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Netanyahu Responds to Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Posted on Sep 24, 2011

Less than an hour after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas finished speaking before the United Nations General Assembly about his wish for statehood, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the lectern to give his side of the story.

Much of Netanyahu’s speech was laden with criticism of the United Nations, which he variously referred to as a “theater of the absurd” and a “place of darkness.”

A much-quoted highlight:

“Today I hope that the light of truth will shine, if only for a few minutes, in a hall that for too long has been a place of darkness for my country. So as Israel’s prime minister, I didn’t come here to win applause. I came here to speak the truth. (Cheers, applause.) The truth is—the truth is that Israel wants peace. The truth is that I want peace. The truth is that in the Middle East at all times, but especially during these turbulent days, peace must be anchored in security. The truth is that we cannot achieve peace through U.N. resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties. The truth is that so far the Palestinians have refused to negotiate. The truth is that Israel wants peace with a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians want a state without peace. And the truth is you shouldn’t let that happen.”

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By zakimar, September 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment
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I’m sick and tired of the Zionist/racist jews crying
about “anti-Semitism” , “Nazis”, and a “holocaust” when
they are the worst anti-Semites (against Arabs),
support APARTHEID as Zionazis, and are continuing an
over 60 year real holocaust against the Native
Palestinians in real concentration camps.

Stop Terrorism : BOYCOTT Israel and USA

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By Robert, September 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

Israeli father of released U.S. hiker says his son is ‘faring well’

Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd arrested by Iranian soldiers in 2009 when hiking near unmarked Iran-Iraq border; Shourd released last year, but Bauer and Fattal only freed last week.

By Rutie Zuta

“Jacob Fattal, whose son Josh was one of two American hikers released last week after spending two years in an Iranian prison, has told Haaretz that his son is faring well.

Jacob Fattal said in a conversation with Haaretz yesterday in a mix of Hebrew and English, that Josh is currently avoiding the media, but is improving every day, although people who know him say he is thin.
U.S. hikers Sept. 24, 2011 (Reuters)   

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal speak during a news conference in Muscat, ahead of their departure to the United States, September 24, 2011.
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Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, along with Bauer’s fiancee, Sarah Shourd, were arrested by Iranian soldiers in 2009 as they were hiking near the unmarked border between Iraq and Iran. Shourd was released about a year ago, but Bauer and Fattal were only freed last week from the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, the Iranian capital, after the sultanate of Oman, a country on the Arabian Peninsula, intervened on behalf of the pair and posted a $1 million bond for them.

The released prisoners were flown on an Omani government plane to Oman’s capital, Muscat, where they were reunited with family members and with Shourd last Wednesday.

On Monday, Jacob Fattal returned to his publishing firm in Philadelphia after being away from the office for 10 days. Awaiting him were hundreds of e-mails from well-wishers, and television crews were parked outside seeking his comments.

From the beginning, Jacob Fattal said, he viewed his son’s detention as a political act, but tried not to highlight that in view of the fact that the three detainees were student hikers without any connection to American intelligence services. He called his son’s case a matter of bad timing.

Fattal said he never had concern that the Iranians would harm his son, because of the further damage it would do to American-Iranian relations, but he was concerned that Josh would remain in an Iranian prison for many years. In addition to all the other circumstances of Josh Fattal’s imprisonment, his family was concerned that the Iranians would learn he has family in Israel. Jacob Fattal immigrated to Israel in 1951 as a 3-year-old child from Basra in Iraq and lived in a transit camp in Kiryat Ono and then in Pardes Katz. His brother and two sisters still live in the Tel Aviv area and were aware of Josh’s arrest from the beginning.

Jacob Fattal’s sister, Yael, said she last saw Josh a few months before his arrest. “He’s a smart boy who made a mistake that cost him two years,” she told Haaretz yesterday. When asked how it was possible to keep his Israeli family ties a secret, she said: “Those who knew understood the great danger. We only told people who could pray for his release. We didn’t ask for anyone’s intervention.”

