Israel: Spoiling for Another Fight? - by Stephen Lendman
Throughout its history, Israel intimidated as a regional menace, preemptively attacking Palestinians and regional neighbors for any reason or none at all. Each time, it's claimed self-righteousness and "self-defense," what scoundrels always say.
Until his death, Edward Said passionately defended Palestinian rights. He accused Israel of turning Palestine into an isolated prison, suffocating an entire population, impoverishing and slaughtering them, blaming them for its own state terror, and creating a wasteland of destruction and human misery.
Moreover, he said Israeli regimes sanctioned torture, targeted assassinations, and mass killing as official policy, besides committing every imaginable human indignity and degradation against people for their faith, ethnicity and presence.
As a result, Israel perpetuates a never ending cycle of violence and destruction, planning to end "the Palestinian problem," calling courage and resistance "terrorism," offering nothing in return for outrageous demands, and pursuing dominating pacification disguised as "peace." Journalist Henry Siegman once called it "the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history."
Gideon Levy calls it "an unborn baby," saying there's "never been an Israeli peace camp." How can there be when decades of Israeli leaders called peace process negotiations a useful fiction.
For example, Moshe Ya'alon, former IDF chief of staff and current Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs believes Jews have an "unassailable right (to) settle anywhere, particularly here (in) the land of the Bible." Earlier, he mocked the peace process, saying it's used politically "to sear deep into the consciousness of the Palestinians that they are a defeated people."
Former Defense Minister Moshe Dayan called the Occupied West bank "permanent," and current Prime Minister Netanyahu earlier said the peace process is "a waste of time," while planning new confrontations to prove it.
Israel Attacks Gaza - Its Latest Blitzkrieg
International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reports explained a new Israeli Gaza offensive, headlining on April 8, "Three Palestinians Killed in Gaza, Eight in Less Than 48 Hours," saying:
Since April 7, Israeli bombing as well as ground and offshore shelling killed eight Palestinians, wounding dozens, including children. "Furthermore, three family members were injured when the army bombarded a home in Al Faraheen....in southern Gaza. Among the wounded is a woman (in) serious condition."
Other civilian areas were also attacked. Israel makes no distinction between them and combatants in blatant violation of international law that also prohibits preemptive attacks, Israel's specialty.
In response, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's armed wing (PFLP) said:
"(T)here will be no truce with the Israeli occupation while it continues its aggression and crimes against the Palestinian people."
The Salah Ed-Deen Brigades, the National Resistance Committees' armed wing, added:
"(T)he Israeli crime committed on Thursday will not pass unpunished."