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'Anyone but Bibi' isn't the point: Pre-election postulations

It is naive for the Israeli peace camp to think that deposing Netanyahu will bring about peace or even get us closer.

Now that early elections are almost certainly going to be held on March 17, rumors have begun spreading like wildfire about the myriad possibilities of parties teaming up and the various frontrunners who will be vying to dethrone Prime Minister Netanyahu. There are many pieces in the puzzle, and it is hard to keep up or know how things will actually pan out. But one thing is already clear: the most popular theme of this election is the “Anyone but Bibi” slogan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo: Activestills.org)

Will anyone be able to dethrone Netanyahu? (photo: Activestills.org)

Over the weekend, Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) and opposition leader Isaac “Buji” Herzog (Labor) held talks about forming a united “center-left” list in which Herzog will be number 1 and Livni number 2. There are rumors that former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz from Kadima may also join. Internal polls show that such a list could garner 24 Knesset seats, beating Likud’s projected 22. Their only vision for the country at this point appears to be “Just not Bibi.”

Herzog and Livni both declared in recent days that they are ripe to be Israel’s next prime minister. Speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., Herzog explicitly promised to head the next Israeli government, and announced he would be willing to form a coalition of parties spanning “Liberman to Meretz.”

With those three words, Herzog excluded the possibility of governing in cooperation with any Arab parties and revealed he has no political vision, since as far as Jewish parties go, Yisrael Beiteinu and Meretz represent opposite ends of the spectrum.

And Livni, the same Livni who has consistently marketed herself as the “peace” candidate (or more accurately the “peace process” candidate) even as she sat in successive governments that led the country into murderous, destructive and ineffective wars, and who nevertheless chose to sit in the current coalition with Netanyahu – this Livni is now trying to run as an alternative to Netanyahu?

Isaac 'Buji' Herzog. (photo: Activestills.org)

Isaac ‘Buji’ Herzog will likely join forces with Tzipi Livni to form a center-left bloc in the upcoming elections. (photo: Activestills.org)

Meanwhile Naftali Bennett, who heads the Jewish Home party, has his heart set on being the next defense minister, so he is strengthening his ties to Netanyahu and placing his bets on another Netanyahu-led Likud win. Liberman has been strangely quiet. Gideon Sa’ar, the former interior minister who resigned from political life in mid-September is now reportedly trying to defeat Netanyahu in Likud primaries scheduled for next month. There’s a man whose word you can trust.

Moreover there are still rumors that Netanyahu is securing a partnership with the ultra-Orthodox parties and may even try to avoid elections at the last minute – which would mean by Monday, when the final vote on dissolving the Knesset takes place.

Former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon is the wild card in this election who may be the surprise big winner with the new, yet-unnamed party he is now forming. As communications minister in the previous Netanyahu government, he introduced competition into the cellular phone market and is now known and liked for having reduced every Israeli citizen’s monthly phone bills. Although he is a firm right-winger (he got his start in politics working for Uzi Landau, one of the more hawkish Likud members who is now with Yisrael Beiteinu), it is not clear whether he will team up with parties to the right or to the left of him. Either way, he will be pushing himself as the anti-monopoly candidate who cares about the interests of the working class.

Moshe Kahlon is likely to be a front-runner in the upcoming elections. (Activestills.org)

Moshe Kahlon, the wild card in the upcoming election, will likely push a working-class agenda. (Activestills.org)

One of the interesting and promising developments of this election cycle is the possibility of a united Arab list. The various Arab parties met last week to discuss forming a united bloc for the election, primarily because the new election threshold of 3.25 percent (100,000 votes) will be nearly impossible to reach if they each go it alone. Hadash, the Jewish-Arab party that is consistently popular among the non-Zionist Israeli left has already said it would not join such a list since it is not strictly an Arab party.

Two polls conducted in the last week shows that 65 percent of Israelis do not want Netanyahu to be prime minister again, while 30 percent still maintain they do. Either way, many on the center and the center-left are waving the “anyone but Netanyahu” flag. Peace Now Director Yariv Oppenheimer, for example, said as much on his Facebook page.

