The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Israel has just suffered a historic defeat.


by Norman Finkelstein

Chanting victory slogans and shouting “the resistance has triumphed,”
jubilant residents flooded the streets of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night
to express their joy over the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal, which came
into effect at 21:00 (1900 GMT), AFP reported.

One only had to watch the international news coverage.
BBC persisted in its typically awful reportage on the Israel-Palestine conflict during Israel’s latest rampage.  
But tonight it had to acknowledge that the people of Gaza were out in the streets celebrating.  
It desperately sought some “balance” by positing that “some people in Israel are probably also celebrating.”  
Fat chance.
CNN aired Christiane Amanpour “exclusive” interview with Khaled Meshal.

Editor's note: Meshaal discusses ceasefire, negotiations and the conditions for his recognition of Israel.

WATCH: Christiane Amanpour Interviews Head Of Political Wing Of Hamas


Despite, or perhaps because of, her silly histrionics (“What do you want?” she tearfully pleaded), Meshal came across as remarkably articulate.

It could not have failed to register even on the terrifyingly stupid Abu Abbas that the PA Comedy Hour will soon be cancelled.  
Meshal also explicitly endorsed a settlement on the June 1967 border, which won’t please the BDS/One-State cultists.
CNN then televised the Israeli news conference of Netanyahu, Lieberman and Barak.
They looked like three sixth-graders called down to the Principal’s Office, counting the minutes until the humiliation was over.
Israel suffered a double defeat.  
Its announced goal when it went into Gaza was to restore its “deterrence capacity.”  
But at the end of the day its deterrence capacity had been drastically reduced:
The once mighty Israeli army that caused the whole Arab/Muslim world to tremble could not even defeat the impoverished and weaponless tiny enclave of Gaza.
Israel demanded an unconditional and unilateral secession of Hamas “rocket” attacks.
But Israel had to accept a mutual ceasefire.  It also had to make promises regarding the siege of Gaza.  
It is highly improbable that anything will come of these Israeli promises, but still, Israel could not unilaterally impose its will.
Let it, finally, be said:
In praise of the ever-martyred but ever-heroic and ever-renascent people of Gaza.
May they live to see the full brightness of dawn.
For further details on the ceasefire, click here.
Ed. note : One thing to do is get this Gaza ad in every newspaper in the US!

Norman Finkelstein's Analysis on Gaza:




  1. On the first day, why should one feel nervous over this apparent backdown by the world's most arrogant nation?


    With the slippery Clinton, one has to consider everything imaginable. Sadly for Palestine, or should one say for any other country other than Israel, she is an almost  predictable can of worms so when she receives advice, that is assuming she listens to anyone but Netanyahu, if it is not what she/he  wants to hear, then it would probably be discarded in double quick time. But not today. In this case, the game is not over, mark these words. She never has been of any value to the US since her appointment. She is less so now. You cannot have a Secretary of State so closely aligned to another foreign state that she loses all her objectivity, therefore credibility.


    One can imagine the reaction almost everywhere around the world when it was announced that Ms Clinton was on her way to help with a ceasefire. “Oh no, not her again’ would be a fair assessment of the response.  Her appointment was just another mistake by Obama  as with Rahm Emanuel, IDF member, Israeli passport holder.  Obama has made many. The worst one, or so it seems, is ‘requesting’ the resignation of the CIA Chief,  apparently on the ‘orders’ of the Zionist Cantor, still posing as an elected American Congressman, for something as trivial as a romantic affair. A sledgehammer decision on a minor and very common activity in the US. I am sure that Kennedy,Clinton, Johnson, Gingrich and who knows how many others, would also have  agreed with that..


    Eric Cantor of course, will decide the next CIA Chief who will be a Zionist, giving Israel control of government intelligence. No such thing then as any israeli spy going to prison like Pollard. He will be reinstated as a patriot, for israel, that is.. Same thing really.  Let's face it. Unless Obama rids himself of Clinton's  presence in his inner circle, nothing will improve.


