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No Daylight Between Biden and Netanyahu

by Oui Wed Apr 3rd, 2024 at 09:10:57 PM EST

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Joe Biden Was Talking Up War With Iraq Five Years Before Invasion | The Intercept - 7 Jan 2020 |

At a 1998 Senate hearing, Biden argued that "taking this son of a -- taking Saddam down" was the only way to guarantee Iraq's disarmament.


In a Speech to the 2014 Saban Forum, Vice President Joe Biden Plays the Mensch and Tries to Dispel "Malarkey" | Brookings - 8 Dec 2014 |

Biden praised the robust alliance between the United States and Israel, saying that "overwhelmingly in the self-interest of the United States of America to have a secure, democratic friend, a strategic partner like Israel. As I said, it's no favor; it's an obligation but it's also a strategic necessity." He cited U.S. security assistance to Israel at $17 billion since the administration took office, or $8.5 million per day, and noted the contribution of the Iron Dome missile defense system to the safety of Israelis. Biden repeatedly expressed his affection for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, noting that "(w)e drive each other crazy, but he has truly been a personal friend for well over 30 years."
 
The Vice President insisted that "(t)here's absolutely no daylight, none, between us and Israelis on the question of Israel's security," but added that "as friends, we have an obligation to speak honestly with one another, to talk about, not avoid the tactical disagreements we have." He urged participants "let's not make more of what are normal disagreements that occur between friends than warrants. Israel disagrees with us on a number of tactics. They have a different perspective on how to proceed. But folks, that's the downside of democracy. It also has an upside. We never have to wonder where the other guy is standing."

Biden's Legacy Will Be Apartheid Genocide | Jewish Currents - 20 Sept 2023 |

President Biden has answered Prime Minister Netanyahu's extremist government with only the mildest of rebukes. Critics say he is failing to meet the moment.

In July 9th, in a televised CNN interview, President Joe Biden uttered his most pointed remarks to date on the current Israeli government. Asked by host Fareed Zakaria whether he planned to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington for a coveted White House visit, Biden deflected by pointing out that he was about to host Israeli President Isaac Herzog. But Biden did speak directly about Netanyahu's cabinet, which he called "one of the most extremist" he had ever seen--an unmistakable reference to far-right ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich. These members of the coalition were "part of the problem" in the occupied West Bank, believing Israel should establish settlements "anywhere" they want, Biden said, adding that his administration was "trying to tamp down what's going on" in the region. Still, he expressed hope that Netanyahu would "continue to move toward moderation in changing the court"--a reference to the Israeli government's anti-democratic judicial overhaul plan. One week after delivering this cautious rebuke, Biden invited Netanyahu to meet with him in the United States this fall. (The two eventually met during the United Nations General Assembly gathering on September 20th, rather than at the White House.)

This two-part dance step--mild criticism of Netanyahu and his coalition followed by walk backs and declarations of friendship--has become the Biden administration's go-to move since the December 2022 ascension of Israel's extremist right-wing government, which has expanded Israeli settlements in the West Bank, elevated far-right politicians to influential ministerial posts, and advanced legislation to gut the power of Israel's judiciary. In response to these blatant contraventions of long-standing US policy and public challenges to the bromide of "shared democratic values," the administration has repeatedly voiced its dis­pleasure--all while continuing to stress the importance of the US-Israel alliance, to send weapons to Israel, and to shield the country from pressure at the United Nations.

Netanyahu Running Circles Around Biden-Blinken

WCK Bombing Aid Convoy Gaza City

Two-faced America in daily briefing NSC propagandist John Kirby …

US ’outraged' by deadly Israeli airstrike on Gaza aid workers | 3 April 2024 |

Biden’s Blessing to Continue … Pls Investigate

US express outrage at IDF targeting and killing humanitarian aid workers | BBC News |

No need to investigate, stop the atrocities definitely! Stop the war …

The White House is so outraged ... Biden-Blinken are shipping more munitions and two thousand pounders to satisfy Israel's blood thirst.

Biden Quietly OKs More 2,000-Pound Bombs & Warplanes for Israel | Global Issues |

This is the uncomfortable truth about America and Israel | CNN Opinion - 16 Feb 2024 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2024 at 10:18:54 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2024 at 10:20:13 PM EST
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Good start, abide by the UN Charter, the UNSC Resolutions, Geneva Conventions and Humanitarian Law. Stop the war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 4th, 2024 at 06:46:39 PM EST
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Damn ... could have done this months sooner 🔥 🔥 🔥

Biden calls for 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza | The Guardian |

US president also warns Netanyahu that Israel must protect civilians and aid workers or risk losing US support

Biden said that an "immediate ceasefire is essential" and urged Israel to reach a deal with Hamas "without delay", the White House said.

