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What Chuck Hagel Might Say to Israeli Counterpart

‘Talking Points’ for Hagel on Iran

[Editor Note:  Some neocons hope they softened up new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during his bruising confirmation fight. But ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern suggests in these proposed “talking points” that Hagel stick to his principled reputation as someone who tells it like it is, regardless of political pressures.]

March 5, 2013

MEMORANDUM

FROM: Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

TO: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Subject: Proposed Talking Points on Iran for Your Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

AIPAC Conference Promotes War

 

AIPAC Conference Promotes War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 3, AIPAC's 2013 conference began. It "Celebrat(es) 65 Years of Friendship." It's nothing to be admired. 

 

It supports war, occupation, exploitation and dominance. It deplores peace, equity and justice. 

 

Whitewashing Israeli Murder by Torture

 

Whitewashing Israeli Murder by Torture

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Torture is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. Palestinian suffering explains best. Thousands every year are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. Their physical and emotional scars bear witness.

 

Accountability is long overdue. Arafat Jaradat is Israel's latest victim. Israel tortured him to death. His body bore clear signs. Autopsy evidence proved it.

Eroding Free Expression in Israel

 

Eroding Free Expression in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel targets anti-war dissent. Demonstrators are beaten and arrested. So are journalists and activists. Arabs are vulnerable. So are Jews.

 

Military solutions are prioritized. Opposition is called endangering national security. Saying so bears no relation to reality. Israel claims might justifies right. Police states operate that way.

Thaw in Israeli Immunity?

 

Thaw in Israeli Immunity?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Hope springs eternal. Palestinians waited so long. Don't expect too much too soon. Anything is better than nothing.

 

Israel's rap sheet includes decades of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Nuremberg justice is long overdue. It's essential. Maybe one day. Not now.

 

Israeli Commanders on Trial

 

Israeli Commanders on Trial

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article said Israel's rap sheet makes serial killers look saintly by comparison. It's no exaggeration. Decades of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide explain.

 

Accountability so far is wishful thinking. Hope springs eternal. In May 2012, Turkey issued arrest warrants. Four former senior IDF officers were named.

Profile of Imperial Lawlessness

 

Profile of Imperial Lawlessness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel is second only to America in imperial lawlessness. Both nations partner in high crimes too grave to ignore. 

 

Neither admits fault. One conflict leads to others. Both nations are modern-day Spartas. They live by the sword. Perhaps one day they'll perish by it. Humanity may not last that long.

 

Accountability Now

 

Accountability Now

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

State terrorism is official Israeli policy. Torture and cold-blooded murder define it. Arafat Jaradat is Israel's latest victim. He died wracked in pain Saturday. 

 

Israel attributed it to cardiac arrest. Shin Bet claimed no detectable health problems during interrogation. Accusations of torture were dismissed. Coverup and denial don't wash. 

Israeli Murder by Torture

 

Israeli Murder by Torture

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Torture is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. All Palestinians are fair game. Wanting to live free leaves them vulnerable. More on what demands condemnation below.

 

Thirty-year old Arafat Jaradat is Israel's latest victim. PA chief pathologist Saber Aloul attended his autopsy. Marks on his body provided clear evidence. He died from torture.

Washington Whitewashes Israeli Murder

 

Washington Whitewashes Israeli Murder

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Why not. It whitewashes its own. Washington is a rogue terror state. So is Israel. It denigrates non-Jews. It's waged war on Palestine for decades. It's guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. Its rap sheet makes serial killers look saintly.

 

Understanding Israeli Settlements

 

Understanding Israeli Settlements

 

by Stephen Lendman   

 

They violate international law. They prioritize land theft. They prevent peace. On January 31, the UN International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory  condemned them for good reason.

 

Straight Talk on Israel

 

Straight Talk on Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Zygmunt Bauman is UK-based University of Leeds Emeritus Professor of Sociology. His work spans five decades. He's now aged 87.

 

His wide-ranging interests include consumerism, globalization, ethics, power, the status of workers, intellectuals in society, and nature of modern relationships.

 

Guilt by Accusation

 

Guilt by Accusation

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Police states govern this way. Israel's one of the worst. Racism is institutionalized. Arabs have no rights. They're considered subhumans. They're viciously persecuted. 

 

World leaders turn a blind eye. Washington provides generous support. It's longstanding policy. Bipartisan support affirms it. Doing so conspires with high crimes. 

Samer Easawi: Hunger Striking for Justice

 

Samer Easawi: Hunger Striking for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Samer's a Palestinian activist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine member. On April 15, 2002, Israel kidnapped him in Ramallah. It did so during multiple community incursions.

 

Samer was wrongly charged with allegedly planning attacks on Israel. When evidence doesn't exist, Israel invents it. 

Israel's Racist of the Year Award

 

Israel's Racist of the Year Award

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israeli racism is longstanding. It's institutionalized. Imagine honoring it. Israel did so. It finds new ways of reaching new lows. It disgraces itself in the process.

 

It shouldn't surprise. It's common practice. Jews alone matter. Arabs are considered subhuman.

 

Bulgarian Revelations Explode Hezbollah Bombing “Hypothesis”

By Gareth Porter, IPS

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 2013 (IPS) - When European Union foreign ministers discuss a proposal to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov will present his government’s case for linking two suspects in the Jul. 18, 2012 bombing of an Israeli tourist bus to Hezbollah.

