"In an interview late last year, Danon told me that there is not going to be a Palestinian state, and that Netanyahu shouldn't worry what the Americans think: 'I think that's why we have to do what is good for Israel and not to think about what sounds good in Washington...' ...After that, his aim might be drawn straight out of the South African playbook: Danon says bluntly that he wants to take the bulk of West Bank land – Judea and Samaria, as it's known in Israel – while ridding the Jewish state of responsibility for governing the mass of Palestinians. "Long-term, I am not talking about annexing the Palestinians. My goal is to annex – or 'apply sovereignty', as I prefer to call it – to the land in Judea and Samaria with the minimum amount of Palestinians," he told me. 'So, if I am doing the map, yes, I want the majority of the land with the minimum amount of Palestinians.' That was, essentially, South Africa's 1960s blueprint for the supposedly self-governing Bantustan homelands intended to rid white South Africa of millions of black people while taking the best of their land. I saw that plan in force in South Africa so I put it to Danon that not only is his policy similar but that the end result might look much the same: a patchwork of Arab towns and cities in the West Bank surrounded by Israel. He didn't deny it. 'As long as there is enough place to develop, then it doesn't have to look good," Danon said. "You want the well-being of Palestinians to be good, so I would look at the actual life of the people rather than how it will look on the map.'"It's like Congressional redistricting in the United States except that US Congresscritters do not kill to get their way. Israel does, as a matter of official policy, in what they call "self-defense" when after spending decades from Israel's first creation in 1948 - the stealing from and killing innocent Palestinians results in resistance and pushback against the illegal occupier. Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing, land theft, are all officially admitted to in broad daylight for the world to see. Israelis have all of the power and control with U.S. supplied weapons and an autoveto 5 in the U.N. Security Council. It is a source of amazement at how many American have been fooled by this regime that never intended peace, no, this rogue state wants all of the land and openly admits it as shown above and below from a wide array of sources. Read today's news across the globe about this latest war by Israel against Palestinians and then read the almost automagically vetoed U.N. resolutions over the decades noted just above in Israel's favor giving Israel virtual impunity 6 to do with it wants, under the rubric of the Likud Party that is currently and so often in power in Israel. While Likud (or worse to come) is in power there can be no peace with the Palestinians, and never has a Middle Eastern government been more of a candidate for regime change than this one. The World Likud, headed by none other than Danny Danon, besides giving him a place to hawk his book, says plainly on it's Web site, right now in 2014:
THE PLAN: The Immediate Phase: 1. Talks on the establishment of a Palestinian State will cease effective immediately. 2. Israel will declare its right to exist within its current borders, with no further surrender of territory. 3. Israel will annex a designated part of Judea and Samaria. 4. Israel and its neighbors will jointly bear the costs of relocation. 5. Arab self-ruled areas will be instated. 6. Equal citizenship, with equal national duties. 7. Any threat to Israel and its citizens will be dealt with accordingly.Leaving aside the fact that you cannot "surrender" what is not yours in the first place, according to the Likud, from their Deputy Defense Minister and head of World Likud in short: There will be no Palestinian state. It's on record for decades that there never was any intention on the part of the Israelis that there ever be one. They are taking the land and all that goes with it, being totally dishonest in "peace talks", and they do not want the Palestinians who were there before them. More than 500,000+ illegal colonists and the United Nations West Bank Fragmentation Map included with this article proves this out beyond a shadow of a doubt. The Israelis are plainly saying one thing and doing another. Over at the Jewish Virtual Library, under the heading "Original Likud Party Platform 1977" 7, just four years after Likud was founded in 1973, and ten years before Hamas was founded 8 in 1983:
"A plan which relinquishes parts of western Eretz Israel, undermines our right to the country, unavoidably leads to the establishment of a "Palestinian State," jeopardizes the security of the Jewish population, endangers the existence of the State of Israel. and frustrates any prospect of peace."How much more clear does it have to be made to Americans? From at least 1977 until now in 2014 there was never any intention by Israel to make peace in a Two State Solution(tm), there was never any intention for there to be Palestinian self-determination, they have openly admitted this all along; I am constantly amazed that some Americans deny this fact even as it is staring them in the face. A Hamas Army did not just spring up out of a vacuum. President Obama knows these facts as have other US Presidents relevant to this conflict and folks, so do the Palestinians. How do you gain trust of someone who tells you flatly that they are going to steal your land and resources, move your families, and if they don't move kill them, and continually over decades destroys through violence towards your innocent men, women and children, and any hopes of self-determination on your own land? Isn't it a given that any people would react by resistance with any means possible and a population with no hope from almost any quarter is not going to be influenced by the niceties of armed conflict... There have been discussions on the Web about various Likud Platforms for many years and some of them point out that there are different versions over time and this is true. Even during the various times of unrest like the one that has been dishonestly fueled here by Bibi 9, again Likud, that result in so many deaths of innocents on the side of the people who are captive, belligerently occupied, and who have no hope, the most common refrain from the beginning to the latest version of the Likud Platform they "flatly reject" a state of Palestine and even puts Apartheid standards down on paper that would govern any "peace" deal from the Israelis to date. In the much discussed 2006 version of the Israeli 15th Knesset's version of the Likud Platform10 says this:
