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Bombing Gaza “back to the Middle Ages”

ISRAEL IS raining death and destruction from the skies on the people of Gaza.

After assassinating Hamas military chief Ahmed al-Jabari on November 14, Israel followed with a massive assault–under the benign sounding name “Operation Pillar of Cloud”–on Gaza.

According to the website Palestine From My Eyes, which has been keeping track of those killed and wounded: “At 8 p.m., November 18, the ministry of health in Gaza has reported that Israel has risen the death toll in Gaza to 69, including 20 children, 8 women, and 9 elderly people. Moreover, over 660 persons got injured since Wednesday, including 224 children, 113 women, and 50 elderly people.”

Al-Jazeera put the Palestinian death toll even higher, at 72, as this article was being written on November 18. “Sunday was also the deadliest day of the five-day conflict with 30 deaths in the 24-hour period,” according to Al-Jazeera.

Israel targeted the offices of Palestinian and other international media outlets. Israeli officials knew journalists were on site when they fired at the media building. “[M]y advice to journalists visiting Gaza is to stay away from any Hamas position, site or post for their own safety,” army spokesperson Avital Leibovich told reporters.

Also on Sunday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported that the Israeli assault has escalated:

Israeli airstrikes over the past 24 hours have been intense and severe, and have targeted civilian houses in disregard of the lives of their residents. They have targeted media offices, wounding 10 journalists, in an attempt to prevent them from reporting on crimes committed against Palestinian civilians. They have also targeted governmental facilities located in densely populated areas, causing civilian causalities and extensive damage to civilian property.

In the single deadliest strike since Israel’s military operation began, the Israeli navy fired at a home where they claimed a member of the Islamic Jihad was hiding (if he was ever there, he was apparently away at the time). The four-story apartment building in Gaza City was reduced to a pile of rubble.

Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander. Hamas security officials say two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

As Israeli drones flew overhead, a crowd of men dug at the wreckage with their bare hands, hoping to find survivors. The Associated Press described the scene:

Frantic rescuers, bolstered by bulldozers, pulled the limp bodies of children from the ruins of the house, including a toddler and a 5-year-old, as survivors and bystanders screamed in grief. Later, the bodies of the children were laid out in the morgue of Gaza City’s Al Shifa Hospital. Among the 11 dead were four small children and five women, including an 81-year-old, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said.

Mahmoud Masharawi, the uncle of 11-month-old Omar Masharawi, who was burned to death in one attack, told Electronic Intifada, “I was very attached to this little sweet baby. I used to come back from school every day to hug him and play with him a bit. Now, the Israelis have taken him and taken our souls as well. What did this child do to be killed?”

As one young Palestinian girl asked at a press conference outside of Al Shifa Hospital following the attack, “To the world and people: Why should we be killed and why shouldn’t we have a normal childhood? What did we do to face all this?”

“As a doctor, as a human, I am crying. I can’t do anything for him,” Ayman Al-Sahabani, director of the hospital’s emergency department, told CNN, describing his attempts to save a small child killed in one of the attacks. “You can’t imagine if it’s your baby. How [would] you feel? Why? He is a terrorist? Why?”

Gaza’s hospitals have already been stretched to the breaking point by an economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006 as punishment for the victory of Hamas in elections. All medical facilities face critical shortages of medicine and supplies, according to reports. And since markets, bakeries and other shops have been forced to close because of the attacks, there are reports of shortages of food and other essentials.

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BUT FROM Israel’s top leaders, there was no concern about civilians dying. On the contrary, many called for a grotesque collective punishment for Gaza’s population.

Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai of the Shas party, for example, proudly proclaimed, “We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages, destroying all the infrastructure, including roads and water.”

This is an explicit call for Israel to commit war crimes under the Geneva Conventions, which forbid deliberate targeting of civilian populations, including “drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works.”

Gilad Sharon, the son of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, used even more chilling language in the Jerusalem Post:

The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences…

We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima–the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a cease-fire. Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant–but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared…

There is no middle path here–either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip.

Likewise, Michael Ben-Ari, a member of the Knesset representing the National Union party called for a slaughter in a message to Israeli soldiers: “Brothers! Beloved soldiers and commanders–preserve your lives!...There are no innocents in Gaza, don’t let any diplomats who want to look good in the world endanger your lives; at any tiniest concern for your lives–Mow them!