Lieberman's Trial Begins

 

Lieberman's Trial Begins

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He's an ultranationalist extremist. He represents the worst of Israel's lunatic right-wing fringe. He matches Netanyahu's zealotry.  He out-Sharon's Sharon. 

 

He's a latter day Kahanist. In 1988, Israel outlawed his Kach party. It was the first Jewish organization in decades to be called a "threat to national security." 

Israeli Lawlessness in Issawiya

 

Israeli Lawlessness in Issawiya

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Issawiya is a Jerusalem area Arab village. It's located on Mount Scopus. It's 2.5 km east of the Green Line. It's three km northeast of Jerusalem's Old City.

 

It's close to Hebrew University. It straddles Jerusalem's border. It's surrounded by Israeli settlements and military outposts.

 

Israeli Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War

 

Israeli Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said so. Rarely does HRW do the right thing. Exceptions prove the rule. Most often it's a reliable imperial partner. 

 

Disappearing Prisoners: Official Israeli Policy

 

Disappearing Prisoners: Official Israeli Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel is a rogue terror state. It's a serial abuser. It spurns rule of law principles. It mocks democratic values. 

 

It tolerates no criticism. It targets anyone challenging its authority. It does so against anyone considered threatening. Jews are as vulnerable as Muslims. 

 

Resistance in Israel

Conscientious objector Natan Blanc sentenced to prison for the Sixth time for his refusal to join the Israeli Army.

Natan Blanc, 19 years old from Haifa, arrived, sunday, 10.2.2013, to the Induction Base in Tal-hashomer, where he again declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army. he was sentenced to 18 days of imprisonment for his refusal, in the military prison No. 6 near Atlit.

In his refusal declaration Natan Blanc wrote:

"I began thinking about refusing to conscripted into the Israeli Army during the “Cast Lead” operation in 2008. The wave of aggressive militarism that swept the country then, the expressions of mutual hatred, and the vacuous talk about stamping out terror and creating a deterrent effect were the primary trigger for my refusal. Today, after four years full of terror, without a political process [towards peace negotiations], and without quiet in Gaza and Sderot, it is clear that the Netanyahu Government, like that of his predecessor Olmert, is not interested in finding a solution to the existing situation, but rather in preserving it.  From their point of view, there is nothing wrong with our initiating a “Cast Lead 2″ operation every three or four years (and then 3, 4,5 and 6): we will talk of deterrence, we will kill some terrorist, we will lose some civilians on both sides, and we will prepare the ground for a new generation full of hatred on both sides. As representatives of the people, members of the cabinet have no duty to present their vision for the futures of the country, and they can continue with this bloody cycle, with no end in sight.   But we, as citizens and human beings, have a moral duty to refuse to participate in this cynical game."

Obstructing Hamas/Fatah Unity

 

Obstructing Hamas/Fatah Unity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous unity talks failed. On February 6, more talks were held. Fatah and Hamas officials met in Cairo. At issue are long-delayed reconciliation and new elections.

 

Reports suggested cause for optimism. It's hard imagining why. Israel and Washington ruptured relations earlier. Efforts followed to isolate and vilify Hamas.

Mavi Marmara Massacre Whitewash Redux

 

Mavi Marmara Massacre Whitewash Redux

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In May 2010, Israeli commandos committed premeditated murder. They killed nine humanitarian activists in cold blood. They did so in international waters. They were trying to bring vitally needed aid to besieged Gazans.

 

Israel wants them isolated. It wants them suffocated. Slow-motion genocide is longstanding policy.

Israel Commits Crimes Without Punishment

 

Israel Commits Crimes Without Punishment

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel is a rogue state. It's a serial abuser. It commits crimes without punishment. It tolerates no criticism.

 

Last May, it suspended contact with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

 

Israeli State Terror Crowd Control Weapons

 

Israeli State Terror Crowd Control Weapons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

State terror is official Israeli policy. Community incursions, assaults, and other violent incidents occur daily. Palestinian suffering follows.

 

They have no rights. Peaceful demonstrators are attacked. In August 1967, Israel issued Military Order No. 101 ("Order Regarding Prohibition of Incitement and Hostile Propaganda Actions," as later amended). 

Israeli Drone Strikes in Gaza in November 2012 Attack: Two-Thirds Killed Were Civilians

By Ann Wright, OpEdNews

Two-thirds of Palestinians killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drones in the November, 2012 attack on Gaza were civilians. This statistic means that for the residents of Gaza, the ground-breaking investigation by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights into the civilian impact and human rights implications of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing is very important.

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More Palestinians Killed by Drones Alone in eight DAYS than Israelis Killed by rockets in eight YEARS

  

Heron Drone

Two-thirds of Palestinians killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drones in the November, 2012 attack on Gaza were civilians. 

This statistic means that for the residents of Gaza, the ground-breaking investigation by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights into the civilian impact and human rights implications of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing is very important.

Israel's One of the World's Biggest Land-Grabbers

 

Israel's One of World's Biggest Land-Grabbers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It shouldn't surprise. Israel stole Palestinian land for decades. In 1948, it stole 78% of historic Palestine. In 1967 it took the rest.

 

Israel's 19th Knesset

 

Israel's 19th Knesset

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 22, Israelis elected 120 19th Knesset members. Over 80% of its members are extremist hardliners. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) assessed prospects ahead.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 1, Hillary Clinton ended her tenure as Secretary of State. John Kerry was sworn in to replace her.

 

Two recent articles discussed him. One called him a reliable imperial warrior. The other said he's Israel's man at State.

 

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