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Mar 15, 2013

After a delay of 51 days, Benjamin Netanyahu finally forms Israel’s new government just ahead of deadline

Jerusalem

Thursday 14 March 2013

Independent

After weeks of angry public exchanges and protracted negotiations, Benjamin Netanyahu finally formed Israel’s new government today hours before an extended deadline expired.

The broad details – especially over the dissemination of cabinet jobs – were agreed earlier in the week, but the finer points are still to be ironed out . Specifically, the final announcement was delayed after a row over whether Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett – the leaders of the two other main parties in the coalition – were to be given the title of deputy prime minister.

The fresh row threatened to boil over at one point when negotiators from Mr Bennett’s religious right wing Jewish Home party failed to turn up to final talks yesterday after Moshe Leon, from Mr Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu confirmed that the prime minister would have no deputies.

Jewish Home said Mr Netanyahu’s last minute decision not to appoint any deputy prime ministers, the first time it has happened for 50 years, was a violation of an agreement the party.

The move by Mr Netanyahu – just two days before the deadline for forming a government – may have been in response to the unbreakable bloc formed by Mr Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and Jewish Home, who boxed the prime minister into a corner with certain demands, especially the exclusion from the new government of the ultra-orthodox parties. Mr Lapid, a former talk show host, insisted during the campaign that Israel’s orthodox communities needed to contribute more to society, and especially complete mandatory military service from which they are currently exempt.

The ultra-orthodox parties are natural allies of Mr Netanyahu. “We wanted a broader more stable coalition and we didn’t hide that at any stage of the negotiations, unfortunately our partners wanted differently,” Zeev Elkin of Mr Netanyahu’s Likud Party told Israel radio. “Under the difficult near impossible conditions, we had no other option and more or less had to conduct coalition talks under extortion, there is no other expression to describe it, under these conditions I think we obtained the maximum.”

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World Views of U.S. Leadership Under Obama Continue to Decline

March 14, 2013

Obama(CNSNews.com) – The last year of President Obama’s first term saw a continuation of the slow decline in worldwide approval of U.S. leadership that has marked his administration, according to a new Gallup poll.

Across the 130 countries surveyed, the median U.S. approval rating in 2012 stood at 41 percent, down from 46 percent in 2011, 47 percent in 2010 and 49 percent in 2009. Last year’s 41 percent is only three points higher than the 38 percent Gallup measured in 2007, President Bush’s penultimate year in office. (In Bush’s last year it dropped to 34 percent.)

Overall, U.S. approval ratings between 2011 and 2012 dropped in 70 countries, and climbed in 42 countries. The rest showed no change, or in a few cases were not surveyed in 2011 so no comparison was possible.

Asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United States?” most of the countries producing the highest disapproval scores were in the Middle East and South Asia.

“This shift suggests that the president and the new secretary of state may not find global audiences as receptive to the U.S. agenda as they have in the past,” commented Gallup pollster Julie Ray. “In fact, they may even find even once-warm audiences increasingly critical.”

Palestinians to Obama: Stay off Temple Mount!

DEBKAfile March 14, 2013, 9:48 AM (GMT+02:00)The Palestinian Authority has advised the White House in Washington to call off President Barack Obama’s tour of the Western Wall and al Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount under the escort of Israeli security personnel. Obama is to spend March 20 and 21 on a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. His visits to those shrines, said the PA, would be an affirmation of Israeli sovereignty.The Palestinian Islamic Jihad called on its supporters to prevent the US president setting foot on Temple Mount with a hail of rocks and eggs.

 

Israel forces Sudanese, Eritrean immigrants to leave

File photo shows an Israeli detention center where over 2,000 people, mostly Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, are held captive.

Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:4AM GMT
Rights groups say the Israeli regime arrests Sudanese and Eritrean immigrants and forces them to go back to their countries.

In a joint report published on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch and the Israeli Hotline for Migrant Workers, an Israeli non-governmental organization, accused the Tel Aviv regime of “threatening detained Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, including asylum seekers, with prolonged detention to pressure them to leave” the occupied Palestinian territories.

