"Many Americans, whether consciously or unconsciously, actually pride themselves on their ignorance. It reflects their break with the overly complicated intellectual tradition of "old Europe". It's also a source of satisfaction that they have a president [George W. Bush] who's no smarter than they are. They could be happy under totalitarianism, might well come to prefer it, and may be helping to advance it in the United States."-- William Blum in his book "Freeing the World to Death"
Saturday, February 2, 2013
PM says committed to peace, calls on Abbas to return to negotiations
Peres formally tasks Netanyahu with forming Israel's next government
President Shimon Peres formally tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government on Saturday evening.
This officially commences the start of coalition negotiations, giving Netanyahu 28 days to form a coalition, although he is entitled to request an extension of 14 additional days.
At the ceremony, Peres announced that the party leaders have stressed that it is essential for the next government to tackle the budget deficit, social justice, universal military conscription and renewed negotiations with the Palestinians. Peres said "the state needs a new government as quickly as possible."
Netanyahu said he is very excited, expressing that it is both a great privilege and a big responsibility, and noted that his previous government was one of the most stable Israel has ever had.
Providing a list of tasks he plans to implement as prime minister of the next Knesset - among them military conscription of the ultra-Orthodox and the reduction of the cost of living - Netanyahu first noted the key aim of preventing a nuclear Iran.
Netanyahu also stressed the importance of forming a broad coalition, which will serve the best interests of the country. "The next government I form will be committed to peace. I call on Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] to return immediately to the table. Every day that passes is wasted."
The Likud's negotiating team has already invited Naftali Bennet and his Habayit Hayehudi negotiating team for talks Sunday, and Kadima has been invited for talks the following day.
Out of 120 Knesset members, 82 recommended to President Peres that Netanyahu lead the next government. These included the members of Likud-Beiteinu, Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Kadima.
2003:The Plan for Genocide in Gaza and Judaization in Galilee-- Israel has made it clear it has no intention of turning Gaza and remnants of the West Bank into any kind of Palestinian state. A senior Israeli analyst stated bluntly in 2002 that Gaza would serve as “the penal colony” of Israel, its “Devil’s Island, Alcatraz.” This Palestinian prison is already completely surrounded by electric fences on land and sea access is blocked by the Israeli navy. A 100-meter strip on the Egyptian border, where Palestinian houses were systematically destroyed, will be maintained and controlled by Israel, and Egypt will be bullied into assisting in the policing of the prison. To activate this plan in full, the settlers had to be moved out of harm’s way. Ran HaCohen wrote in early 2004: “There is thus no reason for Israel to sit inside of Alcatraz, with its endless poverty and water shortage, unemployment and hopelessness; let the prisoners run their own lives while we sit safely all around it and watch the prisoners perish”.
“Every time they have a cease-fire, but then everything comes back: the siege, the closures,” said Wedad al-Jarba, who was at the hospital, where her two-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Maher, was being admitted with a skull fracture. Israel “never agreed on anything real,” she said.
The fact that some two thirds of the hated Jewish Councils (Judenrat) were Zionists, tells us something about Zionism, remembering that Zionists were only a small minority of European Jewry.
In Amsterdam as in Warsaw, in Berlin as in Budapest, Jewish officials could be trusted to compile the lists of anti-Zionist persons and of their property, to secure money from the deportees to defray the expenses of their deportation and extermination, to keep track of vacated apartments, to supply police forces to help seize Jews and get them on trains, until, as a last gesture, they handed over the assets of the Jewish community in good order for final confiscation. They distributed the Yellow Star badges, and sometimes, as in Warsaw, ‘the sale of the armbands became a regular business; there were ordinary armbands of cloth and fancy plastic armbands which were washable.