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IN ATTEMPTING to justify its slaughter, the Israeli state is taking its continuing propaganda war against Gazans to Orwellian proportions. The goal is to cast Israel as the victim in the ongoing conflict.

Leaflets being dropped on the population of Gaza in between bombings warn:

For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety. Hamas is once again dragging the region to violence and bloodshed. The IDF is determined to defend the residents of the State of Israel. This announcement is valid until quiet is restored to the region. –Israel Defense Forces Command.

The message to Palestinians is clear: Any resistance will be met with the harshest of collective punishment. For the act of democratically electing Hamas to a majority of Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006, all Gazans are now considered “terrorists.”

As British socialist Richard Seymour wrote at his blog Lenin’s Tomb:

The authors of this leaflet know there is no escape. They know that no resident of Gaza is safe. There is no building that cannot become a Hamas “facility,” no person that cannot be deemed a Hamas “operative,” or at least be deemed to have been negligently or culpably close to one. There is nothing anyone in Gaza can practically do to be sure that the IDF will not vaporize them.

And as tanks and reservists gather on the border, pending an invasion, there is nothing that the average Gazan can do to avoid being in a neighborhood that is sealed off and shelled for hours and hours, humanitarian agencies prevented from reaching the wounded, starving survivors for days afterward. The authors of this leaflet know what they are capable of doing to people in Gaza, because they have done it before; and they know Gazans know.

Far from acknowledging this reality, Israeli officials have repeatedly claimed that Hamas is using civilians as human shields. Any civilian casualties in Gaza are, therefore, to be blamed on Hamas, and not Israel firing missiles and dropping bombs on one of the most densely populated areas on the planet, where half of the population of 1.6 million are children.

In truth, under Israeli logic, all of Gaza is a potential “terrorist hideout” and all of Gaza’s infrastructure belongs to Hamas. Therefore, all Gazans deserve collective punishment for Hamas’ actions.

As Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah reported, Israel officials have begun distributing a fabricated graphic of a sign at a Gaza hospital, with the caption, “When Hamas members need a place to hide, they run to hospitals.”

As Abunimah writes, this is likely a prelude to Israel targeting Palestinian hospitals–also a war crime, and something the Israeli state did during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09. Then, as now, Israel claimed Hamas “militants” used hospitals as cover for terrorist operations–a claim the 2009 Goldstone Report, commissioned by the United Nations, rejected.

During Cast Lead, the World Health Organization’s assessment of 122 health facilities in Gaza found that that 48 percent were damaged or destroyed during the onslaught–another form of collective punishment and immiseration for ordinary Gazans.

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AND IF some Israeli leaders have their way, Operation Pillar of Cloud may soon escalate even further. As a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “The Israeli military is prepared to significantly expand the operation.”

The Israel Defense Force announced that it was calling up 75,000 reservists and massing troops across the border of Gaza for a possible ground invasion–and many Israeli political figures, from the far right into the political mainstream, are pushing hard for the government to pull the trigger.

Such an invasion will provoke fallout for Israel in the international community, but so far at least, Israeli has received nothing but support from the Obama administration, among other international leaders.

Speaking on Sunday, Obama echoed the Israeli government line that Israel was responding to the aggression of Palestinians, who launched relatively primitive rockets from inside Gaza. As Obama told reporters, “There’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself.”

As Elizabeth Murray, a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, pointed out in response to a similarly worded statement from the State Department:

[W]hile the State Department urged both sides to avoid civilian casualties, nowhere was there mention of the Palestinians’ right to defend themselves from various attacks by Israel. Apparently only one side is granted that privilege, according to the U.S. statement.

Writing in the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald noted the role that the U.S. has played in allowing Israel to once again attack Gazans with impunity:

Obama continues to defend Israel’s free hand in Gaza, causing commentators like Jeffrey Goldberg to gloat, not inaccurately: “Barack Obama hasn’t turned against Israel. This is a big surprise to everyone who has not paid attention for the last four years” (indeed, there are few more compelling signs of how dumb and misleading U.S. elections are than the fact that the only criticism of Obama on Israel heard over the last year in the two-party debate was the grievance that Obama evinces insufficient fealty–rather than excessive fealty–to the Israeli government).

That the Netanyahu government knows any attempt to condemn Israel at the UN would be instantly blocked by the U.S. is a major factor enabling them to continue however they wish. And, of course, the bombs, planes and tanks they are using are subsidized, in substantial part, by the U.S. taxpayer.