Since December 11, 2012, the Israeli regime has pressured hundreds of detained Sudanese and one Eritrean to leave, and “in February 2013, some 50 detained Eritreans agreed under similar pressure to leave for Uganda. All 50 remain in Israeli detention,” the report added.

According to the report, the pressure is put on the Africans by Israeli authorities such as the Population and Immigration Border Authority.

Gerry Simpson, a senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch, said “Israel’s prolonged detention of asylum seekers aims to shatter all hope so they feel they have no real choice but to leave.”

More than 2,000 Africans, including at least 1,100 Eritreans and 600 Sudanese nationals, are held captive at two detention centers in the south of the occupied Palestinian territories.

‘Netanyahu’s frustrated war bids on Iran prompted Press TV ban’

Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:22PM GMT

An American philosopher says the EU ban on Press TV officials shows the extent of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s frustration at being unable to wage a military campaign against the Islamic Republic, Press TV reports.

“I believe that this (the EU ban on Press TV officials) is part of the Bibi Netanyahu’s frustration with his inability to orchestrate a war against Iran, which of course, has only been justified on the basis of false and fraudulent grounds, especially that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program, when it is quite obvious that it is not the case,” James Fetzer said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

He added that the Israeli prime minister pursues his policies toward Iran despite the fact that such policies contradict the information confirmed by intelligence services.

“Sixteen American intelligence agencies concurred in 2007 that Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapons policy, a conclusion they reaffirmed in 2011,” Fetzer explained.

Despite allegations by the US and the Israeli regime that Iran is pursuing a militarized nuclear program, a report last year by 16 American intelligence agencies, known as the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), confirmed Iran’s assertions that its nuclear energy program is entirely peaceful in nature. The Israeli intelligence community also agreed with the assessment.

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Israel: Coalition deal hits snag as deadline looms

Global Post

No sooner had it been announced that Prime Minister Netanyahu had struck a coalition agreement than news came of glitches and stumbles in the deal.

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JERUSALEM — After several weeks of negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a coalition deal on Thursday as the Friday deadline loomed.

However, The Times of Israel reported that as of 4 p.m. in Israel, a last-minute snag delayed the coalition negotiations.

Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, reportedly demanded that the leader of the Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, not be appointed as the deputy prime minister of the new government.

The deal will be down to the wire, with the Jewish Home party reportedly canceling its meeting with Netanyahu’s Likud party.

The coalition deal, if it went through, would see Netanyahu retaining the prime minister position, with Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, serving as finance minister and Bennett becoming minister of trade and industry, the Guardian reported. The minister of defense post would be filled by Moshe Ya’alon of Netanyahu’s Likud party.

It is far from the government Netanyahu hoped to establish. He can only really count on one of his top deputies — the new defense minister, Likud man and former IDF COS Moshe Ya’alon.

“I insisted that Likud Beytenu have a majority of ministers in government so we can get things done,” Netanyahu said, according to The Jerusalem Post.

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Hamas promises amnesty to Palestinian collaborators spying for Israel

By Phoebe Greenwood, The Guardian
Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:18 EDT

Hamas supporters via AFP

Islamist group says any informers who hand themselves in to authorities by 11 April will not be interrogated or imprisoned

Hamas has launched a campaign to convince Palestinians who collaborate with Israel to turn themselves in, offering promises of impunity and financial rewards.

The Islamist group claims to have obtained a list of Palestinian informers in Gaza, which it has run since 2007. The territory’s interior ministry held a press conference in Gaza City to announce that anyone on this list of collaborators who hands themselves in to the authorities by 11 April will not be interrogated or imprisoned. It also offered a monthly salary to the informer’s families.

Muhammed Lafi, an official with the internal security service, told reporters: “This campaign against collaborators isn’t purely a security campaign, as it also has a social element. We do not discriminate between them according to their political affiliation, and we will provide them with information to make sure they can make right their mistakes and thus protect resistance fighters.”

While this is not the first time Hamas has offered amnesty in return for information from Israeli informers, this is its largest-scale campaign to date.

Shawan Jabarin, executive director of the Palestinian rights group Al-Haq, has condemned Hamas’s previous denial of a right to fair trial to suspected informers, but like many observers believes the offer of amnesty is genuine. “I’m sure they are serious,” he said. “If they weren’t, they would destroy popular trust.”