a. The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. b. Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem. c. The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river. d. The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.That's pretty clear language. The short version is no state of Palestine and the intention to take the rest of the land all the way to the sea. From the Jordan river to the sea Israeli style. There can be no conversation in proper context of the Hamas Charter, where Hamas has evolved over the years into a much more pragmatic organization without discussing the unchanging view from Israel and its very actions prove this, that it the Israelis who intend to take all of the land but even with all of their might they cannot figure out how to do it without killing millions of Palestinians. The farce of "peace negotiations" cannot continue any more without a frank look at what Israel truly intends as outline above, compared to what their leaders such as Bibi lie about on American National TV. The violent Likud Part in Likud puts Israel squarely on the map for regime change just has other despotic killing regimes have been before. Human rights and simple dignity and honesty demands this. 1 Zuhur, Sherifa. "Hamas and Israel: Conflicting Strategies of Group-Based Politics" Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College December 2008 http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/pub894.pdf 2 Rashidi, Khalid. "Bad Faith in the Holy City" Foreign Affairs April 13th, 2010 http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/66198/rashid-khalidi/bad-faith-in-the-holy-city 3 Likud. "History of the Movement" Israeli Likud Party Accessed 2014-07-28 http://www.likud.org.il/en/about-the-likud/history-of-the-movement 4 McGreal, Chris. "Kerry wasn't wrong: Israel's future is beginning to look a lot like apartheid" The Guardian May 14th, 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/14/john-kerry-israel-apartheid-analysis 5 American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. "U.N. Security Council: U.S. Vetoes of Resolutions Critical to Israel 1972 - 2011" Jewish Virtual Library Accessed 2014-07-28 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/UN/usvetoes.html 6 The Editors. "The War on Gaza and the Cycle of Impunity" The Nation August 2014 http://www.thenation.com/article/180683/war-gaza-and-cycle-impunity# 7 American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. "The Original Likud Party Platform" Jewish Virtual Library 1977 https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Politics/LikudPlat1977.html 8 Eldar, Schlomi. "Hamas: The First Palestinian Army" Al-Monitor July 23rd, 2014 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/hamas-terror-organization-recruit-army-gaza-is-idf-tunnels.html 9 Goldberg, J.J.. "How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza" The Jewish Daily Forward July 10th, 2014 http://forward.com/articles/201764/how-politics-and-lies-triggered-an-unintended-war/?p=all 10 Democraticluntz. "The Likud Platform" Daily Kos January 8th, 2009 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/01/08/681872/-The-Likud-Party-Platform
For a long time, the IDF has been using Palestinians as human shields and ordering them to carry out military tasks that pose a threat to their lives. In implementing this policy, Palestinian civilians have been forced to carry out tasks such as removing suspicious objects from roads, ordering people to leave their homes to be arrested by the IDF, and standing in front of soldiers who were firing from behind them. These tasks were forced upon civilians who were chosen at random and could not refuse the orders given to them by armed soldiers. Israel agreed to change its policy on the use of human shields only after a petition was filed in the High Court of Justice. The change in policy was only partial. It took the death of a Palestinian civilian and an additional petition to the High Court for the state to prohibit all use of Palestinian civilians as human shields, including the “neighbor procedure.” As this report shows, the IDF has violated the Court’s injunction. The position of the state and the IDF Spokesperson, as presented above, that the “neighbor procedure” is legal because it does not come within the rubric of human shields, is inexplicable. The main reason that soldiers themselves do not knock on the door of the house of a person they want to arrest is because they fear that they will be injured. The assumption that a Palestinian carrying out the task instead of the soldiers would not get hurt is entirely unfounded. The assumption was completely disproved by the death of Nidal Abu Mukhsan; yet, the IDF did not change its policy. Furthermore, the “neighbor procedure” would be illegal even if the state’s claim that it does not come within the rubric of human shield were true. One of the basic principles of international law is that civilians are to be distanced from