Israel – World’s 3rd least peaceful state

Israel ranked one of world’s least peaceful states.


Korea (131), and Iran (99). … 


Global Peace Index Rankings. 



UN: Gaza war crimes probe to go ahead without Israeli approval.

Former international prosecutor Richard Goldstone says he will go ahead with his investigation into possible war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s three-week-long offensive in Gaza. …. 


Ehud Barak warns Iran of possible Israeli strike on nuclear facilities. 




Israel on Iran: Anything it takes to stop nukes. – Israel hardened its insistence Monday that it would do anything it felt necessary to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, just the ultimatum the United States hoped not to hear as it tried to nudge Iran to the bargaining table. ….





Ancient Israeli Myths Deter Peace. 




Israel’s Obama Problem. 




Norway examines the ethics of its Israel investments.

… the Norwegian investment in Israeli companies totaled some 2.67 billion kroner, about $428 million, with another 627 million kroner in bonds, about $100 million. …

the fund may not invest in companies that “constitute an unacceptable risk of the Fund contributing to serious or systematic human rights violations, such as murder, torture, deprivation of liberty, forced labor, the worst forms of child labor and other forms of child exploitation, serious violations of individuals’ rights in situations of war or conflict, severe environmental damages, gross corruption or other particularly serious violations of fundamental ethical norms.” … 




The United Church of Canada is expected to offer a resolution at its general council in August calling for a “comprehensive boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions at the national and international levels.”

Israel, the proposal states, was “built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners.” … 


Israel fared very poorly in the Global Peace Index, being placed just 141 out of 144 countries, and ranked more peaceful than only Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. …

Countries which were considered more peaceful than Israel in 2009 included Sudan (140), Pakistan (137), Lebanon (132), North


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7 Responses to “Israel – World’s 3rd least peaceful state”

  1. worzzz Says:

    Settlers undermining legitimacy of Israel’s existence. (Snips)

    …. settler organizations have recently declared their intention to establish 11 new settlements in the territories, including some, according to media reports, on privately-owned Palestinian land. …

    aggressive Zionism, which is totally dismissive of the Arabs and their human rights. ….

    Such an approach of “me and me alone” should outrage every reasonable person, and as a result a large and important part of the Israeli Jewish public believes that this line of thinking is intolerable. … why should we complain about the goyim who view the settlements as an act of outrageous injustice? ….

    Through their actions, the settlers not only undermine the legitimacy of settlement in the territories, they also undermine international legitimacy for the very existence of the State of Israel. ….

  2. worzzz Says:

    Painting Obama as an enemy will hurt Israel badly.

    …. it is truly difficult to complain about someone no longer willing to stand for the verbal contortions and the lies that Israel has been feeding Washington.


    ‘Obama is a racist,’ settler rabbi tells protestors in Jerusalem.


    Israeli rabbis to U.S. Jews: Sway Obama administration in our favor.


    Rahm Emanuel: Self-hating Jew or peace-broker?

  3. worzzz Says:

    The Painful Cost to Israel of Its Settler Adventure.

    …. With every move of ostentatious defiance mounted by the Netanyahu government, the Obama administration finds the Palestinian Authority a more reliant, cooperative, and businesslike partner for diplomacy and West Bank security.

    The gratuitous machismo characterizing many of the declarations of right-wing parties, in particular the shrill back-benchers of Netanyahu’s Likud and members of Avigdor Lieberman’s indictment-shadowed Yisrael Beiteinu, has done little to win domestic backing in Israel, but has landed with dramatic and destructive effect in Washington. ….


    US Tells Israel to Lower Profile on Iran.

    ( The American message to Israel in talks about Iran’s nuclear program by visiting officials this week was to “lower its profile” and refrain from “ranting and raving” in public ….


    ( (Israel’s) Government debt in the first half of 2009 reached a record 574 billion shekels ($151 billion) in the first half of 2009 ….

    The 2008 figure was one of the highest in the developed world ….

  4. worzzz Says:

    Global Peace Index Rankings

    >>> Israel ranks near the bottom …. USA not good …..

