Biden talks out of both sides of his mouth; Khan Younis hospital becomes a deathtrap; 2 more Palestinian journalists killed; Israeli diplomat accuses UN of slow aid delivery, as Israeli leaders & protesters block aid delivery; Israeli looting & wanton destruction; update on Americans killed; Egypt reportedly preparing for ethnically cleansed Gaza refugees
Abandoned preemies, destroyed center for the visually impaired; aid food delayed so long it’s spoiling; Gaza hospital converted to Israeli military barracks; sewage mixing with clean water; Israeli commentator: “anyone over age 4 is a Hamas supporter”; Israel holds Americans; Red Crescent rejects Israeli claim of “terrorists disguised as medical personnel”; Egypt prepping for influx of Gazans; 100th Palestinian child killed in West Bank; Israel selling Palestinian natural resource rights; Israel spying on US on behalf of settlers
The United Arab Emirates is seeking more support from the United States, and it believes it must go through Israel to get it. Other nations also understand the power of the Israel lobby in the US… Egypt, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Qatar, Tunisia, Congo, Venezuela… Obama himself acknowledged the lobby’s gatekeeper role when he reached out to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in order to hire Hillary Clinton as secretary of state… So in his most important appointment, Obama needed to show ‘credibility’ with the Israeli government and its lobby…
MPN reports that a high-ranking IDF leader has revealed that Israel orchestrated the downfall of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the rise of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s thinly disguised military dictatorship. Israel preferred this normalizing leader to his somewhat pro-Palestine predecessor.
Last weekend saw an escalation of violence that started when Israeli military infiltrated Gaza, initiated a firefight, and retreated under cover of shelling. One Israeli and 7 Palestinians were killed, and Hamas responded with rockets. Today, factions in the besieged Gaza Strip say they have agreed to an Egypt-brokered ceasefire. “The resistance will respect this declaration as long as the Zionist enemy respects it.”
Fifty years ago, Israel fought a war of choice: the Six Day War. Israel’s own leaders indicate that the “existential threat” in 1967 was a myth.