combat zones and protected from dangers stemming from military actions. Forcing Palestinians to endanger their lives is a clear violation of this principle, as well as an infringement of the right to life, dignity, bodily integrity, and liberty. In addition, the “neighbor procedure” would be illegal even if the Palestinians who were forced to take part in it were not exposed to any danger, simply because of the explicit prohibition against forcing civilians to take part in any kind of military activity.I urge Americans to read the B'Tselem report excerpted above and the testimonies within it. It will turn your stomach, it will make you disgusted and sick, but you must learn what Israel is really all about. American National Security depends on what Americans actually know about Israel putting the United States in such mortal danger. In December 2005 the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) announced the result of the above noted petition filed by "ACRI, Adalah, B’Tselem, Qanun (Law), Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), and HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual" against the "neighbor procedure" when the Israeli High Court outlawed the practice on October 22nd, 2005 writing:
"...the Supreme Court ruled that the use of Palestinian civilians in military operations constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law, and banned the army’s use of civilians either as “human shields or hostages”. The President of the Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, further added that “the army cannot use civilians for its purposes” and that “you cannot exploit the civilian population for the army’s military needs, and you cannot force them to collaborate with the army”. The petition demanded that the practice of using Palestinian civilians as human shields during military operation in the occupied territories, be halted, and was directed against the IDF Commander of Judea and Samaria, The Israeli Chief of Staff and the Prime Minister. The decision follows three years of dedicated and exhaustive litigation work by Adalah Attorney, Marwan Dalal. In April 2002, during the IDF Defensive Shield operation in Jenin, reports started to filter through that the IDF were forcing Palestinian citizens to act as human shields: to accompany them during military operations, to stand in front of them, to knock on doors, to remove suspicious objects from the street, to order people to leave their houses so that the IDF could detain them, to stand in front of soldiers while the latter were firing from behind them, and other fighting tactics that endangered their lives. The citizens, among them children and old people who were chosen randomly, could not refuse the order of armed soldiers."That's right, the "most moral army in the world" uses old people and KIDS as Human Shields when perpetrating War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity against innocent Palestinian women and children and "old people". It is monstrous that there has been so little coverage of these facts by the so-called "mainstream media" who only print news they are told to print by those who support Israel's well-documented and continued crimes spanning decades. In covering these events from TWELVE YEARS AGO ACRI further writes:
"...In May 2002 the petitioning organizations submitted a petition to the Supreme Court against the use of human beings to achieve military goals. The organizations claimed that the IDF was denying innocent civilians the right to life, dignity, and freedom. The submission of the original petition resulted in the issuance of an order by the IDF, which prohibited the use of civilians as human shields. The IDF informed the court on 5 December 2002 that it opposes the use of human shields but then issued a new operational order, “the prior warning” order, which allowed the use of local Palestinian residents when arresting fugitives. The order was allegedly designed “to prevent injury to the local population and the fugitives themselves”. The use of local residents was supposed to give the residents of the fugitive’s house enough warning that the arrest was about to take place, providing innocent bystanders with time to get out of the building and allowing the fugitive to turn himself in. In this way, the IDF would purportedly avoid using force and endangering bystanders. The order was dependent upon the agreement of the individual in question to help the soldiers, and only if in the opinion of the officer in the field no danger would be posed to the life of the Palestinian citizen “volunteer”. On 21 January 2003, the Supreme Court authorized the implementation of the “prior warning order”. During the hearing in July 2003 the petitioners submitted affidavits demonstrating that the IDF ignores the section of the order that prohibits endangering the individual’s life, and that the condition requiring the resident’s agreement is meaningless."As I have been writing for many years, the rule of law is meaningless in Israel when it comes to furthering the "Greater Israel" project that the Israelis have undertaken since even before the state of Israel was established by terror (and Western guilt over the Holocaust) in 1948. So that must be the end of Israel using Human Shields after this ruling right? Wrong. In November of 2010 Human Rights Watch (HRW) penned a report about the ridiculous sentence handed down to two IDF soldiers were were convicted of using a CHILD for a Human Shield during Cast Lead I in 2008-2009 writing:
