Israel: July 14th Movement, Arab Spring in Tel Aviv


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200,000 Demonstrate Across Israel, “Assad, Mubarak, Netanyahu”


By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

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The Israelis, young and old, hitting the streets in numbers reminiscent of Tahir Square in Egypt, don’t really understand why the world is looking at them.  Massive demonstrations are unfolding, initially in Tel Aviv, now across Israel, protesting government failures to provide basic services despite the $30,000 per person Israel receives in “foreign aid” and allowances from the United States.  A nation of professionals, Nobel Prize winners, one of the world’s largest arms exporters, a nation that has imported nearly 1 million “guest workers,” can’t make ends meet, or so it tells its people.

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Israelis are tired to hearing their government preach “security” day and night, calling for sacrifices to protect them from the Arab armies planning to drive them into the sea or the new holocaust threatened by the Iranians.

We are now seeing a few, perhaps more than a few getting wise to the tricks that so many Americans fell for after 9/11.

As for Israel’s security:

  • Israel is a nuclear power with new ICBM capability which would allow Israel to attack North America with a first strike capability if it wished
  • Israel’s army is rated among the top 5 in the world and is backed by the United States whose army has 300% of the combat capabilities of all the world’s armies combined
  • None of Israel’s neighbors have a military capable of sustained operations

It goes much further.  Despite clear problems in Lebanon and poor relations with Syria, a government now fighting for its life by brutally attacking its own people, the greatest part of the security threat Israel has droned on about has by little but myth.  The chant of the crowds tells it all, Mubarak, Egypt’s ruler for 30 years has been an Israeli puppet as have the rulers of the Gulf states.  Saudi Arabia has been little more itself, despite occasional rumblings for the sake of misleading fellow Muslims.  The same can be said of Liyba’s Gaddafi, always noises but ready to horse trade with Israel at any time.

The threats have been a tool to propagandize the Israeli people, to exploit and frighten Jews around the world and to refocus attention from the role Israel has seemingly chosen, that of pariah state.

A hundred nations stand ready to support sanctions against Israel for injustices that those protesting inside Israel, the Jews seeing their own victimization, aren’t yet aware of.

It will come.

The Palestinian people, by rights at least 50% of Israel’s population, were refugees allowed the right of return, another “justice” issue, are more than a security issue, more than competition for land and housing.

They are workers, business owners, tax payers, of the Arab world, the Semitic Palestinians, racially identical to Semitic Jews, are considered the most capable of any group in the Middle East, law, science, medicine, technology.

Taking their place, while a million Palestinians are walled off in Gaza, are guest workers, maids, janitors, weapons assemblers, manual laborers supporting Israel’s export oriented economy.

What has Israel proven, the people of Israel?

This week, the American people have taken a bashing at the hands of their own government, their future “sold down the river” to protect the financial excesses of the ruling class.

The Israeli people, as with the people of Syria, Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and more, have ‘hit the streets’ trying to gain control of their own lives.

Perhaps, as they open their eyes, they will discover friends they never expected.

Israel is facing real uncertainty.  Netanyahu has burned bridges around the world, despite the standing ovations he received before the American congress this summer.  The popularity of the American congress is at record lows, so is Netanyahu’s, at home and in America.

As with America, Israeli’s face a government drunk on power, flush with cash from arms and drug deals, used to getting its way by staging terror acts on demand.

This is the hard truth of it.

When we see the attacks in Norway, hardly a ‘lone madman’ as is being pressed, when we see Netanyahu offer a settlement on Palestine, we know that what will follow will reflect desperation.


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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.