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Israel’s entire legal system has been polluted Nahum Barnea - Ynet - "There is no law and no justice when a judge lets the state representative guide her on the number of days she should keep suspects in custody. If the public reaches the conclusion that it’s all fixed, we will no longer have a legal system, because without faith there is no law." - id 28/2/2018
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Israel’s Chief Justice Aware Netanyahu Crony Offered Bribe, Never Reported ItRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The political process is shot through with greed and corruption. The army and intelligence services are riddled with sexual violence, financial chicanery, and genocidal boasts. These are the leading institutions of Israeli society. And the fish always stinks from the head." - id 28/2/2018
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Netanyahu will leave a gaping holeYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "It is not a question anymore of finding partners to make peace on the basis of separation – partners for that no longer exist. But there are Palestinians who want to establish a new democratic social order as part of the Middle East and the emerging new world, and this is the true challenge we are facing." - id 28/2/2018
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Go in Peace! Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "In a normal country, after the almost incredible series of corruption affairs, the opposition would assume power, and one of its leaders would become Prime Minister. Simple. But Israel is not a normal country." - id28/2/2018
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The end of the Netanyahu era is an unexpected gift to Mahmoud AbbasMenachem Klein - +972 - Any move Netanyahu makes — peace or war, annexation or withdrawal — will be interpreted as an attempt to escape the stink of corruption. Thereby was foiled the “deal of the century” that Trump intended to present to Abbas this coming spring, allowing him to negotiate not over details of the deal, but only over its implementation. The “deal of the century” was planned in coordination with Netanyahu’s administration. The political uncertainty in Israel makes it impossible for Trump to put the blame on Abbas. [bz]27/2/2018
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Case 5000: Just When Bibi Thought It Couldn’t Get WorseRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "In Israel and other corrupt states, it’s not hard to imagine how. But Israel touts itself a democracy upholding the rule of law. This incident further substantiates the rot that is at the heart of key Israeli institutions, whether they be the army, judiciary, or Knesset. We’ll see how much, if any pressure is exerted on the Chief Justice to quit her job.It does seem like the police could have a criminal case against her. Though if she helps in the case against Bibi, they might arrange a deal for her." ca 24/2/2018
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Failed British politician hired by leading Israel lobbyist David Cronin - Electronic Intifada "Natascha Engel, the politician in question, lost her parliamentary seat in last year’s general election. Since then, she has been appointed to the advisory board of Polak’s consultancy firm TWC Associates.The firm’s clients include Israel’s Elbit Systems, a manufacturer of drones and white phosphorus and other munitions which Israel has used while attacking Gaza.Elbit stated last year that it wished to regard Britain as an “actual home market,” because its activities have grown significantly in that country." ca 23/2/2018
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Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War VIDEO INTERVIEW - Aaron Mate "As Benjamin Netanyahu threatens war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that in targeting Iran, the U.S. and Israel are threatening wider conflict in Syria and Lebanon." ca23/2/2018
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The Coming Wars to End All WarsEdward Curtin - Information Clearing House "The Trump and Netanyahu governments have a problem: How to start a greatly expanded Middle-Eastern war without having a justifiable reason for one. No doubt they are working hard to solve this urgent problem. If they can’t find a “justification” (which they can’t), they will have to create one (which they will). Or perhaps they will find what they have already created. Whatever the solution, we should feel confident that they are not sitting on their hands. " ca23/2/2018
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Why ‘Milchan law’ at core of PM graft case is about so much more than tax breaksSIMONA WEINGLASS - The Times of Israel - It is a law that is proving central to the corruption case against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It has been dubbed “the Milchan law” because of its centrality to the investigation of the alleged illicit interactions between Netanyahu and Israel-born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan. But its widely misunderstood provisions extend far beyond the prime minister and his associates, and now threaten to derail years of effort by Israel’s financial oversight authorities to reverse Israel’s reputation as a haven for criminal money launderers.-rh 21/2/2018
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Will the Israeli-Iranian Showdown Be in Syria — or New York?Trita Parsi - Information Clearing House "According to the Iranian foreign ministry and Tehran’s ally Hezbollah in Lebanon, the events of Feb. 10 signify that the “era of Israeli strikes on Syria is over” — and mark a further reduction in Israel’s maneuverability, who for years have freely bombed targets in Syria without significant repercussions.But despite the tough rhetoric, few see much appetite in Israel or in Iran for a direct military engagement." ca 16/2/2018
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Trump opposes Netanyahu on annexation plansMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "The Israeli opposition was quick to take advantage of Netanyahu’s humiliation by celebrating the slap across the face he just received from his “good friend.” But within a day, the entire incident had died down, and the Americans announced that it was closed, as far as they were concerned." ca 16/2/2018
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Shabak Claims Erdogan Government Funds Hamas Terror CellRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - " Shabak, like the Canadian Mounties, always get their man–whether the man is guilty or not." - id 14/2/2018
