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Thu Feb 22, 2024, 05:18 PM Feb 22

Biden can end the bombing of Gaza right now. Here's how Mehdi Hasan [View all]

'Picture the scene. An Israeli prime minister launches airstrikes on an Arab population. Civilians are killed in their thousands. An American president, stunned and shocked by the scenes of carnage on his TV screen, makes a call to his Israeli counterpart. And … within minutes … the bombing is over.

Sound crazy? Or maybe simplistic? Perhaps naive, even?

My son asks me what will be left when we return to Gaza. The answer? Only rubble and memories

Yet, the year was 1982. . .

On 12 August, in what would later be dubbed “Black Thursday”, Israeli jets bombed Beirut for 11 consecutive hours, killing more than 100 people. That same day, a horrified Ronald Reagan placed a phone call to Menachem Begin, then Israeli prime minister, to “express his outrage” and condemn the “needless destruction and bloodshed”.

“Menachem, this is a holocaust,” Reagan told Begin. . .

Twenty minutes. That’s all the time it took for Begin to call back and tell the president he had ordered Sharon to stop the bombing. It was over. “I didn’t know I had that kind of power,” a surprised Reagan told an aide, upon putting down the phone.

Flash forward 42 years and the Israeli assault on Gaza has now gone on for twice as long as the siege of Beirut.'>>>


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I'm skeptical Netanyahu and Begin see things the same way Raven123 Feb 22 #1
He just says Biden could do it with an ultimatum phone call. maxsolomon Feb 22 #2
Hard to know the complete past conversations but short of withholding $$$ and diplomatic support, what is US leverage? dutch777 Feb 22 #4
Well, that's what Hassan is saying. US leverage is our weaponry. maxsolomon Feb 22 #16
The Man Deploys A 'Get Out Of Context Free' Card, Ma'am The Magistrate Feb 22 #3
It is not 1982...Biden would not be listened to. Demsrule86 Feb 22 #5
Exactly.. they're Cha Feb 22 #7
Hasan has always hated Biden SocialDemocrat61 Feb 22 #6
NO HE CAN'T. Netanyahu is the President of Israel, not Biden. onecaliberal Feb 22 #8
Prime minister, not president. DavidDvorkin Feb 22 #11
Seeing that Hasan isn't stupid and seems sane so I'm left to chalk him as evil TheKentuckian Feb 22 #9
Mehdi Hasan giving Reagan a reacharound in The Guardian. OilemFirchen Feb 22 #10
He could certainly give a public try. David__77 Feb 22 #12
See, everything's easy! Why don't Democrats stop the bad things when it's this simple? Why can't they be betsuni Feb 22 #13
And what happens if Biden does just that and Netanyahu shrugs? All Mixed Up Feb 22 #14
In 1982, Israel was HEAVILY dependent upon the US for arms and funding NickB79 Feb 22 #15
We supplied Israel with well over $2 Billion in aid in 2023 and Joe requested another 14.3 Billion since Oct. 7th. GhostHunter22 Feb 22 #17
Israel spends $25 billion annually on military spending NickB79 Feb 22 #18
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