Jacob Fattal expressed surprise and gratitude that the Israeli press did not report on his son’s Israeli connections.”

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By omop, September 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Nethanyahu’s views parallel the two quotes below:

  “The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they
want more”…. Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time – August 28,
2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000

” [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.” Menahim Begin,
speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the
Beasts”. New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

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By RDNZL, September 28, 2011 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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One more thing Howard:

I hope you listened to Abbas’s speech with the same level of open-mindedness that you are granting to Netanyahu.

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By RDNZL, September 28, 2011 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Actually, I am not “off base” in referring to Israel as a racist nation, Howard.  First, find out for yourself if Arabs are allowed to own land in Israel.  They are not!  grin  They are unable to do other things as well, such as roam freely in Israel without identification.  You see, Jews do not have to do this in Israel, but Arabs do.  Find that out for yourself.  It’s the law there.  You do not have to take my word for that.  Also, so what if some Arabs are part of the Knesset or are professionals in Israel, Howard.  This does not change the fact that there is legalized inequality in Israel that favor European Jews to Arab detriment.

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By glider, September 28, 2011 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

It is a self fulfilling prophecy to use Hamas as an excuse to not make peace.  The more hardline and intractable the Israeli position the more it cultivates extremism amongst Palestinians.  The Israeli government understands this psychology and exploits it to prevent a peace settlement that they decidedly do not want.  Driving Abbas supporters to Hamas would help solidify Israel’s current position, perhaps even to the extent of grabbing more land.

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By Howard, September 28, 2011 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

I feel Truthsayer is right on the money with his remarks. One should NOT reject them. Instead just listen openly to Netanyahus speech.  And Abbas says he represents all Pal’s. But he does not rule Gaza, and if Hamas, who calls for complete destruction of Israel, takes over west bank from Abbs, like they did in Gaza, how good a nation or peace is that?
And Israel has arabs living in their country, they are in the Knesset as lawmakers, they are physicians, dentists, teachers and nurses.
  So you are off base in calling errroneous names such as racist to Israel.

Contrast that to arab lands where jewish peoples have been expelled and not allowed to live and they properties confiscatied. Even now decades later in the year 2011 !!

So Rdnzle is inaccurate in his comments.

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By RDNZL, September 27, 2011 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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You need to buy a new dictionary, christian96.  Fascist policies may be implemented in any nation, regardless of what type of government said nation has.  I would not go so far as calling Israel a fascist nation, but Israel certainly has racist laws.  Indeed, Israel has laws that discriminate against Arabs in a variety of ways.  You must never have visited Israel before.

I would also suggest to TruthSayer that the propaganda TruthSayer enjoys reading inhibits one’s ability to practice critical thinking and therefore should be disposed of.

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By omop, September 27, 2011 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

Bibi was, is and will continue to follow along Ben Gurion’s goal….

A partial Jewish state is not the end, but only the beginning. The
establishment of such a Jewish State will serve as a means in our
historical efforts to redeem the country in its entirety….

We shall organize a modern defense force…and then I am certain that
we will not be prevented from settling in other parts of the country,
either by mutual agreement with our Arab neighbors or by some other
We will expel the Arabs and take their places…with the force at our
disposal.” ~ Ben Gurion 1940.

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By drbhelthi, September 27, 2011 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

Due to the deaths, injuries, and demonstration of violent role models I think football should be eliminated from public schools.  christian96

Agreed, and also ban all violent computer games from school grounds.

As a teenager, I had trouble believing what came out of the mouth of the school football coach.  In the entire small town, the football field was the only place where angrily-shouted, foul language, shouted by the “leader” could be heard.  Such improper role-models reinforce the violence impressed on youth by football.

Improper role-models such as Netanjahu types are skilled in other areas of language abuse.  Continuing deceit, false solicitations and denial, while carrying out violence, comes natural to his lineage.

As far as the violence conducted by Palestinians, how much land and property have they taken from Israelis, and how many Israeli women have been abused by Palestinian soldiers, as they were being forced out of their homes and property?

