Monday, October 31, 2016

Israeli Minister Urges Greater West Bank Land Theft


Israeli Minister Urges Greater West Bank Land Theft

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is run by a lunatic fringe combination of fascist hardliners, Zionist zealots and religious extremists. 

Education Minister Naftali Bennett is an over-the-top ultra-right-wing ideologue, urging unlimited settlement expansions on stolen Palestinian land, an ethnic cleansing policy for exclusive Jewish development.

He believes Jews have exclusive sovereignty over all parts of Judea and Samaria. He supports racist hatred, state terror, ethnic cleansing and slow-motion genocide.

On Sunday, he threatened Security Council members, saying “(t)here is a discussion that in the coming months the UN Security Council will force a resolution on Israel.”

“If that happens, we need to have an appropriate Zionist response, immediate sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, including Maaleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, Ariel, Ofra and Beit El.”

“It is time to extend out sovereignty in the land of Israel…the entire story of settling and Zionism is a story of a great vision and the determination to see that vision through.”

In September, Israeli-installed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said he intends urging SC members to declare Israeli settlements illegal - knowing Washington will veto any resolution proposed.

In 2011, it vetoed a Palestinian backed draft memo, denouncing Israel’s settlement policy as an illegal obstacle to peace.

Last month, 88 US senators urged Obama to veto any similar Security Council resolution proposed. Extremist settlers and Knesset hardliners demand legislation authorizing annexation of Ma’aleh Adumim, Israel’s third largest settlement, home to over 37,000 residents.

Israel settlement project flagrantly violates international law. Over 600,000 settlers occupy stolen Palestinian land.

Fourth Geneva prohibits an occupying power from transferring its citizens to the territory it occupies, as well as displacing people from their land to permit it. 

Israel wants historic Palestine exclusively for Jews, Palestinians denied their fundamental rights - terrorized for decades with no international support.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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