By Theodore Shoebat
Netanyahu is still eyeing the West Bank, regardless of the coronavirus disaster, wanting to annex 30% of Palestinian land. If Netanyahu and his ilk get what they want, this policy will end up affecting the lives of 110,000 Palestinians. “These territories are where the Jewish nation was born and grew,” Netanyahu said when his new coalition government was about to be sworn in in May.”[Applying Israeli law to them] won’t distance us from peace. It will bring us closer.” As the BBC reports:
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could annex parts of the occupied West Bank this summer. He says the move, stemming from US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, will write another “glorious chapter in the history of Zionism”.
The Palestinians are defiant. They say they are pulling out of previous agreements, risking their own fragile governing authority. To them, the move means the loss of vital land for a future state and a death blow to dreams of self-determination.
Much of the global community looks on with growing concern over what they see as a clear violation of international law, while warnings echo of a “hot summer” of boiling tensions.
As Israel works on setting plans for annexation, Palestinian nationalists plan for an armed struggle against Israel. With two factions of nationalism — Israeli zionists and Palestinian militants — you will see only more bloodshed. Another thing that you will see is an extreme increase of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment at the global level.
On November of 2019, in the German town of Einbeck, neo-Nazis from two groups — “Comradeship Einbeck” and “the Right” — provoked the staff on a tour of the Moringen concentration camp memorial. The neo-Nazis then posed in front of the memorial with their thumbs up, wearing shirts that “Fuck you, Israel” with the Star of David crossed out. There have been numerous events like this, from the years 2016 to 2020.
During a zoom meeting on the eve of #Holocaust Memorial Day by the Embassy of Israel in Berlin that hosted survivor Zvi Herschel, anti-Israel activists disrupted his talk posting pictures of Hitler and shouting anti-Semitic slogans. The event had to be suspended. 1/
— Jeremy Issacharoff (@JIssacharoff) April 21, 2020
During a Zoom talk on the Holocaust from the Israeli Embassy in Berlin, neo-Nazis disrupted the event by screaming, “Jew, Jew, Jew” and saying that all Jews must be destroyed. According to Taz:
Suddenly a babble of voices breaks out in English, many people speak and cheer. “Jew, Jew, Jew,” a voice keeps saying. All Jews should be destroyed. Then suddenly a swastika covers the video screen. “My name is Adolf Hitler,” says another voice. Then historical recordings of Adolf Hitler and cheering followers can be seen.
In 2015 it was reported that the Israeli embassy in Berlin was getting around 20 hate letters a day. An example of this can be seen here:
The point is, hatred for the Jews is still in Europe, and is only going to get worse if Israel decides to annex the West Bank. A couple of ideological narratives will become dangerous trendy if Netanyahu’s plan manifests. One, since the plan is being backed by people within the Trump administration, anti-Israel voices and antisemites will say that the US is essentially a Jewish controlled country and thus is the enemy; they will also point to Israel’s annexing of the West Bank and decry the abuse of the Palestinians, stoking hatred for Jews. We saw a taste of this in June of 2020, in a Left-wing rally in Paris’s Place de la République, protestors accused Israel of massacring Palestinians. They also screamed “dirty Jews” and waved placards reading “Israel, laboratory of police violence”.
Anti-racism protesters in Paris today shout "Dirty Jews!" pic.twitter.com/APQCep0da0
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) June 13, 2020
The hatred for Israel is in both political spectrums in Europe — Left and Right –, and what Netanyahu wants to do will only fuel such hatred even more.
Israel wants to annex the West Bank, and this may just be a catalyst to an explosion of global hatred for the Jews. Holocaust denial has become more popular than ever before, and anger against the Jews is higher now than it ever has been since the first half of the 20th century. Much of the hatred to Jews today is rooted in anger towards the occupation of the Palestinians; if Israel annexes the West Bank, with the support of the US, then prepare to see a surge in antisemitism alongside vitriolic descriptions of the US as a country controlled by the Jews. For decades, the “Jew hatred” that the world has been accustomed to is the anti-Israel rage of the Middle East. When the Middle Easterner hates the Jews, it is common and something we have all heard about; but when the European or the Westerner hates the Jew, watch out, for from this there is a fury that makes the Middle East looks nice (the Iranians hospitably welcomed Jews who were fleeing the Germans during the Holocaust). If you think that to predict the rise of European antisemitism is crazy or far-fetched, people thought the same thing in the 1920s. But, in 1922, Hilaire Belloc (who predicted the rise of Islamic fundamentalism) predicted that the European would ferociously turn on the Jews and warned that to laugh off such a prediction was dangerous. It is in light of this prediction and warning that we write this essay.
