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The Disaffected Lib: Don’t Eat That, Charlie, It’s Bullshit.

Most of us come with a pretty good “BD” or Bullshit Detector as standard equipment.  People lie, so we need it.  Not that it always works but it’s still pretty good.  The more obvious the lie the better our BD works.  White lies sometimes get past us but whoppers rarely do.

So, why?

Why have we spent decades listening to Israeli leaders tell us how they support the “Two State” solution only to then authorize new Israeli settlements on land that plainly belongs to the Palestinians?  Look at it this way – there are now more than 600,000 lies illegally (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Did Bibi Spy on Barack? Easy Answer? Of Course.

Israel has never been reluctant to spy on its global benefactor, the United States. Now Washington is accusing Israel of having spied on American negotiations with Iran for a nuclear enrichment treaty.

The apparent decision by the White House to leak the allegations is the latest symptom of the growing gulf between Barack Obama’s administration and Binyamin Netanyahu’s government over the Iran talks, in which the Israeli leader suspects US officials of being ready to make too many concessions at the expense of Israeli security. Intelligence analysts suggested that the leak reflects the degree of anger in Washington at Netanyahu’s (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Coming Clean, It’s Good for the Soul.

After half a century of persistent fudging the Pentagon has officially admitted the undeniable – Israel has an arsenal of nuclear weapons and all the high tech gear to best use them.

That revelation might not matter much to most of us but, to the US government, it has serious military and foreign policy ramifications.

…the confirmation of this poorly kept secret opens a troublesome can of worms for both the US government and our closest ally in the Middle East. Official acknowledgement poses questions and contradictions that cry out for closer inspection. For many years, the United States collaborated (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Benjamin Netanyahu and the Apartheid State

Benjamin Netanyahu may have won the Israeli election, by using fear and racism to get people to vote for him.Like his good buddy Stephen Harper is trying to do in Canada.But it is tuning out to be a pyrrhic victory.For while he may deny he is a racist. Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: Whacking Iran – Maybe Sooner Than You Might Think – The Warmonger Digest, vol. 2

It’s reported that the Saudis have given Israel a green light to overfly Saudi Arabia should Netanyahu decide to launch an attack on Iran.

Jerusalem and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, but unconfirmed reports have swirled for years of coordination between them against the common enemy of Iran, a partnership that may ramp up should the world powers reach a reportedly emerging deal that would allow Tehran to continue enriching some uranium.There’s some suggestion that NATO tacitly approves of an Israeli air war on Iran.Saudi Arabia and Israel may be given the green light to attack Iran (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s "Dog Whistle" Might Have Fetched the Hounds

Maybe some day Benjamin Netanyahu will be known as the founder of the state of Palestine.  Strange things are happening.  From the Sydney Morning Herald:Already the US is hinting that it might support a United Nations Security Council resolution that recognises Palestine along pre-1967 borders.

Until now it has repeatedly refused to endorse the resolution and Israel has always been opposed to it, insisting that only negotiations can bring about a lasting peace and agreed borders, but a US official has told The New York Times that Washington is “in a reality where the Israeli government no longer (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc–We Just Moved Several Meters Closer to the Edge of a Cosmic Abyss

Don Maroc

We just moved several meters closer to the edge of a cosmic abyss and no one is calling for a time out.

Last year the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) quietly established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a counterweight to the US/UK controlled International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

With the US and Britain slowly sinking into a financial bog of their own design it meant Wall Street (US) and The City (London) could lose control of their stranglehold on the world’s money, and their hegemony over universal debt. Both their embassies around (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Netanyahu sabotages U.S. Palestine policy … a good thing?

How much will the Americans put up with from this yahoo? He is the most arrogant leader in the international community, making even Vladimir Putin look modest by comparison. He has the most powerful nation in the world as his country’s best friend and benefactor, so what does he do? First, he humiliates its president, then he disdainfully dismisses its most important policy for his region.

The

The Disaffected Lib: Netanuyahu’s Win Could Be Israel’s Greatest Defeat

Tossing ideas around yesterday I came to a “What If” moment.  What if, I wondered, Israeli prime minister re-elect, Benjamin Netanyahu, has destroyed Israel’s lifeline – the backing of the president of the United States of America.

