Israel's Long Arm
Israel threatens the region and beyond.
by Stephen Lendman
Right wing extremism defines it. So does institutionalized persecution. More on both below.
On December 27, Netanyahu addressed an air force pilot graduation ceremony. He threatened Iran and Syria.
He said Israel's "long arm" will strike forcefully. He considers himself above the law. He'll violate international and Israeli law at his discretion. He knows he can do it with impunity.
"We can all see what is happening in Syria," he said. He lied. He accused Assad of killing civilians. He'll "stop at nothing," he added. He'll even use weapons "banned by international standards."
"Israel is following developments in Syria, and will do whatever it takes to defend itself against any threat," he continued.
Israel's only threats are ones it invents. Syria sought rapprochement for years. Netanyahu and previous governments spurned it. Conflict is prioritized over peace, reconciliation, and stability.
Netanyahu's address came days after holding secret talks with Jordan's King Abdullah. Syria was discussed. Reports suggest he sought Jordanian approval to attack Syrian chemical weapons sites.
Doing so would be disastrous. It would invite retaliation. It would also spread toxic contamination. Unknown numbers would be affected. Deaths would likely escalate. Fingers would point the wrong way. Assad would be blamed for Israeli crimes.
On December 23, Netanyahu told cabinet ministers that:
Israel "is following dramatic developments in Syria, cooperating with the US and the international community, and taking the necessary steps to prepare for the possibility of radical changes to the regime with all the consequences these may hold for its network of sensitive weapons."
He's preparing for Assad's ouster. He falsely accused him of firing Scud missiles at Free Syrian Army positions. Damascus categorically denies it.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Netanyahu claim using them reflects desperation. It's Syria's penultimate weapon, they say. It's second only to chemical and biological ones.