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May 18, 2021

Biden Continues To Support Israel's Warcrimes

Diplomacy is back!

‘Diplomacy is back’: New U.S. envoy takes U.N. role - Feb 25, AP
Thomas-Greenfield aims to restore U.S. place on global stage

Well, it wasn't back for long.

Israel-Palestine: US blocks UN statement for third time in a week - May 17, Al Jazeerah

A third United Nations Security Council emergency meeting in a week – amid the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza – has again ended with no concrete outcome after the United States blocked a joint statement calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

But:

Biden administration approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel - May 18, Washington Post

The bulk of the proposed sale to Israel, according to three people based on Capitol Hill familiar with the notification, is of Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMS — kits that transform so-called “dumb” bombs into precision-guided missiles. Israel, which has purchased substantial quantities of JDAMS from the United States in the past, ..

Ceasefire?

Israel and Hamas trade attacks after Biden calls for ceasefire - May 18, CBS

Nah, just fake news. No ceasefire:

Alex Ward @AlexWardVox - 11:49 UTC · May 18, 2021

From @PunchbowlNews this AM:
“The White House readout said Biden ‘expressed his support for a cease-fire.’ But administration officials quickly clarified that Biden didn’t call for a cease-fire, just said he’d be supportive of one if it happened.”

Meanwhile, aside from killing hundreds of people and wounding many more Israel bombed Gaza's powerlines, several highrises, media offices, UNRWA schools, Gaza's biggest library and publishing house and damaged six hospitals and eight clinics including the only Covid-19 laboratory in Gaza.

Posted by b on May 18, 2021 at 15:42 UTC | Permalink

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The question I have: what's the endgame of the both sides?

Is Israel spekulating to go back to business like every time?
Somehow it feels different this time.

Posted by: Kartoschka | May 19 2021 18:41 utc | 101

Don @100. If you only need 5% accuracy then polls are a good resource. They suggest VK is correct... +/-5%

Posted by: David G Horsman | May 19 2021 18:58 utc | 102

fyi @ 43 "I gather that you do not know many Jews."

how many Jews does one need to know to demonstrate anecdotal evidence is false? one Jew distinct from the "many Jews" that you think that you know? yeah, i think i'm up to that Herculean task.

"Cool it with the anti-Semitic remarks," Pat Bateman, "American Psycho".

Posted by: jason | May 19 2021 19:01 utc | 103

If you need any clarfication about US-Israel relationship, look no further than Stanley Fischer, Obama's pick for Federal Reserve Vice Chair who is dual-citizen and was the Governor of the Bank of Israel.

Label me a CT, but, some in Israel were probably well-informed (and early) about all monetary policy decisions of FOMC during Fischer's service.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19 2021 20:31 utc | 104

@ Mina
Métroll, boulol, dodo

Merci
الجزائر

Posted by: BAD | May 19 2021 20:52 utc | 105

Mr. Don Bacon | May 19 2021 17:16 utc | 98

So, you are denying agency to the American voters?

Posted by: fyi | May 19 2021 21:15 utc | 106

Mr. vk | May 19 2021 15:56 utc | 92

Your claim that US owns (I imagined, by that, you meant US corporations) 70% of Iraq's oil well is patently false.

There has not been private ownership of oil wells in Iraq for decades.

Nor are the American corporations particularly well represented in the Iraqi oil industry as contractors or majors - those have gone to Europeans, Chinese, and the Russians.

Iraqis are focused very very sharply on the oil industry and operation; there is no way that anyone can rob them from what they consider their birthright.

US gained nothing from invading Iraq and destroying the Ba'ath government except:

More insecurity for Israel
Expanded Iranian power
Hatred of Iraqi Arabs
Enmity of the Shia
Shredded International Credibility

All for the sake of Judeo-Christian voters.

Posted by: fyi | May 19 2021 21:22 utc | 107

Re fyi | May 19 2021 21:15 utc | 107:
Mr. Don Bacon | May 19 2021 17:16 utc | 98. So, you are denying agency to the American voters?