It’s been the American president, who alone controls his country’s veto at the United Nations Security Council, who has intervened dozens of times over the years to prevent the U.N. from responding to Israel’s excesses, particularly its half-century of mauling of the captive Palestinian people.

What if?  Could it possibly happen.  Then, this morning, Boris from The Galloping Beaver left a comment (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Benjamin Netanyahu and Stephen Harper’s Netanyahu Moment

Benjamin Netanyahu is as any decent person knows, a brutish right-wing demagogue, a racist, and a war criminal.And his victory in yesterday's Israeli election couldn't be more tragic. Or have left the Middle East and his own country more deeply wounded. Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: Bye, Bye Bibi – Bye, Bye

Israeli Arabs are reported to be turning out in unusually large numbers to vote but, overall, voting is lighter than normal in the Israeli elections.  This, according to Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, is a bad omen for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s desperate hopes to cling to power.

Bibi, sensing disaster in the offing, has been pulling out all the stops.  He courted the redneck Right (wait a second, is “redneck” and “Right” redundant?) vote by promising there’ll be no Palestinian state on his watch.  And today he warned all good and loyal Israelis to be on guard because those (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Promises Israeli Voters – There’ll Be No Palestinian State On My Watch.

With Israelis heading to the polls, Benjamin Netanyahu is running scared.  He’s seen Likud’s numbers and all the polls show he’s in trouble.  He’s in deep enough that he’s pulling out all the stops and scrambling for the hardliner vote.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau said Monday that if he were to be reelected, a Palestinian state would not be created, in a definite disavowal of his 2009 speech, in which he had voiced support for the principle of two states for two peoples.

Netanyahu’s remarks in an interview with the NRG website – which is owned by casino mogul (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Meanwhile, Today In ISIS News….

These guys are really getting around.  They’re in Syria and Iraq.  They’re in Libya and environs.  They’re becoming established in Afghanistan.  Now they’re engaging Egypt and Israel.  Yes, that’s right, Israel.  This ISIS outfit is on the move.

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reports that the Israeli Defence Force is preparing for an ISIS attack out of the Sinai peninsula.  The Sinai branch of ISIS has announced on Twitter (naturally) plans to launch a barrage of 150-rockets into Israel.  This is the same bunch that’s been attacking Egyptian forces with some success.

The threat of the Islamic State on Israel’s (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Israel’s Real Demographic Nightmare

Israel holds the Palestinian people captive because it believes it has no choice. While no Israeli leader will come right out and say it, there’s no way the country will restore the Occupied Territories to the Palestinians.  No Israeli government is prepared to see their country withdrawn to its pre-1967 borders.

There is an alternative, a one state solution, that would make Israeli and Palestinian equal citizens.  The problem there is demographic.  The Palestinians are a good deal more reproductive, meaning Arabs would fairly quickly outnumber Jews and they might take their revenge for the past half-century at the ballot (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Remind me. Why Are We So Obsessed with Iran’s Phantom Nuclear Weapons Programme?

Pretty much any country with a reasonable industrial base is capable of producing nuclear warheads.  It’s not that hard once you figure out how to produce weapons-grade uranium or plutonium.

Contrary to the dark fantasies rattling around in Benjamin Netanyahu’s mind, even the Mossad knows that Iran has no weapons-grade nuclear refining underway.

It makes you wonder why Netanyahu didn’t spare some time in his recent address to the US Congress to mention a nation that presents a real nuclear threat to Israel, Pakistan.  Not only does Pakistan sport a dandy arsenal of nuclear warheads, it has the delivery systems (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: What Are We Doing Flooding this Place With Arms?

Saudi Arabia has now displaced India to become the largest armaments importer in the world.  Saudi imports are reported to have shot up an alarming 54% over just the past year.

Among the beneficiaries of the House of Saud’s largesse is Canada, having inked a contract to sell nearly $15-billion worth of light armoured fighting vehicles to the fanatical Sunni Muslim kingdom.

Saudi Arabia overtook India to become the world’s biggest weapons importer in 2014, a year when global defence trade rose for the sixth straight year to a record $64.4 billion, research company IHS said on Sunday.

The (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Can Israelis Save Israel?