  5. worzzz Says:

    Israel fears Obama heading for imposed Mideast settlement

    … the White House and State Department have been in contact with Israel’s European allies, first and foremost Germany, is seen as part of an effort to isolate Israel and put enormous political pressure on it. …


    Israeli officials reject U.S.-imposed plan.


    The Holocaust won’t protect Israel forever.

    … we must reach an agreement that will get us out of those territories and make Israel a moral and just country once again. This is because the Holocaust flak jacket won’t last forever. …


    Avoid the ‘peace’ trap.

    Aliyah, rather than “peace,” is real solution for securing Israel’s existence. — America’s pledges are proven time and again to be unreliable. … Netanyahu recently made it clear in the Knesset in an unequivocal manner that construction in all parts of Jerusalem will go on. ….,7340,L-3873883,00.html


    U.S tensions put Jerusalem construction on hold.


    Sarkozy: Israel strike against Iran would be disastrous.

  6. worzzz Says:

    Israel’s 11th Commandment and How It Makes Peace Near Impossible.

    … Ha’aretz says that “thou shalt not be a freier” is Israel’s 11th commandment. Above all, an Israeli does not want to be taken advantage of which is why he often will take advantage of the other guy first. (The Palestinians have almost always been freiers in their dealings with the Israelis).

    Americans don’t spend much time worrying about being suckers. The equivalent “thou shalt not be” for us is not to be an “a-hole” which is what we would call the people who make other people into freiers. In my experience, most Americans would rather be accused of being a sucker than of being an a-hole. For Israelis, it is just the opposite.
    See this Ha’aretz piece elaborating on this Israeli malady which causes so many problems, especially for those Israelis who have to deal with those adhering fiercely to that 11th commandment and, above all, for Palestinians.


    In 2001, a Jewish ethnic newspaper, the Forward, noted that the national Israeli propensity to be cheats and hustlers (always evasive of the law) probably had roots in Jewish history in other lands:

    [There is] universal awareness that something is definitely rotten in the state of Israel. This is, after all, a country in which bending the rules is said to be a national pastime, cutting corners a way of life and cheating the authorities the proof of merit … Sticklers for the law are ridiculed and abused, where anyone who works by the book is branded a sap, a “freier,” the worst insult in modern Israeli lexicon … Many people believe Israeli laxity, which borders on anarchy, is a national personality trait that cannot be eradicated by laws alone. Some trace the trait all the way back to the historical Jewish Diaspora, where Jews often found solace in bending the rules imposed by the often anti-Semitic authorities. ….

    “‘Don’t be a freier’ is practically the 11th commandment of the Israeli,” wrote Haaretz’s Benny Ziffer in 2006. How has such a great fear of being a freier developed in Israel, of all places? Bloch explains that this is due, among other reasons, to a desire to be free of the image of the Jew in exile. She says there are five attributes of Israeli character that come together to create the culture of “just don’t be a freier”: a particularly strong ego and sense of honor, avoidance of law and rules, individualism without responsibility, competition and machismo. There are some people, she adds, who are prepared to kill in order not to come out as freiers. She cites examples of murders for purely negligible reasons, like a fight over dogs or an argument over a lounge chair on the beach.

    … Americans as the Biggest Freiers of All

    Americans often find the Israeli attitude intolerably rude. Israelis, meanwhile, find Americans to be the biggest freiers of all. They are naive idealists. Whether tourists or Jewish immigrants, they are seen as easy marks.
    Author Shahar, a dual citizen of Israel and the United States, said Americans are perceived as innocents who follow the rules and who believe a person will actually do what he promises to do. “An American is willing to trust until someone proves to be untrustworthy,” Shahar said. “Israel is much more like the rest of the world, where the basic assumption is that people . . . should not be trusted until proven trustworthy.”
    Israelis, she said, view rules as something to be challenged. If a sign says “no entrance,” Israelis will try the door anyway. If a doctor’s assistant says no appointments are available today, an Israeli will keep pushing in the belief that exceptions will be made. Only a freier takes no for an answer.
    Israelis see this rule-bending as an advantage, particularly in times of war, when flexibility and improvisation can be a key to victory.
    Americans see used-car dealers as villains and sympathize with the consumer who has been had. But buy a lemon in Israel, and you are at fault. “You were naive and stupid enough to buy the car,” Shahar said. “You were the freier.”

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