January 7, 2009

The Nazis in the Jews-only state in Palestine, Hitler’s Second State.

Updated February 16, 2009

Ari, Michael Ben.
The views of Efrat Weiss.
"Far Right activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben Gvir will soon become regular visitors to the Knesset – one as new National Union Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari's advisor, and the other as his parliamentarian assistant. Dr. Ben Ari, who was placed in the fourth spot on National Union's list, is expected to attract great attention at the Knesset, both because of his aides and his views. Marzel, a Hebron resident who in the past served as an assistant for Kach movement founder Rabbi Meir Kahane, will serve as Mk Ben Ari's advisor. Meanwhile, Ben-Gvir, who is about to complete his law degree in the, will serve as Ben Ari's assistant for legal and media affairs. A close associate of the new arrivals at the Knesset told Ynet: "With these figures at the Knesset, we shall have a celebration every day. We are talking about colorful figures who will add plenty of color to the Knesset – mostly dark orange," the associate said. "It will certainly not be boring around there."" (Efrat Weiss ‘Far rightists coming to Knesset’ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3670568,00.html February 11, 2009).

The views of Adam Horowitz.
"It's scary when Avigdor Lieberman starts looking like a reasonable centrist. The YNet article "Far rightists coming to Knesset" reveals that Baruch Marzel will be following National Union Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari into the government as his advisor. Baruch Marzel is a Hebron settler who was Meir Kahane's "right-hand man." He was active in the Kach party and helped start the similar Jewish National Front which has just won its first ever seat in the Knesset. Recently Marzel has been in the news for trying to organize a march of Jewish supremacists through Umm Al Fahm, the second largest Palestinian city inside Israel. But simply referring to Marzel as a racist is selling him short. Marzel is also known for calling for Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery to be assassinated, for saying a bird flu outbreak in southern Israel was God's punishment for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and for inciting violence against people attending Israel's Gay Pride festivities in Jerusalem. Marzel promised in 2006, "The stabbing incident during last year's parade will seem minor in comparison with what is anticipated this year. We have to declare a holy war." Welcome to the halls of power Baruch. Scary." (Adam Horowitz ‘Lieberman will have plenty of company: right-wing rogues gallery to enter the Knesset’ http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/02/lieberman-will-have-plenty-of-company-rightwing-rogues-gallery-to-fill-the-knesset.html February 11, 2009)

Ayalon, Danny.
The views of Adam Horowitz.
"Lieberman has run on an avowedly racist platform of forcing Palestinian Israeli citizens of Israel to take a loyalty oath to the state. Lieberman and his party (which includes former Israeli Ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon) have long advocated for removing Palestinian citizens of Israel (over 20% of the state) from the country into the West Bank. This call for ethnic cleaning has found a new and growing constituency in the wake of the war in Gaza." (Adam Horowitz ‘Kahane has won: the Israeli elections and the face of Zionism’ http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/02/kahane-has-won-what-to-expect-in-the-upcoming-israeli-elections.html February 08, 2009).

Barak, Ehud.
See Dichter, Avi.

Dichter, Avi.
"Israel was unapologetic with Internal Security Minister, Avi Dichter, saying the IDF must "eliminate the rocket fire from Gaza, irrespective of the cost to Palestinians." Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, added: "We are impacting the overall quality of life in Gaza and destroying the terror infrastructure." He meant civilians as did Ehud Olmert claiming: "We are trying to hit only those involved in terrorism, but also signaling to the population in Gaza that it cannot be free from responsibility for the situation."" (Stephen Lendman ‘A Prison State: Life in Occupied Gaza’ http://www.counterpunch.org/lendman02022008.html February 2 / 3, 2008).

