Tuesday, October 3, 2017

taking a page from Hitler's play book

What's that? Did I hear a reprise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the old Nazi argument about the Sudetenland? Naw ... he wouldn't rely on the Nazis, would he?
The Sudeten crisis of 1938 was provoked by the Pan-Germanist demands of Nazi Germany that the Sudetenland be annexed to Germany, which in fact took place after the later infamous Munich Agreement.
Well bless my britches -- could anyone be more pleased than Benjamin Netanyahu with the music-festival slaughter in Las Vegas Sunday that left 59 dead and hundreds wounded? How horrific! And yet how convenient to those bent on their own, arguably lesser, horrors. The US, Israel's mainstay, is busy elsewhere, so....
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has backed legislation that would in effect annex settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories that are home to between 125,000 and 150,000 Jewish people.
In comments made at a meeting of his Likud party at the large settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, Netanyahu said he would support the “Greater Jerusalem” bill. The bill, pushed by rightwing MPs, would annex 19 settlements around Jerusalem, placing them within the city’s municipal boundaries.
To be fair, none of this is really new:
Observers have noted an increase in visits by Netanyahu to settlements in the occupied territories since Donald Trump was sworn in as US president in January.
Since Trump took office – and despite requests by the US president to hold back on settlement building – an emboldened Netanyahu government has pushed forward with a steady stream of announcements on settlement building.
I can't help but think that Netanyahu is whispering to himself, "Hitler was right. And when you're right, you're right ... right?"

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