EU Hits Israel
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"It's Lieberman's Fault," Netanyahu Mumbled
The joint list emerged as the largest one in the current Knesset and Netanyahu kept his position as Prime Minister. The agreement between the lists stipulated that Lieberman was to remain Foreign Affairs Minister. While on trial, he can't serve as a government minister.
Yet, most people in Israel assume that Lieberman was sabotaged by the Shin Beth secret police due to his unpopularity outside Israel. Many people—including Netanyahu—evaluate that Lieberman has a good chance to emerge victorious from the trial. That happened to former Prime Minister Olmert after he was impeached on false accusations (see Olmert Acquitted: Administrators' Dictatorship).
Thus, in Netanyahu's new government, the post of Foreign Affairs Minister is occupied by Netanyahu himself. If Lieberman is acquitted, he will join the government in that position. "It's Lieberman's fault," Netanyahu mumbled, "he told me nothing."
"It's the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Fault," Netanyahu Mumbled
Almost one month ago, the ongoing strike within the ministry reached the headlines after it was published that Netanyahu gave an order to the Shin Beth to replace the functions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Shin Beth: "Just Following Orders").
In regular times, Shin Beth collaborates closely with the MFA. Israeli embassies are secured by it. Drivers of foreigner officials visiting in Israel are Shin Beth agents. Following the strike, they were requested by Netanyahu to take over all the logistics and communications of the guests. A breeze for these spooks. No Problemo, Bibi!
The Shin Beth kept the routines of the ministry, but was not able to plan ahead. They didn't warn Netanyahu about the European Union ban. "It's the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' fault," Netanyahu mumbled, "they are lazy and spoiled slaves."
Even the blindest Zionists must concede that this time they cannot hide under the "secrecy of the wise" clause. Israel was surprised, and all Zionist papers claim that Netanyahu is worried. He has good reasons for that.
Interlude: Olmert Reappears
Amused by his success, Olmert hit Netanyahu again, now on the EU-Ban Affair.
On July 17, he gave an interview to Yediot Ahronot in which he openly accused Netanyahu. "Exactly ten years ago, the Government signed an agreement with the EU regarding the marking of products produced in the West Bank and Gaza. This is not a new thing." He also said, "how can it be that the man who drives the Government is completely detached from reality and the developments..."
Even if not voting for Olmert, one must concede that he has a strong point. It is not Lieberman, it is not the ministry's workers; Netanyahu is to be blamed. Or praised, depending on one's views.
EU Hits Israel
According to the EU decision, from 2014, all existing agreements between European countries with Israel will exclude East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. Israeli projects applying for EU funding will be required to sign a clause to state that it will not apply to the Occupied Territories.
This could become the base for future sanctions on Israel, in the same way that the 2003 agreement on the products became the base for the current guidelines.
Israel is panicking because the EU is the primary destination of Israeli exports, accounting for 35% of them.
"So what," our abovementioned Zionist is saying now and adds "we lived one decade with the 2003 decision, we will live one century with the new one." Not so fast, Mr. Herzl.
Israel's strategy is changing rapidly. For many years, the official viewpoint was "two countries for two peoples," attempting to create a two-states solution of the conflict with Palestine. Yet, three out of three Prime Ministers who attempted to sign a permanent agreement ended their terms violently. Rabin was assassinated with the Court-proven help from the Shin Beth secret police, Sharon suffered a sudden stroke and was clumsily evacuated to the hospital by ambulance during the rush hour while administered a wrong drug. Olmert was wrongly impeached. Lucky coincidences? The Shin Beth knows that this is not the case.
Israel was gaining time. During all this period, the settlements grew rapidly. In mid 2013, there are more than 500,000 Jewish settlers in over 100 settlements. In recent months, Israel is attempting to strike its coup de grāce on Palestine by planning a settlement in an area known as E1.
If the West Bank is bisected, Palestine would not be viable.
Increasingly, Palestinians support the one-state solution for two reasons. Palestine in the current conditions would be a maimed-state. In contrast, the one-state solution will create a short term solution in which Israel will be forced to recognize Muslims and Christians as equals to Jews.
Due to the demographic reality, it would be a matter of a few years until Palestinians democratically win majority. If the majority of the citizens decide to change the name of the State from Israel to Palestine, would Uncle Obama oppose? The other option would be a forced expulsion of Palestinian citizens. Probably not even Israel can survive such a crime.
Israel would become Israel's next victim.
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