Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ruling government in the nation's capital of Tel Aviv on Saturday night as they decried the leader's domestic policies and called for a peace agreement with the Palestinians who live in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Government estimates put the rally at 40,000, but organizers and local media outlets expressed certainty the number was more than 50,000 people.
This demonstration is heartening to see. The Israeli peace movement has always been bigger than the American. I hope it translates into votes that can at long last remove Likud from power. Hawks in Israel as in the US are leading the world toward a Third World War right at the time when we all need to get past war as a means of solving anything and begin serious international negotiations and cooperation on the real issues of climate change and unchecked militarism. Unfortunately, the worst of the militarist states, the USA, has been stuck in its superpower, imperialist, world bully mode for the entire 21st century. I believe the American people do not want endless war culminating in world war, but the billionaires, who profit from the arms industry, have gamed the system through the decisions of the gang of five on the Supreme Court. These five men have done more to destroy democracy and create militaristic despotism in the US than have any others. The reason the Congress is so right wing and hawkish is because the gang of five have sold out our national political institutions to the highest bidder. If this does not change, we can expect nothing but more of the same mindless militarism and the threat of ultimate world war and nuclear annihilation. The militarists, led by the neocons, are paranoid and psychopathic.
The reason the Congress is so right wing and hawkish is because we persist in electing the duopoly to office - as the Dems have steered more and more to right wing interests, the Reps have been forced even further right to maintain their position - we keep voting for hawkish Dems - look at Hillary as the likely pick and the other potential Dem challengers are just as pro war - so the Reps try to outdo them - its a race to the bottom. The last pro peace Dem challenger was Kucinich ...
If you want to change Congress attitude you need to support overtly pro peace candidates - the only ones these days that qualify are 3rd party candidates - I am so tired of hearing how we have "no choice" or its somebody else's fault - we chose these schmucks, we knew what they were, but we out them in there anyway - time to take responsibility and throw the bums out!
Very happy to see this demonstration, but Jon's article has a glaring error: "Though recent polling shows Likud's most imposing challenger for the March 17 elections remains the similarly rightwing Zionist Union party..." Zionist Union is a center-left party and would be considered well to the left of the Democratic Party in the US. Please check wiki: The Labor Party and Hatnuah agreed on 10 December 2014 to form a joint ticket. The list was established to create a large electoral list for the centre-left bloc, in the hope that it will form the 34th government." Labor is essentially a socialist party.
The people who say "we have no choice" effectivley mean they believe we have few or little chance of successfully ELECTING a candidate with Alternative Solutions and Views. They therefor say there is little reason to campaign or vote for them — which becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy: when you ignore them, you rarely get to HEAR them as they are seen as IRRELEVANT.
In many ways WORSE is that truly critical thinkers do not get their ideas and ideals Represented. HOW, then, short of a million on the streets, can people seeking sustainable models of economic sanity and justice, fairness and peace ever be COUNTED — if no candidate or elected official shares their values?? —— It's farily simple, actually. No matter HOW you VOTE, your position and values are reflected in your party registration (or affiliation). You want to cut the prison population or reduce spending on armaments? Registering Democrat or Republican will NOT say that. Registering GREEN, will. When those numbers grow, it is like more people in the streets: we can SEE the growth of ideas and values. • Think about it. SERIOUSLY. In terms of forming a new BLOC of concerned people that gets clout, Registration can be more important than Voting at times. We NEED to find out who we ARE!!! ~ ~ ~ So, see: VoteTwice-dot-us -&- BecomeVisible-dot-org
I'm glad to see that many Jewish Israelis are doing the sensible thing by taking to the streets demanding change in their government and their country's overall leadership. 50, 000 people may or may not represent the entire State of Israel, but it resembles a substantial percentage of them, who really don't approve of their government's continued occupation of West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and favor the emergence of an independent, sovereign Palestinian nation-state in those above-mentioned territories, as well as the evacuation of Israeli troops and Israeli Jewish right-wing settlers from those territories as well.
Here's hoping that these particular people in Israel really find a voice, and that their government does get a change-over.
Though this is encouraging, there was another more encouraging demonstration the same day in which both Israelis and Palestinians marched on the Qalandia checkpoint demanding an end to the occupation and to apartheid. An article on this from the Israeli blog +972 here.
IMHO, We all need to know where Israel really came from. Most messes in the Middle East and Asia are the product of the British Government like Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel... And Imperial Government is nothing but a Fake Democracy, a Fig-leaf covering the richest people in the world:
Rothschilds Rockefellers Royals
The famous document you cited, The Balfour Declaration, was addressed to Baron Rothschild who hailed from the richest bankster family in the world.
The Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild (Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild), a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.
His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
The text of the letter was published in the press one week later, on 9 November 1917. The "Balfour Declaration" was later incorporated into the Sèvres peace treaty with the Ottoman Empire and the Mandate for Palestine. The original document is kept at the British Library.
I think it's important to understand that the Allies were previously concerned about the 1916 WWI stalemate and had run out of smokeless gunpowder which was critical for not giving away your position. Weizman, a chemist, provided a substitute.
During the first meeting between Chaim Weizmann and Balfour in 1906, Balfour asked what Weizmann's objections were to the idea of a Jewish homeland in Uganda (the Uganda Protectorate in East Africa in the British Uganda Programme), rather than in Palestine. According to Weizmann's memoir, the conversation went as follows:
"Mr. Balfour, supposing I was to offer you Paris instead of London, would you take it?" He sat up, looked at me, and answered: "But Dr. Weizmann, we have London." "That is true," I said, "but we had Jerusalem when London was a marsh." He ... said two things which I remember vividly. The first was: "Are there many Jews who think like you?" I answered: "I believe I speak the mind of millions of Jews whom you will never see and who cannot speak for themselves." ... To this he said: "If that is so you will one day be a force." Two months after Britain's declaration of war on the Ottoman Empire in November 1914, Zionist British cabinet member Herbert Samuel circulated a memorandum entitled The Future of Palestine to his cabinet colleagues. The memorandum stated that "I am assured that the solution of the problem of Palestine which would be much the most welcome to the leaders and supporters of the Zionist movement throughout the world would be the annexation of the country to the British Empire".
The same Chaim Weizmann, a chemist, then developed a way to produce acetone via fermentation, which the Germans had hoarded the world supply. Without acetone, you cannot produce cordite, smokeless ammunition, and will probably lose the war. So the Brit government owed him for bailing them out.
Another critical element in the conquest of Palestine, was Oil. The British had invaded Palestine's Jaffa Port in 1917 and later used Haifa Port to use as a petroleum terminal which was the shipping loading point for the terminus of their oil pipeline from Iraq via Jordan. Previously, Oil from Iraq made it to the Empire by way of rail.
They were very concerned with the safety of this rail all the way to their Suez Canal and to Egypt. Controlling Palestine Railroads was their real concern, which is why it dovetailed with the Rothschild Banking desire to relocate Germans to Palestine.
If I read my covert history correctly, that is. But everyone should read where Israel really came from:
In 1917 during the World War I British troops under General Allenby defeated the Ottomans and took Jaffa, which became part of the British-administered Palestine mandate (1922-1948).
I agree with the self-fulfilling prophecy bit - have been arguing that for some time ....
And i agree that Green registration might be useful - but, in the end, it is the vote that counts .... And i think that Greens need to reach out to those who traditionally don't vote because they think there is no one who represents them - give them a reason to come to the polls - and to independents, folks who don't really trust party politics - from what i understand they are the biggest bloc of voters - just think, if Greens got all those folk, or even a majority, they'd win ....
For some reason, I can't Like/"Heart" this post of yours. Error message says: "You are not permitted to view the requested resource". I think maybe you get one on/off heart "toggle" and that's it. I may have clicked on the heart twice, by mistake, not sure. Now I can't love it!
There's a learning curve on this new system.....
I forgot to mention what the "Palestine Problem"was that Zionist British cabinet member Herbert Samuel mentioned in his memo entitled "The Future of Palestine". It was organized resistance to the Empire.
In my readings, apparently, "the problem" that had London's knickers in a twist was that the workers on the Palestine Railroads, both Jew and Arab, were joining forces and striking the rail for better pay and working conditions. This happened repeatedly, and the Ottoman Empire solution (Otto-Land was really run by foreign Robber Barons like the British Residents who paid no taxes and were subject to no local laws) was to deport everybody out of Palestine and bring back just the Jewish blue-collar workers. This gave rise to a 1909 Left/Communist "Jewish Social Democratic Labour Party in Palestine (Poale Zion)" which was causing the Empire Labor problems from what I can tell.
The last thing the ruling classes wanted was peace and cooperation between the peasant Arabs and Jewish Labor organizers of Palestine, so they would engineer conflict, raids, insurrections, invasions, war, and hatred which continues right up to the present day. In my humble opinion, mind you.
Reminds me of the destruction of Union membership in the USA. Keep us divided.