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The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

The Disaffected Lib: What Now? What If the US Senate Scuttles the Iran Nuclear Deal?

All 54 Republicans in the US Senate will vote against ratification of the Iran nuclear pact negotiated between Tehran and the P6 nations.  They’ll need 13 Democrats to vote with them and the deal is effectively stillborn.  Democratic senator Chuck Schumer could deliver the Republicans the votes they need.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu has . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Now? What If the US Senate Scuttles the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Hair’s ‘Politics of Division’

Asking a voter why s/he is going to vote for the Conservatives this fall can cause a rising anger. The anger is hardly directed at the voter. This person has been had. They have been duped. The anger can only be directed at the Prime Minister—he of the Hair!

And we watch in this land . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Hair’s ‘Politics of Division’

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

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s "Dog Whistle" Might Have Fetched the Hounds

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanuyahu’s Win Could Be Israel’s Greatest Defeat

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Bye, Bye Bibi – Bye, Bye

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

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Israel’s Real Demographic Nightmare

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Can Israelis Save Israel?

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Rise and Fall of America’s Indispensable Ally – Israel

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Real Threat Facing Israel

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Has Screwed the Pooch for Israel

Even if the next US president is a Republican, what Netanyahu is doing this week will cost Israel far into the future.  What the Israeli prime minister has somehow failed to grasp is that he is targeting the office of the president.

Even those who wish him luck now will never look on . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Has Screwed the Pooch for Israel

The Disaffected Lib: "He’s Acting Like Someone Who Has Nothing to Lose"

The editorial board of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz looks at the country’s prime minister and sees a one-man wrecking ball winging his way to Washington.  The paper concludes that Israel badly needs a new prime minister.

On the eve of Israel’s election, Netanyahu is insisting on damaging Israel’s most important relationship. His grip on power . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: "He’s Acting Like Someone Who Has Nothing to Lose"

The Disaffected Lib: The Video Every Member of Congress Needs to Watch

Thanks to a White House that’s willing to stand up to him, Benjamin Netanyahu is finally being exposed as a manipulative, chronic liar.  For starters there’s this clip recorded surreptitiously in 2001 in which Netanyahu boasts of his prowess at twisting American legislators to do his bidding.

The Washington Post reports how Netanyahu spoke . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Video Every Member of Congress Needs to Watch

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s High-Risk Gambit

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

The Disaffected Lib: Boehner Fooled Us. Bad Boehner, Bad!

Maybe this isn’t the best metaphor for an Abrahamic faith but they’re squealing like stuck pigs.  They being the government of Benjamin Netanyahu are squealing over the prospect of Bibi delivering a speech just a couple of weeks before he faces an election to a half-empty joint session of the US Congress.

The Republicans thought . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Boehner Fooled Us. Bad Boehner, Bad!

The Disaffected Lib: A Visit Netanyahu May Come to Regret

Joe Biden won’t commit to being there.  The Democratic caucus might give it a pass too.  The “it” is Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on 3 March.

Democrats have had to balance publicly supporting Israel with backing Obama, who’s trying to close a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programs . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Visit Netanyahu May Come to Regret

The Disaffected Lib: International Criminal Court Launches Probe. Israel Seethes and Squirms.

A prosecutor from the International Criminal Court has opened a probe into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories.  Israel wasted no time lashing out, threatening to dismantle the ICC.

Potential cases [prosecutor Fatou] Bensouda could take on include allegations of war crimes by Israel during last summer’s Gaza war where the Palestinians suffered . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: International Criminal Court Launches Probe. Israel Seethes and Squirms.

The Disaffected Lib: Okay you Liberal Bastards, What Now?

Trudeau the Lesser’s Liberals did backflips to support Israel’s brutal outrage against Gaza’s civilian population this summer.  It was as though no one had ever heard the Israeli military’s term, Dahiyeh.  Of course you didn’t need any fancy terms to see that Israel was brutally – and quite illegally – targeting Gaza’s Palestinian population completely . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Okay you Liberal Bastards, What Now?

The Disaffected Lib: Fair and Balanced? Of Course, It’s Israel!

Let’s keep this in perspective.  That takes us back to 2010 when an Israeli court acquitted an army captain of all charges related to his slaughter of a 13-year old Palestinian school girl.  It’s too obscene to recite.  You can follow the link to get the details.

So consider, in the context of that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Fair and Balanced? Of Course, It’s Israel!

The Disaffected Lib: Mr. Prime Minister, One of These Is Almost Exactly Like the Other

– Steve Bell, The Guardian

drive-by planet: Knesset deputy speaker Moshe Feiglin calls for concentration camps… conquest of ‘entire Gaza strip’

Moshe Feiglin – deputy speaker of the Knesset and a member of Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party – published a statement on his Facebook page on August 1 calling for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.” He has also proposed what amounts to concentration camps . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Knesset deputy speaker Moshe Feiglin calls for concentration camps… conquest of ‘entire Gaza strip’

drive-by planet: Israeli war crimes in Gaza – Beit Hanoun attack: US shields Israel from accountability

 Images following the shelling of UN-run school in Beit Hanoun

War crimes committed by Israel in the course of its attack on Gaza are a consequence of an overall strategy rather than isolated incidents due to alleged mistaken targeting or other “accidents.”

The recent Israeli shelling of a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Israeli war crimes in Gaza – Beit Hanoun attack: US shields Israel from accountability