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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Since creation of the Jewish state on stolen Palestinian land, the Times one-sidedly supported and continues supporting its ruling regimes.

Today it’s uncompromisingly hardline, Ziofascist rule wrapped in deceptive democratic rhetoric, a notion its ruling authorities abhor and reject.

Time and again, defenseless Palestinians are blamed for Israeli high crimes committed against them — the Times and other establishment media sticking to the falsified official narrative.

Israel long ago was granted immunity from harsh criticism in the US and West — its apartheid rule portrayed as model regional democracy, a perversion of reality.

Last spring, the Times featured Israel’s hardline UN envoy Danny Danon’s commentary, asking: 

“What’s wrong with Palestinian Surrender? Knowing when to give up is often the first step to making peace.”

For the US, Israel, and their rogue partners, peace is anathema, a notion categorically rejected, why the Middle East is a hotbed of perpetual forever wars.

Danon and hardliners like him support permanent Palestinian subjugation. They want regional countries partitioned for easier control, independent governments replaced by pro-Western puppet rule, especially in Iran.

In its latest edition, resident Times war-monger, hate-monger, neocon hardliner Bret Stephens condemned Palestinians for rejecting terms of earlier no-peace/peace plans no responsible leadership would touch.

Mocking their decades of suffering under brutal Israeli occupation, Stephens falsely claimed “nobody will benefit less from a curt dismissal of (Trump’s scheme) than the Palestinians themselves, whose leaders are again letting history pass them by (sic),” adding:

“The record of Arab-Israeli peace efforts can be summed up succinctly: Nearly every time the Arab side said no, it wound up with less (sic).”

Fact: Going along with Trump’s scheme amounts to unconditional surrender, accepting permanent subjugation, the equivalent of the line from Dante’s Inferno, saying:

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here” — perhaps a lower level in hell Dante forgot.

Arthur Balfour sealed the Palestinians’ fate with his 1917 declaration, wanting a Western influence embedded in the Middle East to weaken Arab control over their own part of the world — notably after oil was discovered.

Like other Times’ pseudo-journalists, employment of real ones long ago rejected, Stephens reinvents history.

For over 100 years, notably after Israel’s 1948 creation, Palestinian rights were abandoned in favor of US-led Western ones and leadership of the new Jewish state allied with the interests of these countries.

Stephens: “(D)enounc(ing) (Trump’s scheme) as a ‘conspiracy deal’ (and rejecting it) will almost inevitably lead to getting less tomorrow (sic).”

Fact: A near half-century of so-called Israeli/Palestinian peace plans had nothing to do with peace, reality Stephens and other establishment media ignore.

Fact: The die was cast for the fate of Palestinians by the drafting of Trump’s scheme — fulfilling an Israeli wishlist at the expense of their fundamental rights, discarded like yesterday’s garbage.

The scheme is all about permanent subjugation, Palestinians given no say on the matter, Israel to be their perpetual master.

Their only choice is resistance. The alternative is perishing as a viable people, their fate the same as Native Americans, Canadian indigenous people, aboriginal Australians, and others like them worldwide.

That’s what the Trump/Netanyahu scheme is all about, hardening Israeli control over territory it wants exclusively for Jews, banishing Palestinians to servitude in isolated cantons — with no say on the matter, treating them like nonpersons.

Like other establishment media pseudo-journalists, Stephens pretends apartheid Israel is democratic.

He lied claiming Trump’s scheme offers Palestinians “a sovereign state (of) mostly continuous territory, the return of prisoners, (a Gaza-West Bank link) and $50 billion in economic assistance.”

Fact: Isolated cantons surrounded by hostile settlers and Israeli security forces with full control over the lives and welfare of Palestinians is anti-sovereignty.

Fact: Returning prisoners is meaningless when Israel mass-arrests others at its discretion.

Fact: A proposed Gaza/West Bank link if established could be shut down or eliminated at Israel’s discretion — like its arbitrary Strip blockade, for political reasons, not security ones.

Fact: Proposed $50 billion in economic assistance has nothing to do with aiding Palestinians, everything to do with enriching US, other Western, and Israeli corporate interests.

There’s virtually nothing in the Trump scheme that benefits millions of ordinary Palestinians, just the opposite.

By illegally approving Israeli annexation of unlawful settlements and the Jordan Valley, virtually nothing of value is left for Palestinians.

In flagrant violation of international and US constitutional law, Trump’s scheme gave Israel control over all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, including water, offshore hydrocarbon reserves and other resources.

Stephens turned reality on its head, claiming provisions of Trump’s scheme amount to “a historic achievement (sic), not the ‘scam’ that liberal critics of the deal claim.”

No responsible editors would permit publication of the above rubbish in their publications.

Times editors featured it.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.