Where Israeli Escalation Will Go, No One Knows

by lizard

In June of 1967, Israel attacked the USS Liberty. The brutal attack resulted in the death of 34 soldiers and over 170 injuries. The Pentagon immediately covered-up this attack, depicting it as an unfortunate accident. But it wasn’t an accident. Israel intended for this attack to be blamed on Egypt to lure the US into the 6 day war. Luckily members of the USS Liberty crew were able to get a distress signal out. Here is an excerpt from a book examining the politics of anti-semitism:

In early June of 1967, at the onset of the Six Day War, the Pentagon sent the USS Liberty from Spain into international waters off the coast of Gaza to monitor the progress of Israel’s attack on the Arab states. The Liberty was a lightly armed surveillance ship.

Only hours after the Liberty arrived it was spotted by the Israeli military. The IDF sent out reconnaissance planes to identify the ship. They made eight trips over a period of three hours. The Liberty was flying a large US flag and was easily recognizable as an American vessel.

A few hours later more planes came. These were Israeli Mirage III fighters, armed with rockets and machine guns. As off-duty officers sunbathed on the deck, the fighters opened fire on the defenseless ship with rockets and machine guns.

A few minutes later a second wave of planes streaked overhead, French-built Mystere jets, which not only pelted the ship with gunfire but also with napalm bomblets, coating the deck with the flaming jelly. By now, the Liberty was on fire and dozens were wounded and killed, excluding several of the ship’s top officers.

The Liberty’s radio team tried to issue a distress call, but discovered the frequencies had been jammed by the Israeli planes with what one communications specialist called “a buzzsaw sound.” Finally, an open channel was found and the Liberty got out a message it was under attack to the USS America, the Sixth Fleet’s large aircraft carrier.

I bring up this false flag attack because it’s evidence of what Israel is capable of to further its agenda.

Two days ago, the Washington Post reported on a “chilling recording” that allegedly implicates Hamas in the abduction and murder of 3 Israeli teens:

The night of June 12, the phones didn’t stop ringing at the West Bank police emergency hotline. Police later said 757 calls lit up the lines. Of those, 155 were pranks. So when another call came – this one two minutes long and filled with singing, shouting and loud booms — the cops didn’t think too much of it.

“They’ve kidnapped me,” whispered a young man, later identified by his parents as Gilad Shaar, one of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped that night and later killed.

“Hello?” the operator replied in an emergency recording, as described by the Times of Israel.

“Head down!” a man authorities suspect is a member of Hamas yelled in the background. “Head down!”

“Hello?” the operator said again, voice getting louder. “Hello?”

“Heads down, down this! Hands down!” the man yelled as groans sounded in the background. “Take the phone phone from him.” Seconds later, the men begin to cheer and sing a song in Arabic.

How convenient.

What exactly would Hamas gain by committing this horrendous act of violence? The Israeli response is predictable—the murder of these Israeli teenagers has provided Israel with an opportunity to unleash more collective punishment against Palestinians, and that is precisely what is happening, and it’s spiraling out of control.

Details of the revenge-killing of 16 year old Mohammad Abu Khdeir are now coming to light, and I should warn readers the details are gruesome. The autopsy of the charred body indicates Mohammad Abu Khdeir was forced to ingest gasoline then burned alive:

Saber Al-Aloul, the director of the Palestinian forensic institute, attended the autopsy which was carried out by Israeli doctors in Tel Aviv.

Al-A’wewy said Al-Aloul had reported fire dust material was found in Khdeir’s respiratory canal which meant “the boy had inhaled this material while he was burnt alive.”

Another incident of violence may have wider implications because it involves an American-Palestinian teenager nearly beat to death by masked IDF soldiers:

Fifteen-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Abukhdeir, cousin of recent lynching victim Muhammed Abu Khudair, was brutally beaten by masked Israeli police on Thursday evening in the Shuafat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. He has since been arrested and held without charge and denied medical treatment, according to his family and the rights group Addameer.

Tariq’s family lives in Tampa, Florida and have been on vacation in Palestine since early June. They are scheduled to return to the United States on 16 July. Tariq’s next court hearing is scheduled for Sunday, 6 July.

As photos of Tariq’s horrific facial bruises surfaced, so did two videos that show masked Israeli officers punching, kicking and dragging a handcuffed Palestinian in Shuafat.

I’m not going to include the videos here. If you want to see them, go to the link.

How will the US respond? This is an American teenager beat and held without charge by IDF thugs. Will John Kerry make some impotent statement?

How did the US respond when IDF thugs executed a Turkish American teenager on the Mavi Marmara?

The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.

The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.

The report says Dogan had apparently been “lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time” before being shot in his face.

