Does Netanyahu Want Regional War?
Israel and America are longstanding imperial partners. Washington OK's naked aggression on Syria. Doing so declared war. Admitting it may or may not follow later.
Events require close watching. Disturbing ones occur regularly. Late Sunday, Tyre, Lebanon was rocked. A suspicious explosion occurred.
Lebanon's Future TV  said an "Israeli aircraft might have detonated an electronic transmission device. Hizbollah cordoned off the area."
Lebanon's NNA news agency  said "Israeli aircraft did not leave Lebanese airspace over the South all through the day."
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour  said "Israeli jets continue to invade Lebanon's airspace every day. We must stand up against the Israeli attacks but not just with calls, statements and condemnation."
Overflying another country's airspace without permission violates international law. Israel does it regularly. Lebanon is violated multiple times daily. Doing so is longstanding.
Tyre is in southern Lebanon. It's about 12 miles from Israel's border. Lebanese media accused Israel of striking.
Reports followed days of IAF "mock raids." Some claim Israel targeted a Hezbollah listening post. Others said a communications site.
Hezbollah reported the strike. Later its initial account changed. It now blames a "stun gun" or stun grenade.
Little more is known at this time. Israel maintains silence. What follows bears watching.
Mossad-connected DEBKAfile  said Israel's air force maintains a "round-the-clock blanket over the (Syrian/Lebanese) border area. It is constantly monitoring the traffic moving across and is ready to prevent any arms traffic."
It imposed its own "no-fly" zone and buffer area. Make no mistake. Washington OK'd doing it. It violates international law. More attacks may be forthcoming. Greater conflict may follow. Lebanon may be involved. Anything ahead is possible.
On February 3, the Sunday Times  headlined "Israel plans defence buffer inside Syria," saying:
"A 10-mile strip filled with troops and tanks is being considered to fend off Islamists should Assad fall."
Military officials gave Netanyahu a plan. It replicates Israel's 18-year (1982 - 2000) southern Lebanon occupation. An unnamed source said:
"We've presented the prime minister with a comprehensive plan to defend Israel's border after, or perhaps before, the fall of Assad's regime."
"A buffer zone set up with the co-operation of local villagers lies at the heart of the plan. If the country remains unstable we might have to stay there for years."
Israel's currently building a security barrier along its Syrian border. It extends from Mount Avital south to where Israeli, Syrian and Jordanian borders meet in southern Golan.
Israel's buffer zone involves invasion, occupation, and land theft. At issue is greater regional control. Balkanization is planned. Dividing and conquering Syria is policy.
Transforming the entire region is planned. Pre-2003 Iraq no longer exists. Nor does Gaddafi's Libya. Israel and Washington are imperial partners. They want unchallenged regional dominance.
Strategy involves multiple wars. One segues to another. Others occur simultaneously. Permanent conflicts are planned. Peace and stability are anathema. Israel and Washington are jointly involved. So are key NATO partners and regional allies.
Threats are invented to justify policy. Netanyahu claims Israel is surrounded by hostile enemies. It needs to defend its borders from "terrorist elements." It's "prepar(ing) for any eventuality that could develop."
At the same time, West Bank crackdowns continue. Multiple ones are ongoing. East Jerusalemites are targeted. Collective punishment terrorizes them.
Operations include arrests, roadblocks, intrusive inspections, unjustified tax collections and fines, home demolitions, water shutoffs, random searches and ID checks, among other ways to make daily life intolerable.
Security forces admit harassment. All Palestinians are vulnerable. They're unsafe anywhere. They're terrorized unjustly. Young children are treated like adults.
Throughout the West Bank, peaceful demonstrations are attacked. On Sunday, a Burin village encampment was demolished. It was on privately owned Palestinian land.
Residents erected it Saturday. They had every right to do so. Israeli security forces targeted them. They declared Palestinian land a closed military zone. Doing so has no legitimacy.
An official IDF statement lied. It pointed fingers the wrong way. It blamed Palestinians for security force belligerence.
Entire Palestinian communities are being uprooted. Three main areas are targeted. They include Mount Hebron, the Khan al-Ahmar region, and northern Jordan Valley.
Palestinians are dispossessed. They have no say. Land belonging to them for generations is stolen. Jewish development is prioritized. Communities struggling to survive are disappearing. Might over right denies what's rightfully theirs.
Cleansing the Jordan Valley is longstanding. It includes some of Palestine's most fertile land. It's being stolen dunum by dunum. The entire area reflects a patchwork of remaining zones in which Palestinians remain.
Residents are impoverished. Basic infrastructure is lacking. Oslo stole 90% of Jordan Valley land. Half of what remained is gone. Israel maintains full civil and military control.
Palestinians are largely denied land rightfully theirs. Clean water and other essential services aren't provided. Settler needs are prioritized.
Multiple Israeli military bases occupy Valley land. Soldiers terrorize Palestinian residents. They're called "intruders" on their own property. They're dispossessed of what's rightfully theirs.
Haaretz  took note. An editorial headlined "Cleansing the Jordan Valley." Israel bears full responsibility. It's "causing grave injustice to dozens of old, poverty-stricken communities that make a living from herding and farming."
Doing so is "cruel and inhuman." It "stands in opposition to every democratic and civilized privilege." It "proves that (Netanyahu's) call to….renew peace negotiations is nothing but a ploy."
On February 3, Israeli forces conducted sweeping arrests. Hamas-affiliated officials were targeted. Two MPs were included. Residents identified them as Hebron's Hatim Qafisha and East Jerusalem's Ahmad Attoun.
Thirteen other Hamas officials were arrested. Over two dozen in all were seized from Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, Qalqilyah, Tulkarkem, and Bethlehem.
Human rights activists said Israel wants Fatah/Hamas reconciliation efforts subverted. A charitable organization was also targeted. Equipment, documents, and personal property were confiscated.
A Hamas-affiliated web site said soldiers burst into homes with dogs. Arrests followed. Watch for much worse ahead.
On Saturday, Netanyahu explained priorities going forward. Syria is targeted. So is Iran.
"We have many tasks to deal with, but first of all in the Middle East we must maintain security," he said.
"The first task of the next government I form is to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons."
He never once mention peace while campaigning. He now urges Abbas to resume negotiating.
He "call(ed) on all sectors and parties to join me in a national unity government that is as broad as possible."
He's up to no good. He's got belligerence on his mind. He's overtly involved in Syria's conflict. He's again targeting Iran.
Urging peace talks turns reality on its head. Daily viciousness targets Palestinians. Their rights are systematically violated. They have none.
Actions speak louder than words. Palestinians never had a peace partner and don't now. Their liberating struggle continues. Where it ends who knows.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."
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