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"Don't fuck with the Jews"

Here is his uniquely despicable view of the events of the last couple of days:

The New Republic's Marty Peretz:

So at 11:30 on Saturday morning, according to both the Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz, as well as the New York Times, 50 fighter jets and attack helicopters demolished some 40 to 50 sites in just about three minutes, maybe five. Message: do not fuck with the Jews.

Glen Greenwald:

"Do not fuck with the Jews."  And what of the several hundred Palestinian dead -- including numerous children -- and many hundreds more seriously wounded?  

Israeli intelligence reported 225 people dead, mostly Hamas military leaders with some functionaries, besides, and perhaps 400 wounded. The Palestinians announced 300 dead, probably as a reflex in order to begin their whining about disproportionate Israeli acts of war. And 600 wounded.

Greenwald:

Objections to the Israeli attack are just "whining."  Those are the words of a psychopath. This super-tough-guy warrior -- whose prime accomplishment in life was marrying an heiress and then using her family's money to buy himself The New Republic -- beats his chest and threatens that even a single Palestinian act in response to this bombing campaign will provoke still more massive retaliation in the form of collective punishment.

[Another heiress] Caroline Kennedy -- who, in order to win her Senate seat, is self-consciously trying to turn herself into a Barack Obama clone -- responding recently to a question about Israel from Politico:

QUESTION 8: Do you think Israel should negotiate with Hamas? Do you agree with Israel's Gaza Strip embargo? Would you support an Israeli airstrike on Iran if they felt Tehran's nuclear program represented a threat to their survival?

ANSWER: "Caroline Kennedy strongly supports a safe and secure Israel. She believe Israel's security decisions should be left to Israel."

What could be more absurd than that?  Apparently, not only should we continue to feed Israel billions of dollars a year of American taxpayer money and massive amounts of weapons -- thereby ensuring that the world, quite accurately, perceives their actions as American actions -- but we should then take the position that they are free to do anything they want with it, no matter how extreme or destructive to our interests, and our only view on all of it should be that we blindly support whatever they do.  Or, as Clinton aide Ann Lewis put it during the primaries, in response to Obama's observation that he needn't have a "Likud view in order to be pro-Israel":

The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties. 

Yesterday, the Bush administration applied this mindset, naturally, by expressing unequivocal support for Israel and heaped all blame on Hamas.  And, needless to say, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed the administration's view:

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi issued a statement concerning the Israeli operation in Gaza in which she wrote that "When Israel is attacked, the United States must continue to stand strongly with its friend and democratic ally."

According to Pelosi, "Peace between Israelis and Palestinians cannot result from daily barrages of rocket and mortar fire from Hamas-controlled Gaza. Hamas and its supporters must understand that Gaza cannot and will not be allowed to be a sanctuary for attacks on Israel."

Not a word of condemnation of the Israeli blockade -- which has caused extreme suffering and deprivation in Gaza -- or of the massively disproportionate response or the ongoing and ever-expanding Israeli occupation.  It is all one-sided support for whatever Israel does from our political class, and one-sided condemnation of Israel's enemies (who are, ipso facto, American enemies) -- all of it, as usual, sharply divergent from the consensus in much of the rest of the world.

It would be nice if U.S. citizens weren't connected to and responsible for every Israeli military action, so that we really could and should take the attitude that what the Israeli Government does -- or what is done to it -- is not our responsibility.  That's how it should be. 

Instead, since we fund a huge bulk of it and supply the weapons used for much of it and use our veto power at the U.N. to enable all of it, we are connected to it -- intimately -- and bear responsibility for all of Israel's various wars, including the current overwhelming assault on Gaza, as much as Israelis themselves.  Blind support for whatever they do -- the consensus view in American political life in both parties -- is therefore a total abdication of our responsibility.  

It remains to be seen if Barack Obama intends to deviate even a small amount from what has been decades of excessively loyal U.S. support for Israel -- which, over the last eight years, transformed into truly blind and absolute support for anything they do.  It's impossible to know for sure until Obama is inaugurated, but the bipartisan, purely "pro-Israel" statements issued by his allies -- such as Caroline Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi -- don't bode well, nor do the statements which Obama himself made during the campaign, as compiled yesterday by Salon's Mark Schone:

The first job of any nation state is to protect its citizens. And so I can assure you that if -- I don't even care if I was a politician -- if somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.