As we have been focusing on coronavirus, Netanyahu has been planning on doing a huge land grab. Israel under Netanyahu wants to annex a huge chunk of the West Bank, under the pretext of the presence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Kushner has been playing a major role behind this measure, alongside other figures who see the Trump presidency as their opportunity to accomplish their Zionist aspiration. Hence why Israel’s Ambassador to the US stated that the annexation must happen “now” because there is a chance that Biden will win and if that happens the window of opportunity would be lost. Annexing parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley is part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” and was a central promise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest election campaign. Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi, former political rivals of Netanyahu but who are now his allies, have also expressed their support for the administration’s plan.
The plan to annex parts of the West Bank is in line with the plan of Trump and the rest of the Zionist establishment within American politics. Trump’s Middle East plan, called “Peace to Prosperity,” which was unveiled on January 28th of 2020, recognizes the vast majority of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.
Right after Trump announced his plan that he claimed would pave the way to a “two-state solution,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, sharing the same podium with Trump, declared that his government was going to commence the plan to impose sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and all West Bank settlements, while promising that no new settlements will be built in the lands left to the Palestinians for the next four years. The plan promises a Palestinian state only if Palestinians meet a certain set of criteria determined by Israel and the United States.
The criteria is that Palestinians must have freedom of the press, free and fair elections and respect religious freedom; they must have “credit-worthy financial institutions capable of engaging in international market transactions in the same manner as financial institutions of western democracies with appropriate governance to prevent corruption and ensure the proper use of such funds, and a legal system to protect investments and to address market-based commercial expectations.” The State of Palestine must also do what is necessary to become a member of the International Monetary Fund. The Palestinians must also remove anything from their education system that promotes hatred and violence against Israelis. Failure to meet these requirements means that Israel would have the right to invade the supposed Palestinian state. According to Jonathan Cook, the other preconditions that Palestinians must fulfill are as follows:
“Not only would it [the Palestinian state] have no army, but it would have to permanently accommodate a foreign army, the Israeli one. Palestine would have no control over its borders, and therefore its foreign relations and trade. It would be deprived of key resources, such as its offshore waters, which include large deposits of natural gas; its airspace; and its electromagnetic spectrum.
It would be deprived of its most fertile land, its quarries, its water sources, and access to the Dead Sea and its related mineral and cosmetics industries. As a result, the Palestinian economy would continue to be entirely aid dependent. Proposed industrial zones in the Negev, accessible only through Israeli territory, could be closed off by Israel at a whim.”
In the same day of Trump’s announcement, the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, told reporters that “Israel does not have to wait at all” and “we will recognize it.” The ambassador, on January 29th of 2020, also said that before any annexation of the West Bank is done, the Trump administration “wants to form a joint committee with Israel to discuss the issue” and that “it is impossible to know how long this process will take…we need to ensure the annexation matches the map in our plan.” Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, who has been one of the contrivers and pushers of this plan, said that if the Palestinians don’t accept the deal “they’re going to screw up another opportunity like they’ve screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve ever had in their existence.”
There are reports saying that Netanyahu has been planning to press ahead with annexing 30% of the West Bank. Netanyahu wanted to vote on the annexing of 30% but this was cancelled on February 2nd after getting mixed signals from Washington. In May 17th of 2020, Netanyahu announced that he would expand Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the West Bank, boasting that it is “another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism”.
The plan has already been triggering a ripple effect around the world, with numerous countries condemning it. Turkey just recently bashed Israel’s plan as an “extension of its occupation policy”. Turkey’s presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said:
“The announcement of Israel’s newly established government at the oath-taking ceremony to annex the settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley is an extension to Israel’s occupation policy that ignores international law”
He went on to express the typical Islamic reverence for Jerusalem:
“Jerusalem is our red line. Jerusalem is our sanctuary. Jerusalem is our trust. Anyone who betrays the trust will be accountable before the history. … Muslim countries should take urgent steps on this issue and protect the Palestinian people and their lands against Israel’s occupation and annexation policy”
Kalin also stated on Twitter:
“We reject Israel’s plan to annex the West Bank and call for the world to take a stand against it. Occupation and annexation is a crime.”
King Abdullah II of Jordan declared that any annexation of Palestinian territory would spark a “massive conflict” with his country. He also said that the Trump administration would bear “full responsibility” for the “occupation of the Palestinian people.”
