By Pepe Escobar
"The next United Nations General Assembly could be a game-changer for Israel's feeling of impunity as the new Egypt steps up to the podium. Yet Israel's killing of 21 people marching to its borders on Sunday shows that after 63 years of unconditional support from the United States, the "pathological state" has lost none of its penchant for killing Arabs with "maximum restraint"....
So in the Israeli narrative the Israel Defense Forces could have pulverized Gaza to dust - but it didn't, because it respects human life. Thus destroying "only" 15% of Gaza's buildings and killing "only" 300 of its children in late 2008, early 2009 could be sold - and accepted - by Israelis as a "humanitarian" act. As for East Jerusalem, it should be "purified". None of this, of course, ever arouses the ire of the UN Security Council.
The world knows that Israel has gotten away with killing and torturing tens of thousands of Palestinians over the past 63 years because of the unconditional support of Washington. Perhaps the next UN General Assembly in September will be a game-changer. A new, really representative, really sovereign Egyptian government will definitely be a game-changer, because - to Tel Aviv's horror - it will be the absolute opposite of Mubarak.
Yet what is already certain is that as long as the apartheid enshrined at the very core of Israel is not questioned by Israelis themselves, there is no evidence the "moral insanity" of the "pathological state" is abating. "