By Johnny Punish, Veterans Today
Today on NBC Meet The Press with David Gregory, Israeli Prime Minister appeared to discuss the Iraq crisis, kidnapped Israelis and the divest movement against his country for engaging in Apartheid policies in the occupied territories. On the divest issue, yesterday, Presbyterian USA, one of the largest Christian churches in the USA voted to divest from Israel because of occupation.
In the latter part of the interview, Meet the Press host David Gregory asked him the following question on divesting;
GREGORY: As peace talks have stalled between you and the Palestinian Authority there has been new pressure from some religious groups, the Presbyterians in the United States have just passed a decision voted to divest from companies that do business with Israel they claim are used in the course of the occupation of Palestinians. How troubling is this to you? Do you think there will be other Presbyterian denominations that will follow suit?
NETANYAHU: It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it so disgraceful. You know, you look at what is happening in the Middle East and most Americans understand this; they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred, by savagery of unimaginable proportions. Then you come to Israel and you see the one democracy that upholds basic human rights; that guards the rights of all minorities. That protects Christians. Christians are persecuted throughout the Middle East. So most Americans understand that Israel is beacon of civilization and moderation. I would suggest to this Presbyterian organization to fly to Middle East and come see Israel for the embattled democracy that it is. And then take a bus tour. Go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Iraq and see the difference. I would give them two pieces of advice; make sure it’s armored plated bus and second, don’t say you are Christian.
Well well! The skilled and very shrewd Netanyahu strikes again on U.S. main stream media and uses the bully pulpit while NBC offers no opposing opinion, journalist or even a member of the church itself to challenge his statement. Worse, not even host Gregory, a journalist himself, bothered to challenge anything Netanyahu said.
So in absence of any real journalism, allow me to challenge Netanyahu’s statements.
PUNISH: Mister Nentanyahu, when you say “it should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it is so disgraceful” what exactly are you referring to? I mean, what is disgraceful? Do you mean the occupation of Palestinians and the Apartheid put upon them by Israel? I mean, this is the actual issue on which the Presbyterian USA church choose divest from companies doing business with Israel! Or do you mean that the Presbyterian USA is disgraceful for choosing to out Israel as a violator of human rights and promoter of Apartheid? Which one is it? Or maybe you have another explanation for your weird non-sensical statement.
PUNISH: As for your statement that “you look at what is happening in the Middle East and most Americans understand this; they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred, by savagery of unimaginable proportions…” and then you go on claim that Israel upholds basic human rights while you lecture Presbyterian USA to go on a bus tour of Libya, Syria and Iraq in an armored bus”..well where do I start? Hum?
First Benny, what the heck does Libya, Syria and Iraq have to do with the indigenous peoples living in the occupied terror ties under your control surrounded by your military with a Berlin Wall and check points everywhere? Are you suggesting that Palestinians are responsible for Ben Ghazi, Iraqi ISIS events, or President Assad of Syria? And why don’t you answer the question directly and deal with Occupation as Presbyterian USA has done in divesting from Israel because of your violations in the occupied territories. After all, they made no mention of Libya, Syria, or Iraq. So you are either insulting their intelligence or you are trying to redirect attention so you don’t have to answer for occupation. Which one is it?
And as for human rights in Israel proper, well, you are correct. Christians are treated better in Israel than in many parts of the extremist right Muslim world but still, in Israel proper, Israeli Arabs are treated as 2nd class citizens and just because somewhere else on the planet bad things are happening does NOT somehow absolve Israel from committing crimes against humanity. I mean, Mandela said Apartheid is a crime against humanity and you’re being accused of being an Apartheid state.
Now, if you want to discuss Muslim fundamentalism and extremism in Libya, Syria, or Iraq, let me know and we can do that on another show. But for now, can you please answer the question directly about divesting, Apartheid, and U.S. Christians because your current non-sensical redirect answer is insulting the intelligence of everyone watching this interview.
Do you need some water and deep breath first? Don’t worry, take your time! But after you get your thoughts straight, be advised that we are NOT leaving until you answer the question! Okay! So get it together brother!
So what about Occupation? Illegal Settlers? And are your concerned that your U.S. Taxpayer billions are potentially at risk as other Christian churches begin to follow Presbyterian USA and give you a one finger up salute on Apartheid and Occupation? Speak up Benny? The weight of history got your tongue? We can’t hear you?
Oh and finally MEMO to David Gregory: Hey David maybe you should change the name of your show from “Meet The Press” to “Meet The Non-Press” or better, hows bout “The Netanyahu Lecture Hour and Insult Our Intelligence Show” You suck David! Straight up!
