Aug
06

Letter to Kerry from an Israeli:

Paula R. Stern
Paula R. Stern Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, “A Soldier’s Mother”, has been running for more than 5 years. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write her thoughts and dream of a trip to Italy, Scotland, and beyond.

Dear Secretary of State John Kerry,

Because of my respect for the United States, I will attempt to afford you the honor you think you so richly deserve. It’s hard to speak to you with anything but anger, hard to feel the need, again, to start from the beginning because you clearly choose to ignore history in your quest for glory. It is a quest destined to fail but its outcome, even, or more accurately especially, in failure, will hurt Israel.

Greater men than you have tried to make, to force, peace on the Middle East. I promise you, you will fail too. You will fail because you are not addressing the root cause of the problem. You, like so many before you, take the easy way out. Blame Israel. It is so easy to do, and so stupid.

I could speak to you of history – a history longer and greater than you can imagine. I could speak to you of injustices – yes, our land is filled with the graves of those murdered for the unjust reason that they lived here, or traveled abroad, or ate in the wrong restaurant, or took the wrong bus.

I could speak to you of justice – of a population exchange similar to those that have taken place through out history as nations settle between war and peace. They left their lands to go there, most voluntarily so that their invading brothers would have a clear path as they pushed the Jews into the sea. And our people, who left their homes and possessions in Arab lands, most forced, not voluntarily, and came here.

We fed our brothers, clothed them, gave them homes. And most importantly, we loved them and gave them the most precious of gifts – a future, a present, as integral parts of the land and people of this country. My neighbor, the family across the street – they live in the same houses that I do, drive the same cars, attend the same schools. He is an engineer; he is a judge in the courts. She is a nurse; she is a lawyer. All my neighbors, though their grandparents came here with nothing.

And at the same time, across many borders, the Arabs put their “brothers” in refugee camps, all but starved them. They raised them to be embittered – not at those who kept them in squalor, but those they had hoped to defeat. They blame us and you are naive enough to blame us as well?

They chose war, John Kerry, while we chose compromise. And you would blame us for this horrible chain of the decades? They invaded – five Arab nations, in 1949. They attacked. Out of sheer desperation, we won enough of our land to give us a measure of security…it lasted only 7 years, until they attacked again. But oh what we did in those 7 years. We welcomed our refugees from Europe, from Arab lands. We built them tent cities and turned them into real cities. We conquered swamp land and made it habitable and we raised our children to dream that someday there would be peace. We created universities and schools and parks.

But the Arabs would have none of it. In 1948, in 1956, again in 1967 and again in 1973 and again and again, almost daily, we fight off their attempts to do in 2014 what they failed to do in 1948. They have not learned and amazingly enough, John Kerry, neither have you.

We have built and evacuated whole communities; we have withdrawn from land in exchange for nothing but the hope that we could appease the “unappeasable.” We have flown around the world to help others – from earthquakes, tsunamis, devastating storms, famine and more.

We have allowed the Arabs – yes, allowed them, to fire tens of thousands of missiles at our cities and we know they have more than 170,000 more rockets and missiles ready to try again. At any time and with no notice whatsoever, we have the power to flatten Gaza into the world’s largest, flattest parking lot. And each time they attack, we think of it and know we can’t do it, won’t do it. And you would blame us for the failure to make peace?

When we attempt to stop them, to push back their military capabilities, just a bit, we aim for the rocket launchers, the arsenals, the training camps while they aim for our cities – Beersheva, Shderot, Ashkelon, Netivot, Ashdod. And you would threaten us for the ongoing state of war?

There cannot be peace until you recognize your enemy. There cannot be successful negotiations if you fail to understand those you would bring to the table. You fail on both counts.

After hearing that you threatened Israel unless the peace talks succeed, I can only conclude that your ignorance is even greater than I thought. I knew, years ago, that you had no clue what the Arab world is thinking, feeling, dreaming of. Now I know the same is true about Israel – you don’t understand us any better than you understand the Arabs and that amazes me.

Unlike the Arab world, Israel is an open society – read our newspapers, speak to the people on the street. No one will stop you and we won’t escort you with secret police to control your experience. Pick any town, city, village, settlement and you will hear the same thing. Pick any street, any person and ask them what they dream of, what they want for their children. We do not dream of glorious death and martyrdom for our sons. We dream that they will never have to even serve in the army.