The exact number is impossible to determine, but rights groups estimate there are hundreds of Palestinians who have been coerced or have volunteered to spy for Israel from Gaza. Hamas has issued more than 30 death sentences to suspected spies since it took over the Gaza Strip in 2007.

A 31 year-old man who handed himself over to Hamas in 2010 and revealed himself only by his initials, MS, spoke to the Guardian from Gaza’s Ansar prison. He is serving a five-year sentence for spying having confessed to providing Israel with information about Palestinian factions and local political figures. His family refused to provide him with a lawyer and his wife is pressing for a divorce.

He explained the process of his recruitment. He met a man he thought was British while studying in Algeria in the late 1990s. It was only years later, after the two had established a firm friendship, that the friend revealed himself to be an Israeli intelligence officer.

“He said he would help me achieve my goal to work with a UN agency. I agreed to keep working with him until my daughter was born. What I was doing made me sick. I couldn’t sleep, I was taking drugs to make me sleep,” he said. “The first night I was able to sleep was when I handed myself over.”

Publicly, Israel refuses to confirm it uses Palestinian collaborators, but Israeli security analysts say despite their sophisticated surveillance technology, the security forces still rely heavily on human intelligence provided by informers such as MS inside Gaza.

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Kochavi: Iran will continue to advance its nuclear program in 2013

DEBKAfile March 14, 2013, 3:27 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

In the view of Israel Military Intelligence, Iran is aiming for a capacity for nuclear breakout within a short time, but has not yet decided to build a bomb, said MI chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in a lecture Thursday. The regime in Tehran is standing up to domestic grievances over the hardships caused by sanctions and is not about to change its nuclear policy. It rates the probability of attack as “not high.”

Bashar Assad’s allies, Iran and Hizballah, knowing his fate is sealed, have “flooded Syria with a militia of 50,000 fighters,” he said. For the first time, Israel faces “four active terrorism borders: Lebanon, Syria, Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The threat of security deterioration, caused either by us attacking, or a terrorist attack on us… is growing,” said Gen. Kochavi, adding that a total of 200,000 rockets and missiles are aimed at Israel by its enemies.

 

Tensions Simmer, Hamas Makes Threats As Obama’s Israel Visit Approaches

March 13, 2013
Netanyahu(CNSNews.com) – As President Obama’s long-awaited trip to Israel and surrounding areas nears, Palestinian groups hoping to capitalize on the visit are calling for protests – and in some cases threatening violence.

Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is not included on the tentative itinerary for the March 20-22 presidential visit released by the Israeli government, but that has not stopped radical groups from warning that if Obama does enter the site it would be a “declaration of war on the Muslim world” and trigger a third Palestinian intifada (uprising).

Hamas official Musheer al Masri made the threat during a demonstration in Gaza City on Friday, according to a report on the Hamas news website, Al-Resalah.

The warning were echoed by Khalid al-Batash, a leader of a smaller terrorist group, Islamic Jihad.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian, injure several in West Bank clashes

Published time: March 13, 2013 07:11

RT

Palestinians argue with Israeli soldiers during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel (AFP Photo / Hazem Bader)

Israeli forces shot dead one Palestinian and injured several others as they fired at a crowd of protesters in a refugee camp near Hebron. The killing was the sixth Palestinian death by IDF fire in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.

The IDF has confirmed that its troops fired several shots at Palestinians who were throwing rocks, claiming that the soldiers feared a “threat to their lives.”

Mahmoud Titi, 22, was fatally wounded in the shooting and later died in a hospital. At least eight others were injured in the violence. According to activists, Titi was a communications and journalism student and a founder of a youth movement supporting freed prisoners in Hebron.

Titi is the sixth Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in West Bank clashes since the beginning of the year, Palestinian officials said.

The incident comes a week ahead of a visit to Israel by US President Barack Obama, who will attend separate talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Israel’s Iron Dome: Doubts over success rate

By Jonathan Marcus BBC Defence Correspondent

13 March 2013 Last updated at 10:40 ET

Iron Dome firing 15 November 2012

A leading US expert on missile defence has raised doubts about the efficacy of Israel’s Iron Dome defence system.

