Like Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu is desperate to cling to power and he’ll do so through violent means. Other than losing power if he leaves office, like Trump, Netanyahu faces possible prison time for corruption. Trump mostly created boogeymen out of thin air while Bibi actually has one in Hamas, who are very willing to play the part.
Israel has had four elections over the past two years with Netanyahu barely clinging to power while failing to put together a government. Fighting Bibi also helps keep Hamas in power on their side. Netanyahu is the boogeyman to Palestine. Voters normally doesn’t remove a leader during wartime.
Hamas was formed with a “death to Israel” mantra. Bibi has always operated with a “death to Palestine” philosophy and has adamantly refused to include Israeli Arabs in his government. Israel has always been a U.S. ally, but during the Obama administration, Netanyahu treated our president as an enemy. With Donald Trump, he found a nationalistic hateful partner. There were no real attempts by the U.S. and Israel to negotiate in good faith with the Palestinians during the Orange Shitgibbon era. Moving the U.S. embassy squashed any chances of that.
Israel is an Apartheid state. Even when it’s not being bombed by Israeli airstrikes, Gaza experiences power outages daily between eight to twelve hours. The Gaza Strip has been under a U.S.-led economic boycott since 2006. The strip is 25 miles long and seven and a half miles wide. It’s the third-most densely populated area in the word and an Israeli buffer zone leaves a lot of the land off limits to Palestinians. The population is not allowed to leave or enter the strip or import and export goods, but the Israeli military is free to enter at will. Gaza is dependent on Israel for power, water, telecommunications, and other utilities. The people in Gaza are second-class citizens living in poverty. The Israeli government, Netanyahu in particular, does not care about them.
To preserve its Jewish majority in Jerusalem (which is not in Gaza), with both Israel and Palestinians claim, the Netanyahu government was preparing to evict up to a thousand Palestinian families from the holy city. This is what Jared Kushner would call a real-estate deal. After weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police, Hamas started firing long-range missiles at Jerusalem and other cities. In response, Israel has hit Gaza with airstrikes.
Neither Hamas or Netanyahu refrain from hitting civilian targets. Even if Hamas only aimed at military targets, their rockets are wildly inaccurate. Over the weekend, Netanyahu hit a building containing offices for news outlets which he has justified. Hitting news outlets with air strikes is probably something Donald Trump would be down with.
The Associated Press reports that at least 200 Palestinians have been killed in the strikes, including 59 children and 35 women, with 1,300 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Eight people in Israel have been killed in rocket attacks launched from Gaza, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.
At some point, Hamas will stop firing rockets and Israel will stop delivering airstrikes…until next time. Netanyahu and Hamas will both cling to power while using the other to do so. This conflict will continue indefinitely. I hate to be negative but I don’t ever expect to see a change.
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I agree with you. Netanyahu is a war criminal.
There is a documentary on Netflix called “Born in Gaza,” which I just saw this weekend. If your heart’s not broken already, this will do it. The kids in the film who were traumatized by the deaths of their brothers, cousins and friends in 2014 would be in their early 20s now, if they are still alive. They are re-living the whole thing again.
The film mentioned 400,000 (???) traumatized children and virtually no mental health services.
There is a major typo in paragraph 5, I think. A lost verb, probably ***forcibly evict.*** (Palestinian families)
Keep up the good work, Zoe Koosis
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IAREALS IS AN APARTHEID STATE!! It is … “Like Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu is desperate to cling to power and he’ll do so through violent means. Other than losing power if he leaves office, like Trump, Netanyahu faces possible prison time for corruption. Trump mostly created boogeymen out of thin air while Bibi actually has one in Hamas, who are very willing to play the part.”
During the Bush administration there was an incident reported in the news about an organization of US citizens who were trying to intervene on the Palestinians’ behalf by standing in front of the Palestinian houses to prevent Israelis from bulldozing their houses in Gaza. The news went on to say that one of the protesters would not get out of the bulldozers way and was accidentally killed because the Israeli bulldoser operator didn’t see her. It was also reported that the girl died at the scene.
My niece was a part of that organisation. Even though she wasn’t there in Gaza at the time, she was told by her friends what actually happened. Apparently, as they were protesting in front of a palestinian house, a girl got her foot stuck in some rubble. As the bulldozer was approaching her, people from all sides were waving and yelling at the bulldozer operator to stop while they tried to get the girl out unsuccessfully. This Israelis
bulldoze operator continued on and ran completely over her and then backed up and ran over her again. Once finished, her friends came and dug her out and she was still alive! The girl stated that she thought her back was broken. They took her to the hospital where she later died. It was decided by the Bush administration to give the 1st version of “events” instead of what really happened because it would have changed Americans outlook towards Israel overnight !
I was a nurse working in endoscopy at a Charlotte hospital when I heard the news from my niece. I was in the admitting part of endoscopy at the time when I spoke to several of the patients on the events that had just occurred. Out of the blue, a 75 year old woman sat up and said “I’ve been bulldozer operator for 35 years and that’s total BS”. She went on to say that there was no way that bulldoze operator would not have known that there was somebody in front of him especially with people waving their arms and yelling as I had described to the group. The rest of the patients just looked totally stunned! For the 1st time they were hearing that maybe the Israelis were more of a problem for the Palestinians than the American people have been told!
Even though I do feel that the Israelis have to defend themselves against Hamas and some Arab nations (otherwise Israel will be pushed into the sea), I also think the Israelis have been very brutal with the Palestinians and there’s a lot more to the story than we have been told as Americans as evidenced by my story from my niece.
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…and you don’t see that depiction of Bibi as anti-semetic?
No. I’m not going to refrain from making a harsh caricature of him because he’s Jewish. Do you see the way I draw other public figures? I am so tired of being accused of antiSemitism anytime I criticize Netanyahu or Israeli policies. It’s a weak defense in place of a valid defense.
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I see. Despicable.
Why would it? I liked every toon Clay made of 45, every single one was spot on and tamer than that despotic, grasping thieving avaricious wannabe dictator deserved. Anti anything has no place here.
He did not draw a cartoon of Netanyahu – Netanyahu does not have full lips nor a large hooked nose. What he drew was the standard anti Semitic depiction of a Jew, and that is what is disgusting. I am all for free speech.
To caricature a person is to acknowledge physical attributes as well as an emotional content. These images are not Fox News, but an artists view. To be offended is a sign of narrow imagination, experience, and tolerance. As Voltaire said:” I may disagree with what than man said, but I will defend , to the death, his right to say it”. Have a wonderful and rewarding day. A
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People don’t seem to understand caricatures, or editorial cartooning. The whole purpose is anything goes to make a point. I cannot even see anything to complain about re the Netanyahu drawing, except that you didn’t draw a big butterfly net around him and call him a yahoo.
This whole thing started (more or less as modern times go) when Jewish people demanded a place in the Middle East which they called their ancestral land. By that time the Palestinians had lived there pretty peacefully for centuries.I have no idea for sure who negotiated that land transfer, but they are the ones who are responsible for all the killings and terror since 1948.
Let me see, we red people were here before the whites came to our land, and kicked us off and tricked us off and literally ticked us off.
Would the UN give us back our land if we demanded it back. No way! They think we should be happy living on reserves and reservations, the worst land possible (until oil was discovered there). What gave Jewish people the right to be given back their land? What a crock!
I wish you well with your appeal, Clay, it is a fight worth fighting. Next time it might be for a year if you let this one go by…
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