THE GROUP CALLED WSWS ARE A FAKE TROTSKYIST GROUP…COVERAGE OF EGYPT IS A BETRAYAL

4international.me looks closely at the events in Egypt .

 

EGYPT NUN

EGYPTIAN NUN…Via “voice of the copts” FB page — August 20th, 2013

This article splits like this

1. A general introduction on where 4international stood on Mubarak

2. A close look at an article by the ANTI trotskyist group called http://www.wsws.org

3. The persecution of Christians under Muslim rule today with special emphasis on the wholesale burning of Christian and Christian Coptic Churches by the forces of Islam in Egypt over the past week

4. Finally draw a balance sheet on this group wsws, as it stands also for much of the deterioration of the Left today and why we must therefore in a determined fashion build a real Trotskyist organization

 

1. ROLE OF OBAMA AGAINST MUBARAK OPENING DOOR FOR FASCIST MUSLIM BROTHERS

www.4international.me said that Mubarak must be actively defended against both Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. It was obvious to us that Obama was opening the door to the Muslim Brotherhood taking power in Egypt.

WHAT OBAMA DID:

Obama contacted the PLO and Holocaust Denier Mahmoud Abbas as his first phone call

His first overseas visit was in June 2009 to Cairo Islamic University Meeting. There he insisted that the illegal Muslim Brothers be present. Obama told Mubarak to resign and to make way for “democracy” which was code for make way for the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia

Mubarak as part of the Army Organization in Egypt was the bitter enemy of the Muslim Brotherhood. Groups like www.wsws moved in on this mass movement of Egyptians and said “Let´s remove Mubarak”, let’s go with the mass movement, which was code for let’s go with the Muslim Brothers…thus they were saying exactly the same as Obama.

The www.wsws had become the organ of US Imperialism and they were speaking the same language towards Islam as Obama

It was like a replay of 1933 in Germany all over again.

Why did the wsws and this “Fascist Left” do this? Answer is simple, they are not Trotskyist. Trotsky fought to above all not allow Hitler get his hands on power. But more, like Gerry Healy and Vanessa Redgrave, the www.wsws are infected by the poison of the “Palestinians” Arabs, a poison that runs through the anti-left of today

OUR POSITION was that Mubarak was a cold figure towards Israel and the Jews, and a danger too as was Nasser. But this was a battle between Sharia Fascism and the forces of Army Rule involving secularism. Our position was clear. Defend Mubarak critically to stop the Fascism of the Muslim Brothers. We were unique (alone) on the left.

 

2. WSWS SYMPATHETIC TO MUSLIM BROTHERS

All articles show this but check out this main article and check where they mention the burning of Coptic Churches by the Muslim Brothers. They do not!

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/19/egyp-a19.html

HEADLINE URL ABOVE WHERE WSWS DO NOT ONCE MENTION MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD EGYPT BURNING OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

THE TONE OF THE WSWS IS TO DO NOTHING AGAINST THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. EMPTY RHETORIC. AS COPTIC CHURCHES ARE TORCHED BY THE FASCISTS THE WWW.WSWS ARE SILENT.

THE WSWS ARE BETRAYING TROTSKYISM BECAUSE A CENTRAL ISSUE HERE IS THE NEED TO OPPOSE THE THEOCRATIC FASCISM AND SHARIA OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

IT IS A LITTLE LIKE WSWS SAYING DO NOTHING TO OPPOSE HITLER. NB THIS GROUP WSWS IS NOT TROTSKYIST! BEWARE OF THEIR CLAIMS!

TYPICAL PARAGRAPH:

The US-backed military junta in Egypt continued its violent crackdown over the weekend against any opposition to its dictatorial regime.

On Sunday evening, the military erected barricades and positioned sharpshooters on rooftops to prevent anti-coup demonstrators from marching from six locations in the Egyptian capital Cairo towards the Supreme Constitutional Court.

WRITER OF ABOVE GOES BY THE NAME OF Johannes Stern       
and is published on 19 August 2013

IT IS INDEED A SPECIAL CATEGORY OF CYNICISM BY THIS GROUP. DO THEY NOT CARE ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN COPTS!!!

WE ON WWW.4INTERNATIONAL.ME DO INDEED CARE!