I have friends who agonized over their sons going into the army. I could understand my agony, as I grew up in the United States where all my friends promised they would run away from the US before they would ever be drafted. I knew nothing of army and war and guns. But my friends here in Israel? They had served in the army; why did they suffer so when their sons were drafted.

“We served so that they wouldn’t have to,” I’ve been told over and over again. They never believed, 20+ years later that their sons and daughters would have to sacrifice three years of their lives, that we’d still be at war.

You won’t hear that in the Arab world. Oh, they’ll tell you that they dream of peace because they know that is what you want to hear, but in Arabic, they will talk of a time when there will be no Jews in the entire Middle East, never mind no Jews in the Palestine they envision. Their religious leaders will whip them up to the glory of Allah and jihad. But still you would expect us to make peace with them?

Theirs is a culture built on a dream – a dream that they will own the world…my corner, John Kerry, and even yours. Theirs is a society that believes in a heaven earned by causing the deaths of others and so when their sons blow themselves up and kill those Jews, they celebrate. And yes, they celebrated on 9/11 when they killed your people just as they celebrated when we released their terrorists and killers in yet another attempt to appease them…and you.

If you don’t understand their ability to celebrate, I will confess that neither do I. I have seen the mothers hugging their sons in a video, made the night before they killed themselves…and the innocent men, women, and children, of their enemies who happened to be on that bus, in that mall, or asleep in their homes. It doesn’t matter to them if they kill a soldier, a man with a gun, a pregnant woman, or a helpless child. The more, the better, in their twisted interpretation of what their God wants. You don’t understand this and I can see where it is hard, given your western mentality. But not understanding it doesn’t give you the right to ignore it.

You won’t fail in your goal of ramming peace down our throats because of this, however. You will fail because, amazingly enough, you don’t even understand Israel. We are the easiest to get, the easiest, honestly. All you have to do is listen and see – but even that is beyond you.

Listen to our national anthem – it does not speak of war. It is called, “The Hope” and speaks of a dream of 2,000 years to be a free people. We value that – the ability to protect ourselves, to be free in the land of our forefathers. Even the most right wing among us would be willing to compromise for a real peace, a peace where our children and grandchildren could live without the fears we deal with daily. We do not interfere in how they raise their children; we are stupid enough to even fund some of their text books – all in our own misguided belief that we can make peace with those who do not yet want it.

You threaten us with economic sanctions, with international isolation. This is your latest blunder, and it is a big one. Israel is laughing at you this morning. Economic sanctions?

They gassed us, beat us, bombed us, burned us. They haunted us, hunted us, hated us through the centuries across many lands and through this land in the last several decades. They burned the synagogue where my grandmother was hiding; they gassed my great grandmother to death.

International isolation? They put us in ghettos, they exploded our buses and shot our babies in the head. They lynched my neighbor, attacked the buses on which my friends travel. They shot my daughter’s teacher (and his infant son) and ambushed and killed a colleague of mind.

We are fighting for our lives, John Kerry – no less today than we were in 1948. The ONLY difference is that through the greed and stupidity of the Arab nations, we are stronger than we ever were, not weaker. You will fail, John Kerry, because you are fool enough to think you can come here, wave your American flag, look at your watch and tell us you’d like to finish these peace negotiations by 5:00 p.m. because you have a date at the opera or a baseball game to go to.

For a long time now, the Arabs have fooled you. They’ll speak to you of peace over the coffee they serve you and then when you leave the room, they slap each other on the backs and laugh – another successful day at making the US look stupid.

Now, this time, we will have that in common with the Arabs; we are laughing at you too. Naftali Bennet has tried to explain it to you, “There has not yet been a nation that has given up its land due to economic threats, and nor will we. Only security will bring economic stability, not a terrorist state near Ben-Gurion Airport.”

Greater men have failed, John Kerry – and I promise you, until you know Israel and until you understand the Arabs, you don’t have a prayer of succeeding. Go watch the Superbowl, at least then, maybe you’ll have done something worthwhile.

