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Posted on Jun 13, 2010
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Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, Haaretz, condemns the Netanyahu government’s “farce” of an inquiry into the deadly flotilla raid: “The conclusions of an ostensible probe are intended to justify retroactively the decision to blockade Gaza ... and to use deadly force on the deck of the Mavi Marmara.”

Tony Blair (remember him?), meanwhile, is promising that the Gaza blockade will soon ease to let more humanitarian aid through.

Dap to @ggreenwald, who is tweeting daily on this and other important stories.

Haaretz:

The government’s efforts to avoid a thorough and credible investigation of the flotilla affair seem more and more like a farce. The conclusions of an ostensible probe are intended to justify retroactively the decision to blockade Gaza, to forcibly stop the Turkish aid flotilla in international waters and to use deadly force on the deck of the Mavi Marmara.

To make the costume seem credible, the Prime Minister’s Bureau asked a retired Supreme Court justice, Yaakov Tirkel, to chair the committee. Alongside him will sit foreign observers in order to legitimize the conclusions in international public opinion. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even pledged to testify before the committee, together with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, other ministers and the chief of staff, so “the truth will come out.”

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By Arabian Sinbad, June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

By call me Roy, June 17 at 7:18 pm #

“The prophet Isaiah said essentially the same thing. Different verbiage, same result.”
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I call you sicko! I feel very insecure that I have to share this Earth with a nut like you!

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By call me roy, June 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

When Israel had learned that Syria has supplied Hezbollah in Lebanon with advanced anti-aircraft systems and long-range missiles. It’s also reported that they’ve been given SCUD missiles like Saddam Hussein used against Coalition forces during the Gulf War. These missiles put virtually all of Israel within Hezbollah’s range now. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak believes that Hezbollah may have 40,000 missiles ready for use against Israel. Unfortunately, neither the White House nor the State Department believes it.

Nonetheless, Israel has put Syria on notice. The London Sunday Times is reporting that Israel sent a message to Syria. The message warned that Israel now views Hezbollah as a division of the Syrian military. If Hezbollah attacks, Israel will retaliate against Syria. Earlier, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that “if war breaks out, the Assad dynasty will lose its power and cease to reign in Syria.” Another Cabinet minister put it more bluntly. He said, “We’ll return Syria to the Stone Age….” That sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? The prophet Isaiah said essentially the same thing. Different verbiage, same result.

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By Robert, June 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

June 14, 2010

Questions, Questions

Who is Afraid of a Real Inquiry?

By URI AVNERY


If a real Commission of Inquiry had been set up (instead of the pathetic excuse for a commission), here are some of the questions it should have addressed:


1. What is the real aim of the Gaza Strip blockade?

2. If the aim is to prevent the flow of arms into the Strip, why are only 100 products allowed in (as compared to the more than 12 thousand products in an average Israeli supermarket)?

3. Why is it forbidden to bring in chocolate, toys, writing material, many kinds of fruits and vegetables (and why cinnamon but not coriander)?

4. What is the connection between the decision to forbid the import of construction materials for the replacement or repair of the thousands of buildings destroyed or damaged during the Cast Lead operation and the argument that they may serve Hamas for building bunkers – when more than enough materials for this purpose are brought into the Strip through the tunnels?

5. Is the real aim of the blockade to turn the lives of the 1.5 million human beings in the Strip into hell, in the hope of inducing them to overthrow the Hamas regime?

6. Since this has not happened, but – on the contrary – Hamas has become stronger during the three years of the blockade, did the government ever entertain second thoughts on this matter?

7. Has the blockade been imposed in the hope of freeing the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit?

8. If so, has the blockade contributed anything to the realization of this aim, or has it been counter-productive?

9. Why does the Israeli government refuse to exchange Shalit for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, when Hamas agrees to such a deal?

10. Is it true that the US government has imposed a veto on the exchange of prisoners, on the grounds that it would strengthen Hamas?

11. Has there been any discussion in our government about fulfilling its undertaking in the Oslo agreement - to enable and encourage the development of the Gaza port - in a way that would prevent the passage of arms?

12. Why does the Israeli government declare again and again that the territorial waters of the Gaza strip are part of Israel’s own territorial waters, and that ships entering them “infringe on Israeli sovereignty”, contrary to the fact that the Gaza Strip was never annexed to Israel and that Israel officially announced in 2006 that it had “separated” itself from it?

13. Why has the Attorney General’s office declared that the peace activists captured on the high seas, who had no intention whatsoever of entering Israel, had “tried to enter Israel illegally”, and brought them before a judge for the extension of their arrest under the law that concerns “illegal entry into Israel”?

14. Who is responsible for these contradictory legal claims, when the Israeli government argues one minute that Israel has “separated itself from the Gaza Strip” and that the “occupation there has come to an end” – and the next minute claims sovereignty over the coastal waters of the Strip?

Question concerning the decision to attack the flotilla:

15. When did the preparation for this flotilla become known to the Israeli intelligence services? (Evidence on this may be heard in camera.)

16. When was this brought to the attention of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Cabinet, the Committee of Seven (in charge of security matters) and the IDF Chief of Staff? (ditto)

17. What were the deliberations of these officials and institutions? (ditto)

18. What intelligence was submitted to each of them? (ditto)

19. When, by whom and how was the decision taken to stop the flotilla by force?”

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Click on link for the rest:

http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery06142010.html

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By DonkeyHotey, June 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment
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Hi Truthdig,

Thanks for using the image of Netanyahu I posted on Flickr. I have been creating and putting out these cartoons for awhile in hopes that people would start using them to illustrate editorial content. This type of use is exactly what I had in mind.

Thanks again,

DonkeyHotey
http://flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey

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By jean gerard, June 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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Pots and kettles!  By this time national governments and religious hierarchies are
so far into atrocity-promotion that nobody can investigate anybody else with a
straight face.

It’s going to take the combined efforts worldwide of educational and human rights
organizations, plus the active support of millions of ordinary people everywhere,
to pull these renegades back from the brink of moral suicide that will take us over
the edge. 

In unity is strength.

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By hidflect, June 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

Incidents like this do have a useful side. Take a careful note of the names you read in the paper or on the web who defend the piracy and you’ll have discovered many of the shills and propagandists in the media. Safe to ignore or be wary of in the future.

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By Peter Knopfler, June 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

Society has a real problem with the truth of History. Where are those million and a half Armenians screaming to turkey for justice from the grave, double standards, Just for Israel. Today is 70th birthday of Aushwitz who knew then that 10 years later the Jews would have a place to live, who knew that Arabs would attack the next day and get their Koran butt kicked, and every 7 years was a new attack and new butt kicking, so lets celebrate the closing of the camps, in memory of 10 million people, Jews Gypsies, Russians Polocks. Where are OUR voices, mostly in denial.

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By Arabian Sinbad, June 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

Farce and more shades of farce are what the Zionists excel in since the illegal establishment of their fascist state sixty-two years ago.

Another mockery of basic human justice, where the criminals become the persecutors, the defense, the jury and the judge; all wrapped in one odd farcical scene that can’t be seen but in fascist, racist and criminal Israel!

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By rico, suave, June 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment

Can you imagine Hamas launching an inquiry into one of its suicide bombers blowing up a seaside cafe and killing a bunch of teenagers?

Why is it that Israel is the only country in the region that actually becomes introspective of, and investigates, its mistakes?

When is the last time you heard any Palestinian in authority say, “Maybe we shouldn’t have done that.”

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