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WHO IS NETANYAHU?

Who is Netanyahu?  Who is this self- serving, arrogant, dangerous man?  He has interfered in our foreign affairs, he has insulted the president of our country and now he is “summoning” the Ambassador’s from the countries (that have embassies in Israel) who voted for the U.N. Resolution to give them a “scolding”.  Adding insult to injury, Netanyahu called these Ambassadors in on Christmas Day!

Before I continue I would like to thank J Street and other Jewish organizations, as well as the majority of Jewish Americans who do not condone Netanyahu’s actions. In fact, a poll showed that 62 percent of Jewish voters agree with the U.N. resolution.  I believe it is necessary that the distinction between Jewish people and Netanyahu be clear.  Israeli’s want peace as much as the Palestinians do.  It is their leaders, not unlike some of our own, that keep us involved in these “killing wars”.

According to U.N. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power said “Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the number of settlers has increased by 355,000, bringing the total population of settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to more than 590,000.”  Jeffrey Heller of Worldpost wrote “Israel has pursued a policy of constructing settlements on territory it captured in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbors – the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Palestinians seek for a state.”  Netanyahu and some of his cronies have disavowed the two-state solution entirely.

Since 1967 every U.S. president before Obama has allowed the passage of a Security Council resolution that contained criticism of Israeli policy.  In 1980, the U.S. voted in favor of a resolution that not only said the settlements “have no legal validity” – but also called for their dismantlement.  For the past eight years Obama has “given in” to Netanyahu by allowing him to continue the settlements. Obama recently gave Netanyahu $38 billion in aid paid for by U.S. taxpayers without any “strings attached”. In fact, Obama has given Israel more aid than any other president.  Obama has in effect, been a “puppet” for Netanyahu. There are many things I didn’t know about Obama before.  With this U.N. Resolution I am learning what he didn’t do that he should have.  Now, he finally did the right thing.  I wonder if it is just because he is a “lame-duck” president and no longer cares about criticism. Of course, this will be a nice addition to his “legacy”.

Our friendship with Israel has been based on the fact they are the only democratic state in the Middle East and a “buffer” between us and the rest of the Middle East. Things have changed.

Thanks to G.W. Bush invading Iraq and Obama not only continuing that and the Afghanistan war but getting us involved in more wars in the Middle East (Libya and Syria).  I guess Israel is no longer our “buffer”.  In fact, with Netanyahu in charge, we are more likely to get involved in a nuclear war because of his determination to “rule” the Middle East.

Netanyahu has another “puppet” in President-elect Trump.  The problem is Trump could be as bad as Netanyahu. Trump says “things will be different at the U.N.” when he takes office.  I wouldn’t be too sure about that.  Trump, like Netanyahu, thinks all he has to do is “roar” and things will go his way.  Maybe this time, the American people, along with the U.N. will stop them both!

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ISRAEL P.M. NETANYAHU VISIT TO U.S. “SHUT OUT” BY REPUBLICAN DEBATE

Isn’t it interesting when P.M. Netanyahu comes to town to tell President Obama what to do in   U.S. foreign policy the coverage is 24/7?  Yet, when Netanyahu comes back to town “with his tail between his legs” the media is totally silent!  I wonder why?

I find it difficult to believe the Republican Presidential Debate took up so much time the media couldn’t cover Netanyahu’s visit.  How many times can you report the Republicans are against minimum wage, regulations of any kind, the IRS, immigration, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, helping the unemployed, ad infinitum?!  I leave it to other writers to give the details  on Trump’s ego, Jeb’s ineptness, Rubio’s pander, Carson’s intellect (?), Fiorina’s lies, Cruz’s “snake oil”, Rand Paul’s “defund entire government”, Kasich’s “interruptions”, etc.  I am exhausted just watching the whole thing!!

I do digress.  Back to the Netanyahu visit.  There are so many issues concerning Netanyahu’s leadership and outright disdain for President Obama, where do I start?  I guess the best thing I can say about that meeting is that Netanyahu went home “empty handed” (at least for now).

Netanyahu remains as boorish as ever. Ran Baratz, Netanyahu’s selection for “Israel’s national spokesman” accused President Obama of anti-Semitism.  Netanyahu has overlooked that comment and as yet has not withdrawn Baratz from the appointment!  This from a man who was coming to the U.S. to “beg” for more help from President Obama! This from a man who interfered in U.S. foreign policy.

Netanyahu’s insistence on Jewish expansion in the West Bank is one of great concern.  There is international disapproval of this action. The rest of the world deplores the treatment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.  Yet, Netanyahu continues to suppress them in every way.  He is as bad as any “dictator”!

Even though there is strong Israeli support for the idea of a Palestinian state,  Netanyahu will never agree to a two- state solution.  The EU ambassador to Israel, said the 28-nation bloc does not recognize lands captured in 1967, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, as Israeli territory.  “This is something that also happens to be the view of 99 percent of the international community.”

After nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, some 60 percent of the West Bank, including all Jewish settlements, is under full Israeli control. Although he will not agree to a two-state solution the arrogant Netanyahu is asking President Obama to increase military aid from $3 billion to $5 billion!  Netanyahu is asking for another stealth flight squadron, precision armaments, bunker blasters, and aid for the development of the Arrow 3 missile system!   Netanyahu is taking advantage of the U.S.-Israel strategic interests in the Middle East.

Netanyahu also wants an agreement with “freedom of action” granted Israel so they can start a war without U.S. interference!  This means Israel would not be required to report on its military operations in advance to the U.S, but will still be protected by the American umbrella!

It is time for our government to get “a spine” and tell Israel we will no longer allow the persecution of Palestinians to continue and we will no longer give them military support to use against these same Palestinians. I realize AIPAC (the U.S. Netanyahu organization) has influence in our presidential elections but so does J Street, American Jews who do not condone this barbaric treatment of the Palestinians.  We must tell the Israel government in no uncertain terms if they violate any more international laws or continue the inhuman treatment of 1.5 million people who live in the Gaza Strip there will be consequences!  Then follow through with real action if they ignore the warning.  I resent my taxes being used to support a government who deny the people living in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank the basic living requirements every Israel citizen has!

Howard J. Gale, a Seattle research psychologist and Jew with family and friends in Israel wrote “When the great Rabbi Hillel was asked to sum up Jewish law, he responded, “What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellowman: This is the whole law; the rest is mere commentary.”   The Talmud, the second-most-important text in Judaism, says, “For the sake of peace, non-Jewish poor should be supported as we support the poor of Israel, the non-Jewish sick should be visited as we visit the sick of Israel, and the non-Jewish dead should be buried as we bury the dead of Israel.”

“Only a tribalism that hardens one’s heart and blinds one to reality can reconcile Judaism’s most sacred teachings with the death Israel has dispensed in Gaza.“Every bomb ever made falls on all of us.”  They ravage the flesh and psyche of those who receive them, they ravage the morality and innocence of those who send (or supply) them.”