Re: Surprised no one commented on Freedland calling Netanyahu one of the "the world's bad guys"
Posted by Ian M on April 27, 2021, 4:08 pm, in reply to "Surprised no one commented on Freedland calling Netanyahu one of the "the world's bad guys" "
It was on the 'safe' topics of corruption and mass annexation, the threat of which Freedland downplayed: |
'In Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu – who can claim to have been Trumpist before Trump – has been handed a political lifeline by the virus, luring part of the main opposition party into a government of national unity that will keep him in power and, he hopes, out of the dock on corruption charges. His new coalition is committed to a programme that would see Israel annex major parts of the West Bank, permanently absorbing into itself territory that should belong to a future Palestinian state, with the process starting in early July. Now, the smart money suggests we should be cautious: that it suits Netanyahu to promise/threaten annexation more than it does for him to actually do it. Even so, in normal times the mere prospect of such an indefensible move would represent an epochal shift, high on the global diplomatic agenda. In these abnormal times, it barely makes the news.' - https://www.dumptheguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/15/under-cover-of-coronavirus-the-worlds-bad-guys-are-wreaking-havoc
No problem with the ongoing strangulation of Gaza or the murder of protesters at the border wall among other abuses. Western liberals are allowed to make mild complaints about right wing Israeli politicians, but not to take the next step and realise that racist colonial policies are at the heart of the whole zionist project no matter which party is currently at the helm.
This part of Curtis' article raised an eyebrow:
'Indeed, nowadays, the paper regularly acts as a credulous amplifier of often unsubstantiated claims by British intelligence and military figures about the threat posed by Russia and China. It has published a massive 758 articles tagged “Russia” in the past year alone – a helpful focus on the British state’s number one official enemy.
It is not that Russia doesn’t deserve critical attention – clearly it does, especially in light of its illegal occupation of the Crimea, domestic authoritarianism and the likely role of the Kremlin in foreign assassinations, including in Britain.
But Whitehall has interests in exaggerating the threat posed to the UK by Moscow, and The Guardian, rather than seeking to expose this, appears more willing to act as a conduit for the state’s “media operations”.'
'Illegal occupation'? I thought the Crimeans voted to rejoin Russia. I hope he's not talking about the Skripals with the part about 'foreign assassinations' as the evidence Russia had anything to do with that is far from conclusive. Indeed the graun's lockstep uncritical parroting of the UK govt / MI6 narrative on that incident is another key example of them functioning as a de facto state / intelligence propaganda outlet, supporting Curtis' overall thesis.
Otherwise solid article.
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