web analytics

The 50th anniversary of the Six Day War

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, June 6th, 2017 - 55 comments
Categories: International, war - Tags: ,

June 5th is the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. Following Egypt’s military closure of the Straits of Tiran, the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon were defeated by Israel, pretty comprehensively.

Israel then occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula. Israel withdrew from the Sinai through the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

A broad peace was formed in 1993 through the Oslo Accords.

And it could have continued pretty positively there.

Where I struggle with next is where many struggle. In the years after its independence, Israel became a rare success story in the postcolonial world. Israel managed to absorb hundreds of thousands of immigrants from around the world, foster economic growth, and build a powerful military. It was a flawed democracy but it was real.

These achievements were made possible in part because until 1967, Israel’s borders appeared to be settled. The 1949 armistice lines were confirmed within a series of bilateral agreements with its Arab enemies. But those 18 years of progress were undone in six days through a war that Egypt instigated and then accelerated with all the states surrounding Israel.

Since then, the question of what to do with Israel’s hard-won occupied territories has turned Israel’s previously idealistic and progressive politics into a dark, sect-riven code that looks harder and harder to unwind.

As a result of Israel’s response to the 1967’s Six Day War we now have a wall.

Actually there are really three. One major barrier, hardly noticed by the international community, secures Israel’s border from the spread of Syria’s chaos as the latter descended into a devastating civil war. Another, a ‘border fence’ with Egypt completed in 2013, had the effect of completely stopping unwanted African immigration.

But it’s the West Bank Separation Wall that has the highest profile. Israel began considering building a fence along the Green Line of the Oslo Accords in the 1990s. At the time, the Oslo Accords promised a negotiated peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad had begun to send suicide bombers into Israeli cities. The walls, from the point of view of greatly lowering terrorist attacks on Israeli towns and stopping illegal immigration, have been successful. Here’s a list of pro’s and cons.

But these walls are also a moral scar on all who live there. While Israel won the 1967 war, its military and democratic responses since the 1990s to the territories that it occupied have damaged it. Its party politics and its leadership have become more divided, more ethnic and sect based, more prone to very difficult deals, just sicker. A long, long way from the idealistic state borne of such hard-won struggle.

Of course, Israel cannot end the occupation alone. A stable peace requires Palestinian partners who will persuade their people to accept negotiated borders as final, relinquish the dream of a return to their ancestral homes, and acknowledge that Israel is not a temporary interloper but a permanent presence. Such Palestinian leadership has too often failed to materialize.

But the result of the Six Day War, from 1967 to now, is very safe for Israel, but very dark for everyone including Israel.

55 comments on “The 50th anniversary of the Six Day War ”

  1. Adrian Thornton 1

    Norman Finkelstein discusses the Six day War on The Real News..Six-Day War, 50-Year Occupation: What Really Happened in June 1967?

  2. Rightly or wrongly 2

    I would disagree with the OP asertion that from 1949 – 1967 Israel existed with stable agreements with their Arab neighbours.

    In fact these were the worst years of Israel’s existence.

    Regular fedayeen terrorist incursions from the Gaza strip and Jordan’s West bank occurred on a regular basis murdering Israeli civillians.

    Syrian artillery dug in to the Golan height thought nothing of firing salvos at Israeli kibutzm. (farmland)

    And I won’t mention Jordanian snipers in East Jerusalem killing Israelis from time to time.

    No this was the most difficult time indeed for Israel – their ability to survive and to grow a modern democracy is testament to the tenacity and skill of the founding generation.

    It is a pity some of Israel’s neighbours don’t copy their example.

    • Ad 2.1

      Agree with that.
      I didn’t want to niggle the detail of armistice lines when stability is a pretty relative term at that juncture.

    • dukeofurl 2.2

      Dont forget the terrorist attacks on Egyptian cinemas and libraries in 1954 by israeli agents

      The Lavon Affair refers to a failed Israeli covert operation, code named Operation Susannah, conducted in Egypt in the Summer of 1954 As part of the false flag operation, a group of Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli military intelligence to plant bombs inside Egyptian, American, and British-owned civilian targets, cinemas, libraries and American educational centers.
      After Israel publicly denied any involvement in the incident for 51 years, the surviving agents were officially honored in 2005 by being awarded certificates of appreciation by Israeli President Moshe Katzav.
      Wikipedia

    • exkiwiforces 2.3

      You forgot about the nasty tank duels during the early 60’s between the Syrian tankies and the Israeli tankies. The Syrian tankies out gun, out fought the IDF tankies and to quite frank kicked their bloody ass. The Syrian tankies were using the long barrelled 75mm gun panzer 4’s against the more Modern Israeli tanks.

