The Continued Growth of Worldwide Support for BDS and the Existential Threat it’s Creating for Israel
The “Prime Minister” of the illegal entity occupying Palestine, Benjamin Netanyahu has made some ridiculous claims in the past. In 1992, he told the Israeli Knesset that Iran was “three to five years” away from acquiring nuclear weapons, and added that that threat had to be “uprooted by an international front headed by the U.S.”, thus “volunteering” the US to go to war against Iran.
Four years later, in 1996, when Iran still had not begun on any plans to develop the nukes, during his address to a joint session of US Congress, he again reiterated his claim that Iran was very close in getting the bomb. Apparently, based on his claim four years before, Iran must either have already developed it or been within months of developing it. “The deadline for attaining this goal is getting extremely close”, he warned, once again. Then, after seeing no signs of developing any nukes by Iran for two decades, again he claimed last year that Iran would get the nukes, very soon. I can imagine his frustration in not getting the war he wanted. He must have been saying to US in his head: “will you just get on with it and attack Iran already?”
He made the same claim about Iraq, in 2002, when he asserted in front of another joint session of Congress that Iraq was well underway in developing nuclear weapons. The following year, he got his wish and the US attacked the nation, supposedly to prevent it from getting the atomic bomb. No signs of any such plans or operations were ever found. The war resulted in literally destroying the country and killing over a million of its citizens. At least, Israel felt safer afterwards.
But, it wasn’t just the issue of the nuclear weapons that he has used to encourage a US attack on Iran, which the US intelligence agencies have contradicted him on in no uncertain terms and said that Iran has no nuclear weapons plan and has not decided to develop one.
He has also claimed Iran is supporting terrorism and that it’s trying to take over the world. Of all the ridiculous and illogical claims that he’s made, this must win the first prize. Israel alone has a bigger and more advanced military with a much stronger Air Force, navy and better equipped army than Iran. It also has several hundred nuclear bombs with which it could level Iran with Iran unable to retaliate since it has none. So, Iran couldn’t even take over Israel, let alone the world. Take all the military equipment, weapons, aircraft, tanks and missiles that Iran possesses and line them up. Then, make them much more technologically advanced and much more lethal and effective. When, you’re done, multiply them by 80. That’s the US military compared to Iran! The US military expenditure is 80 times that of Iran. In fact, Iran’s military spending is about the same as Norway’s and barely enough to be a deterrent against a single neighbor’s attack, let alone for taking over the world. By the same logical reasoning, you can tell which country does indeed have the intention to actually take over the world. You can look at two things in determining that: first, who has accumulated the largest and most lethal military force, which is far superior than what would be sufficient for self-defense. A much larger military than is required for self-defense is a good indication of the intention to use it, not to defend against possible attacks by others, but for attacking nations that pose no threat to it. The other thing one can look at is history. Iran has never attacked any country. The US, on the other hand, almost never stops attacking other nations (and Israel has repeatedly done so in its short history) and has hundreds of military bases and continues to move into newer territories, builds new bases and never completely leaves once it invades a country. Now, that’s a country that intends to take over the world, with the help of Israel, no less.
An Israeli propaganda video intended to scare Europeans and turn them against Palestinians and stop the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement from growing, while also raising alarms about Iran, depicts ISIS (or ISIL or Daesh) terrorists as a giant boulder rolling down towards Europe threatening to level the entire continent, slowed only by Israel, which tries to save Europe from terrorists. Helping ISIS in the animation is Hamas and Iran! Some lies are exaggerations and half truths, some are twisting of the facts and some are just squarely the opposite of the truth. While calling Palestinians who are resisting the occupation of their historic and native homeland against colonial occupiers terrorists is nothing new, the claim that they and especially Iran help ISIS isn’t just a flat out lie, but is ridiculous and contradictory to well known facts and evidence. Iran is one of very few nations in the region that has actually been fighting ISIS terrorists, both in Iraq and Syria. It was instrumental in helping Iraq take back two provinces from ISIS. This has been widely reported even by US and other Western news organizations. On the other hand, US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel have been giving weapons to ISIS to fight the Syrian government and try to overthrow it. Iran and Syria have every incentive to fight ISIS. US, Israel Turkey and Saudi Arabia have every incentive to help ISIS. It’s been widely reported that they have done just that through Turkey, including even in New York Times (June 4, 2014).
The fact is that truth works against Israel, so, it constantly has to lie and depend on and hope for people’s ignorance and resort to fear mongering for its continued genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians. Netanyahu with his outrageous lies and claims on the one hand and extreme measures and unbridled violence against Palestinians, on the other, is indicative of a looming crisis for Israel that can’t be averted by military force and keeps deepening and threatens to upend the whole idea of Zionism. On May 20, defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, abruptly announced his resignation, over Netanyahu’s extremism and said he was “fearful for Israel’s future”. Then, discussing his resignation, former Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, told PBS in an interview, that “Israel has been infected by the seeds of fascism” and that there is “no serious leader left in the world who believes Israel anymore”.
A few months ago, two prominent American Zionist professors announced in an op-ed piece in Washington Post their decision to support boycotting Israel, although they refused to support or even name the BDS movement, “in order to save Zionism”, which threatens the existence of Israel as a “Jewish state”, due to the excesses and extremism of Israel’s current leadership. They repeated several times that their motivation was only to help Zionism survive, rather than to stop the suffering of the Palestinian people, which didn’t even make it into their list of concerns. Not surprisingly, the Post refused to publish my response to the professors. What such Zionists refuse to see is that Israel has no other choice, but to move on a path of genocide and extermination, which they see not as a humanitarian problem, but as a threat to Zionism and the “Jewish state”. As I explained in a previous piece in my blog (sakosefiani.com), that’s the only logical conclusion of carving out a colonial settler state for a particular “chosen” people by forcefully and, through massacres, displacing the people who already live on that same land, because they’re of the “wrong” race or religion or ethnic background.
There is no other option. You either complete the forced displacement and ethnic cleansing through committing mass murder, genocide and extermination or abandon the racist and colonial ideology of Zionism and establish a secular and democratic state for all inhabitants of the land, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background. There is no other option and there is no middle ground or a kinder gentler Zionism to satisfy the “moral” standards of Ehud Barak or American Zionist professors wishing for a tenable “Jewish state”, just as there is no kinder gentler colonialism or kinder gentler racism and apartheid.
The “existential” threat Israel is feeling, which leads it to wish the destruction of any nation in the region that opposes it, is from within, not without, is from the very nature and foundation of the Zionist state that’s built on racism, apartheid, ethnic cleansing and massacres. You cannot make Israel acceptable to the world through lies for ever. The truth has a tendency to come out, no matter how powerful your propaganda machinery is. You can slow it and even stop it, but only for so long. What’s causing Israel its crisis is truth coming out and no amount of tanks, fighter jets, warships and missiles can stop it. Not even the US empire can stop it.
Israel’s crisis is also a testament to and, in no small measure, owing to the success of the BDS movement. It’s that success, which makes some of the leaders of the occupation to have doubts about the state’s future and some American Zionist professors to boycott it, in order “to save it” (save what? Apartheid and ethnic cleansing? The denial of equal rights to non-Jews or the Right of Return to Palestinian refugees to their homes? Or the wall of separation?)
To those who try to discourage the movement by saying it won’t work, I say just ask Israel’s leaders if it’s working or not.