Israeli officials say it hit some 84% of the targets engaged in last year’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

But Professor Theodore Postol of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests the defence system’s success rate may have been “drastically lower”.

The success of the Iron Dome was one of the most significant military aspects of Israel’s brief campaign.

During this upsurge in fighting – dubbed Operation Pillar of Defence by the Israeli military – Israeli aircraft, drones and artillery bombarded Palestinian targets, while Palestinian groups fired over 1,400 rockets into Israel.

The Iron Dome missile defence system – built by the Israeli company, Rafael, but largely funded by the US – was rushed into service to defend against the Palestinian missile threat.

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But To Whom Did Israel Lose Europe?

by Mar 12, 2013 12:45 PM EDT

The Daily Beast

“Has Israel Lost Europe?” So asked the program of this year’s Herzliya security conference, in the upscale Tel Aviv suburb of the same name, of one of its panels, co-sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. European diplomats, officials from NGOs and the occasional interested participant spent three hours discussing Europe-Israel relations, under a Chatham House Rules agreement that no one would be quoted by name. To be sure, the “peace process” was mentioned again and again, much of the time because the European Union had—mistakenly, some panelists said—linked relations to an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

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But the most glaring omission were the Palestinians themselves—something a few of the participants noted with dismay after the session. From individual rights straight through to collective national ones, there was virtually no nod—not even to a vague notion of empathy—for the Palestinians. Why not? Perhaps because there were no Palestinians on the panel, or seemingly even in the room at all. (There didn’t seem to be any Palestinians at the conference at all.)

Panelists and participants held varied opinions on whether Israel actually had lost Europe—no mention, of course, to whom—but almost all held a dire prognosis. “Yes,” one participant answered flatly at the top of their comments, adding that relations were getting worse. Another panelist issued a warning: “For the moment, you have not lost Europe, but you will if you don’t show your stances.” He went on that Europe could reverse the trend by “stop(ping) that drive Israel into isolation.” Those policies–of settlement expansion–were alliteratively seen as either the subject of too much focus or, by more critical panelists, through the European lens “as the biggest threat to two states.” (The journalist Joseph Dana pointed out after the panel that last year the E.U. upgraded ties with Israel just weeks after issuing a scathing report on settlements.)

But for all the talk of how the Europeans view settlements, and the consequences to relations, it was almost as if these are cities, towns and outposts built upon a land without a people. One self-described “pro-Israeli” participant said Europeans needed to understand that global anti-Semitism went beyond the Holocaust, and that this was part of the narrative of the rise of Israel. But maybe, as that panelist said, everyone was too focused on the settlements, but not for wanting of more of the Israeli narrative, but more of the Palestinian one.

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Israel president tells Europe to do more to pressure Iran

Israel's President Shimon Peres attends a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, March 12, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Marc Loos

STRASBOURG, France | Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:45pm EDT

(Reuters) – Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the European Union on Tuesday to step up pressure on Iran over its ballistic missile program, as well as trying to curb its nuclear ambitions.

In a speech to the European Parliament that touched on the Jewish state’s foreign policy goals, the Nobel peace laureate sought to persuade European lawmakers to act quickly on Iran, which Israel regards as an existential threat.

As well as its efforts to enrich uranium, which the West suspects Iran wants for a nuclear weapon, Peres said Europe needed to be worried about Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities, which could allow it to deliver a bomb.

“Iran is constructing long-range missiles equipped with nuclear warheads. It can reach the far corners of the world, including Europe,” Peres said. “I believe that in addition to controlling the production of highly enriched uranium, there is a need to control the means of delivery.”

Israel has threatened to bomb Iran’s nuclear installations if international diplomatic efforts fail to persuade it to curb its nuclear work, which Iran maintains is for peaceful purposes.

The EU, which oversees diplomacy with Iran on behalf of six world powers, has imposed a ban on exports to Iran of materials related to military and ballistic programs, as well as measures to exert pressure over Tehran’s nuclear work.

Peres, whose role in Israel is largely ceremonial, also urged European governments to address Iran’s forthcoming election, four years after a disputed ballot led to the worst unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

“Your voice will show the Iranian people that the world has not turned its back on them,” the 89-year-old told the parliament, the EU’s only directly elected body.