"The slap on the wrist for these soldiers is another slap in the face for the victims of violations during Operation Cast Lead," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Not only do these sentences seem unjustifiably lenient, but two years later, they are the only sentences Israel has handed down for serious human rights violations among the many alleged during the Gaza offensive." The court ruling, which demoted two staff sergeants to the rank of sergeant and gave them suspended three-month sentences, sends a dangerous signal that the Israeli military justice system will not seriously sanction soldiers convicted for offenses that are war crimes under international law, Human Rights Watch said..."It is appalling to read these facts I know, for the people who are uninformed by the "mainstream media" about Israeli OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED War Crimes. Although there is a refreshing change from reporting as usual now under Cast Lead II, AKA the current criminal operation by Israel that the misnamed as "Operation Protective Edge", an operation driven by Bibi Netanyahu even as he is driving Israel into oblivion. The details of the case were spelled out by HRW in this way:
"The Israeli southern command military court indicted the two staff sergeants in March for separating nine-year-old Majed R. from his mother and ordering him at gunpoint to open bags suspected of containing booby-trapped bombs in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, south of Gaza City, on January 15, 2009. No explosives were found. The court convicted the soldiers in October of 'exceeding authority to the point of endangering life or health,' which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, and the disciplinary offense of 'conduct unbecoming' a commander. The laws of war applicable during the Gaza offensive prohibit as a war crime the deliberate use of civilians to shield against enemy attack. Shielding is prohibited under Article 28 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which applies to Gaza as an occupied territory. The First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, which reflects customary international law generally and in this instance, says that, 'Individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favor or impede military operations.'"They callously used a NINE YEAR-OLD kid to protect these "great men" from the vaunted "most moral army in the world" and got a "slap on the wrist". A child! This has gone on and on no matter what international law says, no matter what the Israeli High Court said, the horrible atrocity continues to this very day and all to protect soldiers tasked with subjugating the indigenous people of Palestine in the ongoing insane quest for "Greater Israel". Would you want your nine year-old child treated in this way? Of course not, any thinking, feeling, breathing moral human being should be appalled at this outlawed practice by the "world's most moral army". So after this incident, and the many before it, surely the IDF has discontinued this odious, offensive and immoral practice right? No, in June of 2013 Reuters reported on the release of a new United Nations Report from the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child that shows the continued use of Palestinians as Human Shields by Israel "defense" forces writing that the report:
"...voiced deep concern at the "continuous use of Palestinian children as human shields and informants", saying 14 such cases had been reported between January 2010 and March 2013 alone. Israeli soldiers had used Palestinian children to enter potentially dangerous buildings before them and to stand in front of military vehicles to deter stone-throwing, it said. "Almost all those using children as human shields and informants have remained unpunished and the soldiers convicted for having forced at gunpoint a nine-year-old child to search bags suspected of containing explosives only received a suspended sentence of three months and were demoted," it said.So surely after this report in 2013 the atrocious practice of using Palestinians as Human Shields is now finally over and it has stopped right? Wrong again, as I have written for so many years the rule of law means nothing to Israel and that is because Israel is completely protected by the United States who bankrolls these practices and far more terrifying is that even under President Obama, the U.S. President that the world had so much hope for, Israel still commits atrocities and War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity with unique abandon enjoying complete impunity because of the autoveto by the United States whenever there is an attempt by the world body to at least reprimand Israel for it's illegal and harmful to U.S. National Security actions in their ongoing and odious quest for the impossibility of a "Greater Israel". The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reported THIS YEAR, July 18th, 2014, more than twelve years later from the first incident I reported above, the following:
"Speaking this morning as Israeli forces continue a new ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu described the IDF as 'a moral army like no other'. He added: 'those responsible for the damage to uninvolved civilians are the Hamas, and Hamas alone, who use civilians as human shields.' It is a familiar refrain. But in fact, it is the Israeli military itself that turns Palestinians into 'human shields', and strips them of their protected status under international law."In short, this latest Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is lying through his teeth, right in the face of the public, in full view of the reams of evidence to the contrary over well more than a decade, that all these actions are the fault of the VICTIMS of Israeli aggression, land and resource theft, home demolitions, the use of kids for Human Shields, the extremely well-documented War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed by Israel over many decades against the captive and occupied Palestinians. Ben White from MEMO continues:
