Netanyahu’s War Crime

by Philip Giraldi

There has been considerable debate over who “won” the recent fighting in and around Gaza, though the question itself might lack relevancy as both sides have largely returned to the status quo ante. Hamas has indeed proven itself capable of resisting Israel and has gained the respect of its Arab neighbors while its political opponent Fatah has again looked weak and vacillating. That many of the frequently homemade Gazan rockets were able to penetrate Israeli defenses and even strike near Tel Aviv is also being promoted by some as a game changer, but in reality the actual impact was more psychological than lethal. Israel blinked because it had become clear that there were no real military targets remaining in Gaza and only civilians, many of them children, were being killed. Continuing the air assault or initiating a ground invasion would only lead to a major public relations victory for the Palestinians in the court of world opinion.

Pundits taking their cue directly from the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not necessarily agree, quickly claiming that Israel had won because, suffering minor losses itself of only six killed it inflicted serious damage on the Gazan infrastructure while killing 163 Palestinian “terrorists.” Israeli government sources maintain that “all objectives were reached,” presumably meaning that the ability of the Gazans to continue to fire homemade rockets at Israel had been seriously degraded, which may or may not be true. On a political level, Netanyahu’s tough response to the Gazans had been originally regarded as a vote winner in the lead up to January elections, a consideration that certainly entered into his willingness to go to war, though many Israelis are now dismayed that he did not go far enough.

But stopping the rockets and a display of military prowess before an election might not have been the actual objectives. More ominously, some media both in Israel and the US have described the timing and the nature of the Gaza offensive as a test run for an attack on Iran. If that was the true motivation behind the Israeli attack, it means that a war may have been started just to test Israel’s missile defense system under realistic conditions. If so, “Operation Pillar of Defense” would be comparable to the Germans and Italians using Spanish “live targets” to evaluate the performance of their new weapons in 1937.

Other reports from Israel and also some analysis of the fighting by American experts reveal that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have considered his country’s ability to intercept many rockets from Gaza as a sign that Iranian missiles, should he choose to attack that country, can be similarly defended against, bolstering his government’s absurd claims that a war with Iran would not kill more than 500 Israelis. The Israeli government has insisted that between 84% and 90% of incoming rockets from Gaza were intercepted, but a Ministry of Defense account on November 21 says otherwise: “Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, the army says that 1,382 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, with another 389 intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Of that number, 138 rockets hit Israel on Tuesday, killing the two Israelis. Another 51 were intercepted by Iron Dome, the military said.” Other estimates suggest the 70% of Gazan missiles and rockets landed in Israel without being intercepted.

The Israeli government response to those numbers has been to claim that most of the hits were on parts of the country not protected by Iron Dome. It has promised to accelerate plans to cover more of the country beyond the current configurations along the border with Lebanon as well as surrounding the cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Iron Dome is largely funded by the United States even though Israel is working assiduously to market it internationally to nations including South Korea. The cease fire agreed to last week was sweetened by an offer from President Barack Obama to have the US taxpayer cover the costs for still more Iron Dome.

Israel’s missile defenses might, in fact, be of questionable value. Consider for a moment the economics of Iron Dome. There are currently five operational units that are towed to the sites where are they deployed. They have cost $50 million each. Israel eventually wants to deploy thirteen of them, all paid for by the US taxpayer. In the recent fighting, the units fired an estimated $25-30 million worth of anti-missile missiles, with an estimated per unit cost of $50,000. The “onslaught” from Gaza was insignificant compared to what would be coming Israel’s way from south Lebanon and Iran if a major war were to break out. Iran has modern ballistic and cruise missiles some of which might have enough range to reach Israel while Hezbollah in Lebanon also has considerable capabilities, including drones for targeting inside Israel, and an arsenal sometimes estimated to include more than 40,000 missiles of various types. The Gazan weapons were largely homemade sometimes using Iranian avionic parts smuggled in, even to include the one copy of an Iranian Fajr-5 missile that was used and successfully penetrated Tel Aviv’s airspace to destroy a building. The missiles more commonly launched, a modified Qassam, lack sophistication but cost about $100 to construct. In a war of attrition against its neighbors, Israel would be attacked from all sides by wave after wave of missiles and rockets that would overwhelm the defenses and it would quickly go through its own stock of defensive missiles costing $50,000 a pop to engage the much cheaper weapons that would be incoming. It is reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Arithmetic on the Frontier” describing how a highly educated British officer might get picked off by an illiterate Afghan peasant “blessed with perfect sight” wielding an ancient musket — “The odds are on the cheaper man.”

