by Firoz Osman
Two racist and anti-Muslim politicians plaguing the world: Donald Trump and his Zionist boss Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel enters a prolonged and complex process of horse-trading (aka coalition building) following the latest election on September 17.
The two leading coalition parties—Bibi Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White—failed to gain, yet again, an outright majority in the snake pit of Israeli politics.
The incumbent Netanyahu, in a devious and frantic attempt to rally supporters, resorted to fear mongering warning on Facebook “The Arabs want to annihilate us all – women, children and men” and “The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves.”
An election loss could leave Netanyahu at risk of prosecution without the shield of parliamentary immunity following the attorney general’s announcement to charge him with fraud and bribery.
Netanyahu even used the tried and tested method to boost his re-election by bombing three countries. The unprecedented attacks on Syria, Lebanon and Iraq on alleged Iranian military bases were meant to boost his macho image.
He further promised voters to annex the Jordan Valley and immediately impose Israeli sovereignty over it.
This should come as no surprise given the fact that Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem since 1967 with impunity, and without consequences.
Netanyahu helped pass the nation-state bill thereby enshrining into law the exclusivist Jewish nature of the state of Israel.
He brazenly stated, “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the nation-state law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — and not anyone else.”
Not to be outdone, Netanyahu’s rival, Benny Gantz, former Israeli army chief, bragged about how much killing and destruction he had wrought on Gaza in a series of campaign videos posted on You Tube and social media.
One of the videos showed drone footage of a devastated neighborhood in Gaza in August 2014, following Israel’s 51-day assault on the besieged Strip. The video’s title includes the words “Parts of Gaza were returned to the stone ages.”
Other politicians’ campaign rhetoric emulated the extreme right-wing racists exclaiming that a right-wing government was needed to neutralize the Arabs from their desire to “annihilate” the Jews of Israel.
Kahanists, led by the rabid racist Otzma Yehudit, politicians Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennet have a long record of denigrating and dehumanizing Palestinians.
Before the Gaza invasion in 2014, Shaked called the Palestinians “little snakes” and on her Facebook page advocated murdering their mothers.
Bennet boasted that he has “killed many Arabs in [his] lifetime, and there’s no problem with that.”
There has been a marked shift further to the right in Israeli politics where increased settlements, forced evictions of Palestinians, home demolitions, home takeovers by settlers, administrative detention, torture, killing civilians and collective punishment is no longer regarded “tough enough”.
Israel’s collaboration with other right-wing racists, fascists and despots such as American president Donald Trump, India’s Narendra Modi, Egypt’s Abdul Fattah al Sisi and the sheikhdoms of Saudi prince Mohamed bin Salman and Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed, spawned a chaotic world order sowing destruction, mayhem and murder.
Netanyahu was triumphant when white supremacist Trump moved the US embassy to Occupied Jerusalem and recognised Tel Aviv’s sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights, captured by Israel in June 1967 and annexed in 1981.
Both actions are considered in direct contravention of international law.
In Modi’s embrace of Netanyahu we see the marriage of two evil ideologies, Hindutva and Zionism.
Modi is the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) an offshoot of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ( RSS), a right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary outfit that is widely regarded as the parent organisation of the ruling party of India.
The RSS greatly admires Adolf Hitler. Its literature is full of praise for Germany’s Nazi leader.
Zionism is a Jewish supremacist ideology and the Zionist movement underpins the colonial, apartheid state. It is this rogue state that India has embraced.
It is in Israel that the BJP/RSS have found a natural ally and a role model who put their grand vision to fruition, declaring India a nation of Hindus only and pose a challenge to its multi-faith constitutional commitment.
About one fifth of India's 1.27 billion people identify themselves as belonging to faiths other than Hinduism.
Under the de facto rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh and Mohammed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi, the Saudi, Emirati and Israeli security, military and intelligence coordination aided General Abdel Fattah el Sisi to launch a military takeover in 2013 to oust Egypt’s first and only democratically elected leader, President Mohamed Morsi.
The trio has also destabilized, displaced, blockaded, maimed and massacred millions in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Qatar, Turkey and Sudan.
It is no secret that since its creation seven decades ago Israel has consistently cooperated with and armed despotic regimes around the world.
From supplying arms to rightwing repressive regimes in Latin America, engineering coups to cooperating with South Africa’s apartheid regime, Israel has a long gory record of consorting with criminals.
Iran is now the target of a relentless diplomatic, political and economic onslaught by the Israeli-Saudi-Emirati trio, backed and encouraged by the US.
But the trio’s failure to lure America into attacking Iran must be distressing. The corrupt, despotic and racist regional regimes watch in fear as their castles slowly seep into the desert sands while resistance movements Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad grow stronger.
Netanyahu, tasked with responsibility to guard the thrones of the illegitimate Gulf sheikhdoms, must have been shocked by the drone attacks that set ablaze Saudi Aramco oil facilities.
If the Houthis from impoverished Yemen can carry out such daring acts, the future of Israel and ruling Arab elite is bleak indeed.
Palestinians are aware that all Zionist parties oppose the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the right of return, and oppose Palestinian self-determination.
The end of Netanyahu’s era will not bring about any significant change in Zionist policy that is rooted in colonialism, expansionism and racism.
Dr Firoz Osman is executive member of the Media Review Network, an advocacy group based in Gauteng. He is the co-author of Why Israel? The Anatomy of Zionist Apartheid-A South African Perspective.