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Sun Dec 7, 2014, 05:31 AM

 

Biden: Israel's House Demolition Policy Is 'Collective Punishment'

Source: Haaretz

Vice President Joe Biden called on Israel to stop the demolition of homes of terrorists' families, which he described as “collective punishment.” Biden also criticized expansion of Jewish settlements “in the West Bank and East Jerusalem” and called on the government to do more to stop “vigilante justice” attacks against Palestinians.

Biden was speaking at a noon plenary on Saturday at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum being held at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. His speech ignored the upcoming elections, focusing instead on America’s bedrock support for Israel and the “tactical disagreements” that “should be honestly discussed between friends.”

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Biden’s speech included his usual gushing expressions of love and support for Israel and for Prime Minister Netanyahu “although we drive each other crazy.” But Biden’s speech was also notable for its carefully worded formulations of U.S. policy which he read from prepared text and which were likely composed in close consultation with the White House.

Biden spent much of his time discussing the talks with Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program: He described as “malarkey” any notion that he or Obama would allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. But while he estimated that the chances for an accord were “less than even”, he insisted that a “good deal” that would make the world safer is entirely possible.

Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.630347

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Reply Biden: Israel's House Demolition Policy Is 'Collective Punishment' (Original post)
Purveyor Dec 2014 OP
PCIntern Dec 2014 #1
Leopolds Ghost Dec 2014 #2
PCIntern Dec 2014 #4
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2014 #14
PCIntern Dec 2014 #15
Ash_F Dec 2014 #17
PCIntern Dec 2014 #18
Ash_F Dec 2014 #19
Android3.14 Dec 2014 #3
cosmicone Dec 2014 #5
Odin2005 Dec 2014 #6
cosmicone Dec 2014 #8
StoneCarver Dec 2014 #7
cosmicone Dec 2014 #9
L0oniX Dec 2014 #11
Ash_F Dec 2014 #16
L0oniX Dec 2014 #10
Enrique Dec 2014 #12
fingrin Dec 2014 #13

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 08:42 AM

1. Yeah, well he can talk after we here in the USA stop

shooting children in the street for being black, thus our own version of "collective punishment."

By any chance did you watch Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Helfgott on PBS? A thing of beauty...

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:01 AM

2. What happened on PBS?

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Response to Leopolds Ghost (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:25 AM

4. There was a wonderful concert with

the mentioned artists of Yiddish music, at least it was shown here in Philly on TV 12. Magnificent artistry and repartee with Joel Grey and Neil Sedaka among others...

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 01:04 PM

14. Pathetic attempt to deflect is noted. n/t

 

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 07:25 PM

15. Who you calling 'pathetic'?

You're trying to undermine the only nation which even has a pretense of a democracy and law and order in the Middle East. that is pathetic. the other countries are busy stoning their gay and lesbian citizens. For starters...

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 9, 2014, 11:58 AM

17. 'undermine'?

Oh no! God forbid the VP criticize human rights abuses.

Good on Biden.

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Response to Ash_F (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 9, 2014, 12:05 PM

18. More selective pearl-clutching...

Transparent.

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 9, 2014, 12:12 PM

19. You are the one who reacted to the OP with a tangent

Who's clutching their pearls now?

Biden must have cut DEEP.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:19 AM

3. "the demolition of homes of terrorists' families"

 

"terrorists' families"?
Haaretz is a propaganda tool.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:19 AM

5. House demolition has been an effective deterrent

 

Without it, there would have been far far more suicide bombings. When the fanatics are high on Islam, they can rarely be deterred by anything else other than the potential of their family being homeless and on the street.

While some families are completely innocent, many are tacitly complicit in the terrorism.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:26 AM

6. Wow, how progressive of you to defend crimes against humanity.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:39 AM

8. Terrorism is a much bigger crime against humanity n/t

 

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:39 AM

7. So' you're sayin

 

If your brother commits a crime, say murder. It would be ok for the government to bulldoze your house? That's insanity!!!

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Response to StoneCarver (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:41 AM

9. Israel doesn't demolish houses of ordinary cons

 

Only suicide bombers and other terrorists who purposely target innocent civilians.

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Response to StoneCarver (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:32 PM

11. It's not too different than the old Mafia tactics.

 

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 9, 2014, 11:56 AM

16. Ladies and gentlemen, Democraticunderground 2014 /nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:30 PM

10. It's nice he finally figured that out way after it's been obvious to everyone else with 1/2 a brain.

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:41 PM

12. that makes it a war crime

of course the charge doesn't carry as much weight as it could due to certain actions by Biden's own government.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:54 PM

13. I am kind of curious

why people in general agree with demolishing houses of "Terrorists" on the basis of guilty by association, but remain eerily silent on the 247 innocent people killed in drone strikes for every terrorist.
Yet 1 Journalist murdered by ISIS is "Barbaric"


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