And there is also another larger issue which goes beyond the viability of Iron Dome, that of yet another possible war crime being committed by the Israeli government. The Nuremberg Trials established that initiating a war of aggression is the ultimate war crime in that all other evils spring from it. Israel argues that it punished the Palestinians in response to rocket attacks on southern Israel coming out of Gaza over the past year. But the largely homemade rockets did little damage to Israel and killed no one. Many observers believe that most of the rockets were rogue operations not condoned by Hamas carried out in response to Tel Aviv’s strangling of the Gazan economy and its deliberate policy of starving the Palestinian population. One has to assume that Israel knew it was not seriously threatened and was picking the time and place to obtain its revenge based on other, mostly political, considerations. It targeted and then assassinated the Hamas security chief Ahmed al-Jabari, who reportedly had come up with a plan for a permanent truce with Israel. Al-Jabari’s death put paid to any peace efforts and served as a deliberate provocation leading to Palestinian retaliation and a plausible casus belli, suggesting that it was a staged event. If the war was initiated just to test a missile defense system and to prepare the Israeli people for a possible future conflict it is beyond outrageous. Not only was Netanyahu preparing to kill largely defenseless Palestinians, he was also putting his own countrymen at risk and again wittingly involving the United States as an accomplice in his own reckless behavior. Israel and its friends are fond of saying that there is a madman loose in the Middle East when they refer to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but in truth there is only one madman who is assiduously seeking war and more war and that is Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  1. #1 by Jenchen on 11/29/2012 - 9:34

    Thank you for showing this neanderthal’s profile. See the forehead, it is small and sloped. An article here: -explains about the problem of the jews is due to the brains of the jews with the sloped foreheads, being small and they say that is why there is no empathy in these jew monsters. That is why, you must have a jewish mother, to be considered a real jew.
    The lack of any ability to love, is what makes these sociopath mothers, neglect and reject their own children. The jew woman is known as the one in a family that insists on being in control. That is essentially what makes a jew-no love. They are all control freaks-that behavior comes from fear, not love. Satan controls, God gives free will. Dr. Spock a jew pediatrician can be credited with helping to destroy america, he wrote a book that was pushed by the jews on child rearing in the 1950s-70s it encouraged mothers to ignore their children’s needs. Later it was revealed that he just wrote about how his own mother raised him, and his mother rejected him. If you want to know how stupid the jews are. This is why. The jews are too stupid to figure that one out or understand it, due to the small brains. The jew’s sociopathic consciousness comes from the RComplex, the reptilian brain, the satan center-they are the children of satan. The jews have egos but not souls. The children of God, have the ability to love. That comes from their souls-located in the frontal lobe of the brain, the part that is missing in the jews (see sloped forehead) that part also is where you can comprehend truth. That part, missing in jews, is why they always lie, for them, is just whatever they can force others to believe.

  2. #2 by Paulo Hnrique on 11/29/2012 - 9:34

    Há uma luta de morte entre os remanescentes dos neandertais e a raça humana atual.Um líder importante já disse que não há lugar para as duas raças neste planeta. Uma ou nenhuma deve prevalecer…

  3. #3 by 30.06 on 11/29/2012 - 9:34

  4. #4 by annebeck58 on 11/29/2012 - 9:34

    This is a particularly good post.

    Yes, Bibi wanted to murder more Palestinians, and the old (tired) excuse of, “Hamas rockets”, is not working in his favor anymore. I mean, we’ve all seen these, “rockets”, and the little damage they inflict on the squatters in occupied Palestinian territory. There’s a good reason for these settlers to leave; it’s not their land. More people are seeing this.
    Hamas has been, since Cast-Lead ops, stopping rocket-strikes in “Israel”. Hamas has been jailing the resistance fighters who’ve set off these rockets, and for this, one of Bibi’s first targets was Gaza’s police force and police stations? This makes sense– to whom? Anyone else see a big problem there?
    I also considered the testing of America’s Iron Dome as a reason Bibi initiated this hell upon the civilians of Gaza. Perhaps, because the majority of these rockets are so small and so impotent, the Iron Dome system would not even see them? Who knows? But, if Bibi thinks he’s going to get away with warring on Iran, I think he does have another thing coming. Lebanon/ Hezbollah will not allow this. And, Iran has a military, unlike Palestine. Iran can certainly fight back. Bibi should have learned something from the ’06 war on Lebanon. Not everyone in the Mid-East is going to put up with his, “wars” *see sh**fits..
    As we saw in TelAviv and Jerusalem, the population of Israel (cannot call any of them civilians when they’ve all worn the uniform, except for the children) does not like being fired-upon. They freaked out and ran to the sea (haha- funny when you think about how they go on and on about how Palestinians want to drive them there.) I actually did not think this Fajr-5 came from Gaza, but I could’ve been mistaken. I do wonder about the other (few) rockets that made it into Jerusalem; did they actually come from Gaza? I don’t think so. But, again, I could be wrong. I just don’t see how any qassams could make it into Jerusalem or TelAviv. For, if they could, why wait ’til now to fire them?