Can't the exact same mentality be deployed to justify everything Hamas has done and is doing, to wit:  "if a foreign power were brutally occupying my country for four decades -- or blockading my country and denying my children medical needs and nutrition and the ability even to exit -- I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that.  And I would expect Palestinians to do the same thing"?  But the last thing that our political class ever extends is reciprocal, two-sided analysis to this dispute.

The suffocating bipartisan orthodoxies in the U.S. regarding Israel thus make virtually impossible what the new Jewish-American group, J Street -- in condemning the attack (even while calling it "justifiable") because it "will deepen the cycle of violence in the region" -- urges:  "immediate, strong diplomatic intervention by the United States, the Quartet and allies in the region to negotiate a resumption of the ceasefire."  Most of our political elites know enough to avoid the ugly language of Marty Peretz, but the ultimate policy positions aren't much different.

Comments

Zionist Israel's Mossad was part of the element that assassinated Caroline Kennedy's daddy, yet she wears a blindfold like a good, obedient sheep in her quest to secure the NY Senate seat her brother ostensibly died for in an unusual "accident".

And Caroline is a bimbo ditz as reported, with her frequent valley girl talk "umm" and "you know". This is a Columbia U. Law grad who could not control her thought process to the utterance from the mouth with vapid talk? That and lack of significant political experience should disqualify her.

The New York idiots will vote for her to keep the seat when the election is up, as usual. More vapid politiking and gun control, please.

I regret my support for Obama earlier this year. He has turned out to be a typical crook and lying hypocrite kissing ruling Elite and Zionist ass. Fact of life in compromised USA as a Zionist colony.

I can see why they gather their tecticular fortitude , deciding whether or not to invade GAZA , with ground forces , they got their collective asses handed to them by Hebollah in Lebanon .

Marty Peretz is a sick , racist degenerate , but his comments are typical of Israeli Firsters and many jews . Cowards that deny suffering , deny reality and deny facts . Obviously not all Israelis think the same as that deranged individual , who condones baby killing , but decent jews don't seem to have positon of power in Israel and few are willing to condem a lunatic like that .

...but without the constant cash infusion from the taxpayer in the United States, the citizens of the failed state of Israhell would be reduced to throwing stones in response to the rocket attacks attributed (IMHO falsely) to Hamas. These rocket attacks have killed four people in as many years, and given that Mossad clearly state their preference for deception, they are just as likely to be the creation of Israhell's finest as they are to have been built and launched by Hamas.

As Kahoneez has pointed out, the Israhelli Occupation Forces seem to be delaying their ground offensive, probably because they might just break a fingernail. After all, who can forget that they had their collective pathetic asses handed to them on a plate in Lebanon two summers ago. This time they can't afford not to be seen as hero-menschen to their adoring public, so they'll wait until nothing stirs in Gaza before rolling their idiotically-named Merkava (God's chariot) tanks into the strip.

 Israel and the 'creative' destruction it causes is absolutely necessary for the bankers, arms manufacturers etc. to operate.

Banking and money lending needs the destruction so that the productive capacity of their system does not overheat, and destroy their 'social hierarchy'.

If the money and products used by Israel and its destructive forces was spent in other ways, it would not be as 'productive' for the bankers. They have find a lucrative outlet for their activities without allowing ordinary people from becoming too wealthy...they have to be kept 'poor' always trying to make ends meet so that they can keep working and provide future generations of workers.

They know that if people have too much money (if it was not mis-used by Israel and taken by the bankers) people would cease to work to 'their rules', they would have to get proper jobs and work for a living like the rest. They are too lazy and greedy to do that. Divine religions all teach that 'sloth' and 'greed' are bad for the human soul and these people have made their greed and sloth into 'their' social system.

Would Israel really be broke and at the mercy of Hamas without American money at this point?  No, I think that they have long prepared for the day when the US is bankrupt.  A bankruptcy for which they are largely responsible.

In 2002 Israel was able to fly the same number of sorties as the US the Middle East.

They are the world's 16th wealthiest nation.

They are the world's third largest dealer in arms.

They are number three or four as a military power.

No, they are not about to fade away.

...they had never been able to attach themselves to the host known as the United States, this parasite nation would never be in the position it is today. As ever, the host has deteriorated and the parasite has flourished.

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