REMEMBER HISTORY WILL SHOW…NO MENTION OF THE MASSIVE ATTACKS ON THE EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS, ESPECIALLY THE COPTS, BY THE WSWS, WHERE MASS BURNINGS OF CHURCHES TAKE PLACE BY THE MB…SEE A CHURCH BURN IT IS THE MOTTO…AND WSWS ARE SILENT AND ARE DEFINITELY TACITLY SUPPORTING THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

ON THE OTHER HAND WE ON WWW.4INTERNATIONAL.ME DEFEND THE COPTIC CHRISTIANS AGAINST THE FASCIST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

 

3. THE BBC HAS IGNORED 58 COPTIC CHURCHES TORCHED BY THE MUSLIM BROTHERS. THAT IS THE BBC. WE EXPECT THAT. BUT THE WWW.WSWS WHO CALL THEMSELVES TROTSKYIST. WHAT A BETRAYAL OF TROTSKYISM!

www.4international.me maintain that it is totally vital for socialists to actively defend the Christian Copts of Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood. The www.wsws.org and the left as a whole do not do this. We on the left are alone. THE FASCIST PRO PALESTINIAN INDYMEDIA IRELAND TOTALLY IGNORE THE TORCHING OF COPTIC CHURCHES.

WWW.4INTERNATIONAL.ME LIST THE BURNED COPTIC CHURCHES

SOME FACTS THAT WSWS AND INDYMEDIA IRELAND IGNORE:

Cairo (AsiaNews) – At least 58 Christian churches, schools, institutions, homes and shops have been attacked, looted and torched over the last three days by the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the former Egyptian president who was deposed on 3 July . On August 14 the army has tried to evict the sit-in of the Islamists in Rabaa El Nahda Square and Adaweya. In a wave of devastating violence, over 600 people were killed and thousands injured. But violent attacks were also carried out on Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical churches as well as the homes and shops of Christians, as we have documented.

The representatives of the Christian Churches have drawn up a list which we publish below. The list was handed over to AsiaNews by the Press Office of the Catholic Church in Egypt.

Catholic churches and convents

    1. Franciscan church and school (road 23) – burned (Suez)     2. Monastery of the Holy Shepherd and hospital – burned (Suez)     3. Church of the Good Shepherd, Monastery of the Good Shepherd – burned in molotov attack (Asuit)     4. Coptic Catholic Church of St. George – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     5. Church of the Jesuits – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     6. Fatima Basilica – attacked – Heliopolis     7. Coptic Catholic Church of St. Mark – burned (Minya – Upper Egypt)     8. Franciscan convent (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) – burned (Beni Suef, Upper Egypt)     9. Church of St. Teresa – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)     10. Franciscan Church and School – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)     11. Convent of St Joseph and school – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     12. Coptic Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart – torched (Minya, Upper Egypt)     13 Convent of the Sisters of Saint Mary – attacked (Cairo)     14. School of the Holy Shepherd – attacked (Minya, Upper Egypt)

 

    Orthodox and Evangelical Churches     1. Anglican Church of St. Saviour – burned (Suez)     2. Evangelical Church of St Michael – surrounded and sacked (Asuit, Upper Egypt)     3. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George – Burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     4. Church of Al-Esla – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)      5. Adventist Church – burned, the pastor and his wife abducted (Asuit, Upper Egypt)      6. Church of the Apostles – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)      7. Church of the Holy renewal – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)     8. Diocesan Centre Coptic Orthodox Qusiya – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)     9. Church of St. George – burned (Arish, North Egypt)     10. Church of St. George in al-Wasta – burned (Beni Suef, Upper Egypt)     11. Church of the Virgin Mary – attacked (Maadi, Cairo)     12. Church of the Virgin Mary – attacked (Mostorod, Cairo)     13. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George – attacked (Helwan, Cairo)     14. Church of ​​St. Mary of El Naziah – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)     15. Church of Santa Damiana – sacked and burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)     16. Church of St. Theodore – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)     17. Evangelical Church of al-Zorby – Sacked and destroyed (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)     18. Church of St. Joseph – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)     19. Franciscan School – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)     20. Coptic Orthodox Diocesan Center of St. Paul – burned (Gharbiya, Delta)     21. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Anthony – burned (Giza)     22. Coptic Church of St. George – burned (Atfeeh, Giza)     23. Church of the Virgin Mary and father Abraham – burned (Delga, Deir Mawas, Minya, Upper Egypt)     24. Church of St. Mina Abu Hilal Kebly – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     25. Baptist Church in Beni Mazar – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     26. Church of Amir Tawadros – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     27. Evangelical Church – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     28. Church of Anba Moussa al-Aswad- burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     29. Church of the Apostles – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     30. Church of St Mary – arson attempt (Qena, Upper Egypt)     31. Coptic Church of St. George – burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)     32. Church of Santa Damiana – Attacked and burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)     33. Church of the Virgin Mary – burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)     34. Church of St. Mark and community center – burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)     35. Church of Anba Abram – destroyed and burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)

