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Expect more conflict, he said. Israel will initiate "swift and painful" punishment. "I do not advise Hamas to test our mettle." The next Gaza campaign will be shorter than Cast Lead with much greater firepower, he stressed.

Gantz and Hermoni left no ambiguity. Israel plans war, perhaps coincidently with US aggression against Syria, then Iran. If nuclear weapons are used, humanity will be threatened. In their quest for world dominance, Washington, Israel and key NATO partners may destroy it in the process. The threat's too great to underestimate.

On December 30 , Haaretz's editorial headlined, "A 2011 of radical change welcomes an unclear 2012," saying:

Hope may spring eternal, but not under "a government (that's) entrenching itself, even though it is barren of hope and busy mainly with muzzling dissenting opinions and engaging in political machinations intended to preserve itself."

Moreover, it's heading toward alienation, isolation and more war. The 2012 global forecast may be "foggy. But in Israel it is clear: Spring never seemed so far away."

On New Year's day , Haaretz's editorial raised another disturbing issue headlined, "Israel's rule is that of the jungle," saying:

Netanyahu finds ways to obstruct judicial rulings affecting illegal settlement outposts, "including those erected on private Palestinian lands...."

"In cases where the High Court of Justice ordered" their removal, they were retroactively authorized. In fact, Ramat Gilad was left intact to reward extremist settlers "for agreeing not to attack soldiers" sent to evacuate them.

Israel may be the only country still colonizing occupied territory. Based on century old Ottoman law, it stole 250,000 acres by illegally calling them "state lands." 

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