Don Bacon is absolutely correct in his description of the "news" provided by the corporate media/intelligence agencies/Pentagon/etc. And as far as "agency", simply look at the last "election" held in the US, and the ongoing efforts by those in power to prevent any sort of public analysis of the results/rigged voting machines/rigged paper ballots/etc etc.

I can tell that more than half of Americans no longer believe their "agency" has any meaning. The government is imposed, the news is all propaganda and lies, the financial system and markets are entirely rigged, and the dollar is well into hyper-inflated oblivion.

And any armed revolt will the absolutely crushed, live on TV, as an example of what happens to all those small arms owners who think they can beat the state . . . helicopter gunships, armored personnel carriers, rockets, artillery . . . good luck defeating military/mercenary forces with your deer rifles, AR-15s and AK-47s.

Posted by: Perimetr | May 19 2021 21:40 utc | 108

Mr. jason | May 18 2021 22:05 utc | 47

I am now confirmed in my opinion.

Posted by: fyi | May 19 2021 21:47 utc | 109

Mr. Perimetr | May 19 2021 21:40 utc | 109

And I suppose the Germans & Austrians for the reasons stated did not bear personal or collective moral responsibility for the Third Reich and its actions?

And by the same token, Israelis are as well?

Who in the United States bears any moral responsibility for the carnages in the Philippines, Korea, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen?

Over a 120-year period?

The Martians made me do it.

Come off it man, every country, then, is run by its own Deep States in which ordinary people have no say or control.

I come back to the words of the late Joseph Stalin: "Cadres decide everything."

Posted by: fyi | May 19 2021 21:54 utc | 110

There is a strong case that George W. Bush's re-election in 2004 was accomplished through cheating. Mark Crispin Miller wrote about it in "Fooled Again".

Posted by: lysias | May 19 2021 22:09 utc | 111

Re: fyi | May 19 2021 21:54 utc | 111

Sorry, you put words in my mouth.

I am saying that for the most part, Americans and Europeans (listen to Udo Ulfkotte ) are entirely brainwashed by their "news" as well as their educational systems. I agree that there still remains a moral responsibility on the part of citizens for the barbarous actions of their nations -- but simply blaming brainwashed slaves for the actions of the masters amounts to a gross oversimplification that can be used to justify even more butchery.

Posted by: Perimetr | May 19 2021 22:13 utc | 112

Re: fyi | May 19 2021 21:54 utc | 111

And I also was saying that the political system in the US (as well as in the EU) is entirely controlled by the cadres of oligarchs, I assume you refer to. The last presidential election is probably the best example of how "representative government" works in the US.

Ordinary people have been trying to end the endless wars here for a hell of a long time. The last president who tried to do so, JFK, was murdered as a result.

Posted by: Perimetr | May 19 2021 22:18 utc | 113

@ Posted by: lysias | May 19 2021 22:09 utc | 112

The first one (2000) was definitely by cheating. Al Gore won those elections and should have been the President of the United States of America from 2001 to 2005. There was a little bit of protest over the fact but Al Gore quickly accepted and thus legitimated the result after the verdict of the SCOTUS.

The 2004 was an easy victory by George W. Bush. Everybody knew beforehand he would be reelected after the nationalist fervor and huge initial successes of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed, those were so successful initially that George W. Bush planned to invade more countries at the end of his second term (North Korea was ventilated but discarded while he was still in office; Iran and maybe Venezuela).

Posted by: vk | May 19 2021 23:44 utc | 114

Mr. Perimetr | May 19 2021 22:18 utc | 114

We must agree to disagree for I cannot credit ordinary European-American Protestants with the intentions you have ascribed to them.

A simple fact about them is that they prefer War to Peace.

Posted by: Fyi | May 19 2021 23:49 utc | 115

Mr. VK

Mr. Bush made explicit the US war against Islam for the control of Palestine in his Axis of Evil speech.

That war is still going on.

Some might remember how Germany was t

Posted by: Fyi | May 19 2021 23:53 utc | 116

@10 norwegian

"fired 8 internationally-banned white phosphorous shells"

If you really care about international law, then article 51 of war crime apply to firing intentionally rockets on civilians.
Any comment on this ?

Posted by: vlag alden | May 20 2021 10:11 utc | 117

If you really care about international law, then article 51 of war crime apply to firing intentionally rockets on civilians.
Any comment on this ?