    Christian institutions     1. House of Fr. Angelos (pastor of the church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abraham) – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     2. Properties and shops of Christians – Burnt (Arish, North Egypt)     3. 17 Christian homes attacked and looted (Minya, Upper Egypt)     4. Christian homes – Attach (Asuit, Upper Egypt)     5. Offices of the Evangelical Foundation – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)     6. Stores, pharmacies, hotels owned by Christians – attacked and looted (Luxor, Upper Egypt)     7. Library of the Bible Society – burned (Cairo)     8. Bible Society – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)     9. Bible Society- burned (Asuit, North Egypt).

 

4. BALANCE SHEET…WWW.WSWS AND INDYMEDIA IRELAND HAVE BETRAYED THE CHRISTIAN COPTS OF EGYPT

Balance sheet on the utter deterioration of the left today. The latest example of this reactionary anti Trotskyist group the wsws is today. In the following quote they are moaning on the certainty that Sisi will release Mubarak

Of course Mubarak must be released. After all he was removed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Note in this final quote from the wsws that they are using left sounding phrases such as that Mubarak was removed by a “revolutionary uprising of the working class”

No he was not! he was removed by a movement of the Jihad, of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, by a Fascist Movement, which has proved that let loose they would have massacred the Copts. Note please the stakes involved here. Population of Egypt 90 millions. % of Copts is 10%. That makes the possible or certain persecution by the Jihad of 9millions of Christians

The defence of Christians against Jihad is a major revolutionary issue, for revolutionaries, but wsws are not that.

After a week of massacres that have left thousands of unarmed protesters killed or wounded, the Egyptian military junta is moving to free the hated former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, who has sat in prison since a revolutionary uprising of the working class forced his ouster in February 2011.

When a judge cleared Mubarak on corruption charges yesterday, Mubarak’s lawyer Farid el-Deeb told the press: “All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week.”

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/20/egyp-a20.html

 

 

 

FINAL CONCLUSIONS: ABSENCE OF TROTSKYIST LEADERSHIP ALLOWED MUSLIM BROTHERS TO WIN POWER

MASS ACTION OF THE WONDERFUL EGYPTIAN PEOPLE ESPECIALLY OF CAIRO FORCED MORSI OUT OF POWER AND OPENED THE DOOR FOR ARMY ACTION AGAINST THE MUSLIM BROTHERS FASCISTS

THE BATTLE IS NOT OVER. WWW.4INTERNATIONAL.ME SUPPORT FULLY THE ARMY DICTATORSHIP OVER THE FASCIST SHARIA OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

THE WWW.4INTERNATIONAL.ME ARE NOT AND NEVER WILL BE PACIFISTS, NO MORE THAN WAS LENIN AND TROTSKY IN 1917

THE FORCE OF THE EGYPTIAN ARMY USED AGAINST THE FASCISTS OF ISLAM HAS PREVENTED THE MURDER OF MILLIONS OF COPTIC CHRISTIANS AND ORDINARY “DISSENTING FROM ISLAM” MUSLIMS TOO

AN ACT OF KINDNESS TO THE WORLD IS TO PUT DOWN THE NAZI FASCISTS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

 

AS AMERICAN CONGRESS IS PARALYSED AMERICAN WORKERS MUST COME FORWARD TO DESTROY OBAMA AND DESTROY THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD INTERNATIONALLY

 

postscript

 

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS SHOW THAT WWW.4INTERNATIONAL.ME ARE ON THE SAME PAGE AS ISRAEL

 

VITAL INFORMATION FOLLOWS:

 

Allies vs. America in Egypt. Israel, Saudis and U.A.E. Support Military Moves (Wall Street Journal)

 

Israel warns US: Alienating Egyptian army could risk peace talks Jerusalem Post, August 20, 2013

 

Daily Beast quotes US senator as saying Obama administration has decided to temporarily suspend military aid to Egypt.