Paula Stern

Jan
07

The Impeachment of Benjamin Netanyahu

Roseanne Barr

2012 Presidential Candidate

Peace and Freedom Party

United States of America

 

December 27, 2013

 

33rd Cabinet of Israel

 

Head of State-Shimon Peres

Minister of Foreign Affairs-Avigdor Lieberman

Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development-Yair Shamir

Minister of Communications-Gilad Erdan

Minister of Culture and Sport-Limor Livnat

Minister of Defense-Moshe Ya’alon

Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee-Silvan Shalom

Minister of Education-Shai Piron

Minister of Environmental Protection-Amir Peretz

Minister of Finance-Yair Lapid

Minister of Health-Yael German

Minister of Housing and Construction-Uri Ariel

Minister of Immigration Absorption-Sofa Landver

Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor-Naftali Bennett

Minister of Internal Affairs-Gideon Sa’ar

Minister of Intelligence-Yuval Steinitz

Minister of Justice-Tzipi Livni

Minister of Pensioner Affairs-Uri Orbakh

Minister of Public Security- Yitzhak Aharonovich

Minister of Science and Technology-Yaakov Peri

Head of Mossad-Tamir Pardo

IDF Chief of Staff-General Gantz

cc: Prime Minister-Benjamin Netanyahu

 

Subject: The Impeachment of Benjamin Netanyahu

Dear 33rd Cabinet of Israel:

I write this Open Letter to prevent an existential crisis from playing out in Israel. Historically speaking we are on the edge of WW3 punctuated by situations similar to that of WW1. Benjamin Netanyahu, as directed by his ideological masters who serve Empire’s Middle Eastern oil policy and banking system has recklessly put Israel in the cross hair of thermal nuclear destruction, trade boycotts and increased isolation.

Geopolitically speaking: Where are Israel’s allies? How are Israel’s current polices conducive to economic and cultural prosperity for the next 50 years? The plan for a “Greater Israel” (‘living space’) was never in the interest of the Jewish State, or the Jewish people. However, endless war between Tribal and Ethnic peoples is money in the bank for the war profiteers who, coincidentally, sit atop of everything PNAC.

Israel needs to re discover the principles of  Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and dump the destructive dictates of Netanyahu. Israel has been on an increasingly rightwing path since the death of the former prime minister. Members of the Israeli Cabinet and Knesset MUST make steps to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from office before Israel is destroyed from the inside. Netanyahu has violated the Human Dignity and Liberty Clause of Israeli Basic Law. Moving ever toward apartheid like treatment of its workforce, the Palestinians, and its minority citizens has cheapened and eroded Israel’s moral authority, and placed every living Jew on earth in potential peril.

Failed Israeli government (as well as failed US government) was always the plan of AIPAC, as I have written for over two decades. The alleged complicity of the usual gang of suspects, Royal Empire of UK, Royal House of Saud, Jesuit banks, Bush & Bibi in the 9-11 attack on the USA is a broken dam that is just beginning to spill over, and which is unstoppable.

Peace is Israel’s only real hope-and the building of a two state economy. Impeach the neo con banking system of endless war for profit of Empire. Impeach B. Netanyahu, the puppet of Feudalistic world policy (PNAC).

My thoughts are conventional as they relate to Israeli domestic and foreign policy.

Some of my thoughts have been echoed by Colonel Wilkerson and other U.S. members of the political establishment.

Netanyahu is obviously a follower of Jabotinsky who was puppet of the Young Turks. Israel needs to reject Jabotinsky and re embrace the visionary pursuit of peace as per Yitzhak Rabin, who also had an IDF military background-let this not be forgotten. The IDF must be the voice of sanity for Israel in these perilous geo political times. If Israel is to survive peacefully the ideology of Jabotinsky must abandoned. It isn’t in Israel’s interest to annex the Jordan River Valley. The true patriots of Israel must abandon their servitude to the Modern Anglo-Dutch Empire.

My conscience, as a Jewish American, moves me to speak as loudly as I can in service to the interests of intelligence and peace.

May both prevail on earth.