But that very mantra could just as easily lead to a government that is more explicitly to the right of Netanyahu, or centrist parties whose policies are essentially not that different from those of Netanyahu. They may push less settlement construction and less friction with the U.S. and EU, but would continue the status quo of occupation, hyper-capitalism and exclusion of Arabs. A Labor-Livni style coalition is likely even worse than an explicitly right-wing one, as it would be a center-right government in center-left clothing.

As my colleague Orly Noy wrote on her Facebook page the other day, after Meretz Party leader Zehava Gal-On made it clear the party would never sit in a coalition with Netanyahu (paraphrasing): “That’s great and all, but I prefer to vote for a party whose leader doesn’t feel the need to make such proclamations, since sitting in a coalition with Bibi shouldn’t even be a consideration to begin with.” This sums up the problem with the “Anyone but Bibi” campaign.

Besides, it gives Netanyahu way too much credit. For most of the last five years, Netanyahu’s rule has been characterized by doing nothing except keeping the wheels of the status quo in motion. It is naive for the Israeli peace camp to think that deposing Netanyahu will bring about peace or even get us closer.

This whole election cycle creates an illusion of optimism – a chance for a real transformation – while ignoring all the issues that require serious changes: human rights, equal rights, freedom of speech and protest, and Arab-Jewish partnership. None of these, of course, can be properly addressed without ending the infrastructure of occupation.

More on the upcoming elections:
Israel’s elections: A referendum on Netanyahu
Can Kahlon be the next prime minister of Israel?

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    1. Bruce Gould

      And apparently the political landscape is shifting in the U.S.:

      “A new poll shows that the percentage of Americans who want the US government to push for a two-state solution remains constant at 39% from last year; but the percentage of those who
      want the US to push for one state with equal citizenship has increased from 24% to 34%.”

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/americans-outcome-israelpalestine

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      • That’s a huge change in thinking (finally).

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      • Sluggo

        The website you reference is a for-profit extremist propaganda site with zero journalistic integrity. One of their key editors, in fact, copies and pastes items there under a fake identity. You can read about that thought experiment on their website.

        And things “have been changing” for 30 years according to Israel detractors. It’s not going to change.

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      • GilGamesh

        Not surprised that Israel electing a more moderate gov’t that could lead to a two state solution disturbs some. It’s the last thing the extremists on both sides want. Thus MW is promoting the idea that a one state solution has a chance. They would much rather see a continuation of the conflict then a negotiated settlement.

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    2. Pedro X

      “None of these, of course, can be properly addressed without ending the occupation.”

      Mairav, the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria will not end until negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis agree to a conflict ending agreement which divides the unsettled territory between Jews and Arabs and provides security for all.

      Oslo’s land for death formula did not work out all that well. Israel is not going to end its presence in Judea and Samaria and allow Arab Palestinians to carry on the conflict from the hills of Samaria against the major population centers of Israel.

      In the meantime Palestinians have the ability to promote and maintain the highest civil rights in their own areas of Gaza and Areas A and B. The fact that Palestinian governments since 1993 have been gross violators of human rights, equal rights, freedom of speech and protest suggests that Palestinians need to reform their governments at the election box before looking to blame Israel for their woes.

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    3. It’s been the occupation. It continues to be the occupation. No matter how you spin it, it all comes down to the occupation.

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      • Sluggo

        Annie means the 48 occupation. The mondoweis crew is not interested in keeping a country around as a Jewish homeland. It is a not so subtle trick they use given that when most people talk about the occupation, they mean 1967.
        The above character also claims that Hamas never uses human shields. After four requests to support the claim, there is only silence. Empty cans make the most noise.

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    4. Richard Witty

      Propose already.

      Don’t just dis.

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      • Pedro X

        It will not matter what they propose. President Obama is giving Netanyahu a big gift by hinting through Haaretz that the US is considering sanctions against Israel. Such announcements will solidify the right and Netanyahu’s leadership in Israel.

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        • Ginger Eis

          They never learn. What those brainiacs are hinting at is toxin and sooo revolting that not just the Israeli Right but ordinary Israelis from across the political spectrum will rally around the flag. The election won’t be about Netanyahu anymore, but about defeating PRESIDENT Barack Hussein Obama. I really don’t care whether or not the claim of Ha’aretz is true. Likud must find a way to disseminate that toxin from the Obama-Administration without getting its own hands dirty. This toxin will make a Netanyahu win a slamdunk!