      I hear a story some years ago, that just after the West Bank fell into Israeli hands Moshe Dayan his Chief of Staff and one other general while overlooking the western wall. Dayan said now we know why Jordan went war, Dayon his chief of staff said yes the Palestine problem is no longer Jordans problem but ours and I wonder if our politicians know this and general said this will requires a political solution not a military one.

      Any guess who Dayan CoS and the General were?

  3. dukeofurl 3

    Interesting back story on Israels possible first use of atomic bomb as a ‘warning’ in 6 day war

    “Israel ‘planned to detonate nuclear bomb in Egypt if it risked losing Six Day War

    The idea, never before publicly disclosed, was told to Avner Cohen, an Israeli author, by Itzhak Yaakov, a retired Brigadier General responsible for the development of nuclear weapons.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/03/world/middleeast/1967-arab-israeli-war-nuclear-warning.html

    There must have been input from western scientists and companies experienced with some of the technologies to make the bomb and refine the uranium. I dont think it would be officially sanctioned but the usual Israeli way of using its friends in the west and takeovers of companies that can become useful.

    This is an example, although the nuclear material was non fission grade
    http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/12353176-74/apollos-numec-allegedly-supplied-nuclear-batteries-to-israel-in-six-day-war

    And to the more speculative end this book has the opinion that the 6 Day war came about as the Soviets and Egyptians knew about how advanced nuclear weapons program was and war with Israel would provide cover for the destruction of the nuclear centre at Dimona

    • Rightly or Wrongly 3.1

      The French supplied the Israelis with a nuclear reactor in the early 1960’s and it is likely they sourced Uranium etc. from South Africa.

      • dukeofurl 3.1.1

        Obtaining weapons grade uranium is a massively more difficult exercise

        ‘fissile uranium in nuclear weapon primaries usually contains 85% or more of 235U known as weapons-grade’
        ‘in commercial light water reactors (LWR), the most prevalent power reactors in the world, uranium is enriched to 3 to 5% 235U.’

        Yellow cake is just a concentrated form of natural uranium
        ‘ Natural uranium is 99.284% 238U isotope, with 235U only constituting about 0.711% of its mass.’

        As you can see getting uranium from other sources doesnt mean you are getting the critical isotope 235U

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1

          Obtaining weapons grade uranium is a massively more difficult exercise

          So difficult in fact that no one can do it at all ever.

          /sarc

          • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1.1

            Who helped Israel get as far as it did?

            They didnt just develop and aircraft industry overnight either after France stopped shipments of Mirage fighters.
            There was a national program to build them in Israel. Fortunately a major US military aircraft builder North American, was taken over by an obscure machinery builder Rockwell Standard, whos management led by Willard Rockwell decided to provide Israel with the required expertise/machine tools if they could get the plans from France.

            Rockwell takeover of NAA was in 1967, production of the Mirage copy (Nesher) began in 1967 and first flight was in 1969.
            Various other Rockwell- NAA planes ended being made in Israel, Aero Commander
            Rockwell was also involved in the US nuclear weapons industry

            • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Who helped Israel get as far as it did?

              Probably either the US, UK or both but it wasn’t needed.

              The point I was making is that it’s not really all that hard and that anybody can do it. If not then nobody could have built a viable nuclear bomb.

              Even North Korea is making nuclear weapons but I doubt if they imported the weapons grade uranium.

              • dukeofurl

                Not that hard?
                Its extremely difficult to go from refined Uranium to weapons grade enriched uranium. Then design a bomb even with the knowledge of how they were made in end of WW2
                It does require enormous resources, which were thought to be beyond a small state like Israel, in the early 60s. – without help.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Its extremely difficult to go from refined Uranium to weapons grade enriched uranium.

                  It’s time consuming – not hard:

                  Isotope separation is difficult because two isotopes of the same element have very nearly identical chemical properties, and can only be separated gradually using small mass differences. (235U is only 1.26% lighter than 238U.) This problem is compounded by the fact that uranium is rarely separated in its atomic form, but instead as a compound (235UF6 is only 0.852% lighter than 238UF6.) A cascade of identical stages produces successively higher concentrations of 235U. Each stage passes a slightly more concentrated product to the next stage and returns a slightly less concentrated residue to the previous stage.