Posted by: vlag alden | May 20 2021 10:11 utc | 118

Yes, I will comment, since both sides are doing their best to kill civilians with rockets, and the Izzies are clearly much better at it, it seems pointless to bring that up in the context of the fact the Izzies are also using white phosphorus shells, and the Gazans are not, since they don't have any.

Posted by: Bemildred | May 20 2021 10:17 utc | 118

@119 bemildred
That is not the point: the problem is that people refer to international laws when it suits them and looks elsewhere when it is embarrassing. This is pure dishonesty.

Posted by: vlag alden | May 20 2021 12:00 utc | 119

Posted by: vlag alden | May 20 2021 12:00 utc | 120

Certainly there is a lot of lying going on, however I think there is a lot of killing going on too, and that is always to the point, especially in a war.

Posted by: Bemildred | May 20 2021 12:17 utc | 120

Posted by: vlag alden | May 20 2021 10:11 utc | 119


The right of people to resist colonial occupation by armed struggle is recognised by international law. Occupying powers almost always try to delegitimize armed resistance to their occupation by labelling the resistors as "terrorists".

Israel has been spectacularly successful at this because of the propaganda tools at the disposal of the State of Israel such as the support of Western governments, the unqualified support of the mainstream media for the Israeli position and of course, the anti-semitism card that is used to delegitimize all critics and opponents of Israeli policies.

Posted by: Jay | May 20 2021 13:22 utc | 121

http://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2021/05/probing-limits.html
Here's a good bigger picture view of the Russia vs U.S. MMA clash from Andrei Martyanov, an American citizen but he's Russian. spot on


"I will not mince words here: Russia doesn't need meeting with Biden (or whoever is running this POTUS avatar), US establishment (large portion of it), on the other hand, needs this meeting badly. Both sides know it, but Russians, who learned to calculate the US actions (not that difficult, actually) several steps ahead are perfectly fine with playing such a role. Russia does not need the US for a number of reasons, few main of which are:"

It's worth reading the whole thing. bottom line, Russia doesn't need U.S.

Posted by: migueljose | May 20 2021 14:11 utc | 122

Here is a depressing link to an article about the Izzynazi support groups in south america. https://orinocotribune.com/latin-americas-authoritarians-back-israel/
There exists an Izzy spy/coup group called SLC Strategies who helped out the coupists in bolivia. The so-called "interior minister" of the coup group called them in for help with the Sacaba and Senkata massacres of indigenous people. They were also alledged to have been involved in coup attempts in venezuela (of course -close ties to the Guido-group and Duque in colombia)
and in nicaragua. Both Lasso and Perez in ecuador support the Izzies - Perez is especially surprising as he was the "indigenous" candidate, but supported the Ukie-nazi coup AGAINST indigenous peoples in bolivia.
Go figure. An ugly business.
to Anonymous. I think you are right! Watching the trading patterns was quite a tell. Of course, con-gress is exempt from insider trading rules, so it's all legit right. Viz. Pelosi and the M'sucks contract hahaha. And a fair few of the f'ers made bucks on the modithingee "vaccine" scam. Excuse me, where's my barf bag?

Posted by: Miss Lacy | May 20 2021 15:39 utc | 123

Posted by: steven t johnson | May 19 2021 14:19 utc | 84

All well and good, and your post is instructive, but you still have not demonstrated how criticizing Israel's policies (and acts) towards the Palestinians (independently of your straw-man discussion of which putative dog wags which putative tail) amounts to anti-Semitism.

Posted by: Gene Poole | May 20 2021 17:11 utc | 124

Although depressing I enjoyed reading the comment section.

Posted by: Runa | May 20 2021 17:35 utc | 125

Of course I meant Putin and his United Russia party. My head was only the about the over-boil soup.

Posted by: bloka | May 21 2021 0:12 utc | 126

As Freedland, a notorious supporter of Israel, though liberal, says in the Guardian this evening, "Israel knows that it has endured a strategic disaster, the “most failed and pointless border war” in its history, according to Haaretz’s editor, Aluf Benn."

Actually, Biden has not done too badly. In the end he convinced Netanyahu to stop.

