What Does Israel Want?

June 6, 2010

“Lord, make me chaste, but not now”.  St. Augustine said that and the saying could be paraphrased to fit the goals of the State of Israel.  Yes, Israel wants peace.  But not now. Right now Israel wants land and resources. No land for peace.  Just peace for peace.

Biology is destiny and so is geography.  One need only look at a map to conclude that the tiny nation of Israel must consume its neighbors territory: within greater Israel, all Palestinian territory except for a few symbolic, ineffectual dots buried within Israeli settlements.  The next best thing after expulsion of the Palestinian population must be internal exile within a walled prison camp where suffering people are blamed for their own suffering.  I think we can fairly call Gaza Israel’s Warsaw Ghetto II.

Where does Israel go from there?

Israel Topo map

Israel needs land, arable land, energy resources, water supplies. And finally, silence from Palestinians  as they are ethnically cleansed from the region; silence from its regional neighbors as it goes about its business of taking what it wants.  A brief overview:

Water. Israel receives 15% of its water supply from the captured Syrian Golan Heights, headwaters of the Jordan River.  Most of this water goes to Israelis.  Israel also occupies most areas that possess aquifers.

Arguably 50% or more of the water that Israel uses is unilaterally appropriated from water that should fairly go to its Arab neighbors. Even the New York Times used the word “theft” when quoting an “Arab” in connection with Israel’s appropriation of regional water resources.

Most Palestinians receive only a tiny portion of available water, Gaza’s water deficit exceeds WHO minimum requirements.Israel also makes claims on water supplies passing through Lebanon.  It indignantly threatens Lebanon for diverting water flowing to Israel but does not follow the rule with Palestinians.

Arable land. Israel has a lack of arable land. More than half of the country is desert (Negev and Judaen). Although Israel is apparently currently self-sufficient in agriculture except for imported grains and beef, it exports fruits and vegetables.  Much (up to 30% )of Palestinian land is employed as a military buffer zone. Orchards and farms have been ground up for the concrete walls that surround Palestinian settlements.  Israeli settlers routinely confiscate Arab land for further settlement development.

Fossil Fuels.  Israel has has insignificant supplies of oil.  Oil is imported under long term contract with various African countries, Mexico, etc.  At the beginning of the Iraq invasion Israel suggested diversion of Iraqi oil from Kirkuk to Haifa and thence through a pipeline to Europe.

The (Israel)Prime Minister’s Office, which views the pipeline to Haifa as a “bonus” the U.S. could give to Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.

I must say this burns my toast.  The U.S. taxpayers have spent $ trillions crushing Iraq based on faked Israel-Bush WMD intelligence just to create a joint venture that sends the proceeds to Israel?  Unthinkable!!  What a con on the American public!!! What a cynical con, period!!!!

Natural gas imports have mainly come from Egypt although a large reserve of NG has been discovered off the coast of Israel and Gaza. Needless to say, Gaza and the Palestinians will not be able to benefit by this find.

Other Power Sources.

Israel has solar and hydroelectric power.  It imports coal supplies for electricity generation.

Powerful nations need resources.  They need to support huge military establishments.  If they can’t get resources through cooperation or purchase, they usually obtain them the old fashioned way, through colonization and force of arms.  So, join the imperialist club,” helpless” Israel.

(Below, Israeli settlement)

Israeli settlement in occupied territory Israeli “settlers” are going to live first world lives within a second or third world region. They’re not going to want to live like Bedouins.  They want, and believe they deserve, to live like Europeans or Americans with lawns, swimming pools, (built with American taxpayer funds) schools, universities, and a wage scale that precludes many Israelis from working at the nation’s “dirty” jobs.  For that they import tens of thousands of foreigners (not Palestinians).

The question in my mind is when will Israel declare its borders? When will it stop occupying “buffer zones” and expanding settlements.  I doubt that it will stop expanding until it creates the Biblical “greater Israel”.  Beyond that it will expand and militarily demolish any country in the region that threatens, not its destruction (as that seems impossible with Israel’s vast military superiority and U.S. political commitment), but its economic hegemony.

Israel will continue to absorb territory and wage war until it gets what it wants.  What will it want then?

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It’s All About Oil.

March 29, 2009

To quote the French:  The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Change you can believe in.

On January 28, 2009, Obama appointee, retired 4 star Admiral Dennis Blair was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Director of National Intelligence.  The DNI chief reports directly to the president and defense department chief and co-ordinates all other national intelligence agencies. It prepares the National Defense Estimate annual report to congress.  The office of DNI was created by the Bush administration in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Admiral Blair has an impressive resume: Rhodes Scholar, Russian speaker, attended East-West Center at the University of  Hawaii in 1968, former Commander-in -Chief of U.S. Pacific Command:

PACOM area of responsibility

PACOM area of responsibility

From 2003 to 2007, Blair was president of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a nonprofit corporation that manages federally funded national security research and development centers. He stepped down in the face of concerns that his positions on the boards of major defense contractors presented a conflict of interest.