Earlier on Tuesday, the EU imposed sanctions on nine Iranian officials whom it blames for human rights violations.

Peres, a former prime minister, sought to reassure European governments that the January 22 election in Israel and the creation of a new government would open the way for the resumption of peace negotiations with the Palestinians, stalled since 2010.

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UN report suggests Palestinian rocket killed baby in Gaza

Death of 11-month-old Omar Misharawi had been thought to have been caused by Israeli air strike

Jihad MisharawiIt is likely an errant Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli air strike, killed the baby of a BBC picture editor during fighting in Gaza last November, a UN report has indicated, challenging the widely believed story behind an image that became a symbol of what Palestinians said was Israeli aggression.

Omar Misharawi, an 11-month-old infant, was killed on 14 November, the first day of fighting. An Associated Press photograph showed Omar’s anguished father, Jihad Misharawi, clutching his slain child wrapped in a shroud. Palestinians blamed Israel, and the image was broadcast around the world and widely shared on social media.

Now a report from the UN office of the high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) says the baby was “killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel”.

Gaza’s rulers, the militant Islamic group Hamas, whose fighters fired most of the rockets into Israel during the conflict, had no response on Monday.

BBC officials declined to comment, and Jihad Misharawi said he could not discuss the issue. An Israeli military spokesman said it could not confirm or deny whether it hit the Misharawi house.

Matthias Behnke, head of the OHCHR in the Palestinian territories, said he could not “unequivocally conclude” that the death was caused by an errantly fired Palestinian rocket. He said information gathered from witnesses led the office to report that “it appeared to be attributable to a Palestinian rocket”.

He said Palestinian militants were firing rockets at Israel not far from the Misharawi home. Behnke said the area was targeted by Israeli air strikes, but the salvo that hit the Misharawi home was “markedly different”.

He said there was no significant damage to the house – unusual for an Israeli strike – and witnesses reported that a fireball struck the roof of the house, which might have been part of a homemade rocket. Behnke said the type of injuries sustained by Misharawi family members were consistent with rocket shrapnel.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) said it still held Israel responsible for Omar’s death.

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One killed, 13 injured in clashes in Palestinian camp in Lebanon

Fighters and residents gather along a street in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp on March 12, 2013 after one person was killed and several wounded in clashes that erupted in the camp.

Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:17PM GMT
At least one person has been killed and 13 others injured in clashes between rival factions in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

The fighting broke out at Ain al-Hilweh camp near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on Monday night and continued on Tuesday.

The violence began after a member of Fatah al-Islam group was shot and wounded in what appeared to be a family feud. The shots killed a passer-by and injured five others.

At least 8 people were injured on Tuesday in clashes that saw fighters use machineguns and rocket-propelled-grenades.

The Lebanese army deployed reinforcements to the edges of the camp following the clashes, but troops did not enter the premises under an agreement between the army and Palestinian groups that prevents them from entering Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon.

Ain al-Hilweh is Lebanon’s largest Palestinian camp housing more than 45,000 people.

Two Israeli airmen killed in helicopter training crash

DEBKAfile March 12, 2013, 3:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

They were identified as Air Force reservists Lt. Col. Noam Ron, 49, from Oranit, and Capt. Erez Flexner, 31, from Herzliya. Their Cobra fighter helicopter crashed on its way back from a training sortie to the Air Force base at Palmachim Monday night – according to initial investigation due to a technical fault. Search parties went out after contact was lost with the crew at one o’clock after midnight. Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel has grounded all Cobra copters for a thorough investigation. The last loss of an Israeli combat helicopter was in August 2010 during a joint maneuver with Romania.

 

Lieberman and the American Internationalism Project

Josh Rogin reports that Joe Lieberman will be joining a new project at the American Enterprise Institute:

AEI announced Monday that Lieberman will join Kyl as co-chair of the American Internationalism Project, a new effort to be housed inside AEI’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies. Kyl joined AEI as a fellow earlier this month. Lieberman is not joining AEI in a formal sense, but he will be a leader of this project, which will be coordinated by AEI research fellow Phillip Lohaus.

