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Yossi Werter/Haaretz:

Netanyahu expected Hamas to reject the ceasefire offer. When this did not happen, he resorted to sabotage

Israel’s criminally criminal prime minister is more focused on saving his incompetent far-right government than rescuing hostages trapped seven months in Gaza, torpedoing Israel’s last and best chance to bring hostages home. He is doing everything.

Minister Benny Gantz called the statement issued over the weekend by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (also known as the “diplomatic official”) “hysteria for political reasons”, in which he reiterated that the release would be accompanied by a temporary pause in the fighting or Regarding our hostages without him, “We will enter Rafah and eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions.”

Later, before the end of Shabbat, Netanyahu sent another announcement, in which he denied reports that Israel had agreed to a ceasefire as part of a deal.

This time Gantz struck accurately. Netanyahu is fleeing a hostage deal. The closer he comes, the faster he runs to avoid him. At least twice in recent months he has sabotaged sensitive steps toward a deal, whether through public statements or secret messages, or by curbing the mandate of the negotiating team. This time too there was nothing different.


Limor Simony Philpott/the audience:

Benny Gantz’s resignation threat puts Netanyahu in trouble

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet is in danger of collapsing as the country’s defense establishment turns against him. Last night, Benny Gantz, leader of the National Unity Party and a member of Netanyahu’s coalition, issued an ultimatum to the prime minister. In a highly critical speech, Gantz blamed Netanyahu for letting personal interests interfere with national security decisions and allowing a group of extremists to take control.

Gantz’s ultimatum includes six demands: the return of hostages held by Hamas; destruction of Hamas and demilitarization of Gaza; replacing Hamas’s rule with an alternative government; Allowing citizens from Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, who were evacuated from their homes months earlier, to return to their homes by September 1 (the beginning of the school year); Progress toward normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia; and passing a law that would force Orthodox Jews to perform national service.

Gantz warned that he would withdraw from the coalition if the demands were not met. His National Unity Party makes up eight seats in Netanyahu’s 64-seat coalition (out of a total of 120 Knesset seats). A Netanyahu government could almost avoid Gantz’s exit, but it could still create many difficulties.

Of course, democracy in this country has its own challenges.


maggie aster/new York Times:

Rubio, a Trump VP contender, won’t commit to accepting 2024 results

Senator Marco Rubio also repeated false claims of election fraud in the 2020 election in an interview with NBC.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who was succeeded by former President Donald J. , who has been named as Trump’s potential running mate, refused on Sunday to accept the results of the 2024 presidential election and repeated conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

Asked in an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” whether he would accept this year’s results “no matter what happens,” Mr. Rubio replied: “‘No matter what?’ No, if it is an unfair election, I think it will be contested by all sides.

He dodged follow-up questions – in which interviewer Kristen Welker asked the question “no matter who wins” – by falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton had denied her defeat in 2016 and a small group of Democrats in Congress. Had mentioned. Objected to certifying George W. Bush’s victory over John Kerry in Ohio in 2004. Mrs. Clinton accepted, and the objections in 2004 were not supported by Mr. Kerry or his campaign.

Will Bunch/Philadelphia Inquirer:

Is America afraid of losing democracy? Texas is already gone

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s pardon of the killer of a 2020 BLM protestor is a rejection of democracy in a state that bans dissent.

“I can go to Dallas to murder robbers,” said a then-active duty U.S. Army sergeant named Daniel Perry. sent a message to a friend In the spring of 2020, as protest march There was an uproar in Texas and the entire country over the police killing of George Floyd. This was not a stray thought. A right-wing extremist, Perry repeatedly told friends of his intention to use violence against people protesting police brutality. He wrote: “I might have to kill some people on my way to work, they’re rioting outside my apartment complex.”


At his 2023 trial, Perry’s lawyers’ self-defense argument was weakened not only by witnesses who said Foster never raised his rifle or aimed it at him, but also by Sgt. own statement to the police: “I believe he was going to shoot at me. “I didn’t want to give him a chance to pick on me.” Perry found guilty of murder by a jury of his peers sentenced to 25 years in prison,

Exactly one year later, perry is a free man – Pardoned by a Texas governor who declared open season on political protesters whose views are not in favor of his extreme authoritarian state. Governor Greg Abbott appointed members of the state pardon board that recommended Perry’s freedom, a decision Abbott requested it and immediately approved it. This was a grave injustice in a former Confederate state that is reminiscent of the bad old days southern jury nullificationA modern update on the impunity with which white people murdered Emmett Till and his aftermath laughed at justice,

Marilou Johanneck/Ohio Capital Journal:

With endless outrage, angry Ohio Republicans reject simple Biden ballot solution

what a joke. In a wave of partisan outrage, Republican supermajorities poised for life in the Ohio Statehouse have inflicted yet another national embarrassment on the state. “I think at this point we have officially hit rock bottom Alabama,” Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, said dryly about the state’s descent into autocratic hell. The latest insult to make headlines for Columbus was entirely self-inflicted by the MAGA-promoting Poles.

What our beloved legislative overlords have torpedoed Needed are an easy bipartisan fix ballot scheduling still President Joe Biden has been threatened with being kept off the general election ballot in Ohio. Ballot adjustments are a non-issue in a presidential election year. But when things didn’t go their way, Republican lawmakers decided to make it one by fighting and stomping their feet. Like babies who need a nap.

The straightforward legislation, which the GOP-controlled Ohio Senate and Ohio House shot down (for no good reason), would have solved the problem of candidate filing deadlines in state election law that have plagued presidential contests with Democrats and Republicans. This has come up before in years also. It has generally been resolved as a bipartisan matter without incident. So far. (Hence Rousseau’s observation).


philip bump/Washington Post:

Voters who played a key role in past Democratic victories are skeptical and unmotivated

The new polling reinforces President Biden’s struggles as the general election approaches.

Joe Biden’s 2020 election can be largely attributed to two overlapping factors: Americans generally like him and Americans generally dislike him. Donald Trump, But the latter factor was stronger. When asked why they planned to vote this way, a large group of Biden supporters consistently indicated in the months before that election that they planned to support him because they wanted to oust Trump from the White House. Wanted.

A Pew Research Center analysis of the electorate in 2020 showed it was more likely to be non-white (up from 26 percent in 2016 to 28 percent) and more young (voters under 30 increased from 13 to 15 percent). Were. They helped deliver Biden a large popular and narrow electoral-vote victory.

Now, as new polling indicates, that same group is more skeptical of Biden and less enthusiastic about voting for him.

Trump, on the other hand, treats people best who don’t vote.

Cliff Schechter on Trump’s latest speech:

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