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What the Hell? Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "An Israeli? A Jew? A peace activist? A Journalist? An author? An ex-combat soldier in the Israeli army? An ex-terrorist? A…? All of these and more. OK. OK. But in what order? Which is the most important component?" - id 14/2/2018
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Another Unnecessary WarIdan Landau - Informaiton Clearing House "Israel has a long history of fabricating “grounds for war.” The Israeli-British-French conspiracy (the Protocol of Sèvres) that led to the Sinai Campaign was hidden from the public for many years; instead the government resorted to the excuse of “preventing infiltration of terrorists from Sinai.” The Oranim battle plan (Hebrew) for the First Lebanon war, which sought to replace the government in Beirut, was hidden from the public. Instead the pretext for the invasion was said to be the removal of Fatah from the area 40 kilometers north of the border.11/2/2018
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Is interior minister deceiving Israelis about deportation of migrants? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri claims that additional working permits will be issued for Palestinians to replace deported African migrants...Work permits allow a Palestinian to remain in Israel only until the evening; laborers must return to their homes in the territories at the end of a work day. African migrants work in different sectors, and many of them are employed during nighttime hours, in restaurants, hotels and leisure venues. Palestinians could not replace them." ca 10/2/2018
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The Sinister Reason Behind Qatar`s Wooing of the Jews REUTERS - Haaretz "Doha wants to influence D.C. elites. But rather than targeting Congress or the media, they`re lavishly, and disproportionately, focusing on right-wing, pro-Israel Jews A debate over the good name of Qatar has become a burning issue in Washington. The Emirate has been waging an all out charm offensive aimed at convincing Americans not to back Saudi Arabia’s efforts to isolate it. " ca9/2/2018
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Israel’s growing ties with former Arab foesIshaan Tharoor - Washington Post "A number of recent reports have appeared to confirm one of the worst-kept secrets in the Middle East. In coordination with Egyptian authorities, Israel has for months been conducting clandestine airstrikes against jihadist groups operating in northern Sinai. The Israelis used unmarked drones, helicopters and jets to launch at least 100 strikes on the peninsula, all with the apparent blessing of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi." ca8/2/2018
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ADL Wastes Time Demanding Apologies from Barack Obama Instead of Exposing Jew-KillersRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "As for me, I remain deeply suspicious of permitting Islamophobes and their academic partners determine what can be said and can’t, about Israel on social media platforms. As for the ADL, it’s always Israel, Israel, Israel. First and last. And when the subject they address isn’t directly related to Israel it’s indirectly related to it." - id 7/2/2018
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Netanyahu in Russia: The starling went to the ravenYacov Ben Efrat - Challenge - "While Israeli headlines were captured by Poland’s new law (exonerating that country from involvement in Nazi crimes), by the prospect that Netanyahu may be questioned under caution in a bribery scandal (the submarine affair), and by plans to expel thousands of asylum seekers, Netanyahu conducted a diplomatic blitz." - id7/2/2018
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A History of Idiocy Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Poland never made peace with the Nazis, unlike several other European countries. The Polish government fled to France and then to Britain, from where they directed the Polish resistance. Actually, there were two Polish underground organizations, a national and a communist one. Both fought the Nazis and paid a heavy price." - id 7/2/2018
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Israel demolishes another EU-funded school, but no EU statement condemning the demolitionTamara Nassar - EI - The school was built with funding from the European Union and the Palestinian Authority in September, but neither have done anything to hold Israel accountable for the destruction of the classrooms. This is in keeping with the EU’s inaction over the tens of millions of dollars of projects it has funded that Israel has destroyed in recent years. [bz]6/2/2018
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Israel embarrassed by its Holocaust-denying allies in PolandAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "From Israel’s perspective, the problem is how to appear sufficiently upset in order to maintain the self-declared Jewish state’s self-appointed role as the guardian of the memory of the millions murdered.It’s an awkward balancing act since in the 21st century, anti-Semites and even some Holocaust deniers are among Israel’s closest and most fervent allies." ca 2/2/2018
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Israeli Physicians NGO Demands Revocation of License of Doctor Directing Expulsion of African RefugeesRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "It was Mor Yosef’s unit which advertised for bounty hunters to capture refugees off the streets and whisk them back to Africa, in much the same way that 19th century slave catchers were dispatched by white plantation owners to capture runaway slaves and return them to their southern owners.It was also Mor Yosef who announced that in its infinite mercy, his agency would not deport every single African refugee, but only those who were single males. In the mind of this brilliant pencil-pusher, only single males leave their homes looking for work, thus making them economic migrants, rather than true refugees." ca 2/2/2018
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Genocide Victims as Refugee Dealers Yair Auron - Haaretz "It`s hard to believe that the people behind the deal to expel asylum seekers from Israel to Rwanda are the leaders of two peoples who suffered genocide recently." ca2/2/2018
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