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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 185

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

If you manage to vanquish your miserable living state, by acting as it is Not your destiny, all the other frustrations will be easier to overcome

Doomsday biscuits” produced in USA in order to sustain 2 weeks of an atomic bomb: 715 Expected daily caloric intake and 5 years shelf life. Bulgur is made of parboiled whole grains called groats.

UK’s Royal Navy made one pound of hardtack biscuits—along with one gallon of beer—part of a sailor’s daily ration.  Softening the weevil-infested hardtack by dipping it in water or beer

coosh” is a plate that soldiers managed to fry crumbles of hardtack in bacon grease

A special research report described the rationing scheme over four and a half days in a nuclear shelter:

“Survival Biscuits (Southern Biscuit Company) were rationed at 52 crackers per day per person supplemented with 1 cup of tomato soup; 1 teaspoonful of peanut butter, 1 of jelly and 3 individual bags of cream and sugar (for coffee or tea).

This represents a potential ration of about 1700 calories per day. However, many did not consume their full ration. The total number of crackers consumed during the test period varied from 90 to 208 … monotony and distaste for the diet reduced consumption much below the level for weight maintenance.”

1979: In New York City, doomsday biscuits from more than 10,800 fallout shelters are transported to landfills at a cost of $38 per ton. Many are ground into chicken feed. By 1970, many thousands of tons of these rancid biscuits were shipped to Africa, Bangladesh and Guatemala.

IN USA, Additional 263 new secret service agencies were created since 2002 to the over one thousand services in existence, not counting the 2,000 private secret organizations supporting the intelligence endeavors.

Reforms are everyday activities. If reforms are Not bonded to a unified recognition of “Who is your existential enemy” like Israel, the frequent minor civil wars will shake down your stability.

Electronic government, election voting and procedure…like it is being practiced by far less modern states than Lebanon? All we need now is elections to neddashenn voting through internet and filling our paperwork before submitting them to countless middlemen like mokhtar, baladiyeh, kaemmakam, mou7afez… and the endless successive gluing of stamps

Egypt Sisi nakirat: Gaza hospitals are closing for lack of oil.

A7yaam kalimaati taka3ou 3ala 7itaan. Mo3zam al wakt tadkhol al 3akel

Nisbiyyeh aw shi tani, taalama al mourrasha7 lazem ye koun sammad $100,000, al natijat tatama7war 7awl “tabakat 7akimat” min zamaan


Six Past Mossad Directors Call for Diplomacy with the Palestinians

After committing crimes against humanity, they call for Diplomacy with Palestinians

In 2003, four former heads of Israel’s secret counter-terrorism service, Shin-Bet, were interviewed by the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

Their criticism of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s inaction to advance a diplomatic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict caused an uproar and deeply influenced Sharon.

The interview later triggered the award-winning documentary film The Gatekeepers, featuring six past Shin-Bet directors who criticized the political status-quo.

Now, Yedioth Ahronoth is publishing a similar interview with all surviving six past directors of Israel’s spying agency, Mossad:  Zvi Zamir (93), Nahum Admoni (88), Shabtai Shavit (78), Danny Yatom (73), Efraim Halevy (83) and Tamir Pardo (65).

Following are excerpts from the March 30th interview with the six:

Yatom: “We’re on a very steep slope. There are serious things that are wrong here. People around the prime minister and people in key positions are being questioned about public corruption, and all of that is because they’ve put their own interests before the state’s interests. I’m worried by the attacks on the gatekeepers and the inaction in the diplomatic realm [i.e. the peace process with the Palestinians], which is leading us to a bi-national state, which is the end of the Jewish and democratic state. (In a sense, Yatom refuse an “independent” Palestinian State. And what kind of diplomatic negotiation is he hopping to achieve?)

“As a Mossad director, I think it is a mistake for us only to address the period in which we served. In the context of the job we saw a whole lot of things: we saw prime ministers, we saw the decision-making processes in governments. We saw wars. We saw times of peace. And more than many others, we worked closely with the prime minister and with the top state officials. If we don’t say what we have to say, I think that we will be sinning against ourselves.(And how often did they sin and kept silent?)

Pardo: “The fact that between the sea and the Jordan there is a nearly identical number of Jews and non-Jews. The central problem from 1967 until today is that Israel, across the entire breadth of its political establishment, hasn’t decided what country it wants to be. We are the only country in the world that hasn’t defined for itself what its borders are. All of the governments have fled from coping with the issue.

Yatom: “The Rabin government didn’t flee from that. He was assassinated.”

Halevy: “Danny is right. 1993 was the only year in the history of the country in which three tracks of peace negotiations were held simultaneously—with the Palestinians, with the Syrians and with the Jordanians.”