The U.S. media generally are parroting the Israeli government claim that the current conflict was sparked by Hamas’ breaking of a cease-fire. This is not only an outright lie, but it is designed to paint Israel–with its vastly superior weaponry and army–as a victim of the conflict.

The facts are that as early as November 8, several Israeli soldiers invaded Gaza–exchanging gunfire with Palestinian fighters and killing a 12-year-old boy who was playing soccer at the time.

After several skirmishes over the following days, Palestinian factions agreed to a truce on November 12 if Israel ended its attacks. In the Israeli daily Haaretz, journalist Nir Rosen pointed out that, just prior to his assassination on November 14, Hamas’ Ahmed al-Jabari had:

received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the cease-fire in the case of a flare-up between Israel and the factions in the Gaza Strip. This [is] according to Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, who helped mediate between Israel and Hamas in the deal to release Gilad Shalit and has since then maintained a relationship with Hamas leaders.

Baskin told Haaretz on Thursday that senior officials in Israel knew about his contacts with Hamas and Egyptian intelligence aimed at formulating the permanent truce, but nevertheless approved the assassination.

Such attacks are not the actions of a nation “seeking peace” with Palestinians, as Israel repeatedly claims. They are designed to provoke a Palestinian response, which is then used to unleash an overwhelmingly brutal assault under the pretext of “fighting terrorism.”

The Israeli state has been targeting Gazans ever since they dared to democratically elect Hamas in Palestinian Legislative Council elections in 2006. For the act of daring to stand up to continuous, repeated brutality, all Gazans are now paying a heavy collective price.

As Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari wrote, when asked by her 13-year-old son what Israel wants from Gazans: “‘What do they want?’ I exclaimed to Munir. ‘What they want is obviously to deprive us of our humanity, taking away our dream to live normal lives like other nations, and to throw us into the ocean.'”

It will take a mass outcry–here in the U.S. and around the globe–to make stop Israel’s latest assault on Gaza.

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Palestinians Protest in Jerusalem against Israel’s air strikes in Gaza

Gaza Under Attack

For Palestinians in Jerusalem Fridays are not only a day for prayer and the beginning of the weekend, they also for protests against settlers, land grabs and the occupation. But with a looming ground invasion by Israeli forces, and military aircraft flying overhead during in the middle of Thursday night en route to Gaza, demonstrations this week were focused on Gaza.

Half past noon after prayers ended, a few Hamas flags were carried through the narrow corridors of the Old City from al-Aqsa mosque to the Damascus Gate, as hundreds of Palestinians chanted against Operation Cloud Pillar, and in support of rockets nearly reaching Tel Aviv. The settlers still roamed through the Muslim Quarter, yet instead of instigating clashes, they walked almost unnoticed. In places where the Old City’s paths widened into a bay of a café porches, uniformed Israeli police lined the streets with “Mistravim,” the Hebrew word for undercover security units that dress in an “Arab,” style. These officers are conspicuous. Although dressed in plain clothes they look like they are in costumes, with their build and body movements as a clear giveaway. On Friday, they were armed with cameras, taking pictures of demonstrators, which in the past has resulted in arrests later the same night. But the demonstrators were not concerned with the undercover units because their protest was for the people of Gaza, showing a rare unity amongst Palestinians during an era dominated by political divisions.

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Palestinian protesters exiting the Old City through the Damascus Gate.
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Israeli checkpoint blocking Palestinian pedestrians at the Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem.

Earlier that same day the Israeli police set-up checkpoints blocking off various access paths around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and barred anyone under the age of 40 from entering the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. From the military’s standpoint the youngsters, the shebab, would likely hurl stones at them. However when the youth finally met up with the older generation at the mouth of the Damascus Gate, a plaza which connects the ancient city to its modern municipal borders, no stones were thrown. Yet still, like choreography, the police in groups of five, darted into the crowed in order to arrest the demonstrating youths. At the top of the stairs overlooking the Palestinians the police spoke freely about how they were going to arrest people they thought were capable of becoming “instigators.” At that time the Palestinians were surrounded on three sides by the Israeli authorities, checkpoints, and journalists. Pointing to a man dressed in a t-shirt, a high-ranking police man said to four others, “him,” continuing “he looks like an instigator.” With that, the police burst into the crowd, pulling back twenty minutes later after six were taken into Israeli custody.

