November 1st, 2010

Knesset member shot by Israeli police: “No chance for two states”

Posted in Israel, Sorrows of Empire by ed

A Halloween video interview with Haneen Zoabi, the first woman representing an Arab party to be elected to the Knesset — two days after being fired upon by Israeli police in Umm al Fahm.

And here’s an earlier print interview from the summer, shortly after her Privilege in the Knesset was revoked, rather violently, because she had participated in the Gaza Flotilla.

The headline over the video interview reads No Chance for Two States.

This follows, of course, upon the Great Finger that Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Foreign Minister, gave the UN General Assembly in September: Peace with Palestinians? Let’s talk in 20 years after we deal with Iran.

Team Obama, meanwhile, as supine as ever in the face of renewed East Jerusalem construction despite public requests to the contrary from the White House.

If the president who gave the Cairo speech does nothing, what hopeless enmity shall follow? World war over there (with Israel our Syracuse) and real terrorism over here (none of this Gang who Couldn’t Bomb Straight stuff) seems more likely than ever, post Lieberman.

Shocking thought: Might one vote for Jeb Bush in 2012 simply because his father (with whom he bears much more in common than his dopey black-sheep brother) was the only US president to have disciplined Israel since advent of Reagan?

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  1. ed says:

    Another reaction to the Lieberman Finger and, indeed, to Obama’s supine pose:

    Bill Clinton summons the ghost of Itzak Rabin to renew the move toward a final peace.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/opinion/04clinton.html

    Pretty potent.

    November 4th, 2010 at 1:11 am

  2. ed says:

    Interesting row continuing between Israel and Britain, latter which continues to have law that might lead to arrest of Israeli leaders for war crimes in Gaza last year.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/03/israel-war-crimes-row-william-hague

    November 4th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

  3. ed says:

    Israel publishes plans for another 1,000 units of housing in East Jerusalem.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/world/middleeast/09mideast.html

    How long will Team Obama take this?

    Maybe they like it long.

    November 8th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

  4. ed says:

    An answer of sorts: Obama when prompted by press in islamic Indonesia offers the bare minimum in negative reaction to yesterday’s Israeli announcement re East Jerusalem.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/world/asia/10prexy.html

    The words are tepid, and he speaks of Israel as an observer, as if the US has no relationship or influence whatsoever:

    “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations, and I’m concerned that we’re not seeing each side make the extra effort involved to get a breakthrough,” Mr. Obama said during a joint news conference with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here. He added, “Each of these incremental steps end up breaking trust.”

    … he said he was here “to focus not on the past but on the future,” and, with the exception of offering some personal reflections at the press conference, his time here has been all business.

    The plight of the Palestinians is a big issue in Indonesia, so much so that President Yudhoyono mentioned it in his opening remarks, saying he had told Mr. Obama that “we need a resolution on Palestine and Israel in a permanent sustainable manner.”

    Then his people tout a new speech — the follow up to the Cairo speech — as the next big step.

    Aides say the speech he planned to give Wednesday at the University of Indonesia … will build on one he delivered in Cairo last year, in which he called for “a new beginning” with the Muslim world. Mr. Obama was asked to assess his progress thus far. “I think it’s an incomplete project,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

    Words, words, words, words, words.

    A fortiori, he really isn’t a politician. He’s a Beautiful Soul. In the age of round-the-clock television news, such a man gets elected. But then?

    The despair and, indeed, hatred engendered by his failure to turn around Bush-Cheney foreign policy, and in particular to live up to Cairo, will lead to more and worse international war, on top of the continuing disasters in the states we’ve set aflame on Iran’s eastern and western borders.

    Bush-Cheney were dismissable as a black swan, perhaps. But now, how can anyone on the fence in the islamic world now persuade themselves that the US will ever stand behind Change We Need in the mideast? Our policy reduces to waiting for a nuclear device or a can of anthrax to be let loose in Tel Aviv or New York.

    November 9th, 2010 at 9:37 am

  5. ed says:

    And the next day — the same aggressive-passive pattern.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/world/middleeast/10jerusalem.html

    Netanyahu blasts away, after Obama’s gentle so timid complaints. This pattern has been repeating for two years. Last autumn with Biden in town eg …

    We, with Obama, are laughingstocks.

    November 9th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

  6. ed says:

    Even Jr Sulzberger at the Times has had enough of Netanyahu — who after visiting private Jewish-american organs stateside sat for SEVEN HOURS with Hillary to no effect but the Lieberman Finger.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/13/opinion/13sat1.html

    November 13th, 2010 at 8:52 am

  7. ed says:

    From El Haaretz, the major left-of-center paper in Israel

    “Lieberman is the new Kahane”

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/lieberman-is-the-new-kahane-1.336296

    January 11th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

  8. ed says:

    A major essay in the New York Review of Books, in sync with Zoabi’s experience and views (see main post above):

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/feb/10/whos-afraid-palestinians/

    The piece’s theme: Israel has WON its war on the Palestinians and has now turned to face down the rest of the world.

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:07 am

  9. ed says:

    Orthodox rabbis speak of arabs in ovens
    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january152011/arabs-ovens-tg.php

    January 22nd, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  10. ed says:

    It’s official.

    The Army of God will head the next government of Lebanon.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/world/middleeast/25lebanon.html

    Congratulations Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Doug Feith !

    You guys really know how to kick ass and take names !

    January 24th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

  11. ed says:

    “Tzipi Livni tells [PA chief negotiator Saeb] Erekat about a Hebrew saying:

    ‘When you want to curse somebody, you tell [them] go to hell, but we shorten it and say go to Gaza.’ ”

    What a card! What a cut up!

    http://english.aljazeera.net/palestinepapers/2011/01/20111241517890936.html

    January 24th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

  12. ed says:

    The Palestine Papers are clear: Obama gave the Cairo Speech, then promptly sold the Palestinian state down the river.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/palestine-papers

    The scope of the collapse of any support for the UN resolution that recognized Israel in sync with a plan for a two-state solution … Shocking.

    No wonder Ms Zoabi says “No chance.” It’s now clear that the American war in the mideast is conjoined with a final solution in Palestine.

    One effect of this public knowledge is all but certain: A true war of terror. It’s only a question of time before a nuclear device explodes in a major western city. When and where — Tel Aviv or New York? — is pretty much the only question.

    January 24th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  13. Conversation » Death Notice: Palestinian State stillborn says:

    [...] wonder Ms Zaneen Hoabi simply said “No chance” last [...]

    January 26th, 2011 at 11:52 am

  14. ed says:

    Israeli soldiers on film re orders to “cleanse” Gaza and leave no witnesses.

    http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/01/27-2

    January 28th, 2011 at 12:37 am

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