Obviously the few days in Rome are to be enjoyed. Nevertheless, while I am looking forward to visiting the Vatican Museum tomorrow, I find myself distracted by that type of impertinence that could only come out of Israel; an Australian newspaper quoted the former IDF Chief of Staff, Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon, as saying that “that the West must consider all options necessary to stop Tehran’s nuclear program, including assassinating Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”(1) When “Boogie” talks about the “West” he means the United States and Israel and maybe that Europe that he would like to be a part of. “Boogie” you are not in my “West”; that is that “West” where we behave according to the law. Now, it might be argued that the man is no longer the IDF Chief, however, Ya’alon is a very influential Israeli who has just made headlines by announcing that he will be running for the Knesset on hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud list. Moreover, as recently as 2003 with the ruthless assassination of the religious leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, we saw that assassinations are very much a part of Israeli policy.”Boogie” is not alone!
What fucking planet do these people live on? It isn’t enough for them to be literally wiping out a people, breaking international law regarding that people and disregarding their own commitments at every turn, here is Ya’alon not only brazenly spouting out hypocritical poppycock about Iran destabilising the Middle East, now, isn’t that a little bit like the pot calling the kettle black? However, and this is even more galling, saying in public that leader of another state should be assassinated. Christ, even “Uncle Sam” keeps mum before giving the order to do this. The evidence would seem to suggest that the ex-IDF Chief of Staff and a possible member of any Netanyahu government sees no need to hide his intentions. We are Israeli we can ignore the fact that international humanitarian law and human rights protocols clearly state that the extra-judicial killing of protected persons is forbidden. Of course, since as early as 1947, when they assassinated the UN Representative Count Bernadette, Israel has been breaking this law. Now they don’t even have a problem telling the rest of us that they do so. One wonders what the reaction might be if noises were to come from prominent Iranians that they intended to assassinate Israeli politicians. How does the Zionist state get away with it?