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Protesters marching in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, East Jerusalem.
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Israeli police line the corridors of the Muslim Quarter.
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“Mistravim,” undercover Israeli police officer (right) in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, East Jerusalem.
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Protesters marching inside of the Muslim Quarter in the Old City, East Jerusalem.
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Palestinian women chanting in front of the Damascus Gate.
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Israeli police push Palestinan woman while trying to arrest a Palestinian man.
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Israeli police snatch squad making an arrest in front of the Damascus Gate.

While making arrests, Israeli police shoved and beat other protesters in order to push them out of the way and extract an arrestable, usually a Palestinian man under the age of 40. There was a kind of flow to this ejection process that left women trampled and men bruised. And journalists are no exception. Some photographers even wear skateboard helmets with their button down shirts in order to protect their heads while working. Michael Corech-Salisbury, a Mizrahi community organizer who works for the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) and contributed research to this report, got swept up in the commotion and was punched in the forehead by Israeli police who then pulled him by the backpack out of their arrest path. The Palestinian man the authorities where detaining at that time was then dragged up the stone steps of the Damascus Gate plaza by four officers.

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Israeli police arresting Palestinian man (right).
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Israeli police officer moves to strike left wing Mizrahi Israeli activists, Michael Corech-Salisbury who contributed research to this report.

Later the same day in Ras al-Amud, a Palestinian neighborhood of Jerusalem perched on a hill behind the Old City police entered the residential area and fired smoke grenades at youths who threw stones and launched dynamite from a hand-made cardboard device.

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After Israeli police fire a smoke grenade, a Palestinian youth prepares to throw stones.
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Israeli police in the residential section of Ras al-Amud.
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Car window hit by Israeli fire in Ras al-Amud.

But despite the protests, Operation Cloud Pillar is intensifying, aside from a so-called “lull” in air strikes when the Egyptian Hesham Kandil visited on Friday. As well, Hamas and other militia groups in the Gaza Strip are keeping pace with “Operation Shale Stones,” the social media hashtag for their military operation. Each day rockets are launched further into Israel, the latest known range demonstrated by two missile’s fired into the Jerusalem area by al-Qassam Brigades. Now that a much broader swath of Israel’s public is possibly vulnerable to the rockets, and beyond the area protected by Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome system, many people are now speculating that this new possibility of Israeli civilian casualties will force Israel’s hand to let up on military actions in Gaza.

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Casings of dispersants fired by Israeli police at youths in Ras al-Amud.

Michael Corech-Salisbury contributed research to this report. All photographs are by the author.

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Gaza Under Attack :: World Wide Protest Against Israel Attack on Gaza

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Tens of thousands around the world demonstrated on Friday to protest against the continuous Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Arab and foreign media websites monitored more than 50+ marches in cities around the world, including New York, Paris and Sydney, as well as in Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Malaysia, Yemen, in solidarity with the Gaza Strip. The media sources expected that the number of global protests and the anti-Israel marches will be growing in case the aggression continued.

A mass rally condemning the aggression on Gaza was launched from Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo after Friday prayers as protesters demanded severing relations with Israel, and adopting a clear Arab and Islamic position that includes expelling Israeli ambassadors from Arab countries.

The demonstrators headed to the Tahrir Square in the capital while other marches were launched from many other mosques, as in Alexandria where demonstrators demanded the prosecution of Israeli leaders, the closure of the Embassy of Israel in Cairo and the cancellation of treaties and agreements signed with it.

Many demonstrations, also denouncing the Israeli aggression on Gaza, took place in a number of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, as the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Sidon, where demonstrators roamed the streets, raising Palestinian flags and calling for confronting Israel.

Scores of people gathered outside the United Nations offices in the capital Beirut, to protest against the Israeli occupation’s attacks. They raised the Lebanese flag and the flags of Palestinian resistance factions, chanted anti-Israel slogans and called on Arab Spring countries to support the Palestinians.

In Yemen, massive protests started after Friday prayers in the capital Sana’a and other cities, as thousands gathered in an event they called “Together to support Palestine”, denouncing the aggression, and calling for a unified Arab moves regarding the suffering of the Strip.

Al-Jazeera Net’s correspondent in Malaysia reported that hundreds of Malaysians in the capital Kuala Lumpur participated in solidarity demonstration called for by charitable foundations and non-governmental organizations. The protestors gathered in front of the U.S. embassy and declared their protest to the “unlimited American support for the Zionist entity in its aggression on Gaza.”