“The impetus for the project was an overall feeling of creeping isolationism in an era of fiscal austerity,” Lohaus told The Cable. “There’s a sense that the feeling that America is a force for good in the world is losing traction. This project is an attempt to redefine the conversation as America as a force for good.”

If I were interested in promoting the idea that “America is a force for good in the world,” I think Kyl and Lieberman would be among my last choices. Before he retired from the Senate, Kyl’s last major effort in the Senate was leading the strange campaign to try to derail New START, which he tried to defeat over the objections of the military and virtually the entire national security establishment. Lieberman spent a large part of his final term in the Senate agitating for escalating ongoing wars and starting new ones in at least two countries. Kyl and Lieberman are the sorts of internationalists that give internationalism a very bad name, so naturally they are the ones AEI wants to have in charge of the new project. I don’t buy the argument that there is a “rise of neo-isolationism in Washington.” “Isolationism” has no meaning except as a slur, and neither does “neo-isolationism,” so the new project seems to have been created to combat a fantasy. All that this new project is likely to do is to identify “American internationalism” with some of its worst and least credible supporters, which in turn should make things much easier for critics and opponents of “American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world.”

If “the feeling that America is a force for good in the world is losing traction,” hegemonists and interventionists might want to consider that their routine abuse of that idea to justify their unpopular policies is one of the leading causes. When they talk about America as a force for good in the world, many Americans hear them saying that America should use force overseas on the pretext that it will do some good. The selection of Kyl and Lieberman as the co-chairs of this project sends a clear message that this is exactly what they mean.

 

Israel’s “Plan Dalet”: The Green Light for Zionism’s Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

by Alan Hart

palestine (2)I find myself wondering how many of our present day leaders, President Obama in particular, are aware of what happened in Palestine that became Israel on 10 March 65 years ago today.

On that day in 1948, two months before Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence in defiance of the will of the organized international community as it then was at the UN, Zionism’s in-Palestine political and military leaders met in Tel Aviv to formally adopt PLAN DALET, the blueprint with operational military orders for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Deir Yassin

They did not and never would refer to the crime they authorised as ethnic cleansing. Their euphemism for it was “transfer”.

As noted in an excellent anniversary briefing paper by IMEU (the American-founded Institute for Middle East Understanding), from the earliest days of modern political Zionism its advocates grappled with the problem of creating a Jewish majority state in a part of the world where Palestinian Arabs were the overwhelming majority of the population.

The earliest insider information we have on Zionism’s thinking is from the diary of Theodor Herzl, the founding father of Zionism’s colonial-like enterprise. He wrote:

“We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country… expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.”

Those words were committed to paper by Herzl in 1895 but they were not published (in other words they were suppressed) until 1962.

By August 1937 “transfer” was a discreet but hot topic for discussion at the 20th Zionist Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. All in attendance were aware that the process of dispossessing the Palestinian peasants (the fellahin) mainly by purchasing land from absentee owners had been underway for years. Referring to this David Ben-Gurion, who would become Israel’s first prime minister, said:

“You are no doubt aware of the (Jewish National Fund’s) activity in this respect. Now a transfer of a completely different scope will have to be carried out. In many parts of the country new settlement will not be possible without transferring the Arab fellahinJewish power (in Palestine), which grows steadily, will also increase our possibilities to carry out this transfer on a large scale.”

A year later Ben-Gurion told a meeting of the Jewish Agency that he supported compulsory transfer. He added:

I don’t see anything immoral in it.”

In my view that’s a most revealing statement. It tells us – does it not? – that Ben-Gurion, the Zionist state’s founding father, was a man with no sense of what was morally right and wrong.

Joseph Weitz was the director of the Jewish National Fund’s Lands Department which was responsible for acquiring the land for Zionism’s enterprise in Palestine. One of his diary entries for December 1940 reads as follows:

“There is no way besides transferring the Arabs from here to the neighbouring countries, and to transfer all of them, save perhaps for (the Arabs of) Bethlehem, Nazareth and Old Jerusalem. Not one village must be left, not one (Bedouin) tribe. And only after this transfer will the country be able to absorb millions of our brothers and the Jewish problem will cease to exist. There is no other solution.”