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          • Brian

            “I really don’t care whether or not the claim of Ha’aretz is true. Likud must find a way to disseminate that toxin from the Obama-Administration without getting its own hands dirty.”

            Nothing better captures the spirit of Eis and the spirit of the occupation and its apologists.

            In a similar vein, as Maayan Niezna of +972 just revealed in regards to secret laws Israel does not publish:

            “Until now, most of the regulations were never translated to Arabic. Even the ones that were “translated” were actually written in gibberish.”

            Niezna quotes an Israeli judge on the subject of how things are SUPPOSED to be, not how they really are:

            “There are no secret laws in Israel. […] Legislation that is passed secretly and kept away from the eye of the public is one of the characteristics of a totalitarian government, and is not in line with the rule of law” (Judge Cohen, Civil Appeal 421/61, State of Israel v. Haz [4], pg. 2204-2205)

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          • Merav

            Anywhere Gingi is, there you must find the compulsive obsessive stalker brian folling Gingi around and posting sick messages to her; the other day brien was talking – and I quote brian – “waxing erotic here” for Gingi. And here is brian again acting sick towards Gingi. Go home brien, find a job and a girl and leave Gingi alone, ok, little man?

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          • Anyone with an IQ greater than body temperature would be able to see Brian suggested Eis was waxing erotic about Bennett. Troll.

            Ginger Eis
            Wednesday
            December 3, 2014

            Naftali Bennett was and remains a terrific soldier; a man of courage, valor and integrity. He is righteous and trustworthy. He is a formidable Gate Keeper.

            Naftali Bennett understands the economy;

            Naftali Bennett is smart, handsome (unlike ugl*** Noam Scheizaf, hih hihi), loved by the majority and representative. His time may not have come yet, but he is definitely a future Israeli Prime Minister.

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            Brian
            Wednesday
            December 3, 2014

            “Naftali Bennett is smart,handsome”

            Waxing erotic here? Where have we seen this before? Hmmmmm.

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          • Merav

            Anyone with an IQ greater than body temperature would be able to see Brian suggested Eis was waxing erotic about Bennett. Troll.

            there is nothing erotic in Gingi’s post; the only one “waxing erotic here” is brian who was thinking about “waxing erotic here” and writing about “waxing erotic here”. That explains why he follows Gingi everywhere – thinking and writing “waxing erotic here”.

            pls. don’t get me started about you own posts regarding “porn” and related matters on this very site. you and brien are two sick people.

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          • “There is nothing erotic in Gingi’s post; the only one “waxing erotic here” is brian who was thinking about “waxing erotic here” and writing about “waxing erotic here”. That explains why he follows Gingi everywhere – thinking and writing “waxing erotic here”.

            You need to get out of your mom’s basement more. You can’t write this shit and claim it as fact. Did Eis dispute what Brian said? You are though. That’s called LYING. Or are you incredibly jealous and possessive of Eis like a dog over a chew toy. You presume to know Eis’s mind and Brian’s mind – you have no proof, only what you think they think. That’s incredibly stupid and when you put it out like you have been, its just plain old-fashioned lying.

            How is pornography and jerking off more offensive than telling someone to kill themself, regular ad hominem attacks, lies, manipulations, etc.? You have a really weird sense of decorum. Sexual talk is more disgusting than the everday violent coversations held by your master and assorted other creeps? I think you better start to heal your own damn self before you call others sick.

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          • Merav

            Gingi did not have to dignify Brian’s sick message to her with a response; also my observation is that Gingi consistently ignores brian and never responds to any of his sick messages and that makes brian even more mad and he continues to stalk Gingi with even more sick messages. That is how stalkers behave. At least you admit to writing about “porn” and “jerk-offs”. If you continue to go on and on here, I will start re-posting your own posts ON THIS VERY SITE where you write about “lubricants”, “two dollar whore”, “alcohol”, “the vagina of a Jewish woman” ‘masturbation’, etc. You and brien are two really sick people.

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          • Please do.

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          • Merav

            I will, if you continue to rant; you are not doing that now; unlike you and brian, I am not interested in filling up Mairav Zonszein’s thread with your sick posts except if necessary; I will reserve what I have on you for other times when you engage again in your sick behavior towards my country and the Jewish people; the good thing is: you cannot clean your sickening posts on this site, sick-o!

