IOA: Netanyahu, Barak; Barak, Netanyahu – the more things change, the more they stay the same

17 January 2011

IOA Editor – 17 Jan 2011

As we said on these pages a few days ago, History doesn’t repeat itself, it simply continues…

In the final analysis, whether  Barak stays in the Netanyahu government as the head of Labor, or as the head of a newly-created “Independent” section, or altogether retires from politics matters not.  [For the latest on this, see Haaretz.]

This is particularly so after recent Israeli media reports  that US government officials felt deceived by Barak.  (If true, this is yet another indication of the sophistication of the Obama Administration – having been dumb enough to believe anything Barak told them.)

With Barak or without him, with Labor or without it, with Kadima or without it, the Israeli government will continue its mission full force:  the colonization of Palestine and the slow replacement of one people by another.

Several stories from the past few days demonstrate clearly that Israel’s Labor and Kadima parties provide no opposition to the Netanyahu-Lieberman alliance.  Not at all.  None. In fact, the differences between them and the current government are minuscule. Note, for example, the following:

For as long as there is a dunam (a unit of land area equal to approximately one-quarter acre) left here or there, Israel’s colonial project isn’t complete and, with rare (and temporary) exceptions, this is the national mission of all Israeli governments, Netanyahu’s, Barak’s, Livni’s or others’.  As always, time is of the essence and there is much work to be done:  settlers must settle; investors must invest; donors must donate; rabbis must bless (and curse); the military must attack; extremists must extreme; and, as always, apologists must explain and defend.

The only way out of this scheme is for an outside power to intervene and stop this longstanding, cruel, and criminal reality.  And the only outside power that could do it is the US:  the enabler of the Occupation via seemingly limitless military, financial, and diplomatic support.

And, if history can teach us anything at all, it is that we should not hold our breath.

IOA: Netanyahu, Barak; Barak, Netanyahu – the more things change, the more they stay the same — Israeli Occupation Archive.

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