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Israel: Heading for a Political Cliff?


What can't go on forever, won't.

by Stephen Lendman

Middle East expert Patrick Seale knows the region well. He's covered it for over four decades. On December 4, he said:

He "rarely encountered such detestation of Israel, such thirst for revenge and such rage at its superpower patron. (It's) bubbling beneath the surface like molten lava."

How can tiny Israel "defy hundreds of millions of Arabs, Iranians and Turks and the vast Muslim world beyond? Only the United States can save Israel from the suicidal folly of its leaders."

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Rage holds back only so long. Oppressed people eventually rebel. Israel's moment of truth awaits. US support delays its day of reckoning.

The longer rage builds, the greater the eventual eruption. When it comes, containment won't be possible. Rogue Netanyahu governance hastens the day. A previous article called him more mad dog than leader.

He may end up fiddling while Israel burns. His hermetic worldview may be its undoing. He threatens to take an entire nation and the region over a cliff with him. 

Mindless Israelis look certain to reelect him. It's hard imagining why they support fascist neoliberal governance. They want peace, not war. Netanyahu threatens to drag them into an abyss.

They've got political strength enough to stop him. Indifference and support keeps him in power. He should be in prison, not government. The same goes for likeminded hardliners. Israel has more than its share.

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So far, world opposition is tepid. Rhetoric substitutes for policies with teeth. Perhaps hints suggest modest change. It's not enough to matter but indicates hope.

On December 3, General Assembly Member States overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to join NPT and permit IAEA inspections of Dimona and other nuclear facilities.

The vote was 174 to six with six abstentions. Israel, America, Canada, and three tiny Pacific islands said no. The non-binding measure adds pressure to confront Israel responsibly. 

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