Mon Jun 28th, 2010 at 09:38:36 AM EST
In order to continue its colonization of the Palestinian territories (minus Gaza) or all of original Palestine, Israel must maintain a war footing, while casting itself as a victim of terrorism fighting for its very existence. In this deception, maintaining Hamas as its arch-enemy is an essential ingredient, perhaps its only red herring left to distract the world.
In this context, Noam Chomsky [in In These Times] gets to the bottom of the Gaza Flotilla massacre and shows us what it was really all about.
Israel's violent attack on the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza shocked the world.
Hijacking boats in international waters and killing passengers is, of course, a serious crime.
But the crime is nothing new. For decades, Israel has been hijacking boats between Cyprus and Lebanon and killing or kidnapping passengers, sometimes holding them hostage in Israeli prisons.
Israel assumes that it can commit such crimes with impunity because the United States tolerates them and Europe generally follows the U.S.'s lead.
h/t Israeli Occupation Archive
It was Barak who terminated the Taba negotiations. He later stated that Taba was "nothing," just low level people talking. On the Charlie Rose Show, Jan 25, 2005, Barak also admitted that the Camp David negotiation was implacable, that not even his own party, Labor, would have voted to 'disengage' (remove) a single settlement in the West Bank or Gaza. With over 200 :"legal" and "illegal" settlements (all Israeli settlements are illegal acording to international law) spread across the Palestinian territories, there was obviously no room for a sovereign Palestinian state.