                  It does require enormous resources,

                  No it doesn’t.

              • exkiwiforces

                I remember reading somewhere that South Africa and Israel worked together on joint nuclear weapons program along other weapons programs that they developed before apartheid ended. When apartheid ended the South African nuclear program was very quietly dismantled without peep from the world press. There was unconfirmed rumours / confirmed reports (depending on where you source your information from) that South Africa had 5 to 6 or maybe more nukes at time prior to the nuclear weapons program being dismantled and this is where it’s gets real hazy some say the the nukes were dismantled in location, some say Israel grab them before apartheid ended or South Africa handed them over Israel, or handed over to UK or the US for dismantling in own countries and again without a peep from the worlds media.

                I’m sorry that can’t provide any links or references as I’m away from home aka my library and mylaptop as I’m using my iPad atm.

            • McFlock 3.1.1.1.1.2

              Nice wee summary of Mirage/Nesher development and manufacturing oddities over at war is boring. The french did an embargo, but the Israelis never stopped payment and somehow turned up with 50 Nesher that had french manufacturing plates attached 🙂

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    A long, long way from the idealistic state borne of such hard-won struggle.

    Israel was always an abomination and always will be.

    It was formed by the invasion of Palestine which the Zionists got through the use of duplicity and terrorism. Since then it’s been ongoing war of oppression and theft against Palestinians.

    It is a racist and theological nation which we should not condone.

    • Rightly or Wrongly 4.1

      So what DTB do you think the Jews should have done?

      Keep doing what they had done for the previous 19 centuries – wander from country to country facing persecution and slaughter where ever they tried to settle?

      Or maybe you think the Jews should just ‘die out’; their existence is just too much of an ‘abomination’?

      ‘Palestine’ as a country never existed in its own right. Since the time of the Maccabees it has been nothing more than an isolated, swamp ridden backwater alternatively ruled by the Romans, Saladins, Crusaders, Turks, and more recently the English.

      If it wasn’t for the city of Jerusalem there would be no interest in the land whatsoever.

      The Jewish ‘right’ to form a homeland there was first affirmed by the English Balfour declaration and then later approved by the United Nations.

      The UN specified certain areas to be given to Israel and others to be given to the Palestinian Arabs.

      Israel accepted these terms – the Arabs rejected them and vowed to push the Jews into the sea.

      Unfortunately for the Arabs the Israelis had (literally) nothing to lose and managed to defeat several Arab armies in 1948-1949 and thus forged their country out of the foment of war.

      Now you may not like the result but it is hard to argue that Israel’s right to exist is illegitimate.

      • Cinder 4.1.1

        “So what DTB do you think the Jews should have done?
        Keep doing what they had done for the previous 19 centuries – wander from country to country facing persecution and slaughter where ever they tried to settle?
        Or maybe you think the Jews should just ‘die out’; their existence is just too much of an ‘abomination’?”

        Nice way of putting words into other peoples mouths.

        “Palestine’ as a country never existed in its own right. Since the time of the Maccabees it has been nothing more than an isolated, swamp ridden backwater alternatively ruled by the Romans, Saladins, Crusaders, Turks, and more recently the English.”

        Oh, the “people without a land a for a land without people” argument, Sorry, but you will have to do better than that…

        “The Jewish ‘right’ to form a homeland there was first affirmed by the English Balfour declaration and then later approved by the United Nations.
        The UN specified certain areas to be given to Israel and others to be given to the Palestinian Arabs.
        Israel accepted these terms – the Arabs rejected them and vowed to push the Jews into the sea.”

        Strangely, when the residents of a territory are not consulted in the slightest about how their country will be carved up, they may reject that plan. That includes the sizable Christian community who used to inhabit the area and opposed the Balfour declaration.

        “Unfortunately for the Arabs the Israelis had (literally) nothing to lose and managed to defeat several Arab armies in 1948-1949 and thus forged their country out of the foment of war.”

        Along with lashings of terrorism, murder and ethnic cleansing followed by apartheid and occupation.

        • dukeofurl 4.1.1.1

          The British also made declarations that the Arab part of the Middle east would become ‘their homeland too’.
          This was done to gain support from the Hashemite rulers of the Hejaz and other tribal entities.
          Lawrence of Arabia wasnt a fictional character.

