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Hebrew transcript of Obama and Netanyahu’s phone call

  • Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?
  • BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.
  • BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
  • BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.
  • BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.
  • BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza.
  • BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.
  • BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.
  • BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –
  • BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.

And what’s going on with Republican statehouses and the Medicaid expansion should draw a line under that. The typical Republican state politician is willing to turn down huge pots of free money from the federal government to validate the principle that if the working poor get sick it should be left to the Great Market in the Sky to sort things out. To believe in this context that the collapse of the private American health insurance industry was inevitable absent the ACA is to enter a land of fantasia. The Teleological Fallacy

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Obama completed George W. Bush’s destruction of the US Constitution. Neither party represents you or America, unless you are the one percent. If you vote for a Republican or a Democrat you are voting for your dispossession and for war. You are voting in favor of a DHS sponsored SWAT team breaking into your home at night and murdering you or your wife or your children and most certainly the family pet dog. Professor Francis Boyle

Barack Obama, elected on a series of (false) promises to roll back the worst of the Bush-era crimes, while rejecting torture and closing America’s overseas “black sites,” still pushed the process forward in his own way. He expanded executive power, emphasized drone assassinations (including against American citizens), gave amnesty to torturers, increased government secrecy, targeted whistleblowers, and heightened surveillance. In other words, two successive administrations lied, performed legal acrobatics, and bullied their way toward a kind of absolute power that hasn’t been seen since the days of King George. That’s the common narrative and, while not wrong, it is incomplete. What We’ve Lost Since 9/11

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