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By christian96, September 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment

I was just watching the NFL game between Washington
and Dallas.  Several commericals advertised extremely violent war games for children to use on
their computers.  I’m sure the textbooks in Israel
and Palestine are slanted to support their particular view but I’m not sure the texts can even
compare with the violent computer war games.  The
games not only demonstrate violent behavioral role
models but also desensitize the act of killing another human being. If we had a functioning rational
unbiased government in Washington they would pass a
law to eliminate these violent war games.  Speaking
of violence there is a lot demonstrated to children
in football games.  I spent most of my working life
in education, many years as a School Psychologist.
Due to the deaths, injuries, and demonstration of
violent role models I think football should be eliminated from public schools.  Let the NFL pay for
their own minor leagues instead of using the public
schools as minor leagues.

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By glider, September 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment


The arguments you cite are many of the same ones that have been and will continue to be used to stonewall a true peace settlement. They are designed to provide Catch-22s that insure no Palestinian State will occur. Obviously, if you kick people out from their land by force and terror, you will generate sufficient ill will that many of them will wish you great ill. I do not see that as a valid reason to continue to treat Palestinians unjustly.  Additionally, given Israel’s might it is clear they could reverse any peace settlement not honored by the Palestinian’s at any moment.  The fact is that the Israeli government wants land more than peace.  The peace process is a charade.

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By Steve Mennie, September 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment
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Netanyau took a long time to say that Israel would be happy to take their
collective boot off of the neck of the Palestinians if only thePalestinians
would stop complaining and protesting that boot.

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By David J. Cyr, September 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

“The truth is—the truth is that Israel wants peace.”
— Benjamin Netanyahu

“Germany needs peace and desires peace!”
— Adolf Hitler

“I must say that I shall regret to see the war end.”
— George Armstrong Custer

“All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers came and destroyed our villages. Then Long Hair (Custer) came…They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same to us. Our first impulse was to escape but we were so hemmed in we had to fight.”
— Tashunkewitko (Crazy Horse)

Israel has done more harm to Jews than the Nazis did.

TRUTH: Israelis are behaving like Americans, and Americans are behaving like Israelis, because conservative (R)s and liberal (D)s keep voting for them both to do what they are doing… over there. All of America’s corporate (R) & (D) party voters are complicit in every war crime and crime against humanity that Israel and America commit.

The Israeli strategy is old school American: to patiently but relentlessly settle here, and settle there, until there’s no Palestine left for Palestinians.

“I love the peace process. I hope it lasts for a hundred years.”
— Ariel Sharon

Netanyahu deserves to enjoy the same long lingering death as Sharon. May his last for a hundred years, if he does not die like Custer did.

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By Robespierre115, September 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

@Howard, Let’s look at your points:

- Jordan is run by a brutal, corrupt, US/Israel-backed monarchy and you expected them to let the Palestinians have a state?

- One could certainly argue that the 1948 war was a mistake by the Arab powers, but who are the Arab powers TODAY? Saudi Arabia which is more worried about Iran? Jordan which is a collaborator with Israel? Egypt which collaborated with Israel for decades and even now refuses to end the peace treaty? And since then who has carried out more invasions? ISRAEL, just ask the Lebanese.

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By PatrickHenry, September 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

Hamas gave up the destruction of Israel rhetoric over 5 years ago.

The Palestinian political resolve has evolved over these many years, protests and demonstrations have been mostly peaceful.

Deaths are one sided in these encounters where IDF kill and are never held accountable for excessive use of force.

Suicide bombings and homemade rocket attacks are becomming more rare and are usually acts of personal revenge by a few malcontents than an organized attack using illegal munitions by a trained military upon an unarmed and embargoed nation.

Tanks, gunships, artillery against stones and/or a lucky rifle shot, a homemade rocket, or IAD. 

Anything to protect the neighborhood.

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By Robert, September 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

By Howard, September 26 at 10:09 am

“tuf also when any bookshop in Pal land of Amman or Cairo has mounds of books arguing and extolling the destruction of the jews and Israel.

tuf when the mosques and schools shout and propound the elimination of Israel.”


