Friedman gets “anti-occupation” religion

Was the USA under Obama friendlier than any other US president in modern memory, Gideon Levy was asked by Amy Goodman. Note longtime Israel backer Tom Friedman suddenly getting “anti-occupation” religion as the world’s media has finally caught up with Israel’s brutal occupation.


Many of us have been using similar metaphors as to what constitutes real friendship when you find a friend losing his bearings, his morality and sense of justice. Do you praise him or take his bottle, pills, drugs away from him. A friend lovingly intervenes.Friedman has made a career of staying silent—until the obvious hits him right in the face.

Gideon Levy responds,” You may call it friendly, and I would call it very hostile, because supplying Israel with more drugs just to get Israel satisfied is not friendship. It is hostility. And I think that President Obama, as great as he is, he really thought that, with Israel, it will go only with carrots. And we know by now that the last thing you can do with Israel is treat Israel with carrots, because Israel learned in those years, in those eight years of Obama, more than ever before, that it can do whatever it wants. The United States is still in its pocket.



Many times when you were watching the relations between Israel and the United States in the recent years, one could even ask himself, “Who is really the superpower between the two? And who is really the friend of whom here?” because, as Tom Friedman wrote just today in The New York Times, you don’t supply a driver with more alcohol, you don’t let him drive drunk. And Obama let Israel drive drunk.



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    lcarriere Says:

    Your analysis of this USA/Israel relationship is spot on, in my judgement Ted. And your witty use of language gets straight to the heart of the dark matter in this sordid affair. The tail wagging the dog? Nope. The friend supplying whatever the addicted spoiled juvenile delinquent demands. Sick, man.. Real sick. Perhaps we could call it ‘co-dependency’ on an international level, capable of generating ecocide before we know what’s going on. The international community should hang its collective head in shame.

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    mushafta Says:

    I’ve been reading a fair bit of Chris Hedges when I get a chance. I think he nails Obama just like Ted.

    Here’s Truthdig on him..
    Chris Hedges doesn’t spare Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or even Bernie Sanders in this wide-ranging take on the big swindle of neoliberalism and his warning for the future in the hands of a “rapacious oligarchic elite.”

    Hedges made his statements during a speech he gave in Toronto on Sept. 3, drawing from his newest book, “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt,” as well as from his Aug. 30 Truthdig column, “The Great Unraveling.”

    Some particularly good lines from Hedges’ speech include these well-taken points: “Every promise made by the proponents of neoliberalism is a lie,” “The left is still alive … barely,” and “Democracy, especially in the U.S., is a farce, vomiting up right-wing demagogues such as Donald Trump, who has a serious chance to become the Republican presidential nominee—and perhaps even president.”

    Find out how Hedges views our country’s current predicament, as well as Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, in the video below (via YouTube):

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    mushafta Says:

    I’m encouraged to read that Pope Francis is meeting with the head of Palestine prior to meetings in Paris. Francis has a tough job supporting the two state peace agreement and is not deterred by an angry Netanyahu.

    NBC news Jan 14, 2017
    VATICAN CITY — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis on Saturday before officially inaugurating the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.

    The official opening of the embassy is certain to rankle the Israeli government, which objects to any official recognition of a Palestinian state, and it comes on the eve of a key international conference on Middle East peace in Paris.

    Image: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas talks with Pope Francis
    Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (left) talks with Pope Francis (right) during a private audience at the Vatican on Saturday. GIUSEPPE LAMI / AFP – Getty Images
    The embassy, in a building owned by the Holy See, has been operational at least since October. Nevertheless, Saturday’s ceremony will highlight the Vatican’s recognition of Palestine as an independent country.

    In their talks, which lasted 23 minutes, Abbas and Francis appeared to look ahead to Sunday’s international peace conference.

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