    And, so we do know (or should know) it was not Hamas who instigated any of this. Yes, some other groups do fire rockets (still– qassams as “rockets”?? I have such a time with this..) into the settlements, or by the settlements. I believe it was Ehud Barak who said, “Most of the qassams fired from Gaza land in empty fields, and this is by design.” Now, what did he mean by this? And is this statement which ended up taking-down Barak? I think so.

  5. #5 by Isaac on 11/30/2012 - 9:34

    I love the people of Palestine.

  6. #6 by SHAFAR NULLIFIDIAN on 11/30/2012 - 9:34

    In comparing Netanyahu to the Neanderthal you do the Neanderthal a grave injustice. (Pun intended). It should be noted that the Neanderthal had far more humanoid characteristics. They buried their dead with flowers even… a sign of appreciation of dignity of their kind and perhaps even sorrow.

    The sloping brow of the Netanyahu is more indicative of the of the reptilian brained lizard person, i.e. incapable of compassion, or empathy. Netanyahu is a member of a subhuman species that through the process of of Niwradian devolutionary aviticism has produced the Ziosauroan Misanthropus. They are characterized notably for nimeity of narcissism, arrogance, mendacity, and mercenarianism; a paucity of pity or pleasureability; and an obsessive and compulsive habit of whining and a psychopatholgy of Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP/MSP),i.e., always abusing of “the other” in order to seek attention or sympathy for the themselves as the unfortunate, special and exceptional, victim. They’ve been at it for 3000 years or more. Zionism is the most recent manifestation. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

  7. #7 by annebeck58 on 11/30/2012 - 9:34

    haha., @SHAFAR.
    Yes, my friend, “Vasch”, used to write about the, “slope-heads”, often, and was continually having his YT videos removed for calling them this. So I always find note of this humorous.

    I finally decided to post, today, on what I think of this recognition of Palestine, as well as my concerns of what may have taken place behind the scenes. If anyone’s interested, here’s the link:

    Perhaps you know more and can tell me how this worked out, such as; did Abbas agree to not take Israhell to ICC? Has he spoken for the rest of Palestine, including Gaza? If so, what gives him the right when Hamas was elected, democratically?
    If you know more or have a different opinion, I’d love to hear it..

  8. #8 by Al on 11/30/2012 - 9:34

    The problem is not Netaniahu… the main problem or crime is those people who either support him or stay silent when Israelis commit crimes or when US helps these criminals.

    As long as people are silent such criminals will continue their job and get support from their brainwashed people…

  9. #9 by annebeck58 on 11/30/2012 - 9:34

    #8, Al;

    I agree, but when eighty to ninety percent of Israelis support the horrific punk, Nutty-yahoo.., I have little (none, actually) hope for the illicit state of the Zidiots. For we have allowed this to go on and grow; the hatred this, “nation state” festers.
    That my country, MY government still does whatever Bibi wants, upsets me to no end. It’s not because others (mostly Arab states) see me as one of, “them”, but that by virtue of where I was born, I am a party to this. It sickens me. It bothers me. And it hurts me that I am looked at as one of, “them”, while I am certainly not.
    That I am presumed to be one of them; the zionists, is probably the main reason I speak out. Then again, I speak out because it’s only the right thing to do.

  10. #10 by Al on 12/03/2012 - 9:34

    #9, AnneBeck58

    No, nobody blames you… I never meant that all Americans or Israelis are guilty but am sorry to see almost majority of people are either silent or support this fascist government of Israel. Tonight I was talking with an American friend who is a conservative Republican.

    This man was criticizing his government (US) of why are they spending or helping the lazy poor in this country. In this case he was concerned of tax-payers money which is spent for the poor of his own country but didn’t have any objection about wasting billions of dollars in the military, wars and helping many fascist countries like Israel and etc…

    No, I never blamed you and don’t ever blame yourself… I am only surprised and disappointed to see the mentality of majority of people, especially those conservative Republicans who go to church every Sunday but vote for evil…

  11. #11 by javalizard on 05/23/2016 - 9:34

    Former Israeli Defense Minister: Extremists Have Taken Over Israel

    ‘I recently found myself in strong disagreement with the prime minister on moral and professional issues,’ Ya’alon says of his resignation from politics.

    “But to my great sorrow, extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and the Likud Party and are shaking the foundations and threatening to hurt its residents.”

    “Sadly, senior politicians in the country have chosen the way of incitement and segregation of parts of Israeli society instead of unifying it and bringing it together. It is unbearable to me that we will be divided among us out of cynicism and lust for control, and I expressed my opinion on the matter more than once out of honest concern for the future of society in Israel and the future of the next generations.”

    There is a lot of movement in the unseen areas of the Matrix. This is now becoming fully visible.


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