Hey Howard…your zionist hasbara is nothing but pure BS!

Take a look at what an Israeli academic writes regarding your beloved Apartheid…Israel/schoolbooks/racism…etc…


Academic claims Israeli school textbooks contain bias

Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as ‘terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers’

Saturday 6 August 2011


“Nurit Peled-Elhanan, an Israeli academic, mother and political radical, summons up an image of rows of Jewish schoolchildren, bent over their books, learning about their neighbours, the Palestinians. But, she says, they are never referred to as Palestinians unless the context is terrorism.

They are called Arabs. “The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don’t pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don’t want to develop,” she says. “The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer.”

Peled-Elhanan, a professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has studied the content of Israeli school books for the past five years, and her account, Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education, is to be published in the UK this month. She describes what she found as racism– but, more than that, a racism that prepares young Israelis for their compulsory military service.

“People don’t really know what their children are reading in textbooks,” she said. “One question that bothers many people is how do you explain the cruel behaviour of Israeli soldiers towards Palestinians, an indifference to human suffering, the inflicting of suffering. People ask how can these nice Jewish boys and girls become monsters once they put on a uniform. I think the major reason for that is education. So I wanted to see how school books represent Palestinians.”

In “hundreds and hundreds” of books, she claims she did not find one photograph that depicted an Arab as a “normal person”. The most important finding in the books she studied – all authorised by the ministry of education – concerned the historical narrative of events in 1948, the year in which Israel fought a war to establish itself as an independent state, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled the ensuing conflict.

The killing of Palestinians is depicted as something that was necessary for the survival of the nascent Jewish state, she claims. “It’s not that the massacres are denied, they are represented in Israeli school books as something that in the long run was good for the Jewish state. For example, Deir Yassin [a pre-1948 Palestinian village close to Jerusalem] was a terrible slaughter by Israeli soldiers. In school books they tell you that this massacre initiated the massive flight of Arabs from Israel and enabled the establishment of a Jewish state with a Jewish majority. So it was for the best. Maybe it was unfortunate, but in the long run the consequences for us were good.”


Click on link for the rest on Israel’s racism:

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By Sodium-Na, September 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

How and why the Iraqi Jews left Iraq for Israel after Israel was created in 1948 are well described in the following book:

The Jews of Iraq
Naom Jiladi

Mr.Jilady is an Iraqi Jew who became a Zionist in his youth,described in horrible details what he and agents of Israeli Zionists had violently and secretly done to the Jews of Iraq in order to create fear among them-fear from their fellow Iraqi Arabs in order to force them to flee Iraq to Israel.

Mr.Jiladi left Zionism and Israel with disgust and now lives in the United States.

It seems that the propagandists of the destructive ideology of Zionism never get tired of fabricating endless stories,instead of looking hard and long into the mirror to see what has become of them as human beings because of their endless lies.

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By sharonsj, September 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

The PLO charter calls for the “liquidation of the Zionist entity.”  I guess that’s a quaint way of saying that the Arabs are planning ethnic cleansing, so recognizing a Palestinian country is tantamount to condoning slaughter.

Meanwhile, I could swear that back in 1948, the U.N. created two countries, one for the Jews called Israel and one for the Palestinians called Jordan.  (That’s why 75% of Jordanians call themselves Palestinians.)  The West Bank and Gaza were not given to either country and were referred to as the “unassigned territories.” 

I don’t know why everyone is convinced that those two pieces of land ought to be a separate nation for Palestinian refugees while completely ignoring all the genuine Jewish refugees from Arab lands.  Baghdad used to have 150,000 Jews; when we invaded, only 27 were left.  All the rest were forced to give up their land and property when they fled, but I don’t see any of you deluded fools sticking up for their rights.

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By Frank.Goodman, September 26, 2011 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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Sorry but as long is Isreal is outside its 1967 borders it’s a war criminal.