 

Sincerely,

 

Roseanne Barr

Peace and Freedom Party

 

 

Sep
29

Letter to Benjamin Netanyahu Dated 9-28-13

September 28, 2013

 

Roseanne Barr

Peace and Freedom Party

United States of America

 

Greetings Benjamin Netanyahu:

My name is Roseanne Barr. I am a Jewish American, actor, activist, writer, citizen of the United States of America, and I ran for President of The United States of America, coming in fifth place out of 52 candidates.  I am writing you to warn you of the Geo Political Implications of the Israel/Palestinian Conflict. I will first begin this analysis with some history, with which you may or may not be aware.

Israel was created by The Royal Family of the Queen of England. The purpose of this creation was not for a homeland for Jewish People. The underlying purpose was to create a permanent geo political destabilization policy for the purposes of enhanced territory of the Post World War 2 British Empire.

In accord with the assessment of IDF Intelligence, using Al Qaeda troops to attack Syria, creates a destabilizing effect for Israel and the whole region. Al Qaeda created by British and Saudi Intelligence can’t be trusted to overthrow Assad and is allies. The entire policy is fool’s gold and will only harm Israel.

To the current situation with Israel and Palestine, you must stop supporting Hamas as a puppet regime against the legitimate Palestinian Authority of Mr. Abbas. Such a policy weakens Israel’s relationship with the EU and other important allies crucial to Israel. Also, you must weaken the Ultra Orthodox Factions of Israel, who don’t represent the mainstream wishes of Israeli Citizens. To continue, making peace is in Israel’s long term best interests. I suggest you take extreme security precautions to not be killed like Prime Minister Rabin, when you serve the Jewish people’s best interests.

Lastly and most importantly, you must make tangible strides to develop the economy of your Palestinian Neighbors. If you don’t, Israel will follow the fate of South African Apartheid, which is good for the Queen of England but horrible for Israel!

To be clear: The Queen of England will DESTROY Israel for her own purposes. Tony Blair can’t be trusted, he will double cross you. If Israel is to remain a viable state in the Westphalian Tradition, Israel MUST make peace with the Palestinians on the 1967 borders.

 

Regards, Sir!

 

Roseanne Barr, Peace and Freedom Party

Sep
29

Sunday 9-29-13 KCAA Radio Guests Alan Hart and Harry Fear

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Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells

KCAA Radio Sunday Sept 29, 2013

Guests Alan Hart and Harry Fear

Sep
28

Sunday Sept 29 Radio Show Guests Alan Hart and Harry Fear

Alan Hart Harry Fear

KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts 

 

Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells Sunday September 29, 2013

 

with Guests

 

Alan Hart

“Human Rights vs. Tyranny”

 

Harry Fear

 “Challenging Realities, the Mainstream Media and You”

 

 2:00pm Eastern   11:00am Pacific  8:00am Hawaii

Click Here for Direct Link to Broadcast and UStream

 

Alan Hart

Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and their global consequences and terrifying implications for more than 40 years.

He has worked as a correspondent covering wars and conflict, for ITN’s News At Ten and the BBC’s Panorama programme.

In 1980, Mr. Hart was intimately involved in negotiations, serving as a covert diplomat in conflict resolution, between Arafat and Peres.

He has worked as a researcher and author. His 2nd book explains why it is difficult to impossible for any Israeli prime minister, even a rational, well-motivated one, to make peace on any terms the Palestinians can accept. His latest book: Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews.

Mr. Hart has had one on one private conversations with leaders on both both sides of the conflict. With, for example, Golda Meir, Mother Israel, and Yasser Arafat, Father Palestine. From these private conversations, Alan, has heard the truth of what leaders really believed and feared as opposed to what they said in public for propaganda and myth-sustaining purposes.

Alan has long believed that what peacemaking needs above all else is some TRUTH-TELLING, specifically, with regards to the Israel/Palestine conflict, truth telling, with regards to the difference between Zionist mythology and real history, and, the difference between Judaism and Zionism.

Thus, Alan Hart, believes that it is perfectly possible to be passionately anti-Zionist (anti Zionism’s colonial enterprise, that is) without being in any way, shape or form anti-Semitic.