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          • You didn’t realize until now that you’re wasting time? And you’ve actually tried to revise your mistakes? Threatening me? If I was worried about how my posts sounded, I wouldn’t have posted them to begin with. Now you decide you are “not interested in filling up Mairav Zonszein’s thread with your sick posts except if necessary”. Go ahead. Believe me, it’s absolutely necessary.

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          • Merav

            oh i am sure you are not ashamed of anything and cannot appreciate the meaning of your rants. that is part of your psychiatric illness. you always start a fight and then claim to be the victim when your foolishness is exposed. don’t worry though, i will take you on any time, any day. now, go ahead and write the next rant … get at it! What a fool!

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        • I’d hardly look at it as a “gift”, only the US attempting to appear as the european nations who are gathering steam with proposing sanctions etc., the US wants to look like they’re on board with it. Just more smoke and mirrors. Everyone knows the US govt and GoI are almost exactly alike, one hand washes the other, covers for the other and they continue to be partners in crime. Governments stink.

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          • Ginger Eis

            The blind will look and never see; the deaf will listen, but will never hear; a dunce will read, but never understands. The word “gift” is paradoxical within the context of the usage thereof – i.e. something that is calculated to cause damage to ‘the other’, but ends up being a blessing to said ‘other’. Ya just can’t fix stupid!

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          • “Ya can’t fix stupid”.

            Your lack of understanding or appreciation of anything that isn’t black or white is your biggest handicap, followed very quickly by arrogance and heartlessness.

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      • Sluggo

        Good point Phil, I realize that my post was confusing. Momdoweis never conducts their own primary research. It is their editorial which i take umbrage to and where my comments were directed, not anything regarding the poll itself.

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        • phil

          Thanks for the clarification Sluggo.

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    5. Ron

      I understand your argument, and agree that replacing Bibi is by no means enough; and that Herzog’s legitimization of Liberman, and automatic exclusion of Hadash, UAL, Balad is worrisome. But I also think that individuals like Bibi take on the role of symbols. ‘Anyone But Bibi’, hence, doesn’t mean Bennett would be fine. I think ‘Anyone But Bibi’ can also be a personified expression of dissatisfaction with the status quo. If used in that manner, ‘Anyone But Bibi’ can be – potentially – an important tool for change.

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    6. Ginger Eis

      I think that the slogan “anyone but Netanyahu flag” is not exactly correct and misleading. The reality is more subtle, more nuanced than the stark black&white picture the “anyone but Netanyahu flag” paints. Most on the (far-)Right want ‘anyone from the (far-)Right but Netanyahu’. Those on the (far-)Left want ‘anyone from the (far-)Left to become PM and Netanyahu gone for good. The Right will vote 100% for Netanyahu if the alternative to him is Roman Herzog (a man of very small physical stature and wimpy looking), or the buffoonish Lapid. I am one of those who wave the “anyone (on the right) but Netanyahu flag”. But deep down, I know that at this point we have no better viable politician than Netanyahu: he is an elder Statesman with several years of experience at the top echelon of the political food chain, he is very eloquent and possesses the rhetorical know-how to represent and defend Israel on the International arena; he is level headed, very reluctant to engage in hostilities and above all not interested in any Nobel Peace Prize. Indeed, “for most of the last five years, Netanyahu’s rule has been characterized by doing nothing except keeping the wheels of the status quo in motion.” And exactly THAT is what Israel needs right now: no more deadly adventures in “peace wonderland” that brings no peace and only deaths and misery to ordinary Israelis. Simply put: there is not partner for peace on the other side, while more “courageous and painful concessions” from Israel will equal more devastating deaths and misery for ordinary Israelis and their families. Compared to heavy weights like Yishak Rabin, Netanyahu is a leftist and the Left will rue the day it got rid of Netanyahu. Not all problems have got a solution. This conflict is probably one of them, because the Left has tried and failed – several times!

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      • Daniel

        Very depressing analysis, Ginger. Sadly, I concur – with a sigh.

        Also, the real Herzog (Roman) made it to become president (Germania). But the fake one (Isaac) will not become PM and will lose the labor party leadership after the elections. Good satire there.