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By Howard, September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

tuf to make peace , when having left Gaza and Lebanon, they (Israel) recceived ‘nutin but rockets and missiles.

tuf also when any bookshop in Pal land of Amman or Cairo has mounds of books arguing and extolling the destruction of the jews and Israel.

tuf when the mosques and schools shout and propound the elimination of Israel.

Yet they want peace as much as any people.  And anything they now want was previously offered to them, but they refused.

Maybe this time.  Yes arabia needs a 23 country.  That never exited before.

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By glider, September 26, 2011 at 9:20 am Link to this comment


Israel has absolutely zero inclination to make “peace” with the Palestinians under the existing conditions of unconditional American military and economic support irregardless of what she does.  The status quo only results in more and more advantages for Israel over time in terms of solidifying and expanding their land.  It is roughly the same dynamic America used with its native Indian population.  Without being strongly coerced to cut a deal with the Palestinians Israel will continue to stonewall and that is an absolute given.

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By Howard, September 26, 2011 at 6:09 am Link to this comment

Netanyahu is correct.  Sit down negotiations can solve
the problem. Other states cannot force a solution which
has been around for over 60 years.  Only lip service
byo the arab countries who attacked Israel in ‘48 and
have yet to make peace with Israel and in whose name
told the Pal’s to leave their homes in ‘48-‘49 while
they pushed the Israei’s into the sea.
  And why did Jordan not give the West Bank area tot he
pal’s when they had possesion fo 20 years?
  3 Cheers for Netanyahu, who explains reality quite

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By drbhelthi, September 26, 2011 at 2:21 am Link to this comment

The Zionist-Israeli deceit was demonstrated clearly in 1961, with JFK Sr.  Even after Kennedy made quasi-legal concessions to Ben- Gurion, regarding inspection of the nuclear reactor provided by France, Ben-Gurion had a false “control room” built one level above the nuke reactor. (“Gideon´s Spies The Secret History of the MOSSAD,” p. 91) 

The continuous deceit of Israeli leadership was again demonstrated on June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War with Egypt. The USS Liberty, operating in international waters, was attacked by Israeli combined air and sea forces, killing 34 crew members and wounded 170. A function of Israeli leaders´  “search for peace,” with the traitorous abetment of Lyndon B. Johnson. (A sad historical fact that Johnson´s entourage got to JFK before JFK´s investigation removed him from the VP, and stashed him in prison, where he belonged.)  Israeli pilots violated another international law by >deliberately< destroying life-rafts of the USS Liberty, when sailors tried to deploy them.  Only part of their “search for peace.”

Flotilla attacks 2009, 2010 and in 2011 a USSenator calls for NATO support of Israeli forces to attack any flotillas that attempt to supply food and medicine to Palestinians. (Mark Kirk Is AIPAC’s Million Dollar Baby, by M.J. Rosenberg)  Not to mention that all major candidates for the USPRESIDENCY 2008 marched to the AIPAC totem pole and begged for support. 

Right.  “Israel” has been searching for “peace” for seven thousand years.  At least.
Exclusively on “Israeli” terms.

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By Sodium-Na, September 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly,Benjamin Netanyahu,Israel’s Prime Minister has claimed of knowing the “truth”.


~ What kind of “truth” is yours when you force Palestinians from their homes and demolish their homes,in East Jerusalem,and make the owners of the homes homeless? For what? To build new houses or apartments or condos for Jews only! Shame on you Mr.Prime Minister! Shame on you,sir!

~ What kind of “truth” is yours when you keep stealing Palestinian lands under so many different excuses and pretexes to please your criminal settlers in their expanssionist land agenda,in the West Bank of Palestine,so that you can secure their votes in next election? Shame on you,Mr.Prime Minister! Shame on you,sir!

~ What kind of “truth is yours when you embargo 1.5 million human beings by your illegal and criminal siege of Gaza? Gaza was reported by those who knew better that it was/is the largest open-air prison in the world. Why you keep doing that? Your kind says because of Hamas. Hell,Hamas does not make a small fraction of the 1.5 million human beings who live there. As far as human decency is concern collective punishment is a fascist invention,since time immomorial. Shame on you,Mr.Prime Minister! Shame on you,sir!

