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Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police

The extreme militarization of American police forces has been brought to public attention by the tactics employed against Occupy protesters, which often appear more appropriate to counter-terrorism operations than to the control of non-violent protest. According to investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, however, the proper term for this ruthless suppression of…

Obama battles charges he’s not Israel’s friend

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama this week stepped up a counterattack against Republican opponents levelling angry, politically fraught charges that he has shortchanged staunch US ally Israel’s security. With an eye on the November 2012 elections, Republicans energized by Obama’s low popularity have slammed his Middle East policy, hoping to…

Panetta: Israel must get to the ‘damn’ peace table

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel on Friday to get back to the “damn” negotiating table with Palestinians and take steps to address what he described as the Jewish state’s growing isolation in the Middle East. Panetta, addressing a forum in Washington, also made one of his…

Israel scraps ads calling for expats to return

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has cancelled government-sponsored television advertisements calling on expatriates to return, after some American Jews complained that the message denigrated their lifestyles. The spots, aired on Israeli channels that are often viewed by emigrants, featured dramatized scenes of Jewish assimilation in gentile settings. In one, an Israeli…

U.S. tells Israel it must end its ‘isolation’ in the region

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that Israel must work to end its increasing “isolation” in the region by repairing diplomatic ties with Egypt and Turkey and renewing peace efforts with the Palestinians. “Unfortunately, over the past year, we’ve seen Israel’s isolation from its traditional security partners…

Egypt gas pipeline blown up again: state media

Masked gunmen on Friday blew up a gas pipeline which supplies Egyptian gas to Israel, the official MENA news agency reported, in the eighth such attack this year. The saboteurs planted explosives under the pipeline, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of the town of El-Arish in the north of…

Santorum: ‘No one believes Israel is going to attack any Arab country’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says nuclear weapons in the Middle East is a “good thing” — as long as Israel is the only country that has them. An intrepid young reporter cornered the candidate at a restaurant in Iowa Friday and asked him about his call to assassinate scientists…

Moral Compass Says What?

It’s actually kind of awesome that Iran’s government blatantly rigged an election and cemented its dictatorial grip on its people because then it’s a lot more likely that Israel will bomb the Allah out of those fuckers. Now, from the perspective of Guy Who’s Paid Attention This Decade, I thought…

We’re going to start killing you more

Can’t say Israel didn’t warn you: Meanwhile, Israel pounded rocket sites and tunnels Saturday while its planes dropped leaflets warning of an escalation…”The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) will escalate the operation in the Gaza Strip,” said the leaflets in Arabic dropped from planes. “The IDF is not working against the…

A both-and blog

“The Palestine issue” is in most Americans’ hands the epitome of either-or thinking. As Thersites notes, in the case of our politicians, it’s not even “either-or” thinking – it’s “is” thinking. On Israel, there’s no particular difference in substance between the statements of Nancy Pelosi and, say, Pamela Oshry. As…

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