Three years after that incident, Obama helped broker a deal between Turkey and Israel:

Israel issued a formal apology to Turkey and agreed to pay compensation over the Mavi Marmara killings of 2010 on March 22 after a phone conversation between the two countries’ premiers, Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that was brokered by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Turkey accepted Israel’s apology, sources from the Prime Ministry confirmed, underlining that Israel had also agreed to ease its blockade on Gaza.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed an apology to the Turkish people for any error that may have led to the loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement for compensation,” the Israeli statement said. The statement said Netanyahu agreed with Erdoğan to normalize ties between Turkey and Israel, while Ankara agreed to cancel legal proceedings against Israeli soldiers who committed the raid against the Mavi Marmara vessel.

The problem with Netanyahu’s statement is there was no error that may have led to the loss of life. Those IDF commandoes intended to kill:

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said Sunday that the Palmer report on last year’s Gaza-bound flotilla is expected to be released this week. According to the newspaper, the UN-appointed panel to investigate the raid on the Mavi Marmara vessel has ruled that IDF soldiers boarded the ship with an intention to kill.

At what point will the US stop enabling the apartheid state of Israel?


  1. evdebs

    “At what point will the US stop enabling the apartheid state of Israel?”

    Is that a rhetorical question?

    • lizard19

      I don’t know, you tell me.

  2. Important to follow power to its source. Israel could not have gotten away with the attack on the Liberty without US complicity. Most likely it was following orders. Which way does money flow?

    Regarding Palestinians, Israel can do as it wishes as long as it does not mess with the boss in DC.

    • I would suggest, based on your own argument, Mark, that the Boss is not in DC but rather New York, and Geneva.

      • larry kurtz

        Rob, accusing Mark of consistent, rational thought is just rude.

        • lizard19

          thank you for this substantive comment. I appreciate the added perspective you bring to this serious issue.

          • larry kurtz

            you already know where i’m at on this dealio, liz: the middle east should be returned to 1914 borders:

            http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/07/03/wwi-iraq-syria

            • Big Swede

              Helen agrees.

    • evdebs

      I find it inconceivable that the U.S. would have permitted the Liberty attack to have happened. No one could survive the publication of such complicity. On the other hand I was surprised that there were so little repercussions and that Israel was allowed to expand its territory unfettered, eventually settling for allowing the Sinai to return to Egyptian control.

      President Johnson repressed U.S. appropriate response to the incident though his Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, and military commanders including from the 6th Fleet, were outraged.

      The “boss” in D.C. is anything but the boss, as any attention to U.S./Israel relations would reveal. AIPAC is at least as influential as cooler heads in a succession of U.S. administrations. It drove Cynthia McKinney from office.

      • Respectfully, if it was a false flag operation, then it was to be blamed on Egypt, and of course there are within the Pentagon and Langley agents who have no more regard for American lives than any others. The end justifies the means in all matters.

        I know that the Israeli lobby appears to have power, but I think that it exists only within the sphere of even greater power, so that it can swing its fists, but only so far, and only so far as its activities do not cross the boss, who as Rob said, can as easily be placed in Genvea, London or on Wall Street as in DC.

  3. lizard19

    will the Obama regime’s diplomatic arm intervene in the case of a 15 year old US citizen badly beat, held without charge and denied medical attention? nope:

    The United States Consulate in Jerusalem has informed Tariq Abukhdeir’s family that they have little recourse beyond following Israeli legal procedures, Suhad Abukhdeir told The Electronic Intifada over the phone from Tampa, Florida.

    pathetic.

  4. evdebs

    I’ve been trying to get information about a couple of capital cases in federal court for the last eight months. I got a response to a FOIA today that seems can only be explained by:
    1.) Utter contempt for the transparency process.
    2.) The person answering my request is retarded

    Of course, both might be true

    One is reminded of the “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”

    It would appear that Tariq’s family has run into the same sort of a stumbling block.

    • With FOIA they can shield documents due to “national security,” but more interesting, they can now lie when that elusive NS is thought to be at stake. They can say documents do not exist when they do. Obama wants to broaden that, making lying about documents legal beyond matters of supposed national security.

      Keep in kind, “national security” is a euphemism, meaning protection of domestic power.

      Which is why National Security is such a joke! If they lie, they lie, they lie, they will lie about existence of documents, and destroy them if necessary. FOIA is a g-string, nothing more. Pull it, you see the National Security State in action. You only see what you are allowed to see. You are not allowed to touch the National Security State,

  5. Big Swede

    In case I forget.

    Happy Ramadan.

  6. Turner

    I’d like to hear from Liz or someone else a concise set of recommendations as to what the U.S. can do to make the situation in the Middle East better.

    • larry kurtz

      moving israel to utah would be a good start.

    • JC

      I’m reading up on the history this morning of the Sykes-Picot Agreement that was conceived during WW1 to divvy up the middle east following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. It is the rallying force behind ISIS’s move to build a new Caliphate in the area — to see Sykes-Picot’s influence negated. Included in the discussion around Sykes-Picot was the seeds of Zionism, and the invention of Israel.

      Recommendations? Understand what the fall of the Ottoman Empire means to Muslims, and how the meddling of aristocrats in Britain, France and Russia still fans long-simmering resentment.

