Tag Archives: Israel

Iran, the Thinkable Ally

As ISIS forces continue to undermine regional security and Iraq’s territorial integrity,  only one country has the influence and capability to defeat ISIS.  Roger Cohen of the New York Times puts this way: “ISIS is a barbarous, shared enemy whose rollback becomes immeasurably more challenging in the absence of American-Iranian understanding. Allies need not be friends, as the Soviet role in defeating Hitler demonstrated. President Obama’s war against ISIS makes war with Iran more unthinkable than ever. Absent a “comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful,” in the words of last year’s accord, the drumbeat for such a war would almost certainly resume. From Jerusalem to Washington countless drummers are ready.”

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Israel’s “Dahiya doctrine”

According this secret cable written on October 15, 2008,  Israel has a doctrine called the “Dahiya Doctrine.”  The refers to bombing of  “Dahiya quarter in Beirut during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.”According to an Israeli military official  “Israel will use disproportionate force upon any village that fires upon Israel, “causing great damage and destruction. Eisenkot made very clear: this is not a recommendation, but an already approved plan — from the Israeli perspective, these are “not civilian villages, they are military bases.”

Another secret report written in 2009,  found that Israel deliberately targeted UN buildings and offices,and that “the Israeli Defense Forces breached the inviolability and immunity of UN premises, that such inviolability and immunity cannot be overridden by demands of military expediency, and that the IDF did not take sufficient precautions to fulfill its responsibilities to protect UN property and personnel and civilians taking shelter therein.”

Disproportionate use of force,  targeting civilian villages and cities,  and disregard of international norms and conventions,  only hurts Israel’s international image and position. 

Rightwing Politicians and one Israel Professor Advocate Genocide of the Palestinians

Encouraged by the war in Gaza,  extremists in Israel want genocide of the Palestinian people. For one of them,   Writing on her Facebook page,  Ayelet Shaked, calls “for murdering the mothers of what she terms Palestinian “terrorists” (a very broad concept indeed in current Israeli thinking) so that they cannot give birth to more “little snakes….They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists. They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists. …”

 Where is the reaction from International Community about this outrageous statements ?

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