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The Last Round-up for Bibi

March 21—With an overnight circulation at the United Nations Security Council of a new draft resolution by the United States calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the long awaited end of the bloody political career of the butcher of Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, has moved perceptibly closer.

The Biden White House, which has seen its support drop to all time lows in recent political history, is moving with dispatch to get the Netanyahu albatross off its neck before it eliminates what little chance the incumbent has for re-election. Last night’s action was reportedly taken over the screaming objections of Bibi. Sources report President Sleepy Joe Biden refused to take his phone call. Action on the resolution came after Netanyahu told the GOP caucus in Congress yesterday, ignoring the advice of Biden and world opinion, that he would soon order the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to launch its planned ground offensive against the more than 1 million inhabitants of Rafah, crowded with refugees displaced from fighting elsewhere in Gaza. The ensuing bloodbath, which will take place no matter what precautions the IDF might take, will quickly hike the civilian death toll—already at more than 32,000, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry—including mostly women and children.

But Netanyahu says that Israel must wipe out the 2 battalions of what he claims are Hamas “fighters” who are hiding in Rafah, to “finish the job” of exterminating Hamas, in response to their savage attack on Israel Oct. 7 that claimed 1,200 Israeli and other lives, and took away 250 hostages, of whom it is believed that around 100 are still alive and held by Hamas.

Sources say that the U.S. resolution, drafted last week, calls for both an immediate ceasefire, an exchange of Israeli-held Palestinian prisoners for the remaining hostages, and a ramp-up of humanitarian aid to Gazans, many of whom are facing death by starvation, dehydration, and disease in the days and weeks ahead. One draft, sources report, also contained a clause reiterating long-standing U.S. and UN support for the creation of a Palestinian state—the so-called “two state” solution which the draft states is the only basis for a stable peace between Israel and the Palestinians; it is not confirmed that this clause is in the draft submitted. Bibi has railed he will never agree to a two-state solution.

On March 14, from the floor of the Senate, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered an unexpected and stinging 40-minute rebuke of Netanyahu and his polices, stating that he was isolating Israel. Schumer called for new Israeli elections, which would serve as a referendum on Netanyahu’s policies, and which Schumer, the most notorious Zionist and highest ranking Jewish political leader in the U.S., said would reject Bibi.

Schumer said that he believed Netanyahu had “lost his way, by allowing political survival to take precedence over the best interests of Israel. As a result, he has been too willing to tolerate the civilian toll in Gaza, which is pushing support for Israel worldwide to historic lows. Israel cannot survive if it becomes a pariah. The Israeli people are being stifled right now by a governing vision that is stuck in the past. A new election is the only way to allow for a healthy and open decision-making process about the future of Israel, at a time when so many Israelis have lost their confidence in the vision and direction of their government.”

But Schumer, who has strongly backed Netanyahu’s plans to exterminate Hamas, now reflects a new consensus among the Anglo-American elite that his crusade must end. While green-lighting it at first, to re-engineer politics in the region, and create a possible way help get more funds for another unpopular and losing war they were sponsoring in the Ukraine, they have seen their plans go up in the smoke and death in Gaza. Funds for the Ukraine war remain blocked, and now more funds for Israel are held up as well; and the genocide in Gaza has given further impetus of what was already a growing anti-colonial sentiment in the Global South, which has found a voice in the International Court of Justice, in testimony on behalf of complaints brought against Israel and in the United Nations itself. This is not a consensus against war and confrontation; some support fighting the Russians in the Ukraine; other think that the main target should be China. Bibi's war in Gaza helps neither war faction.

“The U.S. and the West found itself on the side of Israel committing genocide,” said another source. “Not a smart or good place to be.”

But this source and others worry that the U.S. action may be arriving too late to stop the coming massacre in Rafah. Said one source:

“Netanyahu now knows that his time as Prime Minister is coming to a close. He has opponents on all sides, including in the military. The military is conducting an investigation on who and what was responsible for the events of Oct. 7. To take some of the blame off them, they will put it on Bibi. And that will be the end. Even the wussies in the opposition would then summon forth the nerve to call for a vote of no confidence and for new elections. But this man is insane. I am sure he intends to go out in a blaze of glory. And that blaze would be Rafah. After the slaughter he will declare victory and peace—the peace of the graveyard. I would threaten him, that if he moves into Rafah, the U.S. will seek his trial as a war criminal. This is a Hitler-like genocide and not some military tactic. Get him out now, before it is too late!”

Sources say that the U.S. draft resolution before the UNSC is intended to put pressure on the negotiators from Hamas, Israel, and Egypt in Qatar who have been meeting for three days without reaching any agreement. Biden has dispatched his bungling Secretary of State Tony Blinken to the region, where he will meet with Saudi leaders.

While some sources say that Netanyahu has lost support from most of the Israeli people for his ruthless and bloody crusade against the Palestinians, he retains enough power to launch his genocidal attack on Rafah:

“There is a total misperception on the part of most people, including inside the White House, about what is driving Bibi. This is not about Hamas. He created Hamas, with money and political support for their leadership, because they, like him, are against a two-state solution. Now he has used an attack that he could have stopped—he had all the intelligence on what was planned, and chose to look the other way, deliberately I say—as a pretext to launch a war of extermination against not Hamas, but the Palestinians. The war has destroyed the basis for human existence in Gaza, and he would do the same in the West Bank, if he could, but Hezbollah is not as stupid as Hamas. He might try that anyway. That’s what the crazy settlers are about—creating an excuse for the IDF to go in and ‘rescue’ them.”

“By annihilating Gaza, turning it into a killing field and rubble,” the source continued, “Netanyahu has sent a message to the 14 million Palestinian diaspora, ‘don’t even think of coming home. You have nothing to come home to. There will never be a Palestinian state.’ That is what this is about. Bibi is a racist and tyrant, with a messianic complex. He thinks he is saving the Jews and the Jewish state from being overwhelmed and overrun by the dirty untermenschen, the Palestinians. A Hitler in reverse. That this lunatic is the Israeli PM should scare the hell out of people, especially when they know that Israel has nuclear weapons.”

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