ABOUT AUTHOR: Johnny Punish is a global citizen, visionary, musician, artist, entertainer, businessman, investor, life coach, and syndicated columnist. He is also the founder and President of the Middle East Union Congress; a non-profit global think tank dedicated to building a new Middle East for the 21st century.
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(Before It’s News)
Vatic Note: This is what Israel does every time it gets in trouble with their supporters. They create news trying to make it look like Israel is under attack, like this story does and it conjures up support among the foreign citizen Jewish population. Same with the recent story about UN Middle east convoy trying to give 20 million to Hamas, with Israel protesting loudly, and yet Hamas was created by Israel.
Israel and her dual US citizens also wanted our guns, so they have done numerous false flags to try to collect them. The Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook are two that come to mind right away. Some Israeli’s run DHS through their surrogates on the board, the ADL and SPLC such as this below for Israel’s direct benefit.
Here is one of the stories about the kidnapping that never happened. Prior to this “so called” kidnapping of Israeli teens, the Israeli approval rating by their dual citizens in this country had dropped way below their normal rating and that impacts their fundraising. So this is the production to prove that Israel is still under threat from their neighbors. You know, the ones who are killed everyday behind that concentration camp wall that Israel put up.
Smoking gun proof of “Israeli teen kidnapping” false flag
By Kevin Barrett, Editor, Veterans Today, June 16, 2014
Mossad Chief predicted “three teens will be kidnapped” one week before it happened. (VN: very typical of their false flags.
The pattern is unmistakeable: The US is leaning on Israel to freeze or dismantle settlements…and suddenly a suicide bomb goes off. The international community has Israel up against a wall…another bomb goes off. Argentina’s Jewish community starts turning anti-Zionist…and the Israeli embassy and Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires get blown up.
Today, the whole world is recognizing and applauding Palestine’s new coalition government featuring the newly-reconciled PLA and Hamas. Israel is going crazy, screaming about the “evil Hamas terrorists.” Suddenly three Israeli teens are allegedly kidnapped. Israel blames Hamas, and initiates a brutal crackdown in the West Bank.
But Hamas had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from pulling off this kind of kidnapping. The only beneficiary is Israel, which wants to delegitimize the Palestinian coalition government. The situation fairly screams “false flag!”
Now it has emerged that the head of the Israeli Mossad actually “called” the kidnapping a week in advance! Haaretz just reported:
Mossad chief’s chillingly prescient kidnap prophecy
Ten days ago, Tamir Pardo outlined a scenario that was spookily similar to the kidnapping of three teens missing in the West Bank since Thursday.
By Barak Ravid
Ten days ago, at a security cabinet meeting, Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo outlined a scenario spookily similar to the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens missing since Thursday night… “What will you do if in a week three 14-year-old girls will be kidnapped from one of the settlements?,” he asked. “Will you say there is a law, and we don’t release terrorists?”
Yesterday Israel launched airstrikes against Syria yet again, hitting at least military targets and killing several Syrian soldiers. These strikes were supposedly in response to a cross border rocket attack that left an Israeli teenager dead at the Golan Heights border. The reality of the matter however, is that there is no evidence that the Syrian government had any involvement in the initial rocket attack, and it is far more likely to be the work of the Syrian rebels.
Israel doesn’t care. It’s response was in keeping with their long standing policy which holds the Syrian government responsible for any attacks emanating from its territory, regardless of who actually carries them out. Kind of hard to control everything that happens inside your territory when you have the U.S. government and its allies arming and funding insurgents in an attempt to overthrow you don’t you think?
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu would like to see the al-Qaeda spin-off ISIS attack Iran in a repeat of the Iran-Iraq War, a conflict that lasted eight years and cost Iraq 500,000 lives and Iran more than 750,000.
Netanyahu told the United States to stay out of the fight currently developing in Iraq and allow both sides to annihilate each other. “Don’t strengthen either of them. Weaken both,” he advised.
According to Netanyahu and the Israelis, a comparable or larger death toll resulting from a war between Sunni and Shia Muslims would be preferable to Iran possessing a nuclear weapon.
Iran’s Nukes: A Big Lie Designed to Foment Conflict
U.S. and Israeli intelligence, leaders of the Israeli military, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency have all concluded Iran does not have a nuclear weapon program.
“The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead,” Reuters reported in 2012.
A technician at the Dimona nuclear reactor, Mordechai Vanunu, confirmed the existence of Israel’s nuclear weapons in 1986 and Avraham Burg, the former speaker of the Knesset, said in December the Jewish state has both nuclear and chemical weapons.
