodge blame for this day of violence” “Israel’s hawks can’t dodge blame for this day of violence”. Even the title of the article smacks of damage limitation after the killing of the infant Ali Dawabshe in an Israeli settler arson attack. It’s just one day not a systemic routine. Violence – not intent to murder. Three paragraphs and we see where Freedland’s going. Firstly the hawks – Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett of Jewish Home, the army and defence minister and their empty condemnations of this terror attack. Countered by the third paragraph and the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem (think civil society, checks and balances, possibility of justice at some point). But it has been acknowledged as a terror attack by all these people. That means the price tag settler terrorists potentially line up with Hamas, Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda and even the devil incarnate ISIS. ISIS of the beheadings. Al-Qaeda of the Twin towers . Al-Shabab of the Kenyan mall attack. Hamas of …