Does Israel want peace or to play the blame game?

With all due respects there is no way that the Israelis will allow the Palestinians to have a decent life. It has many of them in its jails. One of its major parties would like to expel all Palestinians from its thousands of years old original borders. The U.S. does not want to lose the pro Israel vote and so protects Israel from Muslims attacks. The Iranian potential to develop a nuclear weapon leaves all in the area ill at ease.

The subject title above more or less tells the story. Israeli peace gestures are a game to stave off interference. Gaza is its Hell which where it feels entitled to kill or destroy at will. The upshot of this abuse is growing contempt for the U.S. as the patron saint of Israel.

I see no good end in sight for Israel. It is stimulating anti-Semitism and silencing both Israeli and Palestinian peace makers. Needless to say there are other WMD apart from nuclear ones — diseases of horrendous kinds. Probably all that has prevented their use already is the hostage Palestinians who would suffer from them too.

Lest I be accused here of being an anti-Semite, I have been fighting for the human rights of Jews since my college days when as Chairman of the Yale Daily News I wrote an editorial blasting Yale’s restrictions on Jewish admissions — particularly those from Eastern Europe who did not have either Anglo or German last names. As a legal philosopher I continued with this concern for Jews and others at my ‘port of entry’ Brooklyn College. I am appalled also by the anti-Muslim sentiments being spread by the Tea Party/Republicans.

Were Israel not dominated by its conservatives, it could be making wonderful contributions to human rights and social justice. But it is no longer the Zionist nation with such concerns that it started out to be.

And so bad things flourish. Perhaps there is a devil after all?


[From today’s Haaretz — Israel’s more liberal newspaper]

Does Israel want peace or to play the blame game?

by Nabil Sha’ath Does Israel want peace or to play the blame game?

Is the government of Israel engaged in the negotiation process to reach peace, or is Israel engaged in this process to advance a public relations campaign and buy time to continue its colonial enterprise on our occupied territory?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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