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19 January 2018


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Sticks to Palestine, carrots to Israel when it should be the opposite.

Babak Makkinejad

The overwhelming majority of the nations of the world could break diplomatic relations with Israel, or recognize the State of Palestine, or send warships to enforce a naval blockade of Israel. Has Turkey broken her relations with Israel?

Babak Makkinejad

Trump is throwing red meat to his constituents, and they are lapping it up. It costs him nothing.

Ishmael Zechariah

IMO, there might be several positive sides to this approach: 1-The Palestinians might be forced to learn how to fight for themselves and their children. 2-A true Arab spring might arrive. 3-Western populations might, through watching a humanitarian catastrophe, finally understand the nature of the ziocon infestation. Many "mights"; would that one or two come true.
Ishmael Zechariah


Israel has a policy of keeping the Palestinians at a bare subsistance level of existance. If UNRWA stops providing them with food and medicine then either Israel will have to pay for it themselves, or appear even more like war criminals to the world community. Israel was spinning up a new formal alliance with Saudi Arabia when Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem - throwing a spanner into that effort. A lot of the "help" that Trump gives to Israel looks passive aggressive to me.


I'm curious how exactly you wage an air campaign in an urban environment without killing civilians?

In the 'just war' tradition, there is 'justice of the war' and 'justice in the war'. Justice in the war (jus in bello) broadly states civilians must not be intentionally targeted, not that you can't kill them when reasonable combatant targets present themselves. Even with precision weapons, it strikes me as highly unlikely you could fight a war in the Gaza strip without killing non-combatants.

Most people here had no problem with heavy Russian airstrikes against militant targets in Idlib, or the US bombing of Mosul for that matter. Why are the rules different when the IAF targets Hamas et el? Remember, I'm only speaking in context of the latter justice of war. Not who is right.

For the record, I don't care what the Palestinians or the Jews are doing to each other. I'm only interested in the conflict insofar as the West's implication in it compromises the interests of ethnic Europeans who reap no concrete benefit from supporting Israel.

Green Zone Café

The only thing which would cause movement would be a dissolution of the Palestinian Authority and its governance functions, e.g. police. Throw the complete burden of governance and security on Israel.

This should be accompanied by a demand for voting rights for the Knesset with the old slogan "No taxation without representation." The Palestinians should stop cooperating in maintaining local government, and say they are giving up on a separate state. Model it on Gandhi's campaign.

This probably won't happen because the PA are accustomed to collecting salaries and benefiting from western aid money and status.


I don't think anyone expected Trump to side with the Palestinians over the Zionists. Well, that's one way to cut spending. I'm left wondering what Bernie would have done?

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Good. What a perfect opportunity for the Ummah to step up in solidarity with their Palestinian brethren. Turkey, for example, the most vociferous in condemnation of the Jerusalem decision could donate the $65m on behalf of the US. Or perhaps Qatar, to whom $65 hardly even qualifies as small beer. What a great signal that would send. Better still the Ummah could club together & relieve the now explicitly partisan US of the burdensome duty altogether.

Will it happen? Well who knows, at the rate at which the US is pissing off most of the Islamic World, the Ummah may just finally ditch the tired old men of the OIC and get its shit together.

On the bigger picture, Trump appears to only know one diplomatic negotiating tactic - in fact the world "diplomatic" may be superfluous. Bullying and threats work so long as you are the biggest kid on the block. But inflict enough pain and the victims will start to get organized against you. Trump's zero sum game, adversarial NDS seems bound to accelerate this already extant trend. It may or may not MAGA, but it is sure as hell guaranteed to diminish US influence in the World.


The UN can ask all those countries that voted to condemn the US for its diplomatic actions for the money to replace America's money. They can remind the member states of the just and reasonable purposes to which it is put and the integrity of those handling the funds and the oversight of it's disbursement. They can even release the last audit of the UNRWA. None of which is going to change the conduct of the Israelis or the Palestinians. You are right about collective punishment being a bad idea though.



Turkey's Erdogan has had a not-so-honorable record on Palestine. Back in the day, before the infamous IDF attack on Mavi Marmara (2010), where even an American-born humanitarian aide volunteer was killed by the IDF, Turkey was getting very cozy with Israel on defense matters. You can look up Turkey's joint events with US think tanks close to Netanyahu's views in that period. After Israel's attack on Turkey's Gaza Freedom Flotilla, relations were cut off. When Turkey joined and took a leading role in the anti-Assad military coalition and hosted the first, second, third, etc etc Syrian National Coalitions (a la Chalabi), the Turkish-Israel relations were superficially hostile, but who knows what was really going on. Sit-rep as of June 2016, "diplomatic relations were restored." I don't see a change since the Jerusalem announcment. A report in 2016 from AP captures the Janus-deal:

"GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. chief on Tuesday criticized Israel's blockade of Gaza, a day after Israel and Turkey reached a broad reconciliation pact that looked to ease, but not eliminate, the isolation of the coastal strip.