Pardo: “But no prime minister ever declared which borders he hoped to have for the state.”

Yatom: “Barak did define. He was willing to leave the Golan Heights and more or less [to withdraw] to the 1967 lines.

Pardo: Excuse me. I insist on my opinion. The governments of Israel didn’t do that. Olmert had a vision and so did Sharon and so did Rabin. Each one went the single mile that he chose to walk—but none of them said: these are the country’s borders. If the State of Israel doesn’t decide what it wants, in the end there will be a single state between the sea and the Jordan. That is the end of the Zionist vision.” (And what is Zionist vision? Colonial occupation? Mandated power to rule and control Palestinians?)

Yatom: “That’s a country that will deteriorate into either an apartheid state  or a non-Jewish state, if we continue to rule the territories. I see that as an existential danger. A state of that kind isn’t the state that I fought for. There are some people who will say that we’ve done everything and that there isn’t a partner, but that isn’t true. There is a partner. Like it or not, the Palestinians and the people who represent them are the partner we need to engage with.” (Actually, the existence of Israel is an existential threat, Not only to Palestinians, but to Lebanese, Syrians and Jordanians. Countless pre-emptive (offensive) wars were initiated by Israel for no serious reasons)

Halevy: “We’re the dominant [party] and in order to reach any sort of arrangement we have to first of all treat the other side with some degree of equality. Beyond that, we needn’t balk at speaking with Hamas. Hamas was established here 31 years ago. We used everything we have against it, and they still exist. So we can’t ignore that and make do with saying, ‘they’re terrorists.’ Hamas also made a certain change to its charter, which recognizes the 1967 lines as the temporary borders of the state. That’s a big change.”

Question: How critical is the issue of peace to Israel’s existence?

Zamir: “It’s critical. Ultimately, we’re going to have to find a formula that can serve as a basis for a discussion with the Palestinians.”

Pardo: “The State of Israel needs peace in order to exist over time.”

Halevy: “I’ll put it in even starker terms: without peace, the survival of the State of Israel, its existence, are in question.”

Yatom: “My assessment is that if Rabin hadn’t been assassinated we would long ago have had peace with the Palestinians, and perhaps also with the Syrians. As the strongest country in the Middle East we need to take calculated risks and to get back onto the track of dialogue.” (All the military updated weapons from the western State count weakly against the determination of the people to confront occupation and apartheid laws and behaviors)

Shavit: “A peace that is based on the idea of two states is a more important interest of the Jews than of the Palestinians. The situation we’re in now is the result of our insistence not to achieve peace.”

Question: Our insistence?

It’s a lie that there isn’t a partner. Neither we nor the Palestinians are going to make peace voluntarily, of our own will. In this situation, someone is going to come from above who is big and strong and influential and, if need be, will impose that.” (Not with the Trump administration and USA congress that voted on Jerusalem as Capital of Israel)

Question: So you’re saying that Israel needs to opt for an arrangement even if it contains elements that are dictated from above, by the Americans or the Saudi? (That’s funny. Does this means that the US is not funding enough Israel? $144 bn in the last 4 decades?)

“Yes. Because when it comes to the question of what we get in return, if we opt for the two-state solution on the basis of the Arab League’s proposal, which was originally written by the Saudis, the biggest dividend that we’re going to receive is a declaration of the end of the conflict with all 22 Arab League states and the establishment of diplomatic relations with them and with another 30 Muslim countries around the world.

If tomorrow 50 Muslim countries in the world make peace with Israel and have diplomatic and economic relations with it, we’ll get to see all of the countries that are on our scale—let’s say, all the Scandinavian countries and Holland and Switzerland—see our back [i.e. rank behind us].

Instead of that, what are we preoccupied with nowadays? When is the next time that we’re going into Gaza, and when is the next time we’re going into Lebanon? We need to break that cycle already.

Why are we living here? To have our grandchildren continue to fight wars? What is this insanity in which territory, land, is more important that human life?”

Pardo: “I think that within the borders of the country there can’t be first and second-class citizens. Anyone who thinks that over time it’s going to be possible to maintain two classes of population, those with rights and those without rights, is creating a problem for our grandchildren that they won’t be able to cope with, and it could very well be that they will simply leave.”

Note: The strategic and political climate during the Syrian multinational involvement destroyed any peaceful horizon. The New Syria, Iraq, Lebanon (Hezbollah), and Palestinians have no confidence in Israel wanting to engage in any meaningful peace process. Even the concept that Israel needs peace is wrong: Israel weapon industry does Not favor any long-term peace conditions in the region). Currently, the wars will be against the people and no longer with regimes.




April 2018

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