      • garibaldi 4.1.2

        Rightly or Wrongly…..unbelievable propaganda. Why don’t you mention the American based Jews/Zionist role in the underhand backing of the takeover of Palestine ? And the on-going guarantees provided by the same arseholes.
        I get utterly sick of the excuses Israeli supporters come up with for its deplorable inhumane behaviour. Israel wouldn’t last ten minutes without Wall St. funding it.

        • Ch_Ch Chiquita 4.1.2.1

          And yet, none of you have answered the question – in light of the multitude of evidence that Jews were unwelcome around the world, what would have been your solution?

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.1.1

            There was, and is, only one.

            That they stop being Jews and become citizens of the nation that they’ve immigrated to, adopting it’s customs rather than rejecting them.

            • Rightly or Wrongly 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Well DTB – a nice simple final solution you have I see.

              And if the pesky Jews decide that they don’t want to give up their culture and customs and ethnicity what then?

              Enforce it?

              That was tried through the centuries – think Pogroms, Inquisition, Medieval slaughters, Hitler etc.

              So I see that you are not against Israel – you are simply against Jews altogether – at least you are honest.

              Straight up question:
              Why do you hate Jews?

              Did a Jewish person do you wrong at some point in your life?

              • Draco T Bastard

                And if the pesky Jews decide that they don’t want to give up their culture and customs and ethnicity what then?

                Then I suspect that they’ve got a problem. You really can’t have people living in the same geographic area living under different rules as it causes all sort of tension and strife.

                Of course, what I’d really expect is that the two cultures would mix and you’d see a third culture emerge as the previous two died.

                So I see that you are not against Israel – you are simply against Jews altogether – at least you are honest.

                And that’s a lie on your part.

                I couldn’t careless about the Jews. I do care about the atrocities that they perpetrate against the Palestinians including their invasion of the Palestinian homeland.

            • Ch_Ch Chiquita 4.1.2.1.1.2

              By adopting its customs you mean adopting the religion? because Jews have adopted customs of the nations they immigrated to. They didn’t adopt the religion.
              The religious Jews were (and some still) against the Zionist movement as they believed only the Messiah has the power to return the Jews to their land.
              Many of the Jews were secular and did not practice their religion. Didn’t help them one little bit when Hitler checked generations back to see who qualifies for the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

              • Draco T Bastard

                By adopting its customs you mean adopting the religion? because Jews have adopted customs of the nations they immigrated to. They didn’t adopt the religion.

                Wrong.

                One of the reasons Jews were hated by the other people around them because they would lend at interest while those around them were banned. Those cultural conditions were based around the respective religions.

                religion = customs/culture.

                • Ch_Ch Chiquita

                  Yes, sure, ban Jews from most professions and from ownership of land, then blame them for making a living from money lending and kill them because they are not willing to adopt the customs (eg. give up their religion).

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Which came first?
                    The oppression or the Jews refusal to join the community that they just moved into?

                    See, I figure it was the latter. People won’t hold on to traditions and cultural norms for generations if they join the community. That will only happen if they hold themselves apart from it. And when that happens, when they insist that they’re different from everyone else then everyone else will resent it and encourage them to move on.

                    Can’t really blame the locals either considering the effort that the Jews went to to insist that they’re not them.

                    • Ch_Ch Chiquita

                      Maybe what came first was that the Jews didn’t choose to immigrate; they were either killed, sold to slavery or forced to flee by the Roman Empire.

                      You look at the Jewish diaspora as if these people are 21 century high skill migrants looking to better their life and choosing a country to immigrate to. Well, this was just slightly different.
                      And yes, their religion was important to them. It was important enough for Christianity to try and force it upon them why would the Jews be any different?

                      “People won’t hold on to traditions and cultural norms for generations if they join the community.” So you think that Muslims immigrating to NZ should leave their faith and…. what exactly? Become Christians? Or maybe secular as a large proportion of NZers identified as having no religion. You think one can not be part of a community whilst holding a different religious faith?

                    • “See, I figure it was the latter”

                      based on what? the fluff in your belly button?

                      Your comments are idiotic – change your religion? – buy a fucken REM song.

                      Why don’t YOU change YOUR offensive beliefs eh?

                      The sentiment exposed never ceases to amaze me in its base thickery and bigotry.

