Richard Anderson Falk
Former UN special rapporteur for human rights in Palestine
I believe that Israel is a rogue state in the regional context of West Asia. It has been defiant toward international law in war/peace contexts, especially since the Lebanon War of 2006, but also in its periodic massive military operations carried out in Gaza over the last six years (2008-09, 2012, 2014) against an essentially defenceless civilian population encaged within a crowded space. Gazan civilians have not even been granted the option of seeking sanctuary across the border, a normal refugee option, and the realities of Gaza make internal displacement unavailable as there is no escaping the combat zone. We lament the refugee flows and internal displacements associated with the strife in Syria and Iraq, but compared to the people of Gaza, Syrian and Iraqi civilians are ‘privileged’.
Former Indian diplomat
A rogue state is one that functions with total disregard for international law, norms and values; indeed, it is indifferent to any constraints on its conduct, arguing that it faces such extraordinary threat that for its self-preservation and the protection of its interests and values, it cannot allow any restrictions on actions taken by it. By this yardstick, Israel has been a rogue state for several years. Since the ’80s, as better understanding of the Israel-Palestine dispute has emerged in the international community, Israel’s actions against the Palestinians have become even more uncompromising and even brutal, and almost entirely against international sentiment. Since the mid-’90s, it has in fact given up all interest in pursuing the peace process, while steadily expanding its settlements in the occupied territories in violation of international law and all norms of natural justice.
Lecturer, media studies, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto
Israel has long been a rogue state in that for decades it has violated international law in countless ways. Examples of that include: its illegal occupation and settlement of Palestinian territories; its refusal to allow Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes in accord with UN Resolution 194; its seven-year-old siege of Gaza, characterised as illegal by such groups as the Red Cross and Amnesty International as well as by UN officials like Desmond Tutu, Navi Pillay and Richard Falk. Israel can also be considered a rogue state in view of its frequent invasions of neighbouring countries and its frequent mass murders of civilians, seen in such cases as Operation Protective Edge this year, Operation Pillar of Defence in 2012, Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09, the 2006 assault on Lebanon, the Sabra-Shatila massacre, besides all the way back to the 1947-48 Nakba upon which Israel was founded.
Historian, University of Exeter, UK
It is becoming a rogue state in the eyes of the civil society worldwide, but it is not depicted this way by the political elites or the mainstream media. Although one should say that Apartheid South Africa was first ostracised from below and the elites were dragged screaming into imposing sanctions on it…. The killing of innocent civilians will go on unless the international community is brave enough to call a spade a spade and describe Israel’s policies as war crimes. The liberal voice inside Israel subsided a long time ago. By and large, the society has become nationalist and racist and backs fully the government’s policy. This is why the only strategy now is pressure from outside in the form of BDS: boycott, divestment and sanctions.
—Interviews by Pranay Sharma
ANWAAR >> It also has full covert support and complicity of both Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Saudi Arabia - The Nation which calls itself islamic theocracy, refuses to give freedom of faith to its citizens, follows medevial barbarian laws, charges crude oil that it sells to other nations (India etc) at usurious rates (110 dollars a barrel of crude which is produced at price of less than 10 dollars a barrel), parking the oil riches with the Jewish Bankers of New York who run Wall street, buying expensive armaments and keeping western world's arms merchants happy, allowing US marines who safeguard the ruling saudi family happy by allowing them to eat pork and booze right in the holy land, funding jehadi terrorism across the globe, refusing to invest in green energy despite unlimited oil riches and despite being blessed by 12 months of bright and hot sunshine.
This Saudi Arabia is the NUMBER ONE ROGUE STATE OF WORLD and what are we going to do about this ?
This is what is called a balanced article. You pose a question, get the answers you want, and then pretend that the question has been answered in full.
This is called objective journalism.
Fairly old story: Rogue state for many many years now. But nevertheless, a ballot-casting--militarised rogue.
Although not the single rogue; the US would rank highest, but Saudi surely has to be given top honours. Think about it, it's clear. Read about it and we only hear of North Korea, Libya, Somalia and quite a few others.
Israel became a rogue state because of unstinted and unconditional support of not only the U.S. It also has full covert support and complicity of both Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
''Israel is a rogue state because it is armed to its teeth. Those who armed it so heavily bear the responsibility.'' ANWAAR, DALLAS, UNITED STATES
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