Interview with Ramzy Baroud: Western powers block efforts towards holding Israel accountable for its oppressive actions
Thomas L. Friedman recently published an article in New York Times, titled “Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine” in which he insists that Netanyahu is the reason for the conflict. Do you agree with his point? Elsewhere in his article, Friedman names Moshe Yaalon as a decent man; is he really decent, considering how he has treated Palestinian lives when he was Minister?
I will refrain from saying much about Friedman’s strange affinity to Israel or his tired clichés. He has for a long time served as a mouthpiece of the US establishment, and despite his guarded criticism of Israel once in a while, he has shown nothing but kinship with and attachment to Israel, even when the latter was massacring innocent civilians in Gaza. The note on Yaalon is quite interesting thought and it shows what a false intellectual he is.
Ya’alon took part in every major Israeli war since 1973, and his name was associated with the most atrocious of Israeli wars and massacres, first in Lebanon and, later, in Gaza. His ‘commitment to Israel’ never dissuaded him from ordering some of the most unspeakable war crimes carried out against civilians, not in Qana, Lebanon in 1996, nor in Shujaya, Gaza in 2014.
Ya’alon was – and remains – an ardent advocate for the illegal colonialization of Palestinian land. In 2005, he vehemently rejected the so-called redeployment from the Gaza Strip, in which a few thousand illegal settlers were relocated to Jewish colonies in the West Bank ..
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