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Israel’s government: Same ax, new executioner


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Source: The Electronic Intifada

I appeared on satellite channel TRT World to talk about the new Israeli government headed by Naftali Bennett that was sworn in after narrowly winning a vote of confidence on Sunday night.

For Palestinians, I explained, the new leadership is merely like changing the executioner. It may matter for the spectators, but for the person whose head is on the chopping block, it makes absolutely no difference whose hands are holding the ax.

Watch the full interview above.

I highlighted delusional statements from many in the so-called international community marketing the new government as an opportunity to work for “peace” and a “two-state solution.”

US Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, asserted that with the new government in place, “we are hopeful that we can now begin serious negotiations for a two-state solution.”

EU envoy Sven Koopmans also looked forward to “working with the new government of Israel towards lasting peace and security.”

The leaders of the US, Britain, Canada and Germany also gave Bennett a warm welcome.

As I told TRT World, Bennett has over the last decade attacked his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu from the right.

While Netanyahu was willing to publicly pretend to support a Palestinian state – albeit under impossible conditions – Bennett has never even been willing to do that.

Bennett has pushed for formal apartheid, in which Israel annexes most of the occupied West Bank without giving the vast majority of Palestinians any rights.

As a young officer, Bennett was involved in Israel’s April 1996 massacre of more than 100 refugees sheltering at a UN base in southern Lebanon.

“I have killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there is no problem with that,” he reportedly bragged later.

Of course, Bennett is not alone in the government. As I recently wrote, the new cabinet contains a collection of other war criminals and genocidal fanatics.

The new interior minister is Ayelet Shaked, a senior member of Bennett’s Yamina party.

In 2014, she notoriously promoted a call for genocide of the Palestinian people, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

Staying on as defense minister is Benny Gantz.

He has now led two major massacres in Gaza, the one in 2014, when he was Israeli army chief of staff, and the one last month – a record of slaughter and destruction he brags about.

Meet the new executioners, same as the old.

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