On February 1, Hillary Clinton ended her tenure as Secretary of State. John Kerry was sworn in to replace her. He was chosen to further America's imperium. He'll do what he's told. He supports global wars. He endorses unchallenged US dominance. Hardline administration policies will continue seamlessly on his watch.
Israel and America are longstanding imperial partners. Washington OK's naked aggression on Syria. Doing so declared war. Admitting it may or may not follow later.
It shouldn't surprise. Washington and Israel are longstanding imperial partners. Significant regional operations are jointly planned. It's done well in advance. It's for strategic advantage. Operations are part of a greater regional agenda.
On January 31, the UN International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory published damning findings. They revealed multiple international law violations. Settlements compromise fundamental Palestinian human rights. Violations are "interrelated." They comprise "part of an overall pattern of breaches."
Regional states and humanity have reason for concern.
It's well known that Israel's government reflects militarized occupation, colonialism and apartheid. It's done to enforce harshness. It continues because it's profitable. Doing so breaches international law.
Israel regularly violates Lebanese air space. Doing so is longstanding. It's also illegal. Incursions sometimes happen multiple times daily.
Palestinians in Israeli prisons are grievously abused. Conditions resemble gulag hell. Treatment is deplorable. Fundamental human rights are violated.
Extremist Israel officials favor wealth, power, privilege and dominance. Tuesday's elections hardened fascism.
Freedom requires committed activism. Liberation depends on working for what Israel denies. The alternative is more of what's too intolerable to bear.
Israeli election results hardened fascist rule. Dominant right-wing parties control 102 of 120 Knesset seats.
Israeli Arabs are enfranchised in name only. They may seek office and serve if elected. They have no policy-making authority. They're prohibited from challenging Israel's Jewish character. Arabs can't demand equal rights, privileges and justice.
Israel never was democratic and isn't now. One-fifth of its citizens are enfranchised in name only. They have no say. Nor do most Jews.
On January 20, Netanyahu said no to independent Palestine, yes to settlement expansions.
Police states operate that way. Israel is one of the worst. It spurns rule of law principles. It turns democratic values on their head. It targets Palestinians for praying to the wrong God.