Germany has also reacted negatively to Israel’s and the US’ plan of annexation. Just recently the German government released a statement alongside the Palestinian Authority condemning Israel’s plan.
The statement said that Germany and the PA “noted with grave concern the agreement between coalition parties in Israel to advance plans for annexation of occupied Palestinian territories as stipulated in the Israeli coalition agreement signed on 20 April,” and affirmed that “Annexation of any part of occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem constitutes a clear violation of international law and seriously undermines the chances for the two-state solution within a final status agreement”.
Once you leave North America, criticism of Israel is very common. Germany has been a major hub for media objections against the Israeli government over treatment of the Palestinians. Frustration with Israel has been growing within Germany with German politicians saying things that would shock American zionists. For example, in 2019, the major German publication Der Spiegel wrote an in depth article on the power of the pro-Israel lobby over German politicians. The article was decried as antisemitic. Within the article is a quote from prominent Christian Democrat Andreas Nick, in which he expressed his exasperation on the influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the German government: “I have never seen such a systematic attempt to influence the Bundestag [parliament] … It is obviously ultimately a question of shifting the German position in the Middle East conflict in the interests of Messrs Trump and Netanyahu and thus splitting the EU on this issue.”
In July of 2019, a Germany official named Cristian Clages, the director of the German Foreign Ministry’s representation for the Palestinian territories, sparked a storm of controversy after he ‘liked’ several “antisemitic and anti-Israel” posts on Twitter, including a tweet within a conversation between David Duke and a Palestinian. In the dialogue David Duke says that ‘Jewish racists’ would have ‘mutilated innocent Palestinians, raped and led through Jewish villages before they were executed,’ to which the Palestinian user replies: ‘* Zionists.’’’ The German official, Clages, put a heart on the Palestinians reply. More egregious than that was a post that Clages liked that shows “a video of a two-minute mob attack on Israeli soldiers captioned with the words ‘Hats off!’” Clages liked a comment praising an attack on IDF soldiers, showing an obvious hatred for Israel. A show of contempt for Israel is seen heavily amongst the German nationalists. For example, the German politician of the nationalist Alternative for Deutschland party, Bjorn Hocke, bashed the placement of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, telling a crowd of his supporters that “Germans are the only people in the world who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital,” and that “We need nothing less than a 180-degree shift in the politics of remembrance” to which he received an applause from his listeners.
The rethinking of the general view of German history is tied in with a revival of German militarism. In 2013, German intellectual Jochen Bittner, wrote an article for the New York Times, entitled Rethinking German Pacifism, in which he openly pushed for a revival of militarism in his country, and stresses that Germans must stop letting the past hinder their pursuit to military prestige: “Germany should always remember its catastrophic military history. But the Germany of today is a different country from the one of 1914 or of 1939. Instead, that history has become an excuse for not doing the right things today.” Like Bjorn Hocke, Bittner laments of how while “Germany dwells on that past, the rest of the world has moved on. … It is simply a too deeply ingrained pacifism, one that I blame the Americans for instilling. The re-education efforts worked far too well on the Germans after 1945.”
One thing that we should expect is a phenomena that we have not seen in a long time, the European and Western hatred of Jews. This may sound like a far-fetched prediction, but one could have laughed off such a statement in the 1920s, when few people knew that the German was going to unleash an animal fury on the Jews. In 1922, when the thought of a German genocide of the Jews did not even cross people’s minds, the Catholic thinker, Hilaire Belloc, firmly made the prediction that the German would slaughter his Jewish neighbor. Contrary to the common accusation that he was an antisemite, Belloc was truly warning against the rise of the Right-wing nationalist fury against the Jews. Belloc warned about the rise of “a large ‘right wing’” and described them as “more restrained in expression”, “men who are not at all blinded by their hatred, though hatred has become their chief motive”, and “men who retain full capacity for organizing a plan of action and for carrying it out.” (Belloc, The Jews, ch. vii, p. 155). He also predicted that the Germans will turn violently against the Jews:
“The forces driving the men towards the Anti-Semitic camp are far stronger than the forces acting upon these old hobbies of women’s suffrage, of prohibition and the rest. They are personal, intimate forces arising from the strongest racial instincts and the most bitter individual memories of financial loss, subjection, national dishonour. For instance, any German to-day to whom you may talk of his great disaster will answer by telling you that it is due to the Jews: that the Jews are preying upon the fallen body of the State; that the Jews are ‘rats in the Reich.’” (Ibid, p. 157).