            • marty mars 4.1.2.1.1.3

              Draco that is outrageous. Thank the gods you are nothing more than a low commenter on a blog down the bottom of the world.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Draco that is outrageous.

                Nope, just the way things work. When the English got here and signed Ti Tiriti we should have taken up Māori culture rather than trying to force Māori to forego their culture and take up English culture.

                Bit late for that now of course but the intermingling is still happening and, IMO, in 100 years or so the culture of NZ will be more Māori than English.

                • It is not the way it works obviously otherwise that would have happened.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    It is the way things work. It just got delayed in NZs’ case.

                    When two or more cultures mix in the same geographic area none can be saved. All will change until there is only one left and it will not be the same as any of the ones before it but an amalgam of all of them.

                    This is why Māori names for our mountains and other areas are coming back, why the haka is now a part of our national identity.

                    Such amalgamation is both a welcome to the new members of the nation and an acceptance by those new members that they are a part of that nation.

                    In the case of the Jews they tried very hard not to amalgamate and suffered the inevitable consequences.

                    • McFlock

                      But “amalgamation” into a third, blended, culture is different to “stop being Jewish”.

                      Where the zionists went wrong was in their insistence on doing unto the Palestinians as the Russians and Nazis had done unto them, and creating a religiously-based state rather than a geographically-based state.

                      Sooner or later that’s going to kick them in the arse.

                    • No drac – the only reason the names have changed is the fightback from the indigenous culture not some made up amalgamation rubbish – it is just another name for destruction, desecration, denial and dismal.

                    • Mr Nobody

                      But at least we’ve been able to preserve the proud violent traditions of Maori domestic Violence and child abuse. If only we could have maintained their slave and cannibalism traditions.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      But at least we’ve been able to preserve the proud violent traditions of Maori domestic Violence and child abuse.

                      Actually, those were British imports.

                      TRADITIONAL MAORI PARENTING

      • dukeofurl 4.1.3

        “‘Palestine’ as a country never existed in its own right.” Neither did Israel

        Neither did Australia till 1901, nor Germany till 1871.
        Italy didnt exist till 1860.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.4

        ‘Palestine’ as a country never existed in its own right.

        And that means that they can’t have the land that they’ve occupied for millennia because…?

        They are a nation and have been for millennia. Just because others have forced themselves upon them and removed their Right of Self-Determination hasn’t removed that from them. If anything, it’s probably strengthened it.

        If it wasn’t for the city of Jerusalem there would be no interest in the land whatsoever.

        Really?

        It seems that Israel wants all the rest of it as well.

        The Jewish ‘right’ to form a homeland there was first affirmed by the English Balfour declaration and then later approved by the United Nations.

        Interestingly enough, the English had also promised Palestine for Palestinians.

        The UN specified certain areas to be given to Israel and others to be given to the Palestinian Arabs.

        Israel accepted these terms – the Arabs rejected them and vowed to push the Jews into the sea.

        You seem to be getting your history wrong.

        Jewish insurgency in Mandatory Palestine
        1940-1949 The ethnic cleansing of Palestine

        Now you may not like the result but it is hard to argue that Israel’s right to exist is illegitimate.

        Actually, it’s very easy to prove that Israel has no right to exist.

        1. Palestine was inhabited by Palestinians for millennia thus making them a nation state.
        2. Israel is an invasion of that nation state.
        3. Thus Israel is an illegitimate state.

        Why should a nation state be destroyed for a bunch of people who no longer even lived there?

  5. dukeofurl 5

    “So what DTB do you think the Jews should have done?
    Keep doing what they had done for the previous 19 centuries – wander from country to country facing persecution and slaughter where ever they tried to settle?”

    At the end of the Ottoman period, there were far more Jews in the big cities of the Ottoman empire, Baghdad, Damascus, Constantinople and even Cairo than were in the area now called Israel. They werent interested in this ‘idea called Zionism’

    • Ch_Ch Chiquita 5.1

      Really? My father was born in Tel Aviv in 1938 to parents from Cairo. I guess they were not interested in this idea called Zionism.
      Just like with the Jews in Europe, those who lived in the Ottoman empire were also divided between those who thought Jews should continue doing what they did for centuries and those who thought the only way for Jews to be protected is for them to have a place of their own under the sun.

  6. adam 6

    Many of the Africans are Jews, it is quite depressing that a country that is suppose to be for Jews, excludes them.