Diskin, Yuval. head of the Israel Security Agency (ISA).
"Israel makes no distinction between civilians (including women and children) and resistance fighters, and B'Tselem stated that Yuval Diskin, head of the Israel Security Agency (ISA), "defines every Palestinian killed in the Gaza Strip as a terrorist," including small children and the elderly infirm." (Stephen Lendman ‘A Prison State: Life in Occupied Gaza’ http://www.counterpunch.org/lendman02022008.html February 2 / 3, 2008).

Eitan, Rafael.
See Ze’evi, Rehavam.

Eitam, Effi (Effi Eytam).
"Rehavam Ze'evi, whose memory was honored this week by a special commemoration session of the Knesset, proposed ethnic cleansing, and General Effi Eytam, the chief of the National Union party, uses similar language." (Uri Avnery ‘Lieberman and the Decline of Israeli Democracy’ http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery11022006.html November 2, 2006).

Eliyahu, Rabbi Mordechai.
The views of Kobi Nahshoni.
"Former Sephardi chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu called on the government to decree that for every life lost in the attack another yeshiva and township will be formed. ""Even when we seek revenge, it is important to make one thing clear, the life of one yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs. "The Talmud states that if gentiles rob Israel of silver they will pay it back in gold, and all that is taken will be paid back in folds, but in cases like these there is nothing to pay back, since as I said, the life of one yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs," added Rabbi Eliyahu." (Kobi Nahshoni ‘Rabbi Eliyahu: Life of one yeshiva boy worth more than 1,000 Arabs’ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3527410,00.html April 03 2008).

The views of Mike Whitney.
"Israel has been sharply criticized for its disproportionate use of force in Gaza. But there are some Israeli fanatics who believe that Israel should use even greater force, widespread lethal force. The Jerusalem Post reports on that Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has written a letter to Prime Minsiter Ehud Olmert informing him that "all civilians living in Gaza are collectively guilty for Kassam attacks on Sderot....Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings." "No moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians" Isn't this the definition of terrorism? One Israeli settler leader recently argued during a conversation with a visiting American peace activist that 'if it was right to commit genocide during Biblical time, why can’t it be right to commit genocide now. Has God changed his mind,' the settler wondered sarcastically."" (Mike Whitney ‘Israel's Moral and Political Insanity’ http://www.counterpunch.com/whitney01122009.html January 12, 2009).

The views of Matthew Wagner.
"All civilians living in Gaza are collectively guilty for Kassam attacks on Sderot, former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has written in a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings. The letter, published in Olam Katan [Small World], a weekly pamphlet to be distributed in synagogues nationwide this Friday, cited the biblical story of the Shechem massacre (Genesis 34) and Maimonides' commentary (Laws of Kings 9, 14) on the story as proof texts for his legal decision. According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets. The former chief rabbi also said it was forbidden to risk the lives of Jews in Sderot or the lives of IDF soldiers for fear of injuring or killing Palestinian noncombatants living in Gaza. Eliyahu could not be reached for an interview. However, Eliyahu's son, Shmuel Eliyahu, who is chief rabbi of Safed, said his father opposed a ground troop incursion into Gaza that would endanger IDF soldiers. Rather, he advocated carpet bombing the general area from which the Kassams were launched, regardless of the price in Palestinian life. "If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand," said Shmuel Eliyahu. "And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop." In the letter, Eliyahu quoted from Psalms. "I will pursue my enemies and apprehend them and I will not desist until I have eradicated them." Eliyahu wrote that "This is a message to all leaders of the Jewish people not to be compassionate with those who shoot [rockets] at civilians in their houses."" (Matthew Wagner ‘Eliyahu advocates carpet bombing Gaza’ http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1180527966693&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull May 30, 2007).