The statement marked a sharp change in Biden's rhetoric and suggested, for what appears to be the first time, that strings could be attached to continued US support.

The call came as WCK called on Australia, Canada, Poland, the US and the UK, whose citizens were killed in the attack, to join an independent investigation of the incident.

"This was a military attack that involved multiple strikes and targeted three WCK vehicles," the charity said in a statement. "All three vehicles were carrying civilians; they were marked as WCK vehicles; and their movements were in full compliance with Israeli authorities, who were aware of their itinerary, route and humanitarian mission.

"An independent investigation is the only way to determine the truth of what happened, ensure transparency and accountability for those responsible, and prevent future attacks on humanitarian aid workers."



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 4th, 2024 at 08:33:03 PM EST
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Celebrity chef and founder of the World Central Kitchen charity group Jose Andres told Reuters Thursday that an Israeli attack that killed seven of his aid workers in Gaza had targeted them "systematically, car by car".

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 4th, 2024 at 10:09:31 PM EST
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Gaza update: pressure mounts on Israel's allies to stop supplying the weapons to prevent genocide  | The Conversation |

The missiles that struck the World Central Kitchen (WCK) aid convoy this week, killing seven aid workers, including three Britons, were likely to have been "absolutely perfectly accurate" Spike missiles. This from a former British army procurement officer quoted in The Times. "If you aim at the driver's side, you will hit the driver full-on," Chris Lincoln-Jones told the newspaper. "If you were across the street from the car, you'd be shaken up and you might be hit by a few splinters, but you would survive."

Israel has denied targeting the three WCK vehicles, with economy minister Nir Barkat saying Israel was "terribly sorry" about killing the WCK workers but that "unfortunately, in wars friendly fire happens".

If Lincoln-Jones is correct - and several other press sources have suggested the same - these Spike missiles are produced by Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael, which has sold tens of thousands of them around the world. It is also thought probable that they were launched from a Hermes drone, made by Elbit Systems - also an Israeli manufacturer.  



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 7th, 2024 at 08:31:16 AM EST
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A former commander of NATO's forces in Europe, Clark claims he met a senior military officer in Washington in November 2001 who told him the Bush administration was planning to attack Iraq first before taking action against Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. [Al Jazeera - 22 Sept 2003]



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 5th, 2024 at 02:55:34 PM EST
How the US neocons' dreams turned to dust | Arab News - 2021 |

In Clark's opinion, the core designers of this policy were neocons, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. Almost 20 years after this conversation, not all the targeted governments have been destroyed,

Neocons thought moderate Islam, as applied in Turkey, could be a model for other Middle Eastern countries. They proposed to support Erdogan in founding a political party based on moderate Islam. In exchange, they asked him to support the US and Israel's interests in the Middle East.

During a visit to Washington and New York, the AKP delegation, which included the author of this article, was given an exceptional welcome both by the neocons and many member associations of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Erdogan was later given a Profile of Courage award in 2004 by the American Jewish Congress.

Fortunately for Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan and Iran, the US has not yet destroyed these countries' governments.

Too optimistic in last sentence - article dated 2021.

Joe Biden has always been at the forefront of the Neocon Dream ... Iran above the horizon now. In 2012, President Barack Obama vetoed the attack on the Islamic Republic of Iran ... a timely leak to the press ... President Trump came close ... Azerbaijan was readied. After 10/7 the opportunity was there ... none of the generals in Israel, Pentagon or NATO allies made a secret of their intent. Russia and Iran are ONE. Warmongers galore ... miss Vicky Nuland already ☹

The overtures toward Erdogan and Türkiye reached its heights with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called the darling of Doha and the Muslim Brotherhood. The UAE, Saudis, Israel defeated the Democrats in 2016. Trump-Kushner profited from the mishap and sought the UAE-Saudis to unite in the Abraham Accords w/o the Palestinians. The torture and murder of Khashoggi corrupted that plan.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 6th, 2024 at 07:42:14 PM EST
We Israelis are the biggest Holocaust deniers | Mondoweiss |

The Jewish state learned that it can commit its own Holocaust in Gaza and deny that it exists.

I remember how our Israeli Prime Minster, Benjamin Netanyahu would tell the whole world while speaking from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum that "the Jewish state has learned the lessons of the Holocaust. Has the world learned the lessons of the Holocaust?"

What lesson has the Jewish state learned?

That we, ourselves, can commit a Holocaust in Gaza in 2024, and then deny that it exists. Indeed, we have even decried sober UN appraisals of our genocide as an "obscene inversion of reality."

We haven't even seen the worst of it. As Palestinian-American author Susan Abulhawa reports from her visit to Gaza, "the reality on the ground is infinitely worse than the worst videos and photos that we're seeing in the West." Israelis generally avoid seeing any of it -- what do we care? 

