Comments on: Politicians line up behind Israeli assault on Gaza Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:11:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ed Frias Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:59:53 +0000 Its funny, the article should be called appeasement now.
Now a word about the hundreds of missles fired by Hamas terrorists at Israeli civilians.
Its the old saying.
If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel’‎”
No Jewish nation can be at peace when it is surrounded by Islamofascists. The question you should be asking is there a day in history when muslims have ever been at peace with non-muslims?

By: ROSENBERG Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:28:02 +0000 Right now, Gaza is being bombarded in what Israel is calling ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’. JVP has issued a statement about this operation which can be found here.

This escalation of violence by Israel, on the eve of an election there, and with the unconditional support of the US government, cannot go unchallenged. Together we must demand: Stop the Bombs. Stop the Siege. Stop Payment on the Israeli Military’s Blank Check.

This statement was issued by JEWISH VOICES FOR PEACE.

One million people now under lethal missile attack

According to US law, Hamas is on official list of FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, an FTO.

According to US law, anyone who supports an FTO can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

In that context, at a time when the Hamas regime in Gaza continues to launch aerial attacks against the Israeli civilian population,the Jewish Voices for Peace has issued a statement of full support for the Hamas regime in Gaza.

The Israel Advocacy Task Force calls on all supporters of justice and peace in the middle east to demand that the US Justice Department Division of Counter Intelligence to arrest and incarcerate the members of the Jewish Voices for Peace and to prosecute JVP to the full extent of the law.


By: Richard Witty Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:01:55 +0000 What would you have recommended?

It is a question of how one responds to cruelty (shelling of civilians).

By: Aaron Gross Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:23:55 +0000 “עמוד ענן” evokes, from you – Freud?

By: Greg Pollock Thu, 15 Nov 2012 03:49:34 +0000 “with the elimination of Jabari, Barak and Netanyahu knocked one of the central pillars of the pragmatist camp within Hamas, the camp that sustained the detente with Israel and made efforts to bolster Hamas’s political credentials at the expense of its paramilitary wing.” : Everyone has blood on their hands. If your view of Jabari is mostly correct, his direct assassination implies past actions cannot be forgiven through recent and present action. But the contrary is exactly what must happen if this slow dance war is ever to end. The Egyptian government, with its links to Hamas via the Muslim Brotherhood, will be harder pressed to curtail the most militant. Social coercion requires networks which retard, prevent those committed to violent reply; these networks have been damged this day.

Israel could have targeted the long range missle sites without a targeted assassination. They must have decided Jabari would activate a reply; or that his use was over; or that, in principle, he was always to be taken out. This last will leave everyone ever fighting.

I am not one for thinking a people “organic,” but Israel has assassinated many leaders without destroying that which causes more to emerge. I conclude that those making these decisions know this and have decided to live with the cycle of emergence and decapitation indefinately.

Lastly, do you think Egypt will open its Gaza door when militant ideology therein abounds? Do you not see that to open Gaza to Egypt, to ultimately remove Gaza from Israel (which is the goal), Egypt must be willing to chance the influx of ideology? Only compromise with past blood can make that risk plausible.

By: John Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:45:28 +0000 is it possible that israel’s attacks are intended to divert attention from the upcoming Palestinian statehood bid at the U.N.? anyway, this is even more sign that there is no significant pro-peace movement in israel

By: sh Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:53:04 +0000 Thanks for this analysis, Dimi Reider. Am gutted, but not surprised.

By: Ruth Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:51:15 +0000 Typically good analysis, except for this inexplicable absurdity:
“Even Aryeh Deri, the relatively decent and in many ways maverick returnee to the leadership of the Shas party, voiced praise for the assault, but in his case its somewhat understandable: he is already being painted by party rivals as a leftist and needs to toe the mainstream line so he can take Shas into its traditional partnership with any coalition government. Yachimovich’s sycophancy is considerably less excusable on any scale.”

By: Engelbert Luitsz Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:38:51 +0000 you’re right no doubt with your analysis, but I would finally like to read some real anger about these cynical tricks. You don’t have to be a military expert to understand that an operation like this was prepared long before Israel provoqued a reponse with a military jeep last saturday. A copy of the november 4th 2008 action. This same night, here in Holland, 5 Broken Cameras was shown on prime time. The horror of zionism is still not presented in the news coverage. I saw Peres acting like a nazi on the news. What does it take for the West to get angry over the slaughter of innocent children?