Archive for January, 2014

The Alleged Transformation of Ariel Sharon: Mostly Myth, Little Reality

Friends,

  With the death of former Israeli general and prime minister Ariel Sharon on January 11, the theme of his alleged transformation from a man of war to an apostle of peace loomed large in the American media. Like most mainstream stories in the mainstream media regarding Israel and its enemies,  the reality was quite different. I point this out in my brief article:

“The Alleged Transformation of Ariel Sharon: Mostly Myth, Little Reality.”

 My new article  can be found at the following websites among others:

Veterans News Now

http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/01/29/the-alleged-transformation-of-ariel-sharon-mostly-myth-little-reality/

http://bit.ly/1fpb4hr

Opinion Maker

http://www.opinion-maker.org/2014/01/the-alleged-transformation-of-ariel-sharon/

http://bit.ly/1fszOpO

America Hijacked

http://america-hijacked.com/2014/01/30/the-alleged-transformation-of-ariel-sharon-mostly-myth-little-reality/

http://bit.ly/1aMb7Fs

 The Alleged Transformation of Ariel Sharon: Mostly Myth, Little Reality

Stephen J. Sniegoski

 

With the death of former Israeli general and prime minister Ariel Sharon on January 11, the United States media were ablaze with eulogies lauding his alleged transformation from a rough-edged man of war to an apostle of peace. And even when discussing Sharon’s pre-transformed persona, the media encomiums generally failed to describe or even refer to the horrific activities for which he was responsible, such as the massacres at the undefended West Bank village of Qibya in 1953 and the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon in 1982.  In short, the pre-transformed Sharon was often portrayed as basically a tough defender of a beleaguered Jewish state faced by unrelenting enemies who would use any means possible to destroy it. The message being conveyed was that in such a hostile environment, Israel’s very survival required military leaders to eschew Marquis of Queensbury-like rules of civilized warfare.

But then as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger put it in his quasi-hagiography of the deceased Israeli leader: “He [Sharon] sought to bridge the gap between physical and political security with the same courage and decisiveness that had brought him victory in battle.”  The new, peaceful Sharon, according to Kissinger, “volunteered the largest withdrawal in Israel’s history. He ended the Israeli occupation of Gaza and returned it to Arab self-rule as a unilateral act without reciprocity, abandoning even the Jewish settlements that had been established there. These gestures were conceived as a test case for a negotiation about the future of the West Bank.”

(“Ariel Sharon’s journey from soldier to statesman,” Washington Post, January 13, Updated January 17, 2014, http://wapo.st/1aYdHm4)

 

This picture of Sharon’s personal transformation makes a very nice, uplifting story and could serve as the basis for a popular Hollywood movie, in the spirit of the 1960 blockbuster hit “Exodus,” which provided a fanciful pro-Zionist account of the creation of the state of Israel absent any portrayal of the accompanying mass murders and expulsions of the Palestinians. And the mythical Sharon transformation theme could even provide more of a biblical  touch than the “Exodus” movie,  since Sharon, like Moses, would be unable to reach the promised land of peace himself, being struck down by a massive stroke in early January 2006 and remaining in a coma until his recent death.

In reality, however, instead of Sharon’s Israel making a sacrificial step toward peace, the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in the summer of 2005 simply reflected the abandonment of a costly and untenable position—the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had been required to protect a mere 8,000 Jewish settlers living among 1.3 million Palestinians in a land area comprising only around five percent of the overall Occupied Territories. As Middle East historian Juan Cole has put it: “For Sharon, Gaza itself could be configured as an enormous slum. The withdrawal of the Israeli colonists from Gaza was simply a way of moving them into the gated community, so as to keep them safe more cheaply than military patrols and reprisals could hope to.”

(“The jailer,” “Salon,” January 12, 2006,

http://www.salon.com/2006/01/12/sharon_25/)

Moreover, as has now become quite obvious, the Israeli withdrawal did not mean that Israel had given up effective control of Gaza. Rather, Israel still maintained full control of the water, communications, airspace, and all border entry and exit points. Israel also retained the right to intervene militarily inside Gaza at any time, a right that it has not been unwilling to exercise. Gaza has essentially become a jail for its inhabitants while Israelis serve as the jailers.

 

The pullout from Gaza, which was ballyhooed in the mainstream media as a monumental Israeli concession, was more of a smoke screen to generate international support for Israel’s grand plan to destroy any prospect for a viable Palestinian state. For while Sharon evacuated the few Jewish settlers from Gaza and proposed to abandon a few isolated Jewish settlements on the West Bank, he had declared his intention to hold on to Israel’s major settlement blocs in the West Bank, where intensive new housing construction for Jewish settlers was ongoing and continues until this very day. The effect of this was to cut the West Bank in half, thus allowing Israel to control Palestinian movement from one part of their territory to another, while concomitantly isolating Palestinian East Jerusalem from the rest of Palestine. Since a substantial part of the Palestinian economy was centered on Jerusalem and its tourism, Sharon’s plan effectively eliminated the potential productive capability of the envisioned Palestinian state, rendering it an economically non-viable congeries of discontiguous Bantustans enveloped by the “security” wall.

