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[Nettime-ro] Nettime-ro] Programul Lagarul Nazist Issraelian pentru anul 2009

Reklama 23. Sekzia A. SSukc.IT+z

Israel has become a "rogue state" which appears to be following the  
logic of "an eye for an eyelash",
according to Avi Shlaim writing in the Guardian. In his assessment of  
the historical context for the present conflict,
he concludes that Israel fulfils the criteria of a rogue state in  
that it:

habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass  
destruction and practises terrorism
- the use of violence against civilians for political purposes

Israel's big mistake was its "colonial project beyond the Green  
line," the professor of international
  relations at Oxford University says

To use the Biblical phrase, Israel turned the people of Gaza into the  
hewers of wood and the drawers of water,
into a source of cheap labour and a captive market for Israeli goods.  
The development of local industry was
actively impeded so as to make it impossible for the Palestinians to  
end their subordination to Israel and to
establish the economic underpinnings essential for real political  

A data-driven perspective of the conflict is provided by Nancy  
Kanwisher in the Huffington Post.
Ms Kanwisher of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyses a  
timeline of killings of
Palestinians by Israelis, and killings of Israelis by Palestinians to  
try to assess how ceasefires unravel.

She concludes:

First, Hamas can indeed control the rockets, when it is in their  
interest. The data shows that
ceasefires can work, reducing the violence to nearly zero for months  
at a time. Second,
if Israel wants to reduce rocket fire from Gaza, it should cherish  
and preserve the peace when
it starts to break out, not be the first to kill.

Nancy Kanwisher can count and therefore so does her article writes  
Juan Cole in his Informed Comment blog.

He argues that her analysis demonstrates that Israel is wrong to say  
that it is impossible to
deal with Hamas or that the group always starts the fighting.

Kanwisher's findings make perfect sense if it is remembered that  
Israel is by far the
stronger party and dominates the scene

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