Eliyahu, Shmuel.
The views of Saul Landau.
"Compare the thugs who put Ross in the hospital to the words of Mordechai Eliyahu, former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel and key spiritual guide for Israeli settlers in Palestinian territory. In early June, he wrote to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He offered his decree: having compassion with the civilian population of Gaza is incompatible with protecting Israeli soldiers' lives. Those holding supposedly humane feelings imperil Israeli lives. The rabbi's son, Shmuel, interpreted this decree: "if killing 100 Arabs is not sufficient to stop the launching of Qassam rockets at Israel, then 1,000 must be killed. And if that is not sufficient, then 10,000, and 100,000 and even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop." Eliyahu claimed that "all civilians living in Gaza" are "collectively guilty for Qassam attacks on Sderot" and that "there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings." Journalist Avnery found the letter in Olam Katan [Small World], "a weekly pamphlet to be distributed in synagogues nationwide. Eliyahu wrote that "This is a message to all leaders of the Jewish people not to be compassionate with those who shoot [rockets] at civilians in their houses." Eliyahu's son, Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Safed, said his father "advocated carpet bombing the general area from which the Qassams were launched, regardless of the price in Palestinian life." (Avnery, Gush Shalom, June 9, 2007)." (Saul Landau ‘Meet the New Goliath: Israel is Bad for Jewish Ethics’ http://www.counterpunch.org/landau06302007.html June 30/July 1, 2007).

Eisenkot, Gadi.
See Halutz, Dan.

Galant, Yoav.
See Halutz, Dan.

Gvir, Itamar Ben.
See Ari, Michael Ben.

Halutz, Dan.
The views of Jonathan Cook.
"This is known as the "Dahiya Doctrine", named after a suburb of Beirut that was almost levelled during Israel’s attack on Lebanon in summer 2006. The doctrine was encapsulated in a phrase used by Dan Halutz, Israel’s chief of staff, at the time. He said Lebanon’s bombardment would "turn back the clock 20 years". The commanding officer in Israel’s south, Yoav Galant, echoed those sentiments on the Gaza offensive’s first day: the aim, he said, was to "send Gaza decades into the past". Beyond these soundbites, Gadi Eisenkot, the head of Israel’s northern command, clarified in October the practical aspects of the strategy: "What happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 will happen in every village from which Israel is fired on. We will apply disproportionate force on it and cause great damage and destruction there. From our standpoint, these are not civilian villages, they are military bases. This is not a recommendation. This is a plan." In the interview, Gen Eisenkot was discussing the next round of hostilities with Hizbollah. However, the doctrine was intended for use in Gaza, too." (Jonathan Cook ‘Bombs Meant to "Send Gaza Back Decades": Israel's Doctrine of Destruction’ http://www.counterpunch.com/cook01202009.html January 20, 2009).

Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi.
The views of Saree Makdisi.
"Israel's methodical actions make it clear that it is systematically grinding down and now actually starving people for whose welfare it is legally accountable simply because it regards Gaza's 1.5 million men, women and children as a surplus population it would, quite simply, like to get rid of one way or the other: a sentiment made quite clear when Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi proposed, shortly after the current crisis began, that the entire Palestinian population of Gaza should just be removed and transferred to the Egyptian desert. "They will have a nice country, and we shall have our country and we shall live in peace," he said, without eliciting even a murmur of protest in Israel." (Saree Makdisi ‘Abbas Must Be Called to Account: Strangling Gaza’ http://www.counterpunch.org/makdisi02042008.html February 4, 2008).

Jager, Elliot.
The views of Philip Weiss.
"Elliot Jager, editorial page editor of The Jerusalem Post, talking to the New York Times: "This is a just war and we don’t feel guilty when civilians we don’t intend to hurt get hurt, because we feel Hamas uses these civilians as human shields. We do feel bad about it, but we don’t feel guilty. The most ethical moral imperative is for Israel to prevail in this conflict over an immoral Islamist philosophy. It is a zero sum conflict. That is what is not understood outside this country." (Philip Weiss ‘In their own words’ http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/01/in-th.html January 12, 2009).