      Want peace in the middle east? The west should just get out and let the arabs and muslims rebuild it to their liking. The only alternative is either to maintain empire over it, like we and europe have been doing, along with letting dictators and ruthless politicians like Assad and Hussein force unity between disparate ethnic and religious sects under the fear of death.

      We will never be able to expect the likes of Maliki or his successors to build consensus between deeply ingrained sectarian divisions. Just not possible. The best possible scenario coming out of the current state of affairs — from a U.S. nationalistic stance to maintain the status quo — would be to install another Hussein.

      My thoughts for a best-case scenario? Allow a caliphate to evolve and bring it into the 21st century as an equal global citizen, and all that brings: responsibility and accountability. Either that, or repress the people, or nuke them. Secular modern states in the region currently are impossible.

    • JC

      I guess a short answer might be better. Want concise?

      People in the U.S. should read the history of the Middle east from all angles and understand it. Then they’ll know the only logic path is to get the hell out of the way.

      • Turner

        I appreciate your thoughtful comment above. But educating the public about the Middle East is a project that would take many, many years. And it would be an uphill fight.

        Right now we’re being miseducated by the MSM (you know, shows like Meet the Press) to assume that aggressive diplomatic and military action is what’s need to somehow fix those guys over there.

        What I’m really wondering is what, given the political realities here and worldwide, the U.S. can do to improve things. I suspect not much.

        Could a politician win by promising to withdraw completely from the region and focus on providing humanitarian aid to refugees? No.

        You’re right about problems emerging from artificial boundaries drawn to advantage Europe, but the caliphate you envision coming out of a new Middle East would be even worse. On the way to creating it, there would be a huge bloodbath. Women would be brutally repressed. Westernized Muslims would fight it day and night.

        Could a politician win by openly criticizing Israel? I doubt it.

        • I fail to see how a country that has been under brutal attack since 1990 by the US, including sanctions in the 1990’s that killed a half a million kids, is somehow comprised of irrational people incapable of living in peace. If we were to leave them alone for a while, stop bombing and terrorizing them, I suspect we might find these are peaceful sane people, and that we are the problem.

        • JC

          Well, how the caliphate emerges isn’t of my doing. We’ll just have to watch and read about what is happening.

          As to the bloodbath, how is a Muslim bloodbath any different from the bloodbath we’ve waged in Iraq — either through overt wars killing hundreds of thousands, or the sanctions in-between that were responsible for a half million children dying needlessly?

          As to political reality, we should stop the nonsense that the United States can “improve things.” There is a certain allure to the anti-interventionist political movements in the U.S. right now. One could probably make an intriguing political career out of it, if it wasn’t lumped in with the free market libertarian Paul-ites.

          And education? I am amazed at how poor my history education was in high school. At least I can make up for that with the resources currently available online. But as long as our history texts are mimicking MSM themes, nothing will change — until another country inevitably, eventually puts us in our place. All empires do fall. Want peace around the world? Work to see that schools teach a broad view of history, not just that which serves the narrow interests of manifest destiny and imperialism.

        • JC

          Here’s an interesting article that might be more to your liking:

          Confronting Terrorism with Peace

          “It’s time for a major shift in conflict management strategies. Can we finally start listening to the numerous scholars and studies with scientifically supported strategies for nonviolent counterterrorism? Here is a three-step strategy all sensible persons (and politicians) should advocate:

          First, immediately stop sending funds and weapons to all involved parties…

          Second, fully invest in social and economic development initiatives in any region in which terrorist groups are engaged…

          Third, fully support any and all nonviolent civil society resistance movements. Whoever is left – give them whatever support is needed the most…”

          • Turner

            I like the article.

          • So much of education in our empire consists of not just believing, but buying into the lies with heart and mind and soul. Real education is the ability to see through the lies. Only a few can. Generally, it’s about 5% who are not fooled from the beginning, and perhaps another 25% can be brought into movement politics, if Ross Perot is a gauge. PThat’s enough to scare them. Keeping that 25% dumbed down is the key, and the Democrat Party is usually the tool.

          • evdebs

            It’s a terrific article, but somewhat utopian, I fear.

            Citizens United and the Tea Party-induced shift to the right will not let us act in our (or anyone’s) best interests, even if there is some path to possible resolution of this incredible mess. I don’t know how, or if, there is any solution to the world’s predicament.

            I would note that ISIS has less control in Syria than we imagine. Their hegemony is bounded on the north by Kurdish interests, on the south and west mostly by the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups. They are actually hardly confronting Assad and their success is far greater in Sunni northwestern Iraq.

            I think they may also be contained by the Kurds in northern Iraq. However, prospects of a “Greater Kurdistan” will cause a nasty response in eastern Turkey and probably in northwestern Iran.

            We are reaping Cheney’s and Israel’s whirlwind.

  7. evdebs

    WTF?

    • lizard19

      that comment you are responding to, which is no longer there, was just spam.

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