Recently, Mr. Hart gave a speech in Geneva on human rights. That speech can be read here:

Human Rights vs Tyranny

http://www.alanhart.net/human-rights-v-tyranny/#more-2369

 

Harry Fear

Harry Fear is a British journalist and campaigning documentary maker. He works independently and as a freelancer. He is also a radio show co-host (KCAA’s own Palestine Today series with Kathleen Wells). He regularly lectures around the world on his work in Gaza and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He’s just come back from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he did a 20-minute talk at the prestigious TEDx conference there (TEDx is a franchised, independent version of the well-known TED organization.

Sep
11

Interview with a Jew and an Arab

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Aug
28

From Wayne Madsen Reports

 

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August 28-29, 2013 – Obama’s Syrian chemical attack “proof” relies solely on Israeli intelligence

WMR’s sources inside the Washington Beltway report that President Obama relied solely on signals intelligence (SIGINT) provided by Israel’s version of the U.S. National Security Agency, Unit 8200, to conclude that Syria’s government ordered the August 21 chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

Unit 8200 claimed it had intercepted a communication from a Syrian army unit operating near Ghouta on August 21. The Israelis concluded from the intercept that Syria’s army carried out the chemical attack on Ghouta, although there has been no independent confirmation from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) or the UN weapons inspection team as to who carried out the attack and even what type of chenical weapons were used.

Obama claims that his pursuit of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is intended to safeguard NSA’s most closely-guarded secrets that are used to combat terrorism. However, Obama, in his decision to accept the Israeli SIGINT as prima facie evidence of a Syrian chemical attack on civilians, has bypassed NSA’s own SIGINT product, which is flowing into the joint NSA/British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) interception facility in Cyprus, to push the notion that Syrian President Bashar al Assad carried out the attack. NSA’s and GCHQ’s intelligence do not conclusively prove Syrian government involvement.

The Unit 8200 intelligence was exclusively passed by the Israelis to the Obama administration, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. WMR has also learned that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, were opposed to taking military action against Syria based only on Israeli SIGINT. However, after Obama made his decision after deferring to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, UN ambassador Samantha Power, and political adviser Valerie Jarrett, both Hagel and Dempsey began plans on August 23 to carry out a unilateral military strike on Syria without the invocation of the War Powers Act or with the authorization of the UN Security Council.

Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that U.S. forces would not target any Russian interests in Syria and that Russia tacitly agreed not to escalate the situation following a U.S. strike on Syrian targets.

Nov
30

Israel: We Will Build 3,000 Houses in Occupied Palestine

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Reuters)

Israel: We Will Build 3,000 Houses in Occupied Palestine over UN State Vote

By GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE: Subscribe to Gianluca’s RSS feed

November 30, 2012 4:40 PM GMT

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Reuters)

In a response to the historic UN vote that upgraded Palestine to non-member observer state status, Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more houses in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The homes will be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

An Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed building the units “in response” to de facto recognition of Palestine  at the UN.

Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid confirmed with a tweet the government’s move.

“Political source: Netanyahu decided to build 3,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and in settlements in the West Bank in response to the Palestinian action at the UN,” he said.

“Despite the commitments he gave to President Obama, PM Netanyahu gave the order to advance construction in the E1 area between Maaleh Adumim and Jerusalem which will cut off the northern part of the West Bank from the south,” he tweeted.

Plans to build settlements in E1 are strongly opposed by Palestinians.

The UN bid, which implicitly recognised Palestinian statehood andstrengthened its chances of joining UN agencies and the International  Criminal Court, was welcomed by cheering crowds in Ramallah, Gaza City and Bethlehem.

Palestinians have long sought to set up an independent state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

The 1993 Oslo Accord led to mutual recognition. However, peace talks since have failed to produce a permanent solution and stalled in 2010 over disagreements on the issue of Israeli West Bank settlements.

In September 2011, PA president and chairman of the PLO Mahmoud Abbas launched a bid for recognition as a full member of the UN. But Security Council members said they had been unable to “make a unanimous recommendation”.

The outcome of the latest has angered Netanyahu who defined the speech by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as “meaningless”, “defamatory and venomous” and “mendacious propaganda” against Israel.

Abbas is planning to visit the Gaza Strip to focus on the possibility of establishing a Fatah-Hamas unity government. However, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar was recently quoted as saying that the militants would not permit Abbas to enter Gaza out of fear that the PA president’s rivals in Fatah would try to harm him.

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