Levi, Rabbi.
The views of Franklin Lamb.
"Why would Israel accept such an agreement? Especially given the racist views of so many leaders in Israel who over the years have vilified Arabs and Muslims as 'cockroaches, thugs, and animals and are worth nothing? (The 2006 statement of MK Rabbi Levi comes to mind: "One Jewish fingernail is worth more than one million Arabs")." (Franklin Lamb ‘The Approaching Prisoner Exchange: The Edginess of Lebanon’ http://www.counterpunch.org/lamb07032007.html July 3, 2007).

Lieberman, Avigdor.
The views of Uri Avnery.
"The spin managers of Olmert and Peretz try to calm us down. What's so special about Liberman, they ask us. So he advocates Transfer, the expulsion of the Arab citizens from Israel. He threatened to destroy Egypt by blowing up the Aswan Dam. He demanded the execution of the Israeli Arab Knesset members for meeting with Syrian and Hamas leaders. So what? Rehavam Ze'evi, whose memory was honored this week by a special commemoration session of the Knesset, proposed ethnic cleansing, and General Effi Eytam, the chief of the National Union party, uses similar language. The Liberman party is quite different from the fictitious Kadima Party and the decomposing Labor Party. It is organized on military lines, with Liberman as its one, unquestioned leader. This week he (amir peretz) also violated his undertaking not to sit in a government that includes Avigdor Liberman. Almost all the Labor Party ministers are partners to this blatant betrayal, with the honorable exception Ofir Pines-Paz, who has resigned. (Four of his colleagues in the Labor Party, including Ehud Barak, are competing to take his place). The betrayal of the Labor Party could have been expected. Amir Peretz did indeed swear that he would never sit in a government with Liberman, but in order to remain a minister he is quite prepared to sell his principles. No great outcry could be expected from Meretz either, after Yossi Beilin had his well publicized breakfast with Liberman and heaped praise on him and his herrings." (Uri Avnery ‘Lieberman and the Decline of Israeli Democracy’ http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery11022006.html November 2, 2006).

The views of Mel Frykberg.
"Avigdor Lieberman, a right-wing Israeli politician, suggested on Tuesday at Tel Aviv's Bar Ilan University that extreme measures were needed against Hamas. "We must continue to fight Hamas just like the United States did with the Japanese in World War II," Lieberman said. The Israeli media quoted him as saying that the U.S. nuclear strikes on Japan had rendered an "occupation of the country unnecessary."" (Mel Frykberg ‘Anger Begins to Knock at Israel's Borders’ http://www.antiwar.com/ips/frykberg.php?articleid=14062 January 14, 2009).

Livni, Tzipi.
"Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Thursday that the future of Israel's Arab citizens was in a future Palestinian state to be established in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 'My solution (for preserving Israel as a Jewish and a democratic state) is to establish two nation states with certain concessions and with clear red lines,' Livni, who heads Israel's ruling, centrist Kadima party, told high-school pupils in Tel Aviv. 'So I could also come to Israel's Palestinian citizens, those whom we call Arab Israelis and tell them: 'Your national solution is somewhere else.'' The idea of moving Israel's Arab citizens or the areas in which they live to the future Palestinian state is regarded as highly controversial in Israel and her remark was thought to be the first time Livni has spoken publicly in favour of it." (‘Livni: Future of Israel's Arabs is in Palestinian state’ http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/article_1447786.php/Livni_Future_of_Israels_Arabs_is_in_Palestinian_state__Extra__ December 11, 2008).

Olmert, Ehud.
See Dichter, Avi.

Marzel, Baruch.
See Ari, Michael Ben.

Morris, Benny.
The views of Stephen Lendman.
"The small 150,000 Israeli Arab population in 1948 now numbers 1.5 million, and historian Benny Morris calls it a "time bomb" needing decisive action to defuse. His solution is mass expulsion. Israelis call it "transfer." World ethicists call it "ethnic cleansing." International law experts call it illegal." (Stephen Lendman ‘Jonathan Cook's "Blood and Religion"’ http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2008/03/jonathan-cooks-blood-and-religion.html March 27, 2008).