Tens of thousands of Israelis flooded Rabin Square in Tel Aviv Saturday night to call for the ouster of Benjamin Netanyahu.Organised under the banner, “Israel wants change” and dubbed an “anti-Netanyahu” event, the rally was headlined by former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who told the crowd Israel is facing the worst leadership crisis in its history.“We have a leader who fights only one campaign — the campaign for his own political survival … I am not a politician and not a public figure, and I came here this evening without personal aspirations, not looking for a position and (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Rise and Fall of America’s Indispensable Ally – Israel

Israel has always been America’s indispensable ally in the Middle East.  That may be changing.  Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech yesterday to the US Congress might have been less of a bold stroke and more an act of desperation.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s international affairs columnist, Paul McGeough, writes that Israel’s influence with Washington is in decline even as Netanyahu’s object of terror, Iran, sees its fortunes rising.  In other words, there’s more than the supposed threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb driving Netanyahu’s crusade for an American war on Iran.

Washington’s place in the world – and in the region – (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Real Threat Facing Israel

No one expected Benjamin Netanyahu to win the gushing approval of the editorial board of Israel’s liberal newspaper Haaretz but they were decidedly unimpressed by their prime minister’s speech to part of the US Congress yesterday.  Their view is that Netanyahu deliberately avoided any mention of the real existential threat to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state – the ever expanding occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Israel’s insistence on ruling over millions of Palestinians in the West Bank who lack civil rights, expanding the settlements and keeping residents of the Gaza Strip under siege is the danger that threatens (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s High-Risk Gambit

What?  I Stepped In What?

With just three weeks to go, Israel’s national election has turned into a real nail-biter.  The governing Likud party of Benjamin Netanyahu is in a dead heat tie with the rival Zionist Union party, each of which stands to collect 24-seats according to the latest polls.  Of course it’s not all that simple.  With 11-parties expected to meet the 4-seat party threshhold, forming a government coalition really is a matter of herding cats.

Being tied for first isn’t an enviable position for Netanyahu’s Likud, not when the prime minister is about to stage his potentially (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Jim Stanford highlights the fact that a deficit obsession may have little to do with economic development – and calls out the B.C. Libs for pretending that the former is the same as the latter: I found especially objectionable the article’s uncritical cheerleading for expenditure restraint, praising the government for below-average per capita spending on health care and education, and for welfare rates that are “frozen in time.”  Why are these things assumed to be “good”? To the contrary, the lasting debts that B.C. is accumulating by underinvesting so badly (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Of course Netanyahu "rules in Washington"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to address the U.S. Congress next month has created quite a stir. President Obama, apparently not informed of the visit beforehand, is fuming. At least a dozen Democrats, including the outspokenly pro-Israel Vice-President Biden, have announced they will not attend. Even many American Jews who are normally staunch supporters of Israel have

The Disaffected Lib: Is Netanyahu Being Targeted for Regime Change – By the White House?

Barack Obama may have had enough of Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunts.  It might just be time for Bibi to go.  Foreign Policy’s Aaron David Miller writes that Obama is pursuing regime change in the upcoming Israeli elections.

Welcome to regime change, Obama-style. There are few opportunities to change the mullahcracy in Tehran. But Jerusalem may be another story. By accepting Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint meeting of Congress — now widely seen as a real bungle — the prime minister has given the Obama administration an opening. And you can bet the White House is taking (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: John Baird’s Con Clown Tour of the Middle East

Whenever one of Stephen Harper's Con clowns leaves the country I shudder, reach for a paper bag to put over my head, and prepare for the worst.Because I know they will make fools out of themselves, and shame us once again in the eyes of the world.And in that regard John Baird's just concluded tour of the Middle East couldn't be a better example.For it was, in descending chronological order, pathetic, humiliating, and shameful.Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: Israel’s Unanswered Questions

Just like every other US client state (except us, for now), Israel was quick to sign up to buy the Lockheed F-35 light attack bomber.  The Israeli air force inked the papers for 19 of Lockheed’s controversial warplanes and then went back to the trough to order another 32.  At this point something quite curious happened. Powerful voices such as the Minister for Intelligence Yuval Steinitz, began asking some very awkward questions.

The opposition’s stand was related to Aviation Week by a senior Israeli official:

“For maintaining stealthiness, this aircraft has compromised maneuverability, shorter operational range and significantly less payload (Read more…)