The ‘Clean Break’ Doctrine A Modern-Day Sykes-Picot Waging War and Havoc in the Middle East

18 May 2020 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Cynthia Chung

In 1996 a task force, led by Richard Perle, produced a policy document titled A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm for Benjamin Netanyahu, who was then in his first term as Prime Minister of Israel, as a how-to manual on approaching regime change in the Middle East and for the destruction of the Oslo Accords.

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No letup in Israeli attacks on Gaza fishers

27 April 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Tamara Nassar

Men and boys parse through fish on the seaportPalestinians prepare fish for sale at the Gaza seaport, 27 February. Ashraf Amra APA images

The coronavirus pandemic has derailed a lot of activities, but not Israel’s attacks on Palestinian fishers.

Israeli warships have increased their assaults in recent months, causing injuries to fishers and damage to boats.

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Netanyahu’s coalition deal paves the way to annexation

27 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

With his rival Benny Gantz now on side and few checks in place, the prime minister is all set to rule with an iron fist

The National – 27 April 2020

Only weeks ago, Benjamin Netanyahu was a hair’s breadth from being ousted from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office in disgrace, after 11 years of continuous rule. But after a dramatic turnaround in fortunes last week – that saw him signing a pact with Benny Gantz, his chief political rival – Netanyahu has begun to rapidly consolidate his power.

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Palestinians hunker down for Ramadan, facing a virus that doesn’t discriminate but an occupier that does

25 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Palestine DeepDive – 25 April 2020

As the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, the coronavirus outbreak in Israel and the Palestinian territories is proving how inevitably intertwined the two populations’ lives are, while also underlining the extreme differentials of power between them.

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If coronavirus overwhelms Gaza, Israel alone will be to blame

13 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

What is already a crisis in the territory barely needs a nudge from Covid-19 in order to be tipped into a health disaster

The National – 13 April 2020

The Palestinians of Gaza know all about lockdowns. For the past 13 years, some two million of them have endured a closure by Israel more extreme than anything experienced by almost any other society – including even now, as the world hunkers down to try to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Pandemic lays bare Israel’s systemic racism

8 April 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Diana Buttu

An Israeli policeman in a face mask gestures at two men, also in face masks, and one boy without

People in Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox communities have widely flouted government restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but it is the Palestinian population that feels the brunt of emergency legislation. – Ziv Koren Polaris

As I sit in my house in Haifa, quarantined, like others around the world, I cannot help but recall a previous experience under Israeli-imposed curfew.

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Israel attacks Palestinians as they fight COVID-19

31 March 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

Women pour dry beans into bagsWorkers for the United Nations agency UNRWA in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, prepare food rations to be delivered to the homes of Palestinian refugee families on 31 March, in an effort to avoid people congregating at distribution centers, as a measure to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in the densely populated territory.  – Ashraf Amra APA images

Israeli occupation forces continue to attack Palestinian communities as they struggle to hold back the threat from the coronavirus pandemic.

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The coronavirus could force rival Benny Gantz to shake Netanyahu’s hand

15 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Having postponed his own trial for two months, Prime Minister Netanyahu may have left his rival with no option but to accept an offer to form a unity government

The National – 15 March 2020

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s caretaker prime minister, is preparing to squeeze every last drop of personal advantage from a local and global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He has needed to move fast.

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Coronavirus would see “collapse” of Gaza health system

9 March 2020 — The Electronic Intidada

Maureen Clare Murphy

A Palestinian man prays outside the shuttered Mosque of Omar in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 8 March. Abedalrahman Hassan APA images

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in the occupied West Bank has increased to 25, the World Health Organization reported on Monday.

That figure appears to be inclusive only of the Palestinian population and not the more than 620,000 residents of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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Netanyahu may yet prove himself the Houdini of Israeli politics

4 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The Israeli prime minister has worn down voters by refusing to go, while his rival Benny Gantz has no visible path to power

Middle East Eye – 4 March 2020

It may have taken him a year and three elections to achieve it, but on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu started to look like the Great Houdini of Israeli politics – escape artist extraordinaire.

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With Head Lowered And Eyes Averted – Israeli Racism And The ‘Honourable’ Robert Peston

26 February 2020 — Media Lens

Robert Peston is one of the UK’s most high-profile broadcast journalists, renowned for his theatricality and… curious… halting… delivery. As political editor of ITV News he has enormous influence, including 1 million followers on Twitter, just behind the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, with 1.1 million. He also hosts a weekly ITV political discussion show, ‘Peston’. From 2006-2014, Peston was the business editor for BBC News and from 2014-2015 economics editor. Before that, he worked at the Financial Times 1991-2000, becoming the financial editor in charge of business and financial coverage. He then became a contributing editor of the hard-right magazine The Spectator and a weekly columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In 2001, he switched to the Sunday Times, where he wrote a weekly business profile, ‘Peston’s People’. The son of a Lord, Baron Peston of Mile End, he is entitled to use the ‘courtesy’ title, ‘The Honourable’.

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