The views of Kathleen Christison.
Benny Morris … "this paragon of dispassionate Israeli scholarship had expostulated in an interview published in Ha’aretz on the benefits (if you’re Jewish) of ethnic cleansing, the critical miscalculation of David Ben-Gurion in not having completed the total ethnic cleansing of Palestine from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River in 1948 when he had a chance, and the barbarity of Arab and Muslim culture. "The Arab world as it is today is barbarian," Morris declared. Islamic and Arab culture is "a world in which human life doesn’t have the same value as it does in the West," in which freedom and democracy are alien, in which there are "no moral inhibitions." He was speaking in sweeping terms, of entire cultures, of the mass of individuals in the Arab and the Muslim worlds, not merely of governments that are oppressive or undemocratic. Palestinians in particular, Morris believes, are barbaric, "a very sick society," and should be treated "the way we treat individuals who are serial killers. . . . Something like a cage has to be built for them. Morris’s blunt soul-bearing has lifted the last barrier of propriety to the open expression of raw Arab hatred. One longs for some gigantic outcry of opposition or disgust over this confession of deep bigotry, but there has been none. Except for a few letters to the editor of Ha’aretz from American Jews, the interview has aroused little attention in the Jewish-American community: no denunciation, no shock, little or no discussion on any but the most progressive Jewish e-mail lists. You have to assume that, however awkward Morris’s blunt language may be, he is speaking for a large segment of American Jews who say they oppose the occupation, say they hate Sharon, say they hate Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians, but who do nothing about any of these things and who in the end would not grieve, either for the Palestinians or for the Jewish soul, if Israel wiped the Palestinians off the map."" (Kathleen Christison ‘American Jewish sensitivities to criticism of Israel’ http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2004/02/1676420.php February 07, 2004).

The views of Henry Siegman.
"In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them, and destroy the villages themselves.’ In a number of Palestinian villages and towns the IDF carried out organised executions of civilians. Asked by Ha’aretz whether he condemned the ethnic cleansing, Morris replied that he did not: "A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population. It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on."" (Henry Siegman ‘Israel’s Lies’ http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n02/sieg01_.html January15, 2009).

Netanyahu, Benjamin.
The views of Yaakov Lappin.
"The opposition leaders compared Iran's President Ahmadinejad to Adolf Hitler, saying, "A year ago, I said we are in 1938, and Iran is Germany. Well, it's 1939 now. Hitler first embarked on a world conflict, and then attempted to gain weapons of mass death. Ahmadinejad is going about it in the reverse order. And in the intermediate period, he is using proxies... while waiting until the nuclear program is complete," Netanyahu warned." (Yaakov Lappin ‘Netanyahu: We're in 1939’ http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3448033,00.html September 10, 2007).

The views of Roni Arison.
There is something truly psychotic about someone who condemns his enemies for something his side has just done. "SAFA ABU SEIF, 12, was fatally wounded as she stood in an upstairs room of her home in the Gaza City district of Jabaliya 10 days ago. She was one of 27 children identified by United Nations staff among the 107 Palestinians who were killed in five days last week. Another 25 dead, including five women, were identified as unarmed non-combatants. The status of 13 more dead victims could not be determined. At least three of the children were reportedly shot in their homes by Israeli small arms or sniper fire." (Ed O'loughlin ‘How Israeli Troops Invade Homes in Gaza, Brutalize, Smash and Steal’ http://www.counterpunch.com/oloughlin03112008.html March 11, 2008). Less than a week later netanyahu was arguing. "For a person to smash a baby's skull he needs to be brainwashed. This is what happened in the Nazi movements, the Islamist movements and the Communist movements at the time," he stated during a conference at Bar Ilan University commemorating 100 years since the birth of Lehi leader Avraham (Yair) Stern." (Roni Arison ‘Bibi: Terrorists' propaganda reminiscent of Nazis'’ http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3517325,00.html March 10, 2008).

