Pence’s Deplorable Knesset Address
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
He’s an embarrassment to the office he holds – a neocon Christian fascist, an evangelical lunatic, a hate-mongering Islamophobe.
He believes God is a real estate agent, bequeathing historic Palestine to Jews, the way an Al Jazeera commentator described him.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called his Knesset address “a messianic gift to extremists,” contemptuous of international law and fundamental Palestinian rights.
Arab MKs held up signs at the start of his address, saying “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” in English and Arabic.
They were accosted and thrown out of the Knesset – a display of institutionalized racist extremism. Remaining MKs applauded Pence’s presence instead of responsibly denouncing him and the deplorable US regime he represents.
Joint (Arab) List leader Ayman Odel tweeted: “Proud to lead the Joint List in strong, legitimate protest, against the Trump-Netanyahu regime’s exaltation of racism and hatred, who speak of peace solely as lip service,” adding:
“Our protest today in the plenum is in honor of all who oppose the occupation and dream of peace.”
The US/Israeli agenda is polar opposite – belligerent, racist, exploitive, and contemptuous of Palestinian rights.
Joint List MK Jamal Zahalka explained “(a)t the beginning of Pence’s speech, the members of the Joint List stood and began to leave, waving a political sign, while exercising their legitimate right to protest,” adding:
“The ushers attacked them brutally, pushed them and dragged them even though they were on their way out without resistance.”
“Our expulsion was done in a collective manner without reading the names of the lawmakers that should be removed, contrary to Knesset regulations.”
That’s how Ziofascism operates in Israel, America and elsewhere. It’s tyrannical, racist, undemocratic and hateful – a monster threatening anyone opposing its ruthlessness.
Pence’s address was an exercise in imperial arrogance filled with messianic biblical references, pledging Washington will (illegally) move its embassy to Jerusalem by end of 2019.
When recertification of the Iran nuclear deal is again due in May, the Trump administration no longer will recognize it, he said, assuring reimposition of JCPOA related sanctions – rescinded when the deal was consummated, unanimously approved by Security Council members.
On Friday, Sergey Lavrov said the deal can’t survive without Washington part of it, explaining “(i)t will fall apart. There will be no deal then.”
“It cannot keep alive in a re-negotiated form, especially regarding the demands by the United States. It would not be acceptable for Iran, and it is clear, I believe, that the Europeans do understand this danger right now.”
During his address, Pence lied claiming Washington is committed to a “lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians” – a notion it’s opposed for decades.
US and Israeli regimes want endless conflict and instability, Palestinians persecuted and subjugated under occupation harshness, not afforded their rights and liberated.
Neither country negotiates in good faith. They make unacceptable demands. Palestinians revile Trump, Pence and other administration hardliners.
Everyone should oppose their hostile, belligerent, undemocratic agenda, their rage for endless wars, their contempt for rule of law principles – denying Palestinians and others worldwide their fundamental rights, responsible for inflicting enormous harm on countless millions.
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