Israel has urged the US to back the Egyptian military, saying losing  Egypt to Islamists could pose a risk the Israeli-Palestinian peace  talks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

 

According to an Israeli official quoted by the paper, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have traditionally played an important role in providing the Palestinians  the support to stay in the negotiations and to make concessions, and  without them there is a chance the talks will fail.

 

According to the report, Israel and the US’s Gulf allies are urging the Obama administration to encourage the Egyptian military  to confront rather than reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood.

THE KERRY TALKS WILL LEAD AS IN KOSOVO TO NATO DRIVING JEWS OUT OF JUDEA AND SAMARIA

Ted Belman who is a pro-Israeli blogger (Israpundit.com) referred to the danger to Jews and Israel from the present talks led by Kerry, backed by Obama

http://www.4international.me and http://www.themarxistblog.com agree with Belman that the situation facing Jews and Israel is most serious

This article will do 2 things

1. It will put down here our answer to Belman’s point as to how much danger Jews are in

2. It will also put down for readers the position of a group which wrongly calls itself Trotskyist. That is the group http://www.wsws.org

A moment’s perusal will show that our views are totally at variance with the http://www.wsws.org. This means that both us and them cannot BOTH be Trotskyist.

OUR ANSWER TO THE DANGER THAT JEWS ARE IN FROM THE KERRY/LIVNI/ABBAS TALKS

August 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

Ted

This is where NATO with the help of national traitors comes in.

What is always left out by idealist and anti-materialist thinkers is the overall crisis in the capitalist system, a system which drives towards dictatorial rule behind NATO. Capitalism is a system Ted in total decline. It is a system which literally threatens all life on earth.

At least that was the main lesson of the events which led to the total destruction of Yugoslavia. Yes the components of Yugoslavia were diverging but it surely took the intervention of NATO to fight not one but two wars to end it. The result was the extension of NATO and the side-lining of Serbs as an oppositional force.

In this regard the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt may have had a setback yesterday but this must be seen against the overall NATO plans, which is to control all of the world.

The view of NATO controlling the world would not be opposed by Netanyahu or by the bulk of the Israeli population. Inside that a powerless Jewish state may or may not survive, it would be all the same really to NATO

The Palestinian Narrative, based of course on lies, plays right into this overall NATO control of the world. “Palestinianism” has become like a religion and serves to block all critical faculties in people who are led by the nose everywhere by a Media which itself is controlled by NATO.

This is why it was impossible to get the truth through about Yugoslavia. Totally impossible as was seen even on Israpundit where most Jews could not recognise the overall NATO strategy.

Thus it is also totally impossible to get the truth through about Palestinianism. The power of NATO in closing down all knowledge of these vital issues is already complete. It again affirms capitalism as a system in its death throes where basic knowledge is not allowed. This gives new light on the campaign against the freedom fighter Geller and others.

Martin Sherman does not deal sufficiently with this overall control of NATO.

The United Nations in Yugoslavia played a subservient role to NATO. It was American and British NATO forces which placed the KLA in power and which drove the Serbs out of Kosovo. The UN had become a rubber stamp. Similarly Jamie Shea answered why would NATO be brought before the Hague, NATO WAS the Hague Shea said. Again capitalism descends into barbarity.

It would be unwise to underestimate Kerry and Obama.

This is why I see the emphasis at this early stage of the talks in which Livni is in a controlling position (everything private…nobody knows what they are agreeing on) is on deciding the borders of a Palestinian state.

As Sherman knows this is the issue that will crush Israel because it will be NATO troops which will move in to the large areas of Judea and Samaria, or as they call it Palestinian territory in which repeated by the BBC ten times a day every day the Jewish presence is illegal, and it will be NATO with the connivance of a large section of Israeli society which will cleanse that area of Jews. In a new way the PLO will move in behind NATO. No matter that it will be like Kosovo a land of misery, repression and international crime, the aims of NATO as the world policeman will be furthered. The Jews because of their central history in mankind will be neutered. That all depends on the promotion of traitorous leaders and all of them in one way or another are. Definitely includes Feiglin. The new parties of the last election have already sold out.