Israel and U.S. Engineer Conflict in the Middle East
Israel played a role in the devastating war between the two countries. In 1981 during Operation Seashell it sold Iran $75 million worth of arms from stocks of Israel Military Industries, Israel Aircraft Industries and Israel Defense Forces stockpiles, according to author Ronen Bergman.
“Israel has a vital interest in the continuing of the war in the Persian Gulf, and in Iran’s victory,” then Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon told The Washington Post in May, 1982. This opinion was shared by Prime Ministers Itzhak Shamir of the Likud party and Shimon Peres of Labor.
“To this day, prominent Israelis still argue that strategic calculus unashamedly,” write Johnathan Marshall, Peter Dale Scott, and Jane Hunter. Retired Gen. Aharon Yariv, former head of military intelligence, told a Tel Aviv University conference in 1986 that “it would be good if the Iran-Iraq war ended in a tie, but it would be even better if it continued,” the authors write.
Meanwhile, the United States provided Iraq with weapons. In 1982, President Reagan had Iraq removed from a list of State Sponsors of Terrorism to facilitate the transfer of dual-use technology for the war.
In 1995 Howard Teicher, who served on the National Security Council as director of Political-Military Affairs during the Reagan administration, testified in court during the Iran-Contra investigations:
[T]he United States actively supported the Iraqi war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing U.S. military intelligence and advice to the Iraqis, and by closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure that Iraq had the military weaponry required. The United States also provided strategic operational advice to the Iraqis to better use their assets in combat… The CIA, including both CIA Director Casey and Deputy Director Gates, knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to Iraq. My notes, memoranda and other documents in my NSC files show or tend to show that the CIA knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, munitions and vehicles to Iraq.
The same mindset is operative today. Israel and the United States share a desire to balkanize and reduce the influence of Arab countries and the Persian state of Iran. A large body count and untold suffering on the part of millions of victims in a long term conflict between Sunnis and Shias is not a consideration.
ISIS is a product of the proxy war initiated by the United States in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. It was the recipient of training by the U.S. military and received arms via Libya through a “rat line” established by the CIA and the State Department.
War On Terror is a Hoax
The war on terror is a transparently contrived hoax. It is designed to realize order out of chaos and is a remix of the British effort a century ago to reorder and control a resource rich Middle East.
Israel and the United States, however, are playing a dangerous game. The current conflict, while regional, has the ability to spill over borders and adversely effect nations outside of the Middle East, most obviously through a disruption of oil supplies transiting the Persian Gulf. The effect on the world economy would be catastrophic and would undoubtedly precipitate a world war.
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As Iraq’s western border falls beyond the control of the country’s government, a new report suggests the United States and Britain were warned of a burgeoning insurgency months before militants began gaining territory.
According to a report by the UK-based Telegraph, senior Kurdish intelligence officials said they tried to explain to their allies in the CIA, MI6, and the central Iraqi government that the members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could represent a great threat to Iraq‘s stability, but that those warnings failed to spark any action.
In addition to calling attention to potential territorial gains in Iraq – a new Reuters report states the “entire Western frontier,” comprising borders with Syria and Jordan, is now “beyond government control” – Kurdish officials warned that ISIS is attracting foreign-born Muslims to its cause. Senior Kurdish intelligence officer Rooz Bahjat said that of the 4,000 estimated foreigners fighting alongside ISIS, somewhere between 400 and 450 were born in Britain and convinced to join the insurgency.
These officials also said a formal alliance between ISIS members and ex-Baathists, who held power under Saddam Hussein, was nearly completed, and that it would lead to an attack on Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq.
“We had this information then, and we passed it on to [the British] government and the US government,”Bahjat told the Telegraph. “We knew exactly what strategy they were going to use, we knew the military planners. It fell on deaf ears.”
Although ISIS has now quickly taken control of multiple cities in Iraq, it’s believed that many Sunnis have decided to support the extremist organization over the lack of an inclusive government in central Iraq. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shia-led government has failed to bridge the country’s sectarian divide, leaving many Sunnis feeling as if they have no stake in the country’s future.
As RT reported previously, there have been indications that the US wants Maliki to resign his post so that attempts at Sunni/Shia reconciliation could be made, but there is little evidence to suggest Maliki will go, and the US has not declared this preference publicly. Speaking on the situation last week, President Obama said, “It’s not our job to choose Iraq’s leaders … But I don’t think that there’s any secret that, right now at least, there is deep division between Sunni, Shia and Kurdish leaders.”
During a recent interview with CBS News, Obama stated that ISIS is “a medium- and long-term threat”to US national security, but also cautioned that it is “just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on.”