Excerpt from article by

Author:
Joanna Klonsky, Associate Editor

updated: February 9, 2009

Dennis Blair

Retired four-star Admiral Dennis C. Blair is President Obama’s director of national intelligence (DNI)–confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 28, 2009. Blair, a thirty-four-year Navy veteran, is the former commander-in-chief of U.S. Pacific Command.

He also served as associate director of central intelligence for military support, coordinating intelligence and military operations under the Clinton administration. He was director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, and commanded the Kitty Hawk Strike Group aircraft carrier and the destroyer Cochrane.

Admiral Blair advised congress in 1999 that U.S.-Indonesian  military co-ordination should be resumed. The above article does not mention that Admiral Blair’s 1999 advice came  just one day after the outbreak of an Indonesian Army massacre of civilians in Dili, East Timor.  Blair has contended that he was not aware of the Indonesian army’s  massacre, although evidence has been produced indicating that he did.  The army killings in Dili increased after the congressional approval of the new pact.  What is clear is that for some time the U.S. military and intelligence agencies have had a cordial relationship with Indonesia’s murderous dictators.

The massacre in Dili was about oil.

USPACCOM unified command

The top U.S. officer in the Pacific (unidentified, not Blair) met with Indonesia's president to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the region and applaud Indonesia’s role in security initiatives.

Blair Senate Appearance.

In a 2007 appearance before the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation,  retired admiral Dennis Blair urged the U.S. to pursue increased automobile mileage efficiency among the major auto makers in order to relieve stress on the military in the security of oil supplies.

Blair clearly emphasizes, throughout his senate testimony, that a large part of U.S. military commitment in the Pacific theater and Central Asia and the Middle East is the protection and preservation of energy (oil, natural gas) supplies.  In my post of March 1, 2009 I noted that the U.S. interest in Afghanistan and support of the Taliban throughout Afghanistan’s war with the invading Soviet Union  (which began in 1979-1980), included  an interest in extending an oil pipeline connecting the Middle East and Asia.  An effort to build the pipeline with the aid of trained Taliban workers was discontinued due to pressure from American feminist groups over the Taliban’s treatment of women.  Unocal attempted to take over the pipeline project from the U.S. Government but dropped the proposal.

It’s about oil.

Here’s an excerpt from Dennis Blair’s committee presentation:

In the late 1970s two serious threats to Persian Gulf oil were identified by the Carter Administration, which became seized by the issue. The first was a potential Soviet invasion from the north into the oil regions around the Gulf, a concern heightened by the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The second was an aggressive and fundamentalist Iran, which was led by a regime that had permitted and then exploited the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran. In response, the department of defense created the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, the RDJTF, a planning headquarters and contingency force that could quickly deploy to the Gulf to defeat a major land invasion.  In 1983 as part of its general military build up against the Soviet Union, the Reagan administration upgraded this task force to a regional command like the European Command and the Pacific Command, where I served and where I ultimately commanded. So this Central Command had full time responsibility for U.S. interests in the region.

U.S. interests in the region – does that mean oil?

This article has an interesting timeline of events for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.  I can’t vouch for all the facts but it is tantalizing.

Obama plans to send 17,000 additional troops into Afghanistan to beef up the “war on terror”.  Along with this change comes an offer by his administration to “negotiate” with the “moderate” factions of the Taliban.  Thus Obama can argue that he will have two options for bringing peace to Afghanistan, a carrot and stick approach, if you will:  more troops and more bombing, or a settlement of differences.  In addition to bringing peace, the carrot and stick will also help build a new pipeline.  I doubt that feminist groups  this time will be able to stand in the way of the pipeline — not under a “progressive, feminist friendly” president.

Recall Ann Dunham Soetoro’s resume of helping poor women:  with microloans in Pakistan and Indonesia, cataloging various native crafts during major massacres in Indonesia under the auspices of the Ford Foundation (working for Peter Geithner, the Treasury Secretary’s father), USAID, and the World Bank (all of which are widely believed to have CIA associations).  Ann Dunham Soetero’s connection to these mineral rich regions is Barack Obama’s connection to these mineral rich regions.

Here’s a little bit of history about past DNI chiefs:

George W. Bush’s first DNI chief was John Negroponte, who previously held a position under Condaleeza Rice when she was NSA chief.  Negroponte served under Ronald Reagan as ambassador to El Salvador during Reagan’s dirty wars in Central America in the 1980’s, and was implicated in the training of death squads and the cover-up to congress of their barbarous activities.  A staunch anti-communist, he was appointed ambassador to Mexico during the populist Chiapas uprising, and suspected of using ruthless countermeasures against them. George Bush’s second DNI chief was Mike McConnell, a member of the controversial and influential quasi-governmental body, the Carlyle Group. Recall that the Carlyle Group is a conglomerate of American defense department chiefs, the two Bush presidents, and Saudi oil interests, among others.

Dennis Blair is Obama’s new DNI chief –another man with a strong resume protecting oil.

The more things change … the more it’s still about oil.