It is obvious that you really have no genuine “truth” at all. In fact, the distance between “the truth” that’s supposed to be “truth” and yourself is like the distance between the Sun and Planet Earth,meaning you know no “truth”,but lies and more lies. Only fools may believe your delusional and fabricated “truths”,Mr.Prime Minister.

I truly feel sorry for the Israeli people who have to put-up with your endless rude and arrogant lies as much as their Palestian neighdors do. Sad! Sad! Sad!

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By christian96, September 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

Silence Is Complicity—-You associate Prime Minister
Natanyahu with fascism.  My dictionary defines “fascism” as a system of government characterized by a dictatorship.  Israel is a democracy which is a government by the people with
elected representatives, many of whom are Arabs living within Israel. 
As many biased ignorant people tend to do you took
the words of Prime Minister Netanyahu out of context.
You said he called the United Nations a “place of
darkness.”  If you have the ability to read objectively you will note he called the United Nations “a place of darkness for my country for too
If you are old enough you should remember decades ago when Israel was trying to live peacefully with
its neighbors that Palestinian radical Muslims were
blowing up buses in Jerusalem killing many Israelis.
I remember a radical Palestinian Muslilm blowing up
a Jewish wedding killing hundreds of people.
Not long after Israel once again became a nation
several Arab nations attacked Israel on Yom Kippur,
the most Holy day of the year to the people of Israel. Does that sound like nations who want to make
peace?  I’m not saying Israel is perfect but neither
is any other nation on earth.
The United Nations supports the Muslim Brotherhood
which seeks to drive Israel into the sea.  If you
don’t believe that try reading the Koran. It isn’t
the voice of Prime Minister Netanyahu that is making
you sick to your stomach.  It’s your blind biased
ignorance that is giving you stomach problems. I
suggest you try Mylanta.

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By TruthSayer, September 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment
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You all are good at name calling, but I challenge any
of you to find one phrase in Netanyahu’s speech that
was not a fact or truthful.  You can’t. You just
won’t accept facts and instead have a distorted fairy
tale view of this conflict.  Have any of you actually
taken the time to listen to the speech.  It’s well
written, factual, truthful, and delivered with

The bottom line to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
is the Palestinians since 1948 have avoided peace
over and over.  It’s an historical fact that can not
be denied.  The hand of peace was extended often and
it has never been accepted.  Why will it be accepted
now?  Before statehood, the Palestinians must accept
peace, or there will simply be two states living side
by side with one denying the legitimacy of the other.

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By Silence is Complicity, September 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

If fascism and arrogance can be represented through the face of a two-legged beast, then here you have it in the picture of Netanyahu accompanying this item of news.

And to add insult to injury, this latest face of fascism, known as Netanyahu, had the temerity to refer to the United Nations as a “theater of the absurd” and a “place of darkness.” Yet he and his comrade in evil, I mean Barack Obama, made the costly trip to be in this “place of darkness” and “theater of the absurd.” Yet this is the place of darkness and the theater of the absurd was the organ that recognized Israel and gave it legitimacy. Moreover, this is the place of darkness and the theater of the absurd that evil Zionists along with their partners in evil, political America, keep coming year after year to defy the whole world and continue to demonstrate that they alone stand against peace, justice and basic human right and self-determination.

Every time I see this face of evil or hear these words of arrogance, I feel sick to my stomach and have an urgent need to throw up!

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By bobi6, September 25, 2011 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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It’s to me that he and Obama gave the same speech. Or at least the parts I
heard. No surprise of course but almost the exact words. What exactly is
the point of direct negotiations that have been done before. Israel is now
taking on the role of oppressed underdog - a political tactic no doubt. In
this case they are all correct there must be security but it might make more
progress with an outside facilitator since Israel wants all its way - at least in
the past.

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By thecrow, September 25, 2011 at 5:09 am Link to this comment

“The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

‘We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,’ Ma’ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.’”

- Haaretz, 4/16/08

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By Sodium-Na, September 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment


An excellent comment. Thanks. Much appreciated.

