Netanyahu in Moscow

Netanyahu in Moscow
by Stephen Lendman
Last September, Netanyahu met with Putin in Moscow to assure Russia wouldn’t interfere with illegal Israeli airstrikes on Syrian targets – part of the US-led anti-Assad campaign.
On Thursday he was back, discussing what he called “coordination on security matters to prevent mistakes (and) misunderstandings.” 
He lied, claiming Israel’s illegal annexation of Golan (in 1981 after its 1967 occupation) aims to prevent “rockets…fired at our communities and our children…”
Golan “will remain part of (Israeli) sovereign territory” despite near universal opposition to its annexation, a flagrant breach of international law.
Israel is a notorious scofflaw, ignoring UN Charter provisions it’s sworn to uphold as a member state, violating dozens of Security Council resolutions over the last half century, breaching virtually all international laws with regard to war and peace, human rights and other humanitarian issues.
Security Council Resolution 252 (May 1968) demands Israel reverse its illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, stating in part, the SC:
“Considers that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, including expropriation of land and properties thereon, which tend to change the legal status of Jerusalem are invalid and cannot change that status;” 
“Urgently calls upon Israel to rescind all such measures already taken and to desist forthwith from taking any further action which tends to change the status of Jerusalem;” 
Security Council Resolution 497 (December 1981) demands Israel reverse its Golan annexation, stating in part, the SC:
“Decides that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect;”
“Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, should rescind forthwith its decision.” 
Security Council Resolution 446 (March 1979) demands Israel cease building settlements in Occupied Palestine, and “remove those already built.”
Fourth Geneva prohibits an occupying power from transferring parts of its civilian population to territory it occupies, or dispossessing its legal residents.
Security Council Resolutions 452 (1979) and 465 (1980) demanded compliance. Illegal settlement development continues unabated on stolen Palestinian land.
UN Charter Article 2(4) states “(a)ll members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”
Security Council Resolution 242 stressed “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war.” It lacked teeth, letting Israel ignore it with impunity.
The Security Council never passed a Chapter VII resolution, demanding action against Israel “with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression.”
Israel does what it pleases, free from accountability, breaching its international obligations with impunity – justifying the unjustifiable and getting away with it virtually always.
At a press briefing following his meeting with Putin, Netanyahu said “(p)roblems were raised. From the very nature of things there is always friction, and if we don’t deal with it, it is liable to develop into something a lot larger.”
In less than so many words, he stressed Israel’s self-declared right to attack Syrian targets at his discretion.
Russian warplanes reportedly fired warning shots two or more times on Israeli aircraft illegally entering Syrian airspace.
Whether both leaders resolved differences between them isn’t clear. Their agendas with regard to Syria are polar opposite.
Russia respects Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity. Israel wants the Syrian Arab Republic destroyed, tyranny replacing its legitimate government.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at 

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