 

              That this sham was the real purpose of Sharon’s withdrawal policy was candidly revealed at the time of its proposal by his close advisor and confidant, Dov Weisglass (a sophisticated Tel Aviv lawyer), in an interview with Ha’aretz newspaper in October 2004.  Whereas many on the Israeli Right, especially the Israeli settler movement, feared that Sharon was planning to make real concessions to the Palestinians, which ultimately would result in the abandonment of the West Bank settlements, Weisglass, in perhaps a political effort to assuage those fears, pointed out that this was just the opposite of what would be achieved, which was the “freezing of the political process.”  And this “freezing,” Weisglass went on to expound, meant that “you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state and you prevent a discussion about the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package that is called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed from our agenda indefinitely. And all this with authority and permission. All with a [United States] presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of Congress.”

(Avi Shavit, “Top PM aide: Gaza plan aims to freeze the peace process,” Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004, http://bit.ly/1kBiaoA)

Trying to make certain that his major point was understood, Weisglass declared that the proposed disengagement “is actually formaldehyde. It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.” Weisglass essentially implied that forestalling negotiations would, by the tried-and-true Israeli tactic of creating facts on the ground, ultimately bring about the complete integration of key parts of the West Bank into the Israeli state.

 

In short, Sharon’s persona had not changed but rather he came to realize that new tactics were needed to achieve the same goals he had formerly attained by blatant  brute force. And Sharon was smart enough to rely on cunning lawyers such as Weisglass, who knew how to cater to

international, especially American, opinion to achieve these goals.

Best,

Stephen Sniegoski

http://home.comcast.net/~transparentcabal/

N.Y. Mayor at Closed AIPAC Gala: Part of my Job is to Defend Israel

N.Y. Mayor at Closed AIPAC Gala: Part of my Job is to Defend Israel    

By Haaretz

Mayor Bill de Blasio says ‘there is no greater ally on earth’ than Israel,  in speech to Israel lobby that did not appear on public schedule.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37480.htm

Ordinary Citizens Need Not Apply (by Philip Giraldi)

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2014/02/03/ordinary-citizens-need-not-apply/

Prominent Jews Criticize Comments To AIPAC

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york-news/prominent-jews-criticize-comments-aipac
New York Jews Blast De Blasio Over AIPAC Speech

http://mitchellplitnick.com/2014/01/29/new-york-jews-blast-de-blasio-over-aipac-speech/

The  Selective Secrecy Of Bill De Blasio « The Dish

(http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/01/24/the-selective-secrecy-of-bill-de-blasio/)

“No greater ally on earth”.

Just ponder that remark for a bit. How many troops did Israel send to fight  with Americans in Iraq? None. Forty other countries did, led by the UK,  Australia, and Poland. How many troops did Israel send to fight with  Americans in Afghanistan? None. Fifty-nine other countries helped, also led  by the UK. In both cases, this “greatest ally on earth” would have been  extraordinarily counter-productive if it had been involved. That’s  how useful an ally the country is in confronting our common enemies. Which  allied defense minister recently publicly said of an internal security plan  for the West Bank, shared confidentially among allies, that it was “not  worth the paper it was written on” and that “the only thing that can ‘save  us’ is for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us in peace.” Israel’s.  Which allied prime minister in recent years took the extraordinary step of  lecturing the American president in front of the world press in the White  House itself? Israel’s. I cannot think of any allied prime minister ever  thinking about doing the same.

Will AIPAC secure a veto-proof bill that pushes toward war with Iran?

Will AIPAC secure a veto-proof bill that pushes toward war with Iran?

Ask 41 U.S. senators to stand firm and support diplomacy over war

Take Action! [ http://jvp.org/iran ]

U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated in his State of the Union address that he would veto an AIPAC-backed sanctions bill that would sabotage diplomatic efforts with Iran and lead us down the road to war.

But the scary reality is that the U.S. Senate is just eight votes shy of passing a bill that would be veto-proof.

Unless we speak out now, the Israel lobby could win on this one. Sign here and we’ll take out an ad this week with your message in a major Washington DC news outlet read by members of Congress and their staff.

Click here: http://www.JVP.org/Iran

Senate bill 1881, the “Nuclear Weapon-Free Iran Act of 2013”, has the support of 59 of 60 co-sponsors needed for it to pass. Eight more and the President won’t be able to veto.

Forty-one senators have refused to sign the bill. Can you sign this petition to ask them to stand strong?

Click here: http://www.JVP.org/Iran and help stop the march to war

After some 34 years of virtual diplomatic radio silence between Iran and the U.S, negotiators are finally sitting down at the table to address questions of nuclear capacity. Don’t let AIPAC torpedo these historic talks and risk sending the US to war over a right-wing Israeli government’s interests.

