Israel votes for Apartheid

Here Haaretz reports

U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview with Huffington Post on Saturday that he is convinced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn’t happen during his prime ministership,” the president said, referring to the prime minister’s comments a few days before Israel’s election on Tuesday, that a Palestinian state wouldn’t be established on his watch.

Obama’s comments in the interview suggest that he was not convinced by the recent days’ clarifications proffered by Netanyahu in both interviews to American media and in a telephone conversation with the U.S. president on last Thursday.

Surely the continued building of colonial outposts illegal settlements, the destruction of Bedouin villages, house demolitions and house repossessions was enough evidence that under Netanyahu, the Apartheid state of Israel does not want a Palestinian state and is intent on conquering all the land under annexation occupation.

Haaretz also reported here It was once possible to argue that Israel’s policies were not the same as apartheid because their stated goal, however imperfectly pursued, was to end the occupation. After Netanyahu’s reelection, this is no longer the case.

The idea of apartheid suggests the intent to make separation and unequal treatment permanent, and in the past it was possible to argue that for all the expansion of settlements, Israel was still looking for ways to end the occupation.

No more.

Frightened by the last minute rise of the Zionist Union list in polls, Netanyahu unambiguously expressed what critics have long asserted was his core ideology: no Palestinian state. No territorial concessions. None. Period.

And Israel’s voters returned him to office, in what was widely reported as a resounding victory.

Of course, if all the West Bank residents were allowed to vote instead of just the hardliner residents of Israel’s colonial outposts illegal settlements it would be different. But as Israel is an apartheid state, the indigenous population of the land under Israeli annexation occupation were not allowed to vote but the colonial outpost dwellers settlers were.

Arab citizens of Israel are not allowed to live in the colonel outposts illegal settlements and there are settler only roads that Palestinians are not allowed to use. Israel is an apartheid state.

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