Speaking with the Telegraph in a separate article, head of Kurdish intelligence Lahur Talabani said it wasn’t simply the 2003 invasion of Iraq that’s responsible for today’s violence, but that the lack of willingness on the part of Western powers to establish a peaceful government in the war’s aftermath is primarily to blame. The Kurds have called for more substantial intervention from the West, to no avail so far.
“I have completely lost hope in America after listening to President Barack Obama,” he said. “I blame him personally for what has happened in Syria, in the Middle East, in Iraq at the moment. I have no hope any more.”
For his part, President Obama has ruled out the return of American troops to Iraq. Last week, he announced that 300 military advisers – in addition to 275 troops meant to safeguard the American embassy in Baghdad – would be sent to help train and support Iraqi troops. The US is reportedly mulling the use of airstrikes and drones at the request of Maliki’s government, but has also expressed reluctance at entering a conflict with no clear political solution.
Initially, the use of airstrikes was also ruled out due to the lack of good intelligence related to ISIS, something analyst Michael Stephens of the Royal United Services Institute think tank believes is the result of policies that placed significantly less emphasis on Iraq.
“Both the Americans and the British had options to upgrade their presence on the ground many months before this happened but seem not to have acted on that,” he said to the Telegraph.
“For one reason or another there was a feeling that Iraq was not an important foreign posting and as a result it was seen as a place where careers go to die rather than a place to build a career. That meant the assets that should have been available to us weren’t really there when this kicked off.”
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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, still stung by the interim agreement reached by the US and Iran that places restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program in return for easing sanctions, has offered his strategy to Obama on ISIS and Iran: “Weaken both.”
Netanyahu has advised the US against cooperating with Iran in an increasingly chaotic Iraq, where the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, or ISIL) has made dramatic territorial gains in the north and center of the country.
The hawkish Israeli leader focused on the Obama administration’s balancing act in Iraq, with its Shi’ite-led government that continues to maintain decent relations with both Washington and Tehran. This poses a natural concern for Tel Aviv, which has long accused Iran of attempting to build nuclear weapons – a claim that Iranian officials have consistently denied.
“What you’re seeing in the Middle East today in Iraq and in Syria is the stark hatreds between radical Shi’ites, in this case led by Iran, and radical Sunnis led by al Qaeda and ISIS and others,” Netanyahu told the NBC program “Meet the Press.”
“Now, both of these camps are enemies of the United States. And when your enemies are fighting each other, don’t strengthen either one of them. Weaken both,” he urged.
The comments from the Israeli PM come just days after Baghdad asked the US to initiate airstrikes against the Sunni extremist group, which has taken several towns in Anbar province, advancing closer to the capital.
Last week, Washington hinted to Tehran on the sidelines of separate nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, that it would be open to some level of cooperation to roll back advances made by ISIS.
Netanyahu emphasized his country’s fears that any sort of cooperation with Iran – not just in Iraq but at the negotiating table – would cause the international community to drop its collective guard, helping the Islamic state to acquire nuclear weapons.
“What is, I think, being discussed in the case of Iran by the international community is that you remove most of the sanctions and Iran gets to keep most of the capabilities, most of the stockpiles, most of the ability to manufacture the means to make nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “… This would change history. It would be a monumental mistake.”
“And I think by far the worst outcome that could come out of this is that one of these factions — Iran — would come out with nuclear weapons capability,” he said. “That would be a tragic mistake. It would make everything else pale in comparison.”
However, Iran’s religious authorities remain cynical of Washington’s offer of cooperation in Iraq.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused Washington on Sunday of exploiting the violence to regain control of Iraq putting the republic “under its hegemony” and rule of “its stooges,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.
US Secretary of State John Kerry rejected these claims saying the “US is not engaged in picking or choosing any one individual… it’s up to the people of Iraq to choose their own leadership.”
Washington has been trying hard to avert blame for the basket-case conditions now afflicting this nation of some 36 million people ever since March 20, 2003 when the United States opened a military offensive against Iraq under the pretext that the Baathist government of Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction – claims later determined to be false.
From March 2003 to mid-2011, the people of Iraq lost an estimated 460,000 civilians during the war and occupation by the US and allied forces, statistical research compiled by the PLOS (Public Library of Science) Medicine journal revealed in October 2013.
Following the withdrawal of US troops in 2011, Iraq sank even deeper into sectarian conflict, as the country’s Shiite majority squared off against the Sunni minority, many of whom were supporters of the usurped Ba’athist government.
2013 was the bloodiest year in Iraq since 2008 with over 7,000 civilian deaths.
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