The entire Senate and nearly all House members provide one-sided Israeli support. They express it vocally, in legislation, and nonbinding sense of the Congress resolutions.
There's no ambiguity. Palestine has no friend in Washington. Levy should visit sometime to see firsthand. His view would change markedly.
Congressional members for Palestine are ruthlessly targeted for defeat. Cynthia McKinney experienced it twice. She also faced threats and still does now. Others also had their political careers cut short.
The Israeli Lobby is Washington's strongest. It's ruthless. It plays dirty to get its way. It takes no prisoners. It's willing to do practically anything to see what Israel wants it gets. It usually prevails.
Levy thinks Obama will be more motivated to be Palestinian friendly if Netanyahu and Lieberman prevail in January elections. He believes he'll be "inflame(d)" to act.
He says it's less likely if more moderate Israeli leaders gain power. He doesn't understand that US policy stays firm no matter who runs either country. It's been that way for decades and won't change now.
Obama has "a well-developed sense of justice and a sophisticated sense of history," claims Levy. He won't "miss the last chance" to achieve something positive.
It's hard imagining why someone who knows better would believe what patently isn't so. Throughout his Illinois, Senate, and presidential career, Obama supported wealth, power and privilege. Nothing else mattered earlier or now.
In America, grand bargain betrayal looms. Democrats agreed with Republicans to cut $4 trillion or more in largely social programs over the next decade. Ordinary people most in need, seniors, and the disabled will be hit hardest.
Obama insists this be done. It's the centerpiece of his second term agenda. He announced it on election night. His reward for supporters is greater human deprivation.
Programs Americans most value and need will be curtailed sharply en route to eliminating them altogether. Republicans on their own can't do it. They never could even when in power. They need Democrat support for what they'd never try on their own.
