Monday, September 3, 2018

rewriting an Israeli/U.S./etc. story

Where the new order congeals:
The Philippines’ foul-mouthed president, Rodrigo Duterte, who has cursed out everyone from former U.S. President Barack Obama to God, arrived in Israel on Sunday for a four-day visit. It’s the first Philippine presidential visit since the countries established diplomatic relations in 1957. He is expected to lunch with Netanyahu, meet other top officials and visit the country’s Holocaust memorial. He is also expected to sign a major oil deal and view an arms display....
Netanyahu takes great pride that under his leadership Israel has found new friends in Europe, as well as in far-flung countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America that long sided with the Palestinians at the United Nations and other global bodies.
Netanyahu's apartheid policies as regards the Palestinians is strongly supported by a right wing constituency that abhors Palestinians and their "right of return" demand when it comes to Middle East peace. This right-wing bloc has helped cement Netanyahu's leadership and divert attention from his political bribery-probe difficulties in Israel. And the United States is there to help.
On election day 2016, Hillary Clinton won more than 70% of the Jewish vote. But that number tells only part of a story. In some predominately Orthodox Jewish precincts, Donald Trump’s numbers were straight out of the rust belt or the deep south.
As in the rest of the electorate, religious commitment and educational attainment shaped how Jews voted. In the overwhelmingly religious Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, Trump took 68% of the vote. In New Jersey’s Lakewood Township, he won with a 50-point margin. By contrast, the island of Manhattan was a sea of Democratic blue.
More consequentially, the United States' support of Netanyahu's crown gained added luster when Donald Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
President Trump’s Dec. 7 announcement, that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy here, broke a 70-year diplomatic precedent, kept a campaign promise and provoked worldwide outrage.
Additionally, the United States, under a flag of financial lop-sidededness, withdrew its aid package for Palestinians through "United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The organization uses the funds to run schools and clinics for Palestinian refugees in occupied territories — the West Bank and Gaza — as well as those in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon."

The Palestinians get fucked. Netanyahu can claim involvement. Netanyahu reaps support for his apartheid policy and constituency ... and can hold on to power among the yapping wolves who might otherwise sully his realm or dilute his power. The new Aryans arise.

Donald Trump never saw a parade he would not join or could not congratulate himself for.


Nyet! Nyet! And again, nyet!


  1. Nyet. Nyet. Nyet.
    Heh. Heh. Heh.
    Is corruption intrinsic to modern Russian culture?

    I’d love to say it isn’t. I can’t.
    I live in a community with a large number of people from the former Soviet Union especially from Uzbekistan.

    There’s an aggregate tone. It seems uncouth, self-centered and aggressive to the point of continual rudeness, particular among the men. The key element is anti-politeness and intimidation.

    If I were to allow myself Trump-like prejudice, I’d treat these Central Asians the way the real Trump treats Hispanics and Muslims. Unfair the the majority for sure but a minority is far worse than Trump’s Mexican M-13 Gangs.