Saturday, July 12, 2014

What is really going on?
IDF's Gaza Assault is to Control Palestinian Gas, Avert Israeli Energy Crisis

By Nafeez Ahmed 
Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves. 

Israel's long-term goal "besides preventing the Palestinians from exploiting their own resources, is to integrate the gas fields off Gaza into the adjacent Israeli offshore installations." 

"...The Israel-Palestine conflict is clearly not all about resources. But in an age of expensive energy, competition to dominate regional fossil fuels are increasingly influencing the critical decisions that can inflame war."

Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is an international security journalist and academic. 
He is the author of A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, 

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The Strategic Goal of Israeli Offensive against Gaza Is Revenge
As Israel prepares a ground invasion into Gaza, Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal discuss the role of propaganda and the failure of the mainstream media in covering the situation.
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by Ira Chernus

"Bombs are falling and people are dying in Gaza. It’s headline news in America’s mass media. As usual, though, we get only today’s events, with no historical context to explain what’s really going on and why. . . 
Hamas is routinely described as “committed to Israel’s destruction.” That, too, is once again part of the prevailing mythology, making it easier for US media to restrict coverage of the current events to the “tit for tat” and “good guys against bad guys” myths.
The combination of these two myths dictates that Americans must be given the Israeli version of events: The kidnappers become not isolated individual criminals but merely “Palestinians,” and the mythic tale of Hamas, or perhaps simply “the Palestinians,” launching a deadly attack on an innocent Israel now passes for reality. Meanwhile, the obvious strategic purpose of Israel’s response is ignored.
Yet the history of the US mass media’s reporting on Israel shows that mythic frameworks can change. Another change, bringing myth closer to reality, is always possible. And if not now, as a famous Jew once said, when?"

This originally appeared at History News Network.

By Robert Fisk           
"...How come all those Palestinians – all 1.5 million – are crammed into Gaza in the first place?..."     

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