Nobody to negotiate with in Israel and why

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The headline over an interview Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gave to Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg was Netanyahu: There is nobody to negotiate with in Ramallah.

If he was still in the land of the living I feel sure that Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister for propaganda, would express grudging but nonetheless real admiration for Netanyahu. I can even imagine Goebbels thinking to himself something like, “I was a master at selling lies as truth but Bibi makes me look and sound like an amateur.”

In his interview with Goldberg, Netanyahu laid the blame for the failure of Kerry’s mission squarely and completely on the shoulders of Palestinian Authority President Abbas. And he, Netanyahu, said:

“Negotiations are always preferable. But six prime ministers since Oslo have failed in their pursuit of a negotiated settlement. They’ve always thought we were on the verge of success, and then Arafat backed off, Abbas backed off, because they can’t conclude these negotiations. We don’t have a Palestinian leadership that is willing to do that. The minimal set of conditions that any Israeli government would need cannot be met by the Palestinians.”

In a sense Netanyahu is correct. There is nobody in Ramallah for him to negotiate with but that’s because Israel’s “minimal set of conditions” require the Palestinians to abandon their struggle for justice and accept crumbs (a few Bantustans here and there on the occupied West Bank) from Zionism’s table.

It really does seem to me that Netanyahu learned much from the Nazis.

In his final speech at the Nuremberg trials, Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect and Minister for Armaments and War Production, said this: “Hitler’s dictatorship… made complete use of all technical means for domination of its own country. Through technical devices like the radio and loudspeaker, 80 million people¬†were deprived of independent thought.”

I think it can be said without fear of contradiction that Zionist propaganda has deprived most Israeli Jews and very many Jews everywhere of independent thought on the matter of justice for the Palestinians.

Goebbels himself put into writing his golden rules for effective propaganda. He wrote: “It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent. It’s task is to lead to success.” And the key to success? “Propaganda to the home front must create an optimum level of anxiety.”

Nobody is better at doing that than Netanyahu.

Despite his outrageous propaganda assertions to the contrary, the plain, simple truth is that there is no military threat to Israel’s existence from the Arab and wider Muslim would including Iran. And unless he is deluded to the point of clinical madness, Netanyahu must know that. (So he’s either a liar or nuts).

The best analysis I have read of why the Kerry mission failed was in a Tikkun Daily article by David Glick. (He is a psychotherapist, a poet, a peace and justice activist in Marin County California and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace). The headline over his piece for peace on 15 May was Obstacles to a Just and Sustainable Peace. And this was his opening paragraph:

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