In a visit to the region, which included a stop at a Gaza school, Ban Ki-moon said "the closure of Gaza suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impedes reconstruction efforts."

"It's a collective punishment for which there must be accountability," he added."<1>

Where Turkey goes from here, given the tensions over Syria, can't be predicted.



An old and very wise friend from the region once told me after I inquired about a strong statement from the OIC that was critical of Israel. "OIC? Oh, you mean, `Oh, I see.'"


you shouldn't do this Decameron: <1>.

We have one more stern SST members around one comes to mind only, really. ;)

Ishmael Zechariah

re: Turkey's Erdogan has had a not-so-honorable record on Palestine
Turkey was getting very cozy with Israel on defense matters
Very true, and a subset of two general "true statements":
1-Turkey's Erdogan has had a not-so-honorable record
2-Turkey was getting very cozy with Israel

tayyip's rise to power was another color revolution. Even though the neocons have been systematically removing from the Web record their statements supporting this dishonorable kleptocrat, the truth will prevail.
Ishmael Zechariah




"Palestinians might be forced to fight for themselves and their children......"

And what pray tell do you propose they use, other than the sticks and stones they are already using in response to their slow genocide by the zionazi savages armed and subsidised by principally the USA, which also shelters them from accountability under UNSC resolutions, unlike other Nations, which are sanctioned or bombed by the USA?

Ishmael Zechariah

re: "Palestinians might be forced to fight for themselves and their children......"
1-Please read "Green Zone Café's comment @#8.
2-The Palestinians might identify and shun the collaborators in their society. The izzies have had little success trying to penetrate Nasrallah's Hizb'Allah, and not for lack of trying.
Ishmael Zechariah


Razor and Ishmael Zechariah and all,

I hope everyone becomes familiar with the body of work on the "one state solution" (a terrible name, but one used, with reservations, by pro-peace Palestinians and Jews who never believed that the Oslo two-state approach would work). The depth of thinking and scholarship on this is impressive. It boils down to equal rights, anti-apartheid laws, ending the atrocities like not being allowed to own property, restrictions on travel, and scores of other hideous and racist laws that prevail under Zionism. IMO, the transition in South Africa, which many of the academics, politicos, and activists (many from the Palestinian diaspora)look at as a possible future path, is the way to go. Obama and John Kerry committed an unforgivable action when they kowtowed to Bibi's "Jewish State", which has now become American "common law."

I don't think Trump's cutoff of funds to UNRWA is worse than Obama's blind eye to the Gaza War genocide that took place between pre-Christmas 2008 and the day before inauguration day. Once Obama was in, it didn't happen -- no penalty for the IDF or IAF. All in the name of self defense. Really?

Presidents can pick and choose from their predecessors, even if they hate them, or Congressional actions are meaningless and non-binding, like the 1999 amendment to a budget bill that sanctified Regime Change in Iraq.

Many US localities (states, cities) have outlawed "divesting" from Israeli companies--a move modeled on the South Africa boycott--which was one of the real problems for Israel. Much of the fight is here in the USA.


Lemur, Your indifference to Palestine-Israel is indeed showing. Do some homework about the level of civilian deaths and injuries, damage to infrastructure and flour factories, etc. Oh, and please use some sources that don't have a dog in the fight.



there is a longer history of discussion from my limited SST memory, if one can allow the use of html tags in the comment section.

I'll sure never forget the kidding/tricks at earlier times. Communicatively spoken matters around the topic seem to have relaxed lately.

But yes as watcher, I would like to correct this:
We [seem to] have one more stern SST members around, [at least] one comes to mind only, really.

..that may or may not want it forbidden for nitwits like me. Standing for the larger non-initiated SST community here.


Isn't the Palestinian Authority the outfit that pays the family of a "martyr" - a terrorist who dies committing a terroristic act?


During the war, justice depends on who's side you are, after the war, justice is on the side of winner of the war.

Babak Makkinejad

Moslem Arabs lost Palestine on the field of battle and only war will restore it to Islam, cursing US or Trump is just childish. We are in the first decades of this war which promised to last for as many decades.

Babak Makkinejad

I agree.

Babak Makkinejad

I agree, OIC should be dissolved, it is an embarrasment. Muslim states, excepting Iran, are pathetic.

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