Thousands of people demonstrated throughout Turkey after Friday prayers in solidarity with Gaza. The official news agency Anatolia stated that Istanbul witnessed two demonstrations, as demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning Israel.

Many states in Turkey witnessed several events and demonstrations, as protesters chanted against the attacks on Gaza, and called on the Turkish authorities to assume responsibilities towards the Palestinian cause and to boycott the Israeli goods.

According to Iranian media, tens of thousands of Iranians also staged demonstrations across the country after Friday prayers and chanted “Death to the Zionist entity” and “Death to America”, and expressed their solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Meanwhile, Palestinians from the 1948-occupied territories marched yesterday after Friday prayers in support of the steadfastness and resistance of the citizens of Gaza and to condemn the Israeli aggression against them.

Hundreds of people, including men, women and children, took part in the marches which were launched from all the cities of the 1948 occupied territories. The members of different political parties and movements and a number of leaders also participated in the demonstrations.

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Since the bombing on Gaza started days ago, demonstrations all over the West Bank and in cities like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have been happening every day. Here we present a selection of images from these protests. (Photos by ISM and Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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Netanyahu wages wars to cover up troubles: Analyst

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched the new wave of strikes on the Gaza Strip to cover up his own failures, an analyst tells Press TV.

Over 20 Palestinians have been killed and more than 160 others injured in the new wave of deadly airstrikes by the Israeli military on the besieged Gaza Strip since November 14. 

Press TV has conducted an interview with Randy Short, with the Dignity and Human Rights and Peace Organization from Washington DC to shed more light on the issue at hand. Short is joined by four additional guests on Press TV’s News Analysis program: Caleb Maupin with the International Action Center from New York City, Kaveh Afrasiabi, author and political scientist from Boston, Adie Mormech, human rights activist from the Gaza Strip, and James Jatras, a former US Senate Foreign Policy analyst from Washington. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. 

Press TV: We are seeing this second day of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, causing civilian causalities and of course the most recent being that in retaliation there is a rocket fire coming from the Gaza Strip, hitting Tel Aviv. 

What did [the Zionist] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hope to achieve with what was obviously his escalation by killing and assassinating the top Hamas military official [Ahmed] al-Jabari?

Short: Well, of course it is an electoral season in Israel, he is very unpopular and I guess that one way he can get people to like him is to murder innocent Palestinians because there is a high level of hatred of Palestinians in Israel. 

It is comparable to how elections are run in the United States where politicians appeal to racism of the larger majority of Whites as a means to get votes but Netanyahu is a ‘failurous’ a prime minister in Israel but the one thing that he and the other persons can do when you have a politician in trouble is to start a war. 

Press TV: Let us look at some of the opposition coming from, in particular, some of the left-wing politicians there in Israel and it is quite telling; this particular politician by the name of Zahava Gal-on said that the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are pyromaniacs to embark on the operation for the purpose of reelection-as you stated-and they further added that the assassinations are not the answer, which is a sentiment that is held by many Israelis [illegal Zionist settlers]. 

I mean is this the extent that the prime minister would take Israel to of what we are seeing right now that the rocket fire has reached the heart of Israel in terms of it reaching Tel Aviv? 

Short: Well, you now, for me it is [lamentable] that we are concerned just about when rocket fire hits Tel Aviv. The Palestinians have been bombed since time immemorial, Lebanese have been bombed, people are being bombed all over by the bellicose Israeli military industrial complex that does not want peace but wants a greater Israel at the expense of peace with its neighbors. 

So how many Palestinians or Lebanese or others have to be murdered by the state of Israel before one day that people in turn meet violence by violence? It is unfortunate. I do not want anyone fighting but how much longer will people suffer from being bombed with white phosphorous and tanks and children being sniped at and harassments at the checkpoints before someone decides to fight back? 

Press TV: Last time around, in 2008, the Operation Cast Lead really devastated the Gaza Strip. They are still suffering from it to this day and one of the biggest, we can say, weaknesses that showed its face was Arab countries who were not proactive. 

Can we see anything happening given the new landscape? In particular many eyes are focused right now on Egypt and its President Mohammed Morsi? 

Short: Well, they should focus their eyes on Jordan as well. I think that we have Arab countries but we do not always have leadership that has the interest of the masses of people at high. 

The king of Jordan does not speak Arabic. It reminds me of certain people who used to rule Egypt that did not speak Arabic until you had Nasser. 