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      • Weiss

        Fascism is not viable in a Jewish society that was created as a result of Nazi persecution of the Jews.

        That is what the Far Right really represents:

        FASCISM – the enemy of the Jews…

        THIS JEW WILL NOT BE SILENT!!!

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        • You are not alone.

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          • Apparently you are being schooled by the resident know-it-all regarding non-Jews – watch out for ’em. Our rabbi told us upon our conversion that we were Jews, and anyone who questioned the validity or merit of our Jewishness was, in his words, “a mamzer” and that for anyone to even ask if we were Jews was tacky as hell. At any rate, it’ll be interesting to see how long “I want to engage you in a reasonable way i.e. no ad hominems, no guilt-tripping, no name callings, no insults of any kind” lasts.

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          • Ginger Eis

            a. manic marnie, first you claimed/suggested that you are an American. When challenged, you confessed that you are not an American. On other sites where you rant against Israel and Jews, you have different identities, among which: Annie, etc. and claim that you are other things.

            b. Second you were asked on this site which country you come from. You refused and claimed that you are not friendly enough with the questioner to say which country you come from – though we know that you are neither Israeli nor leave in Israel;

            c. Now you suggest/claim to be a ‘convert to Judaism’ – even as you demand the destruction of the Jewish State and demonize the Jewish people (if you deny I will start pulling up your comments on this site)? Priceless!

            I guess in your manic and psychotic mind you are also Michel Obama – the First Lady!

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        • Ginger Eis

          Mr. Weiss, I admire your rugged stubbornness and passion, truly. But here is the problem: no one knows where you stand, including non-Jews who want the State of Israel to disappear for their own personal reasons and are telling you that “you are not alone”. So I will pose the following questions to you:

          a. Do you believe in a “Two-State-solution”: a Jewish State and an Arab State living side by side in peace (as proposed by the United Nations General Assembly)?
          b. Do you believe in a One State solution (and “abolishing the Law of Return and implementing the Right of Return” as a Muslim-Arab woman told me on this site)?
          c. Should Jews vacate the Land Of Israel and return back to the countries (e.g. Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia, Russia, Ukraine, France, etc.) their parents fled or migrated to Israel from?

          I and others just want to understand you, your anger and passion. Answering these questions will also give you an opportunity to reflect on what you want and say re Israel, her Jewish citizens and the fate of world Jewry, including the consequences thereof. I want to engage you in a reasonable way i.e. no ad hominems, no guilt-tripping, no name callings, no insults of any kind. Can you do that for me? Ok, then, let’s roll …..

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    7. Lo

      Predictions:
      1) the left will remain fragmented and irrelevant in Isralel.
      2) the right will continue its ascendancy.
      3) nothing will improve for the Palestinians

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      • I predict the same future for the US. Fuck.

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        • Ginger Eis

          Oy, see what you have done, Lo? manic marnie is depressed and getting even more freaky and manicky – yet again, thanks to you. Let’s hope she doesn’t go anywhere near the window …. ehh… ya know ….. sometimes stuff happen…. just saying…..

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      • Sluggo

        Lo, the Palestinians control the outcome of #3. Let’s hope they chose wisely

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        • Ray

          They actually don’t. They’re under occupation (in West Bank).

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          • Yep. They have no say in this, but they will suffer from it and be blamed when it goes to hell. Well, why break with tradition, blaming the victim is the status quo.

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          • Sluggo

            Very Orientalist of,you. What do supporters of Palestinians continue to demean and infantilize them? To claim that they are merely passive actors is ludicrous.

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          • Brian

            Can’t you just feel the sadism? Utterly subjugate them and then blame them for their “passivity.” Priceless.

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          • Ginger Eis

            “They’re under occupation (in West Bank)”.

            That’s very interesting, coming from you, Ray. A refreshing concession from you, regardless of how little! Indeed, Gaza could have been the Singapore of the Middle East – if the Palestinians wanted it to be. There is no “occupation” there, while the hundreds of millions of dollars the donor-countries contribute yearly to the Palestinians is more than the GDP of several Asian/African nations COMBINED.