With gratitude,

Cecilie Surasky

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‘Senators Menendez and Kirk are AIPAC surrogates’:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/06/353426/menendez-kirk-are-aipac-surrogates/

Iran sanctions bill will prevent military action: Menendez to AIPAC

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/04/353263/iran-sanctions-to-prevent-war-menendez/

Is AIPAC suddenly a dirty word?

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/aipac-suddenly-dirty.html

AIPAC has had a tough month, but still hard to discuss US-Israel relations in open & honest way:

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/heritage

Iran Sanctions Bill From Sens. Bob Menendez And Mark Kirk Could Endanger U.S. Negotiations:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/12/19/iran-sanctions-bill-from-sens-bob-menendez-and-mark-kirk-could-endanger-u-s-negotiations/

 

 

Obama Starts To Turn Tide Against Israel Lobby’s Sanctions Bill

Obama Starts To Turn Tide Against Lobby’s Sanctions Bill

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/obama-iran-lobbys-sanctions-bill_b_4620130.html

‘Senators Menendez and Kirk are AIPAC surrogates’:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/06/353426/menendez-kirk-are-aipac-surrogates/

Iran sanctions bill will prevent military action: Menendez to AIPAC

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/04/353263/iran-sanctions-to-prevent-war-menendez/

Is AIPAC suddenly a dirty word?

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/aipac-suddenly-dirty.html

AIPAC has had a tough month, but still hard to discuss US-Israel relations in open & honest way:

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/heritage

AIPAC and the Israel Lobby: Down, but Not Yet Out!

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/289-134/21880-aipac-and-the-israel-lobby-down-but-not-yet-out

Additional at following URL:

AIPAC Inspired Iran Sanctions Bill From Sens. Bob Menendez And Mark Kirk Could Endanger U.S. Negotiations:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/12/19/iran-sanctions-bill-from-sens-bob-menendez-and-mark-kirk-could-endanger-u-s-negotiations/

Former Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer Wrong Choice for Fed

Former Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer Wrong Choice for Fed
IRmep

Full BusinessWire News Release:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140106006089/en/Bank-Israel-Governor-Stanley-Fischer-Wrong-Choice#.UsrFL3ko6M8

AIPAC ‘sabotaging’ Iran nuclear deal: analyst

AIPAC ‘sabotaging’ Iran nuclear deal: analyst

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/12/345248/aipac-sabotaging-iran-nuclear-deal/

‘Senators Menendez and Kirk are AIPAC surrogates’:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/06/353426/menendez-kirk-are-aipac-surrogates/

Iran sanctions bill will prevent military action: Menendez to AIPAC

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/04/353263/iran-sanctions-to-prevent-war-menendez/

Is AIPAC suddenly a dirty word?

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/aipac-suddenly-dirty.html

AIPAC has had a tough month, but still hard to discuss US-Israel relations in open & honest way:

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/heritage

AIPAC and the Israel Lobby: Down, but Not Yet Out!

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/289-134/21880-aipac-and-the-israel-lobby-down-but-not-yet-out

Additional at following URL:

Iran Sanctions bill from AIPAC toadies Senators Bob Menendez and Mark Kirk:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/12/19/iran-sanctions-bill-from-sens-bob-menendez-and-mark-kirk-could-endanger-u-s-negotiations/

Iraq: The ‘Liberation’ Neocons Would Rather Forget

Iraq: The ‘Liberation’ Neocons Would Rather Forget

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2014/january/05/iraq-the-%E2%80%98liberation%E2%80%99-neocons-would-rather-forget.aspx

Iraq Near Implosion: The ‘Bad Years’ Are Back

http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2014/02/05/iraq-near-implosion-the-bad-years-are-back/

We Told You So (by Philip Giraldi):

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2014/01/13/we-told-you-so/

Whose War?

A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America’s interest:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/whose-war/

US invaded Iraq per neocon ‘Clean Break’ war for Israel agenda pushed by neocon shills John McCain, Lindsay Graham and others:

http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak

Page 112 of Steve Stephen Sniegoski’s ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book (http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal) had neocon shill John McCain convey that it was okay for the US to fight wars for Israel like the US later did in Iraq per the neocon ‘Clean Break agenda referenced above as the GOP should purge the neocon warmongers and their shills like John McCain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8

CIA’s Mike Scheuer on Israel and Iraq as Al Qaeda motivation: http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal

Israel lobby pushing Syria and Iran interventions like it did with Iraq:

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/02/12/israel-lobby-pushes-for-us-action-against-the-syrian-government/

Why We Fight: It Pays Well (by Phil Giraldi at antiwar.com):

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2014/01/20/why-we-fight-3/

What Did Our Wars Win (by Patrick Buchanan)?:

http://buchanan.org/blog/wars-win-6199