I think that what is happening in Egypt is promising. I also think that the rage about what is happening in Syria and the potential of a regional war, because you have these proxy crooked sheikhdoms and others serving the interest of NATO, the United States and the globalist; people are tired of them. 

So I think that this is one time that it is not going to be favorable to be a despot in the Middle East as the people wake up, there are movements all over sweeping the Middle East especially in the Shiite belt where people are not going to be denied their rights anymore and I simply want to say that also there is a disarray now with the CIA and the United States out of whack as they scramble to get a new leadership, so this is an interesting time that you have got, an uneven transition and the agency that more or less tries to police the rest of the world and this attack on Gaza and the people fighting back.

And also I want to say the cowardice that the people have to attack Hezbollah. It is interesting that Netanyahu knows that they cannot go back into Lebanon without losing something. 

They are facing a situation where it is no longer asymmetrical warfare but if you aggressive against the people of Lebanon it may come at a life for a life versus the 67 war where a few hundred Israelis died and thousands of Egyptians were slaughtered. 

Press TV: The question of the timing again is pretty significant. It is hard to imagine, based on some accounts, that Israel had not planned this for a while. 

We could look at different scenarios but what is your take on why Israel has decided to do this at this time? Given the different things that are going on; you mentioned of course the US, the reelection of Barack Obama, which I mentioned before, and also given the fact of what is going on in Syria. 

I mean is that possible that Israel has another goal aside from their elections coming up, behind what they are doing here? Their assault on the Gaza Strip? 

Short: Yes. I want to say this, do you remember Monica Lewinsky? The woman that had the Cigar, you know where! with Bill Clinton? Who was introduced to Bill Clinton by Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor of Chicago. 

I am not picking if I say that Monica Lewinsky is Jewish and what happened was that disrupted what Clinton had planned to do with the Middle East when this happened. 

Then if I mention, I believe this woman who is involved with Petraeus, her father’s last name is Kranz and I am wondering if this is another set up where you had Mossad or some group interject a woman into the life of an important person to either spy or get information to send it back to Israel because Petraeus had written a 64-page document denouncing America’s relationship with Israel, that it was not the most important ally. 

Now with this man gone it is a way to threaten people who are American firsters in the Pentagon, in the CIA or wherever; that if Israel wants to go to war they have undermined those people who might resist them, who cannot be called anti-Semites because they are American soldiers, now they are moving the layers of restraint and I believe that the timing now is to force Obama to comply with his promise that he would support Israel, no matter what. 

So if Israel starts a war Bibi [Netanyahu] is using this possibly as a way to force Obama to get more involved in Syria more rapidly as well as of course go after Iran. 

This is what Netanyahu wants and he has gotten rid of through this trick that they have run on Petraeus and this extends all the way to the White House and in particular there is another thing that threatens Obama; this woman who was having this affair with Petraeus is mentioning that the CIA is torturing and killing black Libyans and other Black Africans in Benghazi, which will certainly help hurt Obama’s image with the African-Americans who voted for him 93 percent; I am glad I was not one of them. 

So there is a point where …, there is a triangulation of forces to make Obama support Netanyahu, who he does not like, by getting rid of those persons who had helped Obama resist going to war even though he has imposed one vicious illegal genocidal sanction after the other against the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as trying to destroy the righteous nation of Syria. 

Press TV: Looking at Hamas we cannot forget one fine detail that Hamas, its parent company, so to speak, is the Muslim Brotherhood of which of course Mohammed Morsi came out from there becoming the president of Egypt. 

So I would think that this strong support by Morsi for Hamas is going to be…, the question is to what extent? 

Short:

Well, he [Morsi] needs to open the border at Rafah, let us cut the talk and put up and rescue the people who are being victimized, who are facing slow genocide. I mean if he is serious, do it now! Open the border at Rafah now and all I want to say is they had a plan to destroy Hamas before they got elected, this is something that was engineered by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Mahmoud Abbas back in September 2008.

If we know this, why won’t they do everything they can to support the people of Gaza? They need freedom, they need food, they need self-determination, they need their seat at the UN and we need to deal with countries like Turkey that are Israel’s best friend; they do symbolic things but they need to put up or shut up. 

Whose side are they on? Are they on the side of the people in Gaza and Ramallah or are they on the side of Netanyahu? I am not clear. 

MY/HMV

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