Putin’s Ukraine adventure a gift to Netanyahu

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Netanyahu has gained some months or years without any movement toward peace, and in the meantime can continue with the occupation and build settlements at a frantic pace By Uri Avnery - Sabbah Report § Binyamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump … [Read more...]

Uri Avnery: Israel’s Cold Revenge

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"Revenge is a dish that is best eaten cold," is a saying attributed to Stalin. I don't know if he really said that. All the possible witnesses were executed long ago. Anyhow, a taste for delayed revenge is not an Israeli trait. Israelis are more impulsive. More immediate. They don't plan. They … [Read more...]

Uri Avnery: The strong must lead to sweet Palestine

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IT WAS a day of joy. Joy for the Palestinian people. Joy for all those who hope for peace between Israel and the Arab world. And, in a modest way, for me personally. The General Assembly of the United Nations, the highest world forum, has voted overwhelmingly for the recognition of the State of … [Read more...]

Israeli leaders set to repeat historical blunders

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by Uri Avnery | Sabbah Report: www.sabbah.biz I am sitting here writing this article 39 years to the minute from that moment when the sirens started screaming, announcing the beginning of the war. A minute before, total quiet reigned, as it does now. No traffic, no activity in the street, except a few … [Read more...]

A Marriage of Morons: Romney and Netanyahu

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ONCE UPON a time, President Richard Nixon wanted to appoint a certain lawyer to the US Supreme Court. "But the man is a complete moron!" one senator exclaimed. "So what," answered another, "There are a great many morons in the US, and they have a right to be represented in the court as much as any other … [Read more...]

Newt Gingrich: ignoramus, cheat, cynic or all three?

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My God, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are! What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul.)" Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How … [Read more...]

On the wrong side of history: Obama’s wavering on Egypt

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By Uri Avnery * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Until the very last moment, the Israeli leadership tried to keep Hosni Mubarak in power. It was hopeless. Even the mighty United States was impotent when faced with this tsunami of popular outrage. In the end it settled for second best: a pro-Western … [Read more...]

Weimar in Jerusalem: the rise of fascism in Israel

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By Uri Avnery * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In Berlin, an exhibition entitled "Hitler and the Germans" has just opened. It examines the factors that caused the German people to bring Adolf Hitler to power and follow him to the very end... Since childhood, precisely this question has been … [Read more...]

Damage Control

By Uri Avnery* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A DUTCH journalist asked me last Wednesday to try and divine the thoughts of Binyamin Netanyahu on his way to Washington. It seems that she was satisfied with the results, because she asked me to divine the thoughts of Mahmoud Abbas, too. She must have … [Read more...]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

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By Uri Avnery* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist, has an idea. That happens to him quite often. One might almost say - too often. It goes like this: The US will turn its back on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The entire world will follow. Everybody is fed … [Read more...]

Uri Avnery – The Slippery Slope

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By Uri Avnery * It is, of course, all the fault of Judge Richard Goldstone. He is to blame for it, as he is to blame for all the other ills that are befalling us now. He is to blame for the trouble we are having at the UN, both in New York and in Geneva. For the conspiracy to bring our political and … [Read more...]

Uri Avnery – The Boss Has Gone Mad

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169 YEARS before the Gaza War, Heinrich Heine wrote a premonitory poem of 12 lines, under the title "To Edom". The German-Jewish poet was talking about Germany, or perhaps all the nations of Christian Europe. This is what he wrote (in my rough translation): "For a thousand years and more / We have had an … [Read more...]

Uri Avnery – Molten Lead

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By Uri Avnery 3.1.2009 JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT, Aljazeera's Arabic channel was reporting on events in Gaza. Suddenly the camera was pointing upwards towards the dark sky. The screen was pitch black. Nothing could be seen, but there was a sound to be heard: the noise of airplanes, a frightening, a terrifying … [Read more...]

Worse than a War Crime

By Uri Avnery It looked like the fall of the Berlin wall. And not only did it look like it. For a moment, the Rafah crossing was the Brandenburg Gate. It is impossible not to feel exhilaration when masses of oppressed and hungry people break down the wall that is shutting them in, their eyes radiant, … [Read more...]

Pussycat

By Uri Avnery 31/03/07 CAN A pantheress turn into a pussycat? Impossible, a zoologist would say. But last week, we saw it happen with our own eyes. Condoleezza Rice came here to teach Ehud Olmert, once and for all, who is boss. The President of the United States wants to make order in the Middle East, … [Read more...]

The Great Experiment

Indispensable new article by Uri Avnery The Great Experiment IS IT possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it? That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed, that the governments of Israel and the United States, in close cooperation with … [Read more...]

Israel’s Intelligence Scandal

Irreversible Mental Damage By URI AVNERY* The Israeli national security assessor admits that the stress caused by his difficult job has inflicted on him irreversible mental damage. The High Priest of the "We Have No Partner" creed is General (res.) Amos Gilad, who at the crucial time was chief of the … [Read more...]