Netanyahu in a labyrinth of his own making

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A Statement by the Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (CRIR)

It feels like a long time ago, but it has only been eight months since October 7, 2023, when Hamas militiamen seized more than two hundred Israeli settlers and Netanyahu launched his war on the civilian population of Palestine.

In the time that has elapsed, the situation for the Netanyahu government has shifted radically. The propaganda machine used by the powerful to portray Israel as the victim of Palestinian “barbarians” has endured as long as such a lie can last. At first the protest voices were weak and, in many cases, ambiguous. However, live broadcasts of images of genocide quickly tipped the scales and the entire world began to protest in defense of the oppressed.

The streets of major cities around the world are filled with Palestinian flags and slogans against the occupation and calling for ending the genocide. Artists, intellectuals, athletes, and various celebrities demonstrate today against the massacre, shedding light on a crime which no one could ignore.

In recent months, Israel’s own allies have begun to realize that continuing to back the Zionist government could bring them down with it. The decision of the International Court of Justice in The Hague to grant the South African government’s request to denounce the “genocidal practices” of the state of Israel is historic, regardless of its limited scope. Added to this is the recent petition of the International Criminal Court prosecutor, Karim Khan, to arrest the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

Recently three European countries–Ireland, Spain and Norway–officially recognized the Palestinian state. In Norway, the inhabitants of Oslo took to the streets to celebrate this move. In Latin America, Colombia broke off relations with Netanyahu’s government while Brazil withdrew its ambassador from Tel Aviv.

The U.S. government, the unconditional and historical ally of Israel, pressured by the huge demonstrations in its territory (for example on the campuses of important universities), is beginning to pressure its ally, Netanyahu. The U.S. is not willing to face another defeat, such as occurred with Vietnam. In the last few days, President Biden proposed a peace agreement which Netanyahu rejects. This has generated friction between the Israeli president, Isaac Herzog, and Netanyahu.

Multiple active war fronts still exist: the Houthis in Yemen, who continue to threaten the economic interests of both Israel and the entire West; the continuing skirmishes with Hezbollah in the north, which have forced the evacuation of one hundred thousand Israelis from the border with Lebanon; and also the latent threat of Iran. In addition, there are internal problems within Israel. More and more voices are calling for an end to the war, negotiating the release of the hostages, and early elections. Numerous demonstrations are taking place in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem. Protesters can no longer be silenced by the repressive apparatus of Netanyahu and Itamar Ben-Gvir, the Minister of National Security.

However, despite Israel’s clear isolation, the racist, settler troops of the Zionist butcher continue to murder civilians. After destroying almost the entire Gaza Strip and killing 35,000 innocent people, bombardments today are focused on Rafah at Israel’s southern border which represents the only refuge for Palestinians trying to escape the massacre.

The Netanyahu government has stretched the policy of Zionism to the limit and intends to complete the current cycle of death and destruction as quickly as possible. Ethnic cleansing, which Israel’s defenders have always denied, is now visible for the entire world to see and is advancing without the “exemplary democracies of the West” doing anything to stop it. The lukewarm measures by some governments, as well as those of the capitulating Arab regimes that endorse the massacre, are the result of pressure from below.

The world’s working class cannot trust the pathetic expressions of the international bourgeoisie that masquerades as defending human rights while condoning decades of extermination. We must extend solidarity toward the Palestinian people by mobilizing in the streets to denounce and organize an active boycott of the Zionist companies and institutions that finance the genocide. Only in this way can we pave the way for a truly free Palestine, from the river to the sea: secular, democratic and non-racist.

–Build the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel and the governments and companies that finance genocide!
–For the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland!
–End the Zionist apartheid occupation of Gaza and the West Bank!
–For a secular, democratic and non-racist Palestine!

Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (CRIR)
Partido Socialismo y Libertad – Argentina
Movimento Revolucionário Socialista – Brasil
Freedom Socialist Party – United States and Australia
Partido Obrero Socialista – México

Contact: cririnter@gmail.com

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