    Just one example – wikipedia for a broad basic analysis only.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_Israel

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Many of the Africans are Jews, it is quite depressing that a country that is suppose to be for Jews, excludes them.

      Well, if they’re that concerned about being Jews then they should simply open up their country for other Jews. Then the Jews wouldn’t have to take the land from Palestinians and they’d have a homeland.

      Or is it that they’re looking for a legal way to emigrate from Africa and take even more land from the Palestinians?

  7. Brigid 7

    Consider the testimony of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, a member of the cabinet in June 1967:

    “In June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”
    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/01/perpetuates-fighting-survival/#sthash.u5pPeDEH.dpuf

    It wouldn’t hurt to read Leslie Bravery’s article either
    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/06/03/israels-six-day-war-objective/

  8. 808state 8

    “Israel managed to absorb hundreds of thousands of immigrants from around the world”

    Jews only. Israel is an ethno-nationalist state. Easy to “absorb” your own tribal members – in fact its pivotal to the Jews’ successful colonial project.

    “One major barrier, hardly noticed by the international community, secures Israel’s border from the spread of Syria’s chaos as the latter descended into a devastating civil war. Another, a ‘border fence’ with Egypt completed in 2013, had the effect of completely stopping unwanted African immigration.”

    But Trump’s plan to build a wall to stop unwanted Latino immigration into the USA is “crazy” and “racist”?

  9. swordfish 9

    You’re very much regurgitating the highly romanticised Official Israeli narrative, Ad

    It’s a self-serving nationalist mythology that’s been comprehensively demolished over the last 35 years by a range of (mainly Israeli and Jewish Diaspora) scholars

    Haven’t got time to correct all the misinformation you’ve cheerfully repeated so I’ll just link to some of my past comments

    But let me just say first that the core fallacies of your – let’s be frank – hopelessly partisan outline involve the following assertions

    (1) That Israel was an idealistic and progressive State Pre-1967

    (2) That Israel was content to remain within its borders 1949-67

    (3) That Israel was subject to regular terrorist incursions from the Gaza strip and the West Bank 1949-67

    (4) That the 1967 Six Day War was instigated by Egypt and then accelerated with all the states surrounding Israel.

    (5) That post-67 Israel simply found itself occupying Palestinian land by accident

    (6) That the 1993 Oslo Accords represented a genuine good faith Peace Process by Israel and the US

    (7) That Israel’s illegal Annexation Wall represents some sort of defensive response to the Six Day War and to unprovoked one-sided violence by
    Hamas and Islamic Jihad

    (8) That Israel is genuinely interested in ending the Occupation-Annexation but too often peaceful Palestinian leadership has failed to materialize.

    I mean, Christ, that might as well have been penned by the Israeli Embassy !

    Core Zionist aims

    I think the first thing to understand is that the Zionism on which Israel was established emerged from precisely the same deeply reactionary, anti-Enlightenment ideological mix (German/East European Romantic Nationalism and Imperialism) that so greatly inspired and animated the Nazis. ‘Blut und Bone’. Violent Ethnic-cleansing has always been implicit in that sort of extreme ethno-nationalist ideology where the emphasis is on membership of the prescribed ‘Race’ / ‘Blood’ / ‘Culture’ over universalist ideas of Equality and Citizenship. The aim was always to militarily carve-out an ethnically-pure (or failing that, overwhelmingly Jewish) ‘Greater Israel’ on Palestinian land (before Zionist colonisation got fully underway in the early 20C, Palestinian Arabs had comprised well over 90% of the population for more than 1300 years, with the tiny, indigenous Jewish community making up less than 5%.

    Open mike 06/08/2014

    1967 Six Day War

    The fact is: Israel was desperately seeking a useful pretext that would allow them to attack Syria. Israeli elites had been contemplating an invasion and ultimate annexation of Sinai, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights for many years and meticulously planning for it for at least a decade..

    Israel threatens sanctions against New Zealand

    Palestine

    Palestine

    1973 War and Israel finally conceding Sinai at Camp David

    Sharon’s real goal in pulling settlers out of Gaza

    ImperatorFish: A statement from the Israel Defence Force

    Palestine

    Davidson detained by Israeli navy protesting blockade of Gaza

    Palestine

    Israel and Holocaust survivors

    Hamas

    Open mike 30/04/2014

    Hard left Corbyn receives public backing from 41 leading economists

    The Attack

    US as “honest broker”

    As ambassadors and so-called “peace negotiators”, Ross and Indyk were viewed by everybody on the Palestinian side (and indeed by many neutral journalists and observers) as hopelessly biased in favour of the Israeli position … in fact they apparently adopted positions more extreme than those of most of the Israeli delegates themselves.