In the aftermath of 'Operation Cast Lead', Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article on the legal advice given to the country's armed forces by the international law division (ILD) of the Military Advocate General's Office. Addressing the subject of IDF-issued warnings to Gaza residents, including the so-called 'knock on the roof' tactic seen in 'Operation Protective Edge', a senior ILD figure made the following, disturbing admission.CONCLUSION There is no denying that Israel is using, and has for many years, innocent Palestinians including children as Human Shields. Bibi cynically tries to claim that Hamas is using civilians as Human Shields because in Gaza, with 1.8 million people, Hamas should fight in a different way in an Israeli embargoed, blockaded, restricted, open-air prison enclave where you cannot swing a dead cat without hitting a civilian, half of them kids. Bibi expects those that fight against the Israeli onslaught in their quest to create a complete "Greater Israel" to somehow move civilians out of the blockaded territory when Israel has created a "no-go" area where innocent Palestinian civilians will be shot on sight by Israeli "defense" forces. This is not "self-defense", it is premeditated murder of innocent Palestinian civilians, and most cynically the deliberate use of individual civilians, handpicked by the vaunted Israeli "defense" force to protect their soldiers. It's not some nebulous claim like Bibi makes about Palestinian militants using Human Shields by virtue of them not being able to do a thing with these civilians because Israel will shoot them dead if they even make a stir. No, Israel, OFFICIALLY, uses innocent INDIVIDUAL Palestinians, often CHILDREN, in an obscene effort to use kids to protect fully grown "soldiers" from coming into harm through their nefarious and murderous military operations. These are Crimes Against Humanity in full view of the world and the protector of Israel, the enabler, the financier of these crimes, is the United States and I am appalled and sorry that our United States President, Barack Obama, is doing nothing to stop the carnage. Nothing can be done until the entire world, and not just the 138 countries who voted for Palestine to become an Observer State that the United States, obviously under the control of Israel, voted against. This happened under U.S. President Barack Obama. His administration voted against Palestinian Observer States status and instead has chosen to support Israeli War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity against innocent Palestinians simply trying to protect themselves from Israel stealing the rest of the land from them after stealing so much already. I had high hopes for President Obama and voted for him twice. I have stood with him through thick and thin. But now I am forced as an American, to apologize to the Palestinian people for the fact that our U.S. President has abandoned a needy and subjugated people to be murdered in their homes and in their beds by Israel, and even by their using innocent Palestinian kids as Human Shields to shield the "most moral army in the world" from any resistance to the continued grave and lethal slaying of their people by Israel in their nefarious colonial quest. It was thought for a time in the Muslim world that President Obama would finally fix U.S. foreign policy and stop supporting Israeli War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity including using children and other innocent Palestinian civilians as INDIVIDUALS as Human Shields. But sadly, President Obama, who I have supported so fully over the years of his presidency, has failed to project U.S. power to the good and completely shut down the Israeli war machine that only exists to steal land and resources from the Palestinians and others in the region. President Obama's failure in this regard leaves me deeply saddened and ashamed of the United States for supporting this odious Israeli regime and its use of kids as Human Shields. To the Palestinian people: I'm sorry that President Obama supports a rogue regime that uses your children as Human Shields to protect the monstrous military machine being used against you to steal your remaining land and resources and murders your people while doing that crime - and my deepest sympathy goes out to you. I wish I could do more than just highlight the facts. President Obama much to his credit phoned Bibi Netanyahu on Sunday 2014-07-27 and according to a Whitehouse readout of the conversation said "the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s initiative, as well as regional and international coordination to end hostilities. The President underscored the enduring importance of ensuring Israel’s security, protecting civilians, alleviating Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, and enacting a sustainable ceasefire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority. The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza."
The people who go into a house despite a warning do not have to be taken into account in terms of injury to civilians, because they are voluntary human shields. From the legal point of view, I do not have to show consideration for them. In the case of people who return to their home in order to protect it, they are taking part in the fighting.In other words, the Israeli military strips Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip of their protected status under international law, labeling them 'voluntary human shields'. In the same article, an ILD official justified targeting Gaza's "entire governmental infrastructure". As Israel deliberately targets family homes, and the death toll rises, this is an important additional insight into the tactics being used by the Israeli army in its bombardment of the Gaza Strip. It is also further evidence of war crimes.