Posted by: Laguerre | May 21 2021 18:32 utc | 127

Wanted to share this from Al Jazeera's live/running updates (the link goes to the "live updates" page which constantly adds new stories at the top):

"
5 hours ago (16:26 GMT)
Jewish Canadians in Toronto cover Israeli consulate steps with ‘river of blood’

(Image caption: Activists covered Israeli consulate steps in Toronto with a river of ‘blood’ [Courtesy of World BEYOND War Canada])

Members of the Jewish community and allies have gathered at the Israeli consulate in Toronto to protest against Israel’s violence in Gaza and across historic Palestine, Canadian organisations World Beyond War and Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) have said in a statement.

“This belligerence is the latest in an ongoing aggressive 73-year settler-colonisation project by Israel across historic Palestine,” Rabbi David Mivasair, a member of IJV said. “The ceasefire doesn’t end the injustice and oppression.”

Rabbi Mivasair quoted the Book of Genesis saying: “The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the earth.

“Canadian Jews and others joined today to make sure that cry is heard even if the blood stops being spilled anew. Red paint streaming from the Israeli consulate onto the street in Toronto represents the blood of massacred innocent Palestinian civilians, the blood on Israel’s hands. As Canadians, we demand that our government holds Israel accountable for war crimes and stops the Canada-Israel arms trade,” Mivasair said.
"


Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 21 2021 21:15 utc | 128

Posted by: Laguerre | May 21 2021 18:32 utc | 129


Actually, Biden has not done too badly. In the end he convinced Netanyahu to stop.

I'm afraid he's convinced Netanyahoo of nothing but the need to re-arm.

I suspect this ceasefire has more to do with logistics than humanitarian pressure.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | May 22 2021 4:16 utc | 129

Sunny Runny Burger
Cui Bono?
Oh the horror.
We must pass a law against antisemitism today and silence this rising hatred.

This is probably more shenanigans from the chosen

Posted by: ld | May 22 2021 19:32 utc | 130

My apologies. I did not even read the entire post. I have been attacked all day from bots calling me an antisemite. I applaud all Jews that stand against Israel. There voice is extremely important. ... many are my friends

Posted by: ld | May 22 2021 19:47 utc | 131

I'm afraid he's convinced Netanyahoo of nothing but the need to re-arm.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | May 22 2021 4:16 utc | 131

Surely true. However the politics are moving. Netanyahu would not still be in power, if he were insensitive to political movements, even if he is basically a hard man. Harsh politics looks like being more difficult in the future, and he will bend to it, if he survives in power.

Posted by: Laguerre | May 22 2021 19:56 utc | 132

Gene Poole@126 omits to note the many, many comments here at MoA which don't criticize Israel's policies towards Palestinians but savagely condemn Jewish control of the media, the US government and so on. The claim that this sort of thing, blithely dismissed, is merely a straw man, is factually wrong, here and elsewhere in real political and social life too. The very first comment in this thread ended "How odd that it is the small colonial regime that actually runs the Empire, thanks to the control of US media, and government by the power of American Zionism." This is not a criticism of Zionist policies towards Palestinians, it is mad-dog reactionary BS, standard anti-Semitism. Amnesia is convenient but much of the commentary on Epstein resorted to nonsense boiling down to claims about Mossad dominating the US government with pedophilia/extortion.

Christian Zionists overlap strongly with anti-Semites by the way, the feeling being that Jews should have their own country as they don't belong to "ours." And, of course, God will tribulate them till a remnant see the light, which will be a happy ending, in their eyes.

If the point is that false accusation of anti-Semitism are made,

Posted by: steven t johnson | May 22 2021 21:42 utc | 133

Posted by: steven t johnson | May 22 2021 21:42 utc | 135 seems to have an obession over anti-semitism.

Posted by: Laguerre | May 22 2021 21:53 utc | 134

No problem Id, I make the same mistake myself once in a while and after all one really can't know for sure about anyone. That aside I share your view on the importance of jews standing up against Israel or at the very least the crimes Israel commits.

There might not be any way forward without violence however if there is one with less or no violence then it must involve at least that, or so it seems to me.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 22 2021 22:58 utc | 135

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