The views of Uri Avnery.
"But it is impossible to ignore the main significance of this choice: Netanyahu symbolizes total opposition to peace, opposition to giving back the occupied territories, to the freezing of the settlements, and to a Palestinian state." (Uri Avnery ‘Ms. Tantalus' Choice’ http://www.antiwar.com/avnery/?articleid=14253 February 16, 2009).

Ronsky, Avichai.
The views of Uri Avnery.
"In the last decades, the state-financed religious educational system has churned out "rabbis" who are more like medieval Christian priests than the Jewish sages of Poland or Morocco. This system indoctrinates its pupils with a violent tribal cult, totally ethnocentric, which sees in the whole of world history nothing but an endless story of Jewish victimhood. This is a religion of a Chosen People, indifferent to others, a religion without compassion for anyone who is not Jewish, which glorifies the God-decreed genocide described in the Biblical book of Joshua. The products of this education are now the "rabbis" who instruct the religious youths. With their encouragement, a systematic effort has been made to take over the Israeli army from within. Kippa-wearing officers have replaced the kibbutzniks, who not so long ago were dominant in the army. Many of the lower and middle-ranking officers now belong to this group. The most outstanding example is the "chief army rabbi," Col. Avichai Ronsky, who has declared that his job is to reinforce the "fighting spirit" of the soldiers. He is a man of the extreme Right, not far from the spirit of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose party was outlawed in Israel for its fascist ideology. Under the auspices of the army rabbinate, religious-fascist brochures of the ultra-Right "rabbis" were distributed to the soldiers. This material includes political incitement, such as the statement that the Jewish religion prohibits "giving up even one millimeter of Eretz Israel," that the Palestinians, like the Biblical Philistines (from whom the name Palestine derives), are a foreign people who invaded the country, and that any compromise (such as indicated in the official government program) is a mortal sin. The distribution of political propaganda violates, of course, army law. The rabbis openly called upon the soldiers to be cruel and merciless toward the Arabs. To treat them mercifully, they stated, is a "terrible, awful immorality." When such material is distributed to religious soldiers going into war, it is easy to see why things happened the way they did." (Uri Avnery ‘The Black Flag Is Waving’ http://www.antiwar.com/avnery/?articleid=14176 February 2, 2009).

Shapira, Ya’akov.
The views of Khalid Amayreh.
"Meanwhile, a prominent rabbi has once again called the Palestinians Amalekites, which the Bible says "must be destroyed" and "wiped out from the face of earth." Amalekites were members of an ancient nomadic people of ancient Palestine which the Bible says were descendants of Esau's grandson, Amalek. The Rabbi, Ya’akov Shapira, who is also the current Director of Merkaz Ha’rav, suggested that all Palestinians would have to be exterminated. "The murderers are the Amalekites of our day, coming to remind us that Amalekites have not disappeared, just changed their appearance," the rabbi was quoted as saying." (Khalid Amayreh ‘Soldiers (not innocent students) killed at settler center’ http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7xuuuYm7oomTPYJk4BeOWi9mLJClAaA63K5veXEh2NaO3xfRKU1H1tafb1RMerIE1CDIHjC9ZHY6M009NrGmnxpzZRGkXe%2b%2fS%2f2aYKRl62IM%3d March 08, 2008).

Soffer, Arnon.
The views of Saree Makdisi.
"Listen to the words of Professor Arnon Sofer, the government consultant who did so much to help plan the isolation and imprisonment of Gaza, in a interview with the Jerusalem Post in 2004: "When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe," Sofer predicted. "Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure on the border is going to be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day." Sofer admitted only one worry with all the killing, which will, he says, be the necessary outcome of a policy that he himself helped to invent. "The only thing that concerns me," he says, "is how to ensure that the boys and men who are going to have to do the killing will be able to return home to their families and be normal human beings."" (Saree Makdisi ‘Despite the Bloodshed, Israel is Failing: What Kind of Security Will This Barbarism Bring Israel?’ http://www.counterpunch.org/makdisi01072009.html January 7, 2009).