Read these words and you can see parallels between then and our own times. Observe what Belloc specifies: “financial loss,” “national dishonour,” — what do we see here but things that we are experiencing, and are going to experience more of, today: the economic woes of today, the economic collapse from which so much of Europe has never recovered; the coronavirus crises and how it is leading to economic depression. We are seeing the forming of the storms of the past; the acrimonious cries, the thunder of the torrents; the things that we can see about to happen, they are like bolts of lightening that one can see from afar as the storm travels to us. The dark clouds of history, they are coming together, and the violent ways of our ancestors are looking all the more appealing, because man cares not about the evils of the past, but is rather caught in the moment, reacting to the stimuli of his disposition, he only reacts with no reflection that what he is doing is entertaining the same demons that convinced his ancestors to do exactly what he is doing now. “The Anti-Semite”, writes Belloc, “has become a strong political figure. It is a great and dangerous error at this moment to think his policy is futile.” (Ibid). And today it would be just as much of a dangerous delusion to affirm that the hysteria of the first half of the 20th century could not happen again.
As shoebat.com has been warning since 2016, Germany is elusively pursuing a policy of placing herself on the map as a global military superpower, working to eclipse the universal hegemony of the United States. Within the global American security umbrella, there is an intense fixation on Iran as a major threat to American control. This fixation on Iran is hinged upon the security of Israel which is, essentially, an American proxy and an extension of American power in the Middle East. The United States pulled out of the Iran Deal and pressured the Europeans to cease commerce with Iran in the name of defending the US’ biggest Middle East ally, Israel.
The Europeans intensely resisted this and are continuing to resist this American push. The Germans are adamant about continuing commercial ties with the Iranians. This was seen when Heiko Maas, Germany’s Foreign Minister, called for the creation of financial channels in Brussels through which to continue doing business with Iran while bypassing American sanctions and being independent of American control. Once the Americans pulled out of the Iran Deal and pressured the Europeans to do the same, the rhetoric coming out of Europe became much more intense. In 2018, the then head of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, responded to US pressure against the Iran Deal with the most hardline rhetoric that we have lately been seeing coming out of Europe: “At this point, we have to replace the United States, which as an international actor has lost vigor, and because of it, in the long term, influence”. American pressure against Germany has thickened on account of the German Russian move to construct the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, which will bring natural gas directly from Russia to Germany, essentially bypassing US allies Ukraine and Poland.
Russia is an ally of Iran and has historically sided with the Palestinians, and Germany is siding with Iran and the Palestinians against the United States. When Germany rises to military prominence, and pursues to eclipse American world dominance, who in the Middle East will she side with and who will she go against? She will ally with Turkey, as she did when Germany united in 1871, and she will side against Israel since Israel is an extension of American foreign power.
Israel wants to annex the West Bank just like Russia annexed Crimea. And what was the geopolitical results of Russia’s annexation of Crimea? NATO began backing Nazi mercenaries and fascists to fight against Russia and pro-Russian fighters in eastern Ukraine (hence why McCain collaborated with the Nazi party in Ukraine, Svoboda, even with its leader, Oleh Tyahnybok). Germany began to talk about boosting military buildup under the justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, hence why Ulrike Merten, the president of Germany’s Society for Security Policy, a very influential militarist lobby within German politics, said that: “Only the Ukraine Crisis 2014 led to a rethinking and the admission that it is not the best with the Bundeswehr.… The most visible sign is certainly the significant increase in the defense budget by 8 percent in 2016. This should be started as a development that increases the number of combat vehicles again, the readiness of the material improves through better maintenance, through the ‘agenda attractiveness’ recruitment and staffing be relieved.”
Other effects of the Russian annexation of Crimea is Turkey working to use the native Crimean Turks as a proxy against Russia; and the United States telling Turkey to pressure the leaders of the Orthodox Church in Istanbul to allow the Ukrainians to have their own Orthodox Church of Ukraine, thus further enflaming Ukrainian nationalism and anti-Russian sentiment. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also led to the Steinmeier Formula by which Germany and France are advancing the Russian agenda of creating a pro-Russian autonomous state within eastern Ukraine, thus fragmenting the country and advancing Russian expansion. All of these things took place because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Now, imagine what the geopolitical effects of Israel annexing the West Bank would be. Turkey would become horrendously more aggressive towards Israel with a face of vicious Islamic and Turkish nationalism, and the anti-Israel sentiment within Europe would become dangerously toxic.