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          • Brian

            There are so many distortions and lies wrapped up in that statement that it is hard to know where to begin without an exhaustive review of all the ways Israel interfered with Gaza organizing and thriving and with all the Palestinians organizing and thriving. But you are on record saying “I really don’t care whether or not the claim…is true. [We] must find a way to disseminate that toxin…without getting [our] own hands dirty.”

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          • Daniel

            Brian,

            I don’t always agree with Ginger, but you are distorting and lying here and we don’t need that. This is the full dialogue:

            “Pedro X
            Sunday
            December 7, 2014

            It will not matter what they propose. President Obama is giving Netanyahu a big gift by hinting through Haaretz that the US is considering sanctions against Israel. Such announcements will solidify the right and Netanyahu’s leadership in Israel.

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            Ginger Eis
            Sunday
            December 7, 2014
            They never learn. What those brainiacs are hinting at is toxin and sooo revolting that not just the Israeli Right but ordinary Israelis from across the political spectrum will rally around the flag. The election won’t be about Netanyahu anymore, but about defeating PRESIDENT Barack Hussein Obama. I really don’t care whether or not the claim of Ha’aretz is true. Likud must find a way to disseminate that toxin from the Obama-Administration without getting its own hands dirty. This toxin will make a Netanyahu win a slamdunk!”

            There is never a good reason to lie.

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          • Brian

            Not so fast, Daniel. If you can point out to me the SUBSTANTIVE and ETHICAL differences between these two statements, I’ll be glad to discuss it:

            “I really don’t care whether or not the claim of Ha’aretz is true. Likud must find a way to disseminate that toxin from the Obama-Administration without getting its own hands dirty.”

            “I really don’t care whether or not the claim…is true. [We] must find a way to disseminate that toxin…without getting [our] own hands dirty.”

            That is, I plainly substituted “We” for “Likud” and I made it plain that I was doing that by placing “we” and “our” in brackets. Now, you want to tell me that Eis is not openly identifying herself as identifying with the Likud or parties to the right of Likud? Or that she is not plainly cheering on the Likud in this covert dirty tricks operation she wants the Likud to carry out?

            Please explain.

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          • Brian

            If, however, you are saying that I should have inserted “in regards to another matter” between “But you are on record saying” and ‘“I really don’t care…’ — yes, you make a good point and I agree and I stand corrected.

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          • Brian

            Parenthetically, Daniel, Eis is talking about–in regards to that other matter–about scheming in “disseminating toxin” in regards to Israel’s long, great ally, the United States of America, and in regards to the President of the United States, a president who objectively has done as much or more to support and protect the state of Israel than any president in U.S. history. Just to keep things remotely in perspective.

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          • Merav

            Gingi has consistently ignored you and all the sick messages you post to her, she has never responded to you; that makes you go bonkers and you are still following her around and posting even more sick messages to her? Your “explanations” are textbook examples of the pathology of a (online) stalker. Everyone is finally seeing through you. Go home brien, find a job and a girl and leave Gingi alone.

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          • Bryan

            In ancient times Gaza was the Singapore of the Middle East, serving as the Mediterranean entrepot for the Nabatean controlled spice trade. All this ended in 96BCE when proto-Zionist Alexander Jannaeus, conqueror of Gaza, the Golan and Sinai (sound familiar) captured Gaza after a one year siege, and gave it up to be pillaged and burned by his soldiery. More than two thousand years later following the Oslo accords there were ambitious plans to both expand the port of Gaza and build a new terminal further south. However, during the second intifada Israeli forces destroyed the new port facility along with the airport at Rafah. Following the free election of a Hamas government Israel imposed a naval blockade upon Gaza.

            So yes “Gaza could have been the Singapore of the Middle East” not “if the Palestinians wanted it to be” which they clearly did but if the Israelis had not sabotaged the project.

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          • Average American

            Yes it’s puzzling why Israel doesn’t want the seaport in Gaza or Gaza at all. Why not occupy Gaza, end Hamas, end rockets, make money on the seaport.

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    8. It’s Ginger’s mom. Doesn’t her behavior make you wish the pill was retroactive?

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      • Barbara

        What is wrong with you, lady?

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      • Sluggo

        Stop projecting Annie!
        Getting pregnant by a sweet-talking guy who did not provide and raising children alone…
        You are one to talk about wishing your children away.

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