Plan Dalet called for:

“Mounting operations against enemy population centres located inside or near our defensive system in order to prevent them from being used as bases by an active armed force. These operations can be divided into the following categories:

“Destruction of villages – setting fire to, blowing up, and planting mines in the debris – especially those population centres which are difficult to control continuously.

“Mounting search and control operations according to the following guidelines: encirclement of the village and conducting a search inside it. In the event of resistance, the armed force must be destroyed and the population must be expelled outside the borders of the state.”

Before the Zionist state declared itself to be in existence on 14 May 1948, more than 200 Palestinian villages had already been emptied and about 175,000 Palestinians were already refugees. Some had fled in fear; others were expelled by Zionist forces.

The prime fear factor was the slaughter by Zionist terrorists of more than 100 Palestinian men, women and children at Deir Yassin near Jerusalem. As Arthur Koestler was to write, the “bloodbath” at Deir Yassin was “the psychologically decisive factor in the spectacular exodus of the Arabs from the Holy Land and the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem.”

It was, however, Menachem Begin, Zionism’s terror master and subsequently prime minister, who provided the most vivid description of how well the slaughter at Deir Yassin served Zionism’s cause. In his book The Revolt, he wrote:

“Panic overwhelmed the Arabs of Eretz Israel. Kolonia village, which had previously repulsed every attack of the Haganah (the underground Jewish military organization that became the Israeli Army), was evacuated overnight and fell without further fighting. Beit-Iksa was also evacuated. These two places overlooked the road and their fall, together with the capture of Kastel by the Haganah, made it possible to keep open the road to Jerusalem. In the rest of the country, too, the Arabs began to flee in terror, even before they clashed with Jewish forces… The legend of Deir Yassin helped us in particular in the saving of Tiberias and the conquest of Haifa… All the Jewish forces proceeded to advance through Haifa like a knife through butter. The Arabs began fleeing in panic, shouting ‘Deir Yassin!’”

Three decades later, in an article for The American Zionist, Mordechai Nisan of the Truman Research Centre of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem expressed his concern about the failure to understand the major significance of terrorism in the struggle for Jewish sovereignty. He wrote: “Without terror it is unlikely that Jewish independence would have been achieved when it was.”

After the Zionist state declared itself to be in existence, its government set up an unofficial body known as the “Transfer Committee”. Its job was to oversee the destruction of Palestinian towns and villages and/or their repopulation with Jews. The purpose of this Zionist strategy was to prevent dispossessed Palestinians returning to their homes.

By 1949 more than 400 Palestinian towns and villages had been systematically destroyed or taken over by Israeli Jews; and at least 750,000 Palestinians were refugees, dispossessed of their land, their homes and their rights.

In his book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan Pappe, Israel’s leading “revisionist” (meaning honest) historian, documents in detail Zionism’s systematic reign of terror which, from December 1947 to January 1949, included 31 massacres. (Deir Yassin was only the first). In a videoed conversation with me in 2008, which can be viewed in the Hart of the Matter series on my site (www.alanhart.net), Ilan said this:

Probably more surprising than anything else was not the silence of the world as Zionist ethnic cleansing was taking place in Palestine, but the silence of the Jews in Palestine. They knew what had happened to Jews in Nazi Europe, and some might even have seen it for themselves, yet they had no scruples in doing almost the same thing to the Palestinians.”

On this 65th anniversary of the authorization of the ethnic cleaning of Palestine, the questions I would like to see put to our leaders today, President Obama in particular, are the following:

Are you aware of Plan Dalet?

If not, why not?

If you are aware of it, could it not said be said that your refusal to call and hold Zionism to account for its crimes makes you (and your predecessors) complicit in those crimes by default?

 

 

Israel: A De Facto Member of NATO

Global Research, March 09, 2013
nato-israel-flag_webNATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen received Israel’s president Shimon Peres at NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 7.

The order of the day: to enhance military cooperation between Israel and the Atlantic Alliance focusing on issues of counter-terrorism.

“Israel will be happy to share the knowledge it has gained and its technological abilities with NATO. Israel has experience in contending with complex situations, and we must strengthen the cooperation so we can fight global terror together and assist NATO with the complex threats it faces including in Afghanistan. “

Israel is already involved in covert operations and non-conventional warfare in liaison with the US and NATO.

