Random Quotations – Israel – Nov. 20th, 2018

Five items in total…

“Personally I think anti-Semitism as a smear is not what it used to be.” – Jonathan Schanzer, a senior official of the (pro-Israel) Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, quoted by Philip Giraldi in “Registering Israel’s useful idiots” – The Unz Review, Nov. 20th, 2018.

“Home-rental company Airbnb announced on Monday it would remove its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, prompting outrage from Israeli officials… In response, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who oversees Israel’s battle against a Palestinian-led boycott movement, called on Airbnb hosts affected by the decision to file lawsuits in accordance with Israel’s anti-boycott law.” – Assoc. Press, “Airbnb removes 200 listings in Israeli settlements in West Bank” – National Post, Nov. 19th, 2018.

“Our hypothesis is that dual loyalist strategists have fabricated threats, identified adversaries and committed hundreds of thousands of US soldiers to losing wars based on calculations that effectively increase Israeli power and influence in the Middle East… Their policies led to an unending trillion-dollar war in Afghanistan; losing wars in Libya, Iraq and Syria; and costly economic sanctions against Iran… The main beneficiary was Israel which confronted less political and military opposition; zero cost in lives and money; and substantial gains in territory.” – James Petras, “US war strategists: Military defeats and political success” – The Unz Review, Sept. 15th, 2018.

“Under U.S. law, any country that has an undeclared nuclear weapons arsenal cannot obtain American-made weapons and cannot received aid of any type. Congress and the White House pretend that the Israeli nuclear arsenal does not exist, in spite of the fact that the Israelis themselves have more than once implicitly acknowledged it and instead of cutting aid to Israel have instead increased it. It is currently $3.8 billion per year guaranteed for the next ten years, with extra money also available if needed. No other country benefits from such largesse and gives in return so little.” – Philip Giraldi, “Israel wins 2018 election” – The Unz Review, Nov. 13th, 2018.

“French and Israeli media report that a group largely made up of Israelis scammed 3,000 French citizens out of approximately $20 million. Most of the stolen money is in Israel, but Israeli authorities are reportedly failing to cooperate with France in prosecuting the scammers and retrieving the money… This is the latest of numerous examples of Israeli officials stone-walling international efforts against the perpetrators of massive financial swindles around the world, according to Israeli investigative journalists and others. These scams have brought estimated billions into the Israeli economy, propping up a regime widely condemned for human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing against indigenous Palestinians.” – Alison Weir, “Is Israel turning a blind eye as Israeli scammers swindle victims in France, US, elsewhere?” – The Unz Review, Nov. 14th, 2018. (You can read this item here.)