Unless Yamit82 stops his vicious attacks on Trotskyism, stops his refusal to put forward a real programme to stop that, stops retreating when fought against to call for the intervention of God (why would he, that is intervene, did he intervene in the death camps 1939 to 45? NOOOO!) and not just Yamit82 but this whole tendency in Israeli politics stop this, then all is lost.

At least Ted has drawn the discussion back to the position of Sherman which is a correct position. I have always said Sherman must be given great credit. He has identified the problem most clearly. That is the starting point for a new discussion. But there are Fascists on this site who are determined to drive that discussion under.

On the basis of my knowledge of the crisis in the capitalist system, of the experience of how Kosovo on the basis of a lying narrative was cleansed of Serbs, Gypsies and some Jews, of the goings on in the Hague Court, then I find myself in almost total opposition to the complacency of NormanF above. He says there are so many hundreds of thousands of Jews in Judea and Samaria so that cannot be overcome. Sorry it most certainly can be overcome. As Yamit correctly says Bennett betrayed by not reacting immediately to the talks and pulling his party out of the Coalition. (Least said about Feiglin the better) For Bennett read Milosevic who also prevaricated in the face of NATO. As Sherman knows you cannot trick time, meaning when you take up a false position it is seldom you can recover that ground. Each false position is ground lost. They are moving relentlessly thanks to these false leaders to set borders for a Palestine state and NATO will be the weapon. You could well have troops from Australia in Judea and Samaria, think of that NormanF

(NormanF in point 3 had said:

There is not going to be a peace agreement! My guess is the PA will get slightly more territory and international aid to stay afloat. That is all that can be reasonably achieved for the foreseeable future. No hidden agenda here – that would imply true convergence. I don’t see it happening.

As for the last point, mass evacuation of the settlers is a fantasy. The Israeli army and police quite simply don’t have the manpower to remove several hundred thousand Jews and the Israeli government’s demolition of outposts is accomplished only with great difficulty and these are rapidly rebuilt afterwards. A permanent Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is a fact of life and the bell cannot be unrung now.

An additional point was made by the writer, Felix Quigley, to the above analysis, as thus:

There can not be a solution for NATO which is separate from the internationalising of Jerusalem. NATO must do this because Jews hold a pivotal role in history. In order for NATO to expand its power through the Middle East and incorporating Africa, Australia and South America then that Jewish presence must be negated. This is why the greatest struggle of all may be the Jews to destroy the Mohammedan presence and rebuild the temple. This is the great significance of General Dayan surrendering the Temple in 1967. Dayan thought there could be an Israeli secular power distinct from religion but that is false. The Jews are their religion. Their religion is also the history of the Jews. You can see therefore why NATO has to destroy this aspect of the Jews, and they know if they do this, and with the Vatican at the side of NATO, then the road clears for NATO power through Africa, the Americas, Russia and China. Countries like Canada who some think a friend of Israel, but is not, will be in on this great expansion of NATO.

(end of our contribution, can be found on http://www.israpundit.com/archives/56959/comment-page-1#comment-286155, we move on to the position on th same issue by wsws)

POSITION OF WWW.WSWS.ORG ON THE KERRY TALKS

New settlements on West Bank as Israeli-Palestinian talks begin

By Jean Shaoul
15 August 2013

Just days after the preliminary “talks about talks” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority began in Washington, Israel approved new settlement construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Palestinian negotiators have long insisted on a settlement freeze as a precondition for talks, walking out of previous talks in September 2010. Israel’s provocative move confirms that it has no intention of reaching a deal on anything other than its own terms. These include:

*The annexation of all of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians consider as their capital, and of Area C—the two thirds of the West Bank temporarily entrusted to the Israeli military under the 1993 Oslo Accords, where Israelis outnumber the 100,000 Palestinians still living there 3 to 1.

*The demilitarisation of the West Bank, whose borders will be controlled by Israel.

*The recognition of Israel as a “Jewish State”, a de facto mechanism for preventing any”return” of the 1948 and 1967 Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their former homes, and ensuring the transfer of Israeli Arabs to any putative Palestinian state.

Such a state, non-contiguous and without sovereignty, would be unacceptable to the Palestinian people, though not to large sections of the Palestinian nationalist organisation, Fatah. It relies on exploiting Palestinian cheap labour—and on handouts from the United States, Europe and the Gulf States—for its own enrichment.