This agreement is of particular significance because it deepens the Israel-NATO relationship beyond the so-called “Mediterranean Dialogue”.

The joint statement points to an Israel NATO partnership “in the fight against terror and the search for peace… in the Middle East and the world”.

What this suggests is the participation of Israel in active theater warfare alongside NATO –i.e. as a de facto member of the Atlantic Alliance.

In other words, Israel would be directly involved were US-NATO to launch an outright military operation against Syria, Lebanon or Iran.

Israel offered to assist NATO in counter-terrorism operations directed against Hezbollah and Iran.

“The two agreed during their discussions that Israel and NATO are partners in the fight against terror…the statement said.

President Peres stressed the need to maintain and increase the cooperation between Israel and NATO and Israel’s ability to cooperation and provide technological assistance and knowledge from the vast experience Israel had gained in the field of counter-terrorism.

“Israel will be happy to share the knowledge it has gained and its technological abilities with NATO. Israel has experience in contending with complex situations, and we must strengthen the cooperation so we can fight global terror together and assist NATO with the complex threats it faces including in Afghanistan, ” Peres told Rasmussen.

History of Israel-NATO Military Cooperation

It is worth noting that in November 2004 in Brussels, NATO and Israel signed an important bilateral protocol which paved the way for the holding of joint NATO-Israel  military exercises. A followup agreement was signed in March 2005 in Jerusalem between NATO’s Secretary General and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The 2005 bilateral military cooperation agreement was viewed by the Israeli military as a means to “enhance Israel’s deterrence capability regarding potential enemies threatening it, mainly Iran and Syria.”

The ongoing premise underlying NATO-Israel military cooperation is that “Israel is under attack”.

There is evidence of active military and intelligence coordination between NATO and Israel including consultations pertaining to the occupied territories.

“Before Operation Cast Lead was launched in Gaza, NATO was already exchanging intelligence with Israel, sharing security expertise, and organising military drills. …. Former NATO chief Scheffer visited Israel in the midst of Israel’s offensive on Gaza. And NATO officials were at the time of the opinion that cooperation with Israel was essential for their organisation. (Al Ahram, February 10, 2010)

The March 2013 Israel-NATO Brussels bilateral agreement is the culmination of more than ten years of Israel-NATO cooperation.

Does this agreement “obligate” NATO “to come to the rescue of Israel” under the doctrine of “collective security”?

The agreement tightens the ongoing process of US-NATO-Israel military planning and logistics relating to any future operation in the Middle East including an aerial bombing of Iran’s nuclear plants.

The Israeli presidential delegation consisted of several top military and government advisers, including Brigadier General Hasson Hasson, Military Secretary to President Peres (See image below: first from left) and Nadav Tamir, policy adviser to the president of Israel (first right of president Peres).

The text of the Israel NATO agreement following discussions behind closed doors (see image below) was not made public.

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Following the meeting, a joint statement was released by NATO. Secretary-General Rasmussen stated in the press report:

“Israel is an important partner of the Alliance in the Mediterranean Dialogue. The security of NATO is linked to the security and stability of the Mediterranean and of the Middle East region. And our Alliance attaches great value to our political dialogue and our practical cooperation. Israel is one of our longest-standing partner countries. We are faced with the same strategic challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean.

And as we face the security threats of the 21st century, we have every reason to deepen our long-standing partnership with our Mediterranean Dialogue countries, including Israel. We all know the regional situation is complex. But the Mediterranean Dialogue remains a unique multilateral forum, where Israel and six Arab countries can discuss together with European and North American countries common security challenges. I see further opportunities for deepening our already close political dialogue and practical cooperation to our mutual benefit.”

 

EU Heads of Mission Jerusalem Report 2012 Draft

February 28, 2013 in European Union

Public Intelligence

The following draft version of the EU Heads of Mission Jerusalem Report 2012 was authored in January 2013 and reportedly leaked to a number of major news outlets by the organization Breaking the Silence.  However, almost none of the outlets chose to publish the full report.  This copy was published by the Israeli +972 Magazine.

EU Heads of Mission Jerusalem Report 2012

  • 15 pages
  • Draft
  • January 2013

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