"People first resorted to eating horse and donkey feed, but that's gone. Now they're eating the donkeys and horses," Abulhawa writes. "Some are eating stray cats and dogs, which are themselves starving and sometimes feeding on human remains that litter streets where Israeli snipers picked off people who dared to venture within the sight of their scopes. The old and weak have already died of hunger and thirst."

"What I see is a holocaust." she summarizes. "The incomprehensible culmination of 75 years of Israeli impunity for persistent war crimes."
I second that. 

But most Israelis are holocaust deniers. Oh, how we hate the Holocaust deniers, so oblivious to the total destruction of European Jewry. How could they be so utterly callous in questioning the numbers, saying that it was "just a war?" 



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Spain, Ireland, Denmark and Belgium all called out Israel to abide by international law and the rights of Palestinians for a Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 7th, 2024 at 08:37:57 AM EST
The UK is breaching international law by continuing to arm Israel, Rishi Sunak has been warned.

Top judges urge UK to stop arms sales to Israel | Israel-Hamas war |

Three former Supreme Court justices are among over 600 lawyers and academics who have signed an open letter to warn the present situation in Gaza is "catastrophic".

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Why Countries selling Israel Weapons for Gaza Campaign are Violating International Law | The Conversation |

The UK government has received internal legal advice that Israel has broken international humanitarian law in its current war on Gaza. The advice was revealed by Alicia Kearns, the Conservative chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs select committee, in a speech to a fundraising event on March 13 and leaked to the UK's Observer newspaper.

The paper quoted British barrister and war crimes prosecutor Sir Geoffrey Nice as saying: "Countries supplying arms to Israel may now be complicit in criminal warfare. The public should be told what the advice says."

The Guardian has now revealed that the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has since received a letter signed by 600 lawyers and academics, including three former supreme court justices - among them Baroness Hale, the court's former president - as well as former court of appeal judges and more than 60 KCs, warning that UK arms sales to Israel are also illegal under international law.

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In recent months, a number of countries have announced they are suspending arms exports to Israel. These include Canada, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, as well as the Japanese company Itochu Corporation. Germany and the US - by far the biggest suppliers of arms to Israel - have not as yet signaled intentions to follow suit.



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The German state is taking extraordinary measures to clamp down on pro-Palestinian activism, including arresting activists in their homes in the middle of the night.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 7th, 2024 at 09:59:58 PM EST
Why is Germany so viciously anti-Palestinian? | Al Jazeera Opinion |

The German government has not only provided wide-ranging political and diplomatic support for Israel, but has also fast-tracked arms exports to facilitate the­­­ Israeli slaughter of Palestinian civilians.

Anti-Palestinianism as a state policy

The marginalisation of Palestinians within German society and the suppression of pro-Palestinian activism are not a new phenomenon in Germany. Long before October 7, the anti-Palestinian tactics of the German authorities were already escalating. Protests were banned, pro-Palestinian voices, including those of Jewish activists, were silenced, and cultural events and award ceremonies were cancelled.

It is thus unsurprising that the crackdown on protests and police violence have increased in recent weeks. Numerous pro-Palestinian demonstrations have been banned, sometimes only minutes before they were supposed to begin, or allowed to take place only with heavy police presence. Bureaucrats have cited threats to public safety and potential display of anti-Semitism as reasons for the bans.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 7th, 2024 at 10:00:42 PM EST
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Top UN Court to Hold Hearings after Germany Accused of Facilitating Israel's Gaza Conflict

Preliminary hearings open Monday at the United Nations' top court in a case that seeks an end of German military and other aid to Israel, based on claims that Berlin is "facilitating" acts of genocide and breaches of international law in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

While the case brought by Nicaragua centers on Germany, it indirectly takes aim at Israel's military campaign in Gaza.

"We are calm and we will set out our legal position in court," German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sebastian Fischer said ahead of the hearings.

"We reject Nicaragua's accusations," Fischer told reporters in Berlin on Friday. "Germany has breached neither the genocide convention nor international humanitarian law, and we will set this out in detail before the International Court of Justice."

Nicaragua has asked the court to hand down preliminary orders known as provisional measures, including that Germany "immediately suspend its aid to Israel, in particular its military assistance including military equipment in so far as this aid may be used in the violation of the Genocide Convention" and international law.

The court will likely take weeks to deliver its preliminary decision and Nicaragua's case will likely drag on for years.

Monday's hearing at the world court comes amid growing calls for allies to stop supplying arms to Israel as its six-month campaign continues to lay waste to Gaza.

On Friday, the UN's top human rights body called on countries to stop selling or shipping weapons to Israel. The United States and Germany opposed the resolution.




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