The Obama administration exerted heavy pressure on the Palestinians to restart talks, which aim to provide the necessary quid pro quo to encourage Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf oil sheikhdoms to support a war to topple Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and isolate Iran. All these sclerotic regimes face a restive working class, for whom the Israel-Palestine conflict and US-led wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria are explosive issues.

The US-sponsored talks also serve to cover Israel’s ever more rapacious land grab. On Sunday, Housing Minister Uri Ariel of the pro-settler Jewish Home party gave his final approval to the construction of 1,187 apartments. Of these, 793 will be built in East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel in defiance of international law shortly after the 1967 War; 394 will be built in the West Bank settlements, including Maaleh Adumim, Efrat and Ariel. This last settlement, located in the heart of the West Bank, makes it impossible to create a contiguous Palestinian statelet.

Ariel issued a statement saying, “No country in the world takes orders from other countries where it can build and where it can’t. We will continue to market housing and build in the entire country.”

This came after the approval of hundreds more housing units in settlements and a new settlement in East Jerusalem.

A few days earlier, Israel published an expanded list of settlements (from 85 to 91) in the West Bank eligible for special government subsidies, including several previously deemed illegal—without official approval by the Israeli authorities.

The settlement expansion is part of a broader plan to drive Palestinians off their land and replace them with Israeli communities.

While this takes place, world media has focused on the release of a first group of Palestinian prisoners, 26 out of a total of 104 pledged. The US pushed for this as a”confidence building measure” to provide Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas with a fig leaf to justify returning to the talks.

Some of the prisoners had objected to their release. The longest-serving prisoner wrote to Abbas saying they “didn’t want to be used as a bargaining chip.” The letter continued, “You should not agree with the releases to give way in any way in these peace talks.”

The prisoner release is much less than it seems. As all except one of the prisoners were arrested before 1994, eight were due for release in the next three years and two in the next six months. Few are well known. Ministers stressed that “if one of those released returned to hostile activities against Israel, he will be returned to complete his sentence.”

Israel has already backtracked on its agreement with the Obama administration, saying it would release a further 78 jailed for attacks carried out before 1993 in several stages over the next few months, “depending upon progress in the talks”. Clearly, Israel anticipates that the Palestinians will pull out as Israeli demands increase, thereby justifying its refusal to release the prisoners.

US secretary of state John Kerry had earlier said that Israel would release, in phases, about 80 veteran Palestinian prisoners who had served more than 20 years in Israeli jails and that 350 prisoners would be released in phases over the coming months.

Both the prisoner release and the settlement construction were, according to the BBC, coordinated with US officials as part of the pre-talks framework agreed by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in late July. Speaking during a visit to Colombia, Kerry said that Israeli announcements “were to some degree expected because we have known that there was going to be a continuation of some building in certain places.”

The US, European Union (EU) and UN issued standard, pro forma statements criticising the settlement expansion plans. However, Washington has long supported Israel’s expansionist drive, financially and diplomatically. It even vetoed a UN Security Council resolution backed by the 14 other members in February 2011 that would have merely “urged” a halt to settlement building.

Kerry’s comments make clear that Palestinians should expect a browbeating. He called on the Palestinians “not to react adversely” to Israel’s latest plans, urging the parties to move ahead with the talks.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israel’s plans for new homes on occupied land aimed to scupper peace talks that resumed yesterday, but he was optimistic that talks with Israel would continue. This all but confirms that the nod was indeed given to the settlements at the pre-talks in New York, with tacit Fatah support.

The current talks in Jerusalem take place in the aftermath of the army coup that overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood regime of President Mohamed Mursi in Egypt.

Encouraged by the US, Egypt’s new military junta is working closely with Tel Aviv, continuing the long-standing foreign policy of US imperialism since the Camp David Accords of 1978-1999. Together, they struck targets in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend in an apparently coordinated campaign against Islamist forces active among Bedouin tribes of the region.

The junta has also destroyed and flooded the tunnels linking Gaza and Egypt, used to smuggle goods and circumvent Israel’s six-year-long blockade, and is closing the border with Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, the Palestinian offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. In this way, it is acting to further isolate Gaza, divide the Palestinians, and thus aid Israel’s expansionist plans.