Friday’s ceasefire solves nothing. It’s far from clear that all of Israel’s military objectives have been met, but it’s equally clear that Hamas has come second. The fundamentals have not altered: two-state is dead, or rather has already been implemented (Israel and Jordan), Hamas wants to destroy Israel and Israel needs to destroy Hamas. The MSM remain as anti-semitic as ever.
For the reasons I gave last week we needn’t worry too much about the ‘civilian’ casualty figures trotted out by Hamas. They are quite incapable of rational, objective comment when it comes to Israel. They continued to drop rockets short all week, killing scores of their own people.
In an inspired move the IDF used Hamas’s anti-semitic paranoia against them, by suggesting they were going to move in ground troops. The idiot terrorist enemy promptly went into a tunnel complex dug since 2014 to house weapons and got clobbered! Serves them right.
There is no reason to doubt the IDF’s estimates of the numbers of terrorists killed. Hamas has been gravely weakened over the last two weeks, but they remain a threat. The shameful rocket attacks on Israel will resume but not just yet.
One thing is absolutely clear – two state has gone. In reality it died a long time ago, after Palestinian rejection. Israel is unlikely to repeat the mistake she made in Gaza, withdrawing settlers in the vague hope of peace. Peace in the Middle East will only come through victory against the Bad Guys. Hamas are only interested in one state – Palestine. It’s not going to happen.
There is no way that a Palestinian state could co-exist alongside Israel. The Palestinians are never going to reconcile themselves to Israel’s existence. A Palestinian entity would simply be another state sponsor of terror, alongside Egypt, Syria and Iran. There would be endless terror attacks.
After the defeat comes the occupation. Palestinians are just going to have to reconcile themselves to the defeats of 1948 and 1967. There would have been no mass expulsions from Israel had Arab states not tried to strangle the State of Israel at birth.
The glorious British victory over the Ottoman Empire by General Allenby in World War 1 reversed the historic injustice of the Arab invasion of the Holy Land in AD636. (We British don’t go in for the new fangled dating system.) This was only temporarily interrupted by King Richard the Lionheart’s success in the Third Crusade, where he gave Saladin a good hiding and rightly so.
I am aware of course that there have been impertinent criticisms of King Richard’s treatment of Moslem prisoners, but I am sure that He had His reasons and when prisoners were executed it was only done in the nicest possible way. It’s not as though Moslems have been kind to their prisoners over the years.
The State of Israel is the Jewish homeland and occupies ancient Jewish lands. The Arabs are the interlopers, not the Jews.
Israel’s survival is a security issue, not something for diplomats to resolve. All that diplomats can achieve are temporary ceasefires, like the one we’ve got now, or silly treaties like the Camp David Accords.
Israel’s perfectly proper response to Hamas’s terror attacks has triggered a fresh wave of anti-semitism. This week saw a bunch of Moslem yahoos driving through Jewish neighbourhoods in London in a convoy of foreign built automobiles flying Palestinian flags. The police let them carry on, but thankfully they were caught on video and arrested some hours later in West London (the yahoos, not the police).
I’m not sure what these idiots were trying to achieve. If they were hoping to achieve greater British sympathy for the Palestinians they failed. The incident was given widespread publicity, none of it favorable. Few in the West will have forgotten the sickening images of Palestinians ululating after 9-11.
The anti-semitic ranting just sends out a signal that there’s no dealing with the Palestinians. It’s sad, but there it is. There are no Palestinian moderates and if there were they’d only be assassinated.
Happily Hamas have been given a good smack, with low collaterals. It should keep them quiet for a bit, but they’ll be back.
The Indian variant
It seems a bit unfair to call the latest, or latest but one, Covid 19 variant ‘the Indian variant’ when it was developed by the Chinese. They’re having trouble getting round our vaccines, so it looks as though the Chinese plan was to kill as many Indians as possible before they could get vaccinated.
At the same time the Cabinet Office were hoping to kill a few Brits and delay the planned liberation from lockdown on June 21st by allowing lots of Indians into the country, preferably with the virus. Labour are whingeing about the failure to impose a travel ban on India, but had they been in power they would have deferred to the Cabinet Office.
Sir Keir Starmer, no offense intended, would be an even more house-trained Prime Minister than Boris Johnson. That’s why Labour couldn’t offer any policies in the regional elections earlier this month. They’ve interested only in power – if they ever got there they would take their policies from the Cabinet Secretary.
It’s more than past time that governments started telling their electorates the truth about Covid 19. It’s a Chinese bioweapon, developed with technical assistance from the Obama Administration. Up to 18 million Indians may have been murdered by the genocidal Germans with their Spanish Flu bioweapons program from 1918 to 1921. Shouldn’t the Indian people be told the truth about that?