The views of John J. Mearsheimer.
"Arnon Soffer, a prominent Israeli demographer who also advised Sharon, elaborated on what that pressure would look like. "When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day."" (John J. Mearsheimer ‘Another War, Another Defeat’ http://www.amconmag.com/article/2009/jan/26/00006/ January 26, 2009).

Vilnai, Matan. Inflict a holocaust on the Palestinians.
Media Report.
"Israeli leaders are warning of an imminent conflagration in Gaza after Palestinian militants aimed rockets at the southern city of Ashkelon. The deputy defence minister said the stepped-up rocket fire would trigger what he called a "bigger holocaust" in the Hamas-controlled coastal strip. Israeli air strikes have killed about 30 Palestinians, including six children in the past two days. Israel has activated its early warning system in Ashkelon for the first time. "The more [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Matan Vilnai told Israeli army radio. Correspondents say the "holocaust" is a term rarely used in Israel outside discussions of the Nazi genocide during World War II." (‘Israel warns of Gaza 'holocaust'’ http://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/102686/diff/1/2 February 29 2008).

Yeshai, Eli.
The views of Khalid Amayreh.
"On Tuesday, 6 January, one Israeli official, Eli Yeshai, called for the total extermination of Gaza. The leader of the ultra Orthodox Shas party argued that "extermination of the enemy is sanctioned by the Torah." Other Israeli political and religious leaders have lately spoken enthusiastically of the need for "wiping off Gaza from the face of earth" and "annihilating of every moving thing there." Interestingly, this is by no means a minority opinion in Israel. Indeed, one could safely argue that the "ideology of annihilation" now represents the mainstream in the Israeli society." (Khalid Amayreh ‘A Satanic Genocidal Israel’ http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/a-satanic-genocidal-israel/ January 07, 2009).

The views of Sheera Frenkel and James Hider.
"Eli Yishai, the Finance Minister and head of the ultra-Orthodox religious party Shas, said that Israel should have kept fighting until Hamas was destroyed. "Now Hamas will rebuild its infrastructure with Iranian money and then they will resume the smuggling and continue firing at Israel. We should have finished the job, pull out the ground forces and continue striking from the air. "We should have hit thousands more houses and reached a point in which they don’t dare shoot at Israel ever again."" (Sheera Frenkel and James Hider ‘Burns victim vows to be suicide bomber while Israelis ask: 'Was it all worth it?'’ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5567396.ece January 23, 2009).

Ze’evi, Rehavam (Ze'evi, Rehava'am).
The views of Henry Siegman.
"Over the years, some cabinet members, Rehavam Ze’evi, Rafael Eitan, Effi Eitam and Avigdor Lieberman, for example, have openly advocated ‘transfer’, a euphemism for ethnic cleansing." (Henry Siegman ‘Grab more hills, expand the territory’ http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n07/sieg01_.html April 04, 2008).

The views of Stephen Lendman.
"More extreme notions were also heard from extremists like former general, Sharon Tourism Minister, and outspoken racist, Rehava'am Ze'evi. He advocated "transfer(ing)" Palestinians to other Arab states and remove them by state-imposed policies of economic hardship, unemployment and restrictions of land, water and other essential services. Two other times he was more extreme. In a 2001 radio interview, he referred to Palestinians as a "cancer (and) We should get rid of the ones who are not Israeli citizens the same way you get rid of lice, but he topped that one in 1990 after Saddam invaded Kuwait. Then he advocated expulsion to Jordan where they could be human shields if Iraq attacked Israel." (Stephen Lendman ‘Jonathan Cook's "Blood and Religion"’ http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2008/03/jonathan-cooks-blood-and-religion.html March 27, 2008).

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