    Open Mike 29/12/2016

    Open Mike 13/10/2016

    Security council seat

    I protest against Gaza offensive

    The occupation

    careful, methodical, academic study that showed conclusively that whenever there are extended periods of quiet for Israel / lulls in violence, Israel actually extends its occupation at a more rapid pace.

    Another scholarly study came out shortly after Israel’s previous mass murder in Gaza (early 09) that found Israel was responsible for the overwhelming majority of breakdowns of both formal and informal ceasfires and lulls in violence. More than 80% if I remember rightly.

    Guest post – Gaza

    Open mike 14/12/2014

    Open mike 17/12/2013

    Open mike 01/08/2014

    Israel’s Occupation = the New Apartheid

    Open mike 04/01/2014

    Hypocrisy-watch

    Open mike 17/12/2013

    Open mike 09/01/2014

    “Peace Process” – Israeli Rejectionism

    Both saw the Oslo “Peace Process” as a Palestinian surrender. As Peres told a gathering of ambassadors in Jerusalem during the second stage of the Oslo process, the permanent settlement envisaged by Oslo would categorically not involve any establishment of a functioning Palestinian state. In other words: no meaningful departure from the long-standing Likud-Labor consensus that there was to be no “additional Palestinian state in the Gaza district and in the area between Israel and Jordan” (“additional” because Israeli leaders and propagandists like to portray Jordan as the Palestinian State).

    As Israeli political scientist, Meron Benvenisti, described the bounds of the mainstream Israeli spectrum during Oslo: at one extreme, “a peace which imposes an unconditional surrender on the Palestinians,” at the other, “a peace with somewhat more generous terms of surrender.”

    Like all other Israeli leaders, then, Peres was a Rejectionist when it came to the two-state settlement predicated on International Law

    Open Mike 02/10/2016

    Open mike 24/03/2015

    Open mike 15/03/2016

    Open mike 03/01/2014

    ImperatorFish: A statement from the Israel Defence Force

    Israel threatens sanctions against New Zealand

    ImperatorFish: A statement from the Israel Defence Force

    Israeli Massacres – Palestinian men, women and children killed and maimed on a daily basis by both Israeli military and Settlers since the Occupation began in 1967 VASTLY outnumbering Israeli deaths and going almost entirely unpunished.

    Well done Murray McCully

    Hard left Corbyn receives public backing from 41 leading economists

    Davidson detained by Israeli navy protesting blockade of Gaza

    Well done Murray McCully

    Israel – not the victim so much as the beneficiary of a global double standard

    Well done Murray McCully

    International Public opinion

    All of the international polls carried out over the last 8 years suggest a major swing against Israel. There’s even been swing in the US, despite the uber-Israeli nuttiness of their mainstream media.

    Open mike 03/08/2014

    Open mike 13/05/2016

    UK Council Elections; A Referendum on Corbyn?

    • Ad 9.1

      Re: point 1, it’s an essay all by itself.
      But you went all Godwin, so I can’t see much point arguing with you there.

      Didn’t claim 2.

      Didn’t claim 3.

      Re: 4. Your point re pretext could be interesting. There’s a discussion to be had on the ethics of pre-emptive attack.
      I confined the first bit to the facts of who attacked whom. Those are cited in Wikipedia.
      But if you think Jordan didn’t attack, or Syria didn’t, or Lebanon didn’t, you should show that.

      Didn’t claim 5.

      I made no comment on what Israel did in occupied lands.

      Re: 6. Both parties signed and agreed.

      7. I was careful to list pro’s and cons of the wall.

      8. On leadership, I think my comments were fair.

      My links are mostly Wikipedia, which in turn have multiple cited and moderated sources. Yours are mostly links to your own thoughts.

      It’s clearly wrong to view my little piece as a defence of Israel as you have done.
      But obviously it was therapeutic for you.

      It’s primarily a comment on the long term political consequences of it for Israel.