Keep it coming…....

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By Robert, September 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment

Robert Fisk: Prayers, taunts and weary resignation in Jerusalem

24 September 2011


“So there I was, on the Via Dolorosa of course, chatting to a middle-aged guy in a red T-shirt and just a wisp of a beard with a prayer rug under his left arm.

And I asked him, of course, what he thought about Barack Obama’s speech. He grinned at me like he knew I had already guessed what he was going to say. “What did you expect?” he asked. Correct guess. After all, Haaretz had already referred this week to “President Barack Netanyahu” while the racist Israeli foreign minister said he would sign the speech with both hands. Maybe, I reflected in Jerusalem yesterday, Obama really is seeking election – to the Israeli Knesset.

But what was so striking about the streets of Jerusalem yesterday was the sense of resignation, of weary acceptance. The Israeli papers had warned of mass violence, but the crowds who turned up for morning prayers at Al-Aqsa simply laid out their prayer rugs on the highway outside the Damascus Gate or in the laneways behind the mosque and showed scarcely any interest in talking about Obama. Maybe America’s UN veto will rouse them to passion, but I have my doubts.”

So, too, Jerusalem yesterday. The Palestinians have watched America’s uncritical acceptance of Israeli occupation – the longest in the world – for 44 years. They knew all about it. It is only we Westerners who are horrified by torture pictures and by Obama’s hypocrisy.

The Palestinians even accepted the Israeli rule on morning prayers. No one under the age of 50 would be allowed to worship on the Al-Aqsa esplanade. Which is why those who could not enter simply spread their rugs on the tarmac and flagstones outside – in effect enlarging the forbidden holy esplanade over the traffic islands and pavements. Even the Israeli border guards and cops treated the thing as routine. There was, shall we say, a normality about it, a bit of shouting from a young man at the barricade on the main highway, a lot of shrugging by the Israelis.

There were even some nicely groomed police horses which watched the proceedings with big, tired eyes.

On the iron barrier, the police captain didn’t even bother to ask for my press pass; he just flicked his head and pulled the barrier aside. The television crews dutifully filmed the Israelis holding their assault rifles and truncheons. And – since I am a believer in the Department of Home Truths – I have to add that in other Middle East nations right now, I doubt if armed policemen would be quite so indifferent to the cameras.Needless to say, the more aggressive of Israel’s colonisers in the West Bank are not so keen to be filmed. Hence the scarves over their faces when they attack Palestinians. And daubing “Mohamed is a pig” in Hebrew on the wall of the mosque at Qusra, 30 miles from Nablus, wasn’t going to improve Arab-Israeli relations. The Palestinians have painted out “is a pig”, but naturally left the name of the Prophet untouched. You can see the same stuff on the walls of the Jewish colony at Hebron.

But again, it’s acquired its own normality, like the massive Israeli wall that scrapes across the landscape above Jerusalem, a terrible, hateful scar on the politics of this place which should blight the eye of every Palestinian or Israeli who sees it. Oddly, we Westerners seem to have stopped talking about it; maybe that’s why we like calling it a “security barrier” rather than a wall, something that is a problem to be solved – to quote Obama – “by the parties themselves.” And there was one little incident yesterday which illustrated this rather well.”


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By felicity, September 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

I agree with all four comments.  MeHere’s comment is
particularly enlightening - I’d overlooked that key
point, really key when Net is on one of his UN rants.

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By MeHere, September 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

If only the light of truth could shine, Mr. Netanyahu….. The UN was not a place of darkness, as you say, when in 1947 it passed a resolution calling for the establishment of the State of Israel.

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By Octopodian, September 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

The Israelis have wanted land more than peace from time immemorial.

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By Robespierre115, September 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Netanyahu again displayed himself as the ranting Mussolini of the Middle East. What a pathetic, frightening man.

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By rend it, September 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment

and as the truth is spoken more land is grabbed by settles, more orchards are bulldozed,
more water stolen, more pot shots are taken at Palestinian youth from towers mounted hi in
the separation wall, etc etc.

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