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Time Profiles a World Class Thug

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Israel is more hypocrisy than democracy. Few benefit. Most don't. Arab citizens are entirely denied. Arundhati Roy calls India a "limbless, headless, soulless torso left bleeding under the butcher's clever with a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart."

Netanyahu's Israel replicates it. Rogue government rules. Official policies reflect belligerence, violence, racist hate, exploitation, occupation harshness, neoliberal rapaciousness, and war when Israel chooses.

Netanyahu deplores peace. Negotiations were always stillborn from inception. Writer Henry Siegman once called them "the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history."

Netanyahu calls them "a waste of time." Palestinians can't negotiate without a legitimate partner. Talks every time reflect tragedy and travesty. Israel's all take and no give. Oslo was unilateral surrender, a Palestinian Versailles.

Israel got what it wanted. Palestinians got nothing for renouncing armed struggle, recognizing Israel's right to exist, and agreeing to leave major unresolved issues for later final status talks.

Nearly two decades later, they're still unresolved. They include an independent sovereign Palestine free from occupation, the right of return, settlements, borders, water rights, and East Jerusalem as Palestine's future capital. 

Israel yields nothing. Netanyahu won't give an inch. He doesn't negotiate. He demands. He also spurns peace and social justice.

Last summer, unaffordable housing prices sparked weeks of nationwide protests. Other issues were raised. 

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