      • swordfish 9.1.1

        Cheers for the laugh ! 😀 😛 😀

        When I have time, I’ll demonstrate just how much you’ve (inadvertently) faithfully regurgitated the Official Israeli mantra – almost word for word (albeit the self-serving Israeli Labour Party version of the mythology rather than the somewhat cruder Likud incantation)

        Like I say – comprehensively demolished over the last 35 years by a range of scholars – but obviously you’re not going to know that by relying entirely on Wikipedia for your knowledge of Middle East History – I mean Jeez-Louise !!!

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
    Lyttleton writer Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) will be New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, promoting the value of reading for children and young people, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. A poet and award-winning author, Ben Brown writes books, non-fiction and short stories ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Wellington Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you for the invitation to speak today, it is great to be here.  I mean that both sincerely and literally. For this equivalent speech last year I took part virtually, beaming in from the Beehive Theatrette with only a socially distanced press gallery bearing silent witness. You are a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Budget 2021 reprioritises nearly $1 billion
    The Government’s strong pandemic response and the better than expected economic recovery means not all the money allocated in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has been spent, Grant Robertson said in his annual pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce this morning. “As part of Budget preparation I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech on Digital Identity Trust Framework
    I'd like to start by thanking Graeme, David and Ben from NZTech and Digital Identity New Zealand for inviting me to speak to you. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person, but I want to acknowledge those of you who are, including some of this country’s top tech ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ Cook Islands travel bubble significant step in COVID-19 recovery
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister for State Owned Enterprises saddened by passing of KiwiRail Chair
    Minister for State Owned Enterprises, David Clark is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of KiwiRail Chairman, Brian Corban. “I know Brian was seen as a transformative leader within KiwiRail, well respected for his wisdom, honesty and sense of humour,” said David Clark. Mr Corban served as Chair of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the China Business Summit by the Minister for Trade and Export Growth
      Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Tena koutou katoa.  Good morning. It is my pleasure to join you today for this China Business Summit – my first as Minister for Trade and Export Growth as well as Minister of Agriculture – and to have the opportunity to speak to you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Productivity Commission inquiry into immigration settings
    The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into immigration settings to ensure New Zealand’s long term prosperity and wellbeing, Grant Robertson and Kris Faafoi say. This inquiry, the first under the new Productivity Commission chair, Dr Ganesh Nana, will focus on immigration policy as a means of improving productivity in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to China Business Summit
    Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, ate marie, tena koutou katoa, good morning. I am very happy to be here with you once again at my fourth China Business Summit. Thanks again to you, Fran, for being the driving force behind this event.  As ever, I’m very pleased to see such ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Te Taumata Wahine Toa Hui, Kerikeri
    I would like to begin by acknowledging a few people here today.  Firstly, Chris Karamea Insley for his hard work and commitment to the vision of Te Taumata. I’d also like to acknowledge Minister Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand’s first Maori wahine Minister of Foreign Affairs, whom you have just heard ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature to boost employment in the South
    A suite of significant Jobs for Nature projects will boost conservation efforts and create jobs across the southern South Island, Acting Minister for Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall announced from Te Anau today. “The Government’s Jobs for Nature programme is investing in the future of the area’s stunning environment, with projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Regional economic potential unlocked as Bay of Plenty project gets underway
    A milestone for jobs, businesses and regional economic development in Bay of Plenty is being marked as construction gets underway on the multi-million dollar Ōpōtiki harbour infrastructure project. Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has joined Whakatōhea iwi, local councils and representatives of the aquaculture and marine industry at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Pilot to unlock cultural potential in communities
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni today announced Manatū Taonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) is now accepting applications from cultural sector organisations to host cultural activators in eight communities around Aotearoa. “This pilot, as part of Te Tahua Whakahaumaru (Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund), aims to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supporting New Zealanders Through Winter Months
    From tomorrow, 1 May, over one million New Zealanders receiving either a Main Benefit or New Zealand Superannuation will get more money each week through the Winter Energy Payment. “The Winter Energy Payment started as part of the Government’s December 2017 Families Package designed to help older New Zealanders and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to donate 250,000 courses of COVID-19 vaccines to Fiji
    New Zealand has offered, and Fiji has accepted, sufficient doses of AstraZeneca for 250,000 people from New Zealand’s domestic vaccine portfolio, New Zealand Associate Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs Aupito William Sio and Fiji Health and Medical Services Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete announced today. “New Zealand and Fiji are working together closely to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago