Israel is at it again. Preparing to attack the Gaza, what is this warm up for an invasion of Syria or cover for some move on the West Bank? Israel seems to be taking advantage of the disarray at the CIA and the distraction of the American leadership with the domestic scandal. Is there a Mosad connection? On France 24 week in review The French are saying “What is going on here?” Regarding the Petraus affair, conducting a covert affair is the issue, leaving himself vulnerable to spy vs spy is their contention. Anne Bagamery from the International Herald Tribune is the commentator on this. The French news also claims the CIA annex in the consulate in Bengazi had Libyan militia men held as prisoners and the raid was to free the prisoners. I must be way behind the times the right wing media has been covering this for several days.
Earlier today on Israeli English Language news there was an interview with government ministers who claim that no country would put up with rocket attacks from across their border. He doesn’t mention that Gaza is not a sovereign nation but a semi-autonomous territory controlled by Israel. The rockets being launched by the Gaza natives, is somewhat like native American resistance to white intrusion back in the 19th century.
It is as if the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Band of Indians were lobbing rockets from the reservation onto Palm Springs because the State of California had decided to isolate the reservation and create an embargo. Or more realistically the case of the Mohawk tribe which has a reservation that straddles the Canadian/US border. There has been close to open warfare there between the tribe and the governments of the US and Canada.
From Cultural Survival Quarterly
“March 10, 2010
16.2 (Summer 1992) At the Theshold: An Action Guide for Cultural Survival
Akwasesne Mohawk Indian Nation, Box 196, Rooseveltown, NY 13683.
Land disputes with the U.S. and Canadian governments are among the most persistent, dramatic problems. In 1990, one dispute led to an armed confrontation between members of the Mohawk Warrior Society and the Sûreté du Québec at Oka, south of Montreal. At issue was the expansion of a proposed golf course onto ancestral Mohawk land, including a cemetery. Mohawks set up a barricade to halt construction. A police officer was killed in a brief engagement when the sûreté advanced on the barricade. Two Mohawks have been convicted on charges of aggravated assault.”
Republicans are attempting to make political hay out of Benghazi, on Fox’s Hanity show, Oliver North claims that the Obama administration is not paying attention to foreign affairs. He claims it is incompetence, malfeasance and neglect on the part of the President.
Fox is also building up support for Israel invading Gaza again showing what is supposed to be Jerusalem residents, a white woman and her child, huddling in a room while sirens go off in the background. One rocket may have reached Jerusalem.
Example, Secretary General of UN calls for Israeli restraint and Hamas to stop rocket attacks, as reported in Washington Post. FOX only reports “Secretary General calls for Hamas to stop Rocket Attack” He is calling for both sides to exercise restraint and avoid civilian casualties. FOX uses his statement as part of their campaign to support an Israeli strike.
Interesting note Anonymous is responding to the Israeli assault.
“Nov. 16, 23:40 GMT: The hacktivist group, Anonymous, has claimed it has attacked the website of the Israeli government, www.tel-aviv.gov.il. The website was unavailable as of Saturday morning. The group also claimed it deleted a database at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The cyber attacks come as a part of the so called #OpIsrael launched by Anonymous to rally support for the Palestinians.”
Piers Morgan on CNN is repeating the Israeli line with Oren Israeli ambassador to the USA claiming that no government could put up with more bombings than London had from V1 and V2 rockets. Using that as an example of what Israel puts up from the Palestinians. Oren claims government of Gaza is a terrorist organization and is totally to blame for the situation.
Mohamed Morsi is claiming that blood of Palestinians in Gaza is same as Egyptian blood, in a news clip covered by CNN. Israeli ambassador says they go by what Egyptians do, not their words. Israel is trying to minimize civilian deaths, claiming that one of the Israeli pilots aborted his mission on a rocket because he saw children playing, and as a result the rocket was launched on Israel.
CNN is now interviewing Palestinian Legislator Ashrawi. She claims Israel used Gaza as a firing range. Israel claims returned fire from Gaza is terrorist. 1.5 million people live in Gaza and are a direct response to Israeli attacks, such as the Israelis killing Ahmed Jaabari, commander of the military portion of Hamas. PLO has no control over Hamas. Hamas member who was killed was negotiating with Israel for a long term truce at time he was killed. Occupation is a ruthless and cruel method of terrorism. Jewish settler violence against people of west bank is ongoing and criminal. Palestinians are blamed for Israeli violence.
This from the Denver Post
“Despite the strong rhetoric, Morsi’s government continues to work closely with Israel on security issues pertaining to the Sinai Peninsula, where militants have launched attacks on Egyptian forces and Israel. Since his election, Morsi has promised to abide by Egypt’s 1979 peace deal with Israel.
The president’s speech Friday was a strong contrast to low-key comments he made a day earlier. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, he denounced the campaign as “unacceptable” but avoided sharp condemnations of Israel.”
The implication being that the strong rhetoric Morsi gave in his speech at a Mosque was simply for public consumption and does not indicate any action on the part of Egypt.
If anything Egypt is concerned more about militants taking over in the Sinai rather than supporting Hamas.
The Palestinians are again caught up in a reality where Israeli power rules and the Arab world looks on, rubs its hands and does nothing.
The USA is backing it’s colony Israel. No doubt there.
From CBS News
“Obama reiterated U.S. support for Israel’s right to self-defense and discussed possible ways to scale back the conflict, the White House said. It did not offer specifics.”
Oh well more of the same, campaign promises to Israel must be paid in blood.