glenn back on the beat

Pindostan Admits Israel is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime, Weeks After Giving it $38B
Glenn Greenwald, Intercept, Oct 6 2016

Israel’s then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak explicitly warned in 2010 that Israel would become a permanent “apartheid” state if it failed to reach a peace agreement with Palestinians that creates their own sovereign nation and vests them with full political rights. Barak said:

As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of ­Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.

Honest observers on both sides of the conflict have long acknowledged that the prospects for a two-state solution are virtually non-existent: another way of saying that Israel’s status as a permanent apartheid regime is inevitable. Indeed, Pindo intelligence agencies as early as 45 years ago explicitly warned that Israeli occupation would become permanent if it did not end quickly. All relevant evidence makes clear this is what has happened. There has been no progress toward a two-state solution for many years. The composition of Israel’s Jewish population, which has become far more belligerent and right-wing than previous generations, has increasingly moved the country further away from that goal. There are key ministers in Israel’s government, including its genuinely extremist Justice Minister, who are openly and expressly opposed to a two-state solution. PM Netanyahu has himself repeatedly made clear he opposes such an agreement, both in words and in deeds. In sum, Israel intends to continue to rule over and occupy Palestinians and deny them self-governance, political liberties, and voting rights indefinitely. Whether despite this aggression and oppression, or because of it, the Obama administration has continually protected Israel with unstinting loyalty and lavished it with arms and money. This rewarding of Israeli behavior culminated in the administration’s announcement just three weeks ago that it has signed an MoU to significantly increase the amount of money that Pindostan gives to Israel every year, even though Israel was already by far the biggest recipient of Pindo aid. Under this agreement, Pindostan will give Israel $38b over ten years, by far a new record for Pindo aid commitments, even though Israeli citizens enjoy all sorts of state benefits which Pindosis (whose money is being given to Israel) are told are too costly for them, including universal health care coverage, as well as touting superior life expectancy and infant mortality rates. This week, with their fresh new $38b commitment in hand, the Israeli government announced the approval of an all new settlement in the West Bank, one that is particularly hostile to ostensible Pindo policy, the international consensus, and any prospects for an end to occupation. As the NYT put it this morning:

The new settlement is one of a string of housing complexes that threaten to bisect the West Bank, is designed to house settlers from a nearby illegal outpost of Amona, which an Israeli court has ordered demolished.

These new settlements extends far into the West Bank, closer to Jordan, in fact, than to Israel. In response to this announcement, the Pindo State Dept yesterday issued an unusually harsh denunciation of Israel’s actions, beginning:

We strongly condemn the Israeli government’s recent decision to advance a plan that would create a significant new settlement deep in the West Bank.

It suggested Netanyahu has been publicly lying, noting that the “approval contradicts previous public statements by the Government of Israel that it had no intention of creating new settlements.” It invoked the aid package that Pindostan just lavished, saying:

(We find it) deeply troubling, in the wake of USrael concluding an unprecedented agreement on military assistance designed to further strengthen Israel’s security, that Israel would take a decision so contrary to its long term security interest in a peaceful resolution of its conflict with the Palestinians.

Much of that, while a bit more rhetorically clear than usual, is par for the course: in vintage Obama fashion, Pindostan issues pretty, pleasing statements claiming to be upset at Israeli settlements while taking continuous actions to protect and enable the very policies Obama pretends to oppose. But the State Dept denunciation yesterday was actually notable for what amounts to its stark, explicit, long-overdue acknowledgement that Israel is clearly and irreversibly committed to ruling over the Palestinians in perpetuity, become the exact “apartheid” state about which Barak warned:

Israelis must ultimately decide between expanding settlements and preserving the possibility of a peaceful two-state solution. Since the recent Quartet report called on both sides to take affirmative steps to reverse current trends and advance the two-state solution on the ground, we have unfortunately seen just the opposite. Proceeding with this new settlement is another step towards cementing a one-state reality of perpetual occupation that is fundamentally inconsistent with Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state. Such moves will only draw condemnation from the international community, distance Israel from many of its partners, and further call into question Israel’s commitment to achieving a negotiated peace.

So in the words of its most loyal benefactor, Israel is moving inexorably “towards cementing a one-state reality of perpetual occupation” that is anti-democratic, the equivalent of apartheid. And the leading protector and enabler of this apartheid regime is Pindostan, just as was true of the apartheid regime of the 1980s in South Africa. Worse still, the person highly likely to be the next POTUS, Hillary Clinton, has not only vowed to continue all this but to increase Pindo protection of both Israel generally and Netanyahu specifically. Indeed, her only critique of Pindosi policy is that it has been insufficiently loyal to Israel. Donald Trump early on spouted a bit of off-the-cuff dissent on Israel policy, but since then has snapped fully into line. The utter lack of political dissent about all of this in the Pindosi political class is reflected by the fact that the only opposition to the $38b aid package came from Senators echoing Netanyahu, who were angry that it was not even more generous to Israel on the backs of Pindo sheeple. In sum, unstinting support for an apartheid Israel is the virtually unbroken consensus among Pindo political elites. Worst of all is that Pindo political orthodoxy has not only funded, fueled and protected this apartheid state, but has attempted to render illegitimate all forms of resistance to it. Just as it did with the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela, Pindostan denounces as “terrorism” all groups and individuals which use force against Israel’s occupying armies. It has formally maligned non-violent programs against the occupation, such as the BDS movement, as bigotry and anti-semitism (a position Clinton has advocated with particular vehemence), and that movement has been increasingly targeted throughout the west with censorship and even criminalization. Under Pindosi political orthodoxy, the only acceptable course for Palestinians and supporters of their right to be free of occupation is complete submission. Even as western consensus continues to revere the most stalwart supporters of South Africa’s apartheid regime, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Shimon Peres, it at least now regards apartheid itself in that country as a historic disgrace. History should regard those enabling Israel’s own march to permanent apartheid in exactly the same light. The most aggressive and consistent enablers of this apartheid are found at the top of the Pindo political class.

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