    There is little point in having an empty-suited President (four years of do-nothing policies) AND a Zionist fellow-traveller making foreign policy on behalf of the whole USA. But then, having said that, who really seems to care? It’s pretty much  ‘more of the same’ with 48 months to go. You can get used to almost anything. But let there be no confusion in relation to the ceasefire. It had nothing to do with Clinton. What it has to do with was Morsi, the US plans to get him into their sphere of influence and try, I say try and make him another Mubarak. Not much chance of that in the short term, however.  


    Morsi must  feel that he has a mandate from his people to be independent and decisive. He knows also that the US can be a force for the redevelopment of his country.  It is always an objective of the US to buy support, such is their thinking by using the well-honed philosophy of ‘if  they won’t join us, hit  them with sanctions’ simply  brought on and agreed to in the UN with the help of the outdated US veto. After all, this just-finished military activity was really a result of the US veto being used to negate all the Resolutions against Israel over decades. Any school child  knows that. Hard thing to live with if it was any other country but America. Standard practice there. The end justifies the means.


    However, the US has now created a monster which is now controlling them.


    So as with all the other Middle Eastern countries, many now having gone through their  ‘democratic’ reformations and all that means is that, they are all  needed by the US to stabilise not their own countries based on any altruism or any generosity of spirit, but for the interests of the US. A fertile ground for the outdated foreign policy dictates starting with the early US colonial wars and the following 200, some still in train. Still using  the guise of “democracy”. Now that is a tired old whore.. What a record.


    Trying hard to outdo the British. Well, the US has done it. After WWI, the British, in their favour, relinquished their empire, albeit not too willingly, but bit by bit and maintained democracy at home.. The US, on the other hand,  is expanding its empire through military hegemony even in 2012 and slowly, ever so slowly losing their democracy at home. (eroding The Constitution, The Patriot Act, giving the PAC’s the final vote, money)  and on it goes. I would guess that it was the need for Egypt to be an acceptable neighbour that won the day for Israel coupled with Morsi’s apparent  new found strength and his outspoken support of Hamas. That’s what did it and if it is true, than we are thankful for that. More strength to Mr.Morsi. But what did Clinton / Obama give in return? We’ll know soon enough. After all, it is psychotic Israel we are dealing with here, not any normal country. .

  2. Excerpt:
    "Meshal also explicitly endorsed a settlement on the June 1967 border, which won’t please the BDS/One-State cultists."
    What a sick transparent dodge. Endorsing Israel's  '67 borders simply means endorsing the perpetuation of the ethnic-cleansing which forced official Jewish supremacy into most of Palestine. It's nothing less than endorsing violent racism and a status-quo of official prejudice – more violent racism. Those who still can recall that we are supposed to OPPOSE racism – we who simply call for an end of all official policies of prejudice that would be laughably illegal in all modern countries – can't be dismissed as "one-state cultists." We're called "equal-rights activists." We happen to remember that no peace or justice can be built on a foundation of official racism – and that most people who allow their taxes to be sent to Israel to finance it do so only because they're not AWARE that they're financing policies that would be thoroughly illegal in their home countries. And the reason they're not aware of this is that – even in ostensibly "pro-Palestine" commentary – the primary Zionist trick rules the day: the need for human equality is dissed aside by sleazy journalism and Zionist boot-licking, such as seen in this article, when a genuine egalitarian approach is dis-represented as a "one-state cult.." If Hamas has been set up to publicly endorse Zionist racism – and to help erase the entire egalitarian paradigm – it either suffered a total defeat or it's playing the role it's being paid or blackmailed to play. Zionism loses ground every time someone wakes up and starts simply objecting to the official prejudice ("racism") at the core of this conflict, and Zionism wins every time its glaring PR Achilles heel – the flaming racism of forcing and maintaining a "Jewish" state in multi-ethnic Palestine – is camouflaged by sleazy, turncoat, "pro-Palestine" reporting.