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Chickens are coming home to roost

Documents provided by Edward Snowden have revealed the deep ties between Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies.
Writing at The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald says the leaks show "Israeli aggression would be impossible without the constant, lavish support and protection of the U.S. government." A 2013 document describes a "far-reaching technical and analytic relationship" between the National Security Agency and its Israeli counterpart against "mutually agreed upon geographic targets." The partnership includes a "dedicated communications line" supporting "the exchange of raw material, as well as daily analytic and technical correspondence."
Report: Israel Spied on John Kerry During Peace Talks

The German publication Der Spiegel has reported based on anonymous intelligence sources, that Israel spied on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians last year.

ottoman empire collapse 05.Aug.2014 11:47


Not really surprising.

What is surprising is that we may get Jim Crow
mentality out of Israel.
Maybe US, Mecca and the Vatican too.

From "Outrage" 05.Aug.2014 13:57

Noam Chomsky


Forty years ago Israel made the fateful decision to choose expansion over security, rejecting a full peace treaty offered by Egypt in return for evacuation from the occupied Egyptian Sinai, where Israel was initiating extensive settlement and development projects. It has adhered to that policy ever since, making essentially the same judgment as South Africa did in 1958.

In the case of Israel, if the US decided to join the world, the impact would be far greater. Relations of power allow nothing else, as has been demonstrated over and over when Washington has demanded that Israel abandon cherished goals. Furthermore, Israel by now has little recourse, after having adopted policies that turned it from a country that was greatly admired to one that is feared and despised, a course it is pursuing with blind determination today in its resolute march towards moral deterioration and possible ultimate destruction.

Could US policy change? It's not impossible. Public opinion has shifted considerably in recent years, particularly among the young, and it cannot be completely ignored. For some years there has been a good basis for public demands that Washington observe its own laws and cut off military aid to Israel.

US law requires that "no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." Israel most certainly is guilty of this consistent pattern, and has been for many years. That is why Amnesty International, in the course of Israel's murderous Cast Lead operation in Gaza, called for an arms embargo against Israel (and Hamas). Senator Patrick Leahy, author of this provision of the law, has brought up its potential applicability to Israel in specific cases, and with a well-conducted educational, organizational, and activist effort such initiatives could be pursued successively. That could have a very significant impact in itself, while also providing a springboard for further actions not only to punish Israel for its criminal behavior, but also to compel Washington to become part of "the international community" and to observe international law and decent moral principles.

Nothing could be more significant for the tragic Palestinian victims of many years of violence and repression.

where? 08.Aug.2014 13:20


I couldn't find it. Can you provide a link or address for that particular article?