As we learnt from Watergate the cover-up can often be worse than the original crime. If governments don’t want to be tainted with this nonsense they need to start telling the truth now. Boris Johnson’s secretive government won’t ever tell the truth about Covid of course, yet another reason for him to go.
The Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner
May’s election for Police and Crime Commissioner produced an absurd result in Wiltshire, where normally they do things sensibly. The Tories selected a first-rate candidate with sound views about hunting, former Army officer Jonathon Seed. He went on to win.
It then turned out that he had a nearly 30 year old conviction for a minor motoring offense (a low level DUI), for which he had been fined. The Tories were aware of course, and had advised Jonathon that he was not disqualified. That’s because they took a sensible view of the law, but sadly the law is not sensible.
Under the 2011 Act creating the new post of Police and Crime Commissioner any theoretically imprisonable offense, even a motoring offense, results in disqualification. Government policy at the moment is to blow £1.5 million on a pointless and unwanted election which would almost certainly result in a less able Tory candidate being elected, who might not even own a horse.
The obvious answer is a small retrospective change in the law, which could easily be introduced into the latest police and crime bill, currently in committee stage in the House of Commons. Thankfully the Home Secretary is very sensible, with respect, so it may well be possible to avoid a further election. The Cabinet Office will try and stop her of course, but the Home Office have enough intel on the Cabinet Secretary, no offense intended, to give them their own version of Iron Dome.
This week’s reading
This has included Aircraft Carrier Impero, by David Jabes and Stefano Sappino (Fonthill, 2018). Badly let down by a poor translation from what I assume was an Italian original, this book nonetheless throws new light on Fascist Italy’s aircraft carrier program.
The authors defend the Regia Marina (Italian Navy) from the charge that it neglected carrier development before the war. The truth is that Mussolini made the decisions and got them nearly all wrong, including joining World War II when he thought it was nearly over (in June 1940!). The Italian Navy wanted carriers and was preparing designs in the early 1930s. One of the revelations in the book was the surprisingly close relationship between the Italian and Japanese navies.
The authors argue, convincingly, that the Regia Marina not only wanted to convert the last Littorio class battleship to a carrier, but one equipped with a ski jump to launch V-1s! The design work was quite advanced before Italy’s sensible decision to join the Allies, although thankfully building work never commenced. The Impero herself eventually fell into German hands of course and was broken up.
With impressive intellectual rigor the authors shed new light on the effectiveness of the Italian Pugliese torpedo protection system. This has been a source of debate amongst naval historians for decades. I respectfully agree with Jabes and Sappino that the system was not only at least as effective as the latest British and American systems, but was lighter and more space-efficient. They correct a number of misunderstandings, including a failure to appreciate that the Conte di Cavour class battleships were rebuilds and incorporated a cut-down version of the system, something I for one had not understood.
Michael Shrimpton was a barrister from his call to the Bar in London in 1983 until being disbarred in 2019 over a fraudulently obtained conviction. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counter-terrorism. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies at the American Military University.
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Holly Yamaka! Even a half wit author of any kind would’ve realized by now that perhaps (s)he is out of his league here, may be he’s preaching to the wrong choir. Mr Shrimpton, if I were you, I’d find myself a different platform to spew nonsense, the VT folks are just too clever, overly educated for you. You may do a lot better with them Evil-angelical zombies. Best of luck.
I know another Palestinian family in the US diaspora, who left the Bethlehem area. Christians this time. Arab Christians there are caught between the Muslim extremists and the Israeli settler extremists. This particular family now own a small store in Missouri, and the sons have branched out into other businesses, and doing well. The dad might go back to visit, but won’t go back to live there… The Palestinian community isn’t monolithic. There are many peoples, languages, and religions. The complexity gets lost in the partisan politics. And with that, I think that will be my last word this time.
This time … until next time read and learn something:
As Vonnegut once commented on a contribution from one of his readers, “When love fails politeness prevails.” I think you should continue to comment whenever you feel like sharing your thoughts.
Harry, thank you. Btw, I didn’t plan to make 2 similar comments about that Bethlehem family, but I thought the 1st one had failed, as I did not see it.
I know another Palestinian family in the US diaspora, who left the Bethlehem area. Christians there are caught between the Muslim extremists and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists. This particular family now own a small store here, and the sons have branched out into other businesses. The Palestinian community isn’t one people. It is many peoples, and not all of them speak Arabic, and not all are Muslim. The Christians have several communities and languages – Maronites, Melkites, Armenians, etc. The sad thing is that so many of them have been forced out of their homeland.
There ARE moderate Palestinians in the ME, and we will begin with the farmers. Gaza farmers have been devastated yet again, by what Hamas has recently done. Is there a reason that Hamas didn’t do this in the dead of winter, so as to limit the damage to farmers? From what I can see, the point was to hurt their own people as much as possible. Btw, I know an ex-Palestinian farmer in the US diaspora. He said his family left their farm in 1948, induced to do so by the surrounding Arab countries that told them they should leave now, and then come back after the victory. The family went to Egypt, and now they are in the US. They have a good life here and don’t plan to ever go back. Btw, they have no love for the ME states that lied to them in 1948 and are still lying.
You’re trying to compete with Shrimpton on who can come up with more bs ?
I’m sure Nakba nowadays is explained as a nice eviction notice to your brainwashed kids. ALL Palestinians were “moderates” before you people started your theft.
You rant surpasses the level of soft hasbara. Try again.
In case anyone cares, I am a Christian, and no not an evangelical. I have been commenting here in VT since about 2010-2011, but I almost never comment on the ME, and I am not quite sure why I bothered this time. Maybe because I give a damn about the Palestinian farmers. Btw, my friend’s name is Jack, and his dad is a Palestinian Muslim farmer, displaced. I have passed on what he said. He himself has given up trying to talk to anyone about his homeland, since extremists and partisans seem to feel they already know everything. And my question is serious: Why didn’t Hamas launch attacks in the dead of winter, when the damage to crops and farmers would have been lower?
How does your Palestinian in diaspora story remotely adresses the issue of “moderate” Palestinian that you brought up ? Or the fact that it wasn’t Hamas who decided to start this round of ethnic cleansing but it was that terrorist trash being cornered like a rabid dog using his usual carte blanche to butcher his way to hang on to power and avoid jail.
I think your prior decision to not comment on the issue is wise. Go back to it.
Anyone using the term “anti-Semitic” in the sense of “anti-Jewish” neeeds a good talking to. The magority of the Jews now occupying Israel, Judea and the Pilisine coast are of pure Indo-Aryan decent, their forebears having for two and a half thousand years spoken Persian, Greek and latain. Later on various types of German dialects , Madyar (non-Ariyan language), Russian and Polish — and lately North American English for a few generations, While all Arabs of the Palesine mandate area were Semites, the majority of the land.grabbing immigrants were not,
So at the fruit stalls in West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, I’m told the customers and sellers hurl the lewdest anti-Jewish scriemes at each other (“dirty-prick Jew, farting Jewish whore” and the like) in many languages — but never do they call each other even lousy “Semites”!
this is a mining term for a minor -to- centinal event in deep’ shaft mines &/Or tunnel construction thru mountains.. essentially a water leak N2 the tunnel..
chances R the merry makers across the border from gaza are having a small logistical ‘ gass attak; as to where the Hamas gang is getting the material for 4000 missles..
read the numbers here ! 4000 essentailly grads – thats no small summ !
just think ! a local FAB for Circut boards.. a few chips.. a set of iPads – and them grads are now precision giuded.. a google this – a gaggle that & that GPS now goes both ways..
soo ! 4 the sake of escalations.. I ask !
how deep do U think that Hamas Shaft/verticle is.. a 1000 feet down — 2000 feet down; how far out in the med do U think it goes.. a mile 5 miles.. a stope here and a up stope there..
technology is catching up with gang @ ‘Tealeave Central ! IMHO look what the yemini armies have accomplished in five short years;; at first it was one missle – now its ten followed by a guided drone swarm..
don’t hold Ur breath that this game is over…. !!
Hilarious! Glad I’m not the only satirist at VT.
Lo, and behold, the Shrimp is back! What a nutcase!! A nitwit and evil; what a dangerous combination!!!
Although it seems at times this guy provides some peculiar brand of comedy; leaves you baffled with layer-upon-layer of contradiction!
Shrimpton is one fucking wierd fucker. Not even entertaining to read anymore. No offencse intended haha sick
There is no two state solution.
There is no one state solution.
There is no solution.
There is a chain of command,
with one diabolical manipulator pulling all his servants strings.
The ululations of an Usurors shills whinging, no offense intended, do give us an important perspective.
Thanks to VT for its editorial freedom for presenting Michael’s blather.
“This week saw a bunch of Moslem yahoos driving through Jewish neighbourhoods in London in a convoy of foreign built automobiles flying Palestinian flags.”
“I’m not sure what these idiots were trying to achieve.”
So Michael Shrimpton doesn’t believe in freedom of speech, unless of course is in the form of hasbara which happens to be his writeups.
Apparently so, no offense intended.
I thought the only yahoo was Nethan-Yahoo.
This statement is advocating for Israeli Genocide, ethnic cleansing, Jewish Supremacy, and continued Zionist terror attacks and false flags on the Palestinians-> For the reasons I gave last week we needn’t worry too much about the ‘civilian’ casualty figures trotted out by Hamas.
False. The Palestinians killed were killed by the Israeli Zionist regime and the entire escalation was instigated by the Death to Arabs chant and provocateurs seizing lands and raiding Al Aqsa. Which were all provocations created by Netanyahu to remain in power. -> They continued to drop rockets short all week, killing scores of their own people.
The IDF has been caught in numerous lies, time and again even being exposed by Israeli Media themselves. There are numerous Zionist outfits who themselves doubt official Israeli lies. -> There is no reason to doubt the IDF’s estimates of the numbers of terrorists killed. Hamas
This statement is advocating for Palestinian ethnic cleansing and genocide ->There is no way that a Palestinian state could co-exist alongside Israel.
Ethnic Cleansing -> The fundamentals have not altered: two-state is dead, or rather has already been implemented (Israel and Jordan)
Projection. It seems the truth is the Israeli Jewish Supremacists and International Zionist terrorism are the ones incapable. Since they want to push the Palestinians into the sea.-> They are quite incapable of rational, objective comment when it comes to Israel.
Prejudice, Xenophobia, and Bigotry, considering its ‘Muslim’. ->’Moslem yahoos’, ‘Moslem prisoners’,
The Bad Guys are international Zionist terrorism, in the territories and elsewhere -> Peace in the Middle East will only come through victory against the Bad Guys.
One of the Many Palestinian Tropes and canards parroted by Zionists.
It was old footage of an unrelated event that had nothing to do with 911.
Netanyahu does this all the time, using unrelated footage to create false impressions. -> Few in the West will have forgotten the sickening images of Palestinians ululating after 9-11.
Based on the level of Zionist support in the article. One would think the author would at least know there was no Arab invasion, it was the liberation of the holy land, considering that Jews were banned by the Romans for close to five hundred years in the holy land until the Arabs freed Palestine. This is when the Jews were able to return. -> British victory over the Ottoman Empire by General Allenby in World War 1 reversed the historic injustice of the Arab invasion of the Holy Land in AD636.
Palestinians have been in the Holy land before Jews, Arabs, and Abraham. Palestinians have been referred to as ‘Palestinian’/’land’ of ‘Palestine’ NOT just by Romans but by the Greeks, and the Akkadians who most definitely existed before Abraham.
They are the indigenous community of that land that predates the Bible.
Covid is a Mossad Zionist bioweapon, the moment it attacked Iranian leadership specifically the whole world knew. Just like the rest of covid variants are being used by the Zionist apparatus installed in the US under the Neocons, continued under Obama, Trump, and now Biden to further world control.
->It’s a Chinese bioweapon, developed with technical assistance from the Obama Administration.
Pure, and inhuman, hate speech. You should be BANNED from this platform.
Don’t pick on Michael.
In order for antisemitism to be a true statement by offended parties within the Jewish community, specifically within the European Jewish community. These said parties would have to prove they are true Semites otherwise it amounts to anti-European Jewish prejudice and or LEGITIMATE CRICISIM in actual fact, of which it is. DNA has shown the European Jewish community not to be Semites in reality.
Otherwise said parties in the European Jewish community are engaging in cultural appropriation and organized theft of ACTUALLY SEMITES IDENTITIES. Using the antisemitism THOUGHT CRIME weapon to silence free speech is Orwellian and is not part of free speech societies.
Any logical person can differentiate and understand the differences between wanting genocide on Jewish people (which in no way is real considering Israel’s hundreds of nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, biological weapons), and the Jewish diasporas standing in society.
Those who use the antisemitism false dichotomy purposely do so to support the suppression of criticism of Radicalization of Zionism and Radicalized Zionists Terrorism. Most who use this form of thought crime fund Jewish Supremacy and terrorism in and outside Israel are engaging in support of terrorism on Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims.
Ok, I get it. Michael Shrimpton is really a housewife in Tel Aviv. She posts these screeds from a UK IP address and Mossad gives her the script of what to write each week. Fess up, Gordon!
You’re just another pome bastard that can’t accept the truth that England’s hay days are over! You should be writing about how England (through Balfour declaration) gave someone else’s land to these blood suckers. Of course, instead of saying sorry, your British “pride” in your British monarchy Bull crap stops you from admitting that the Englistan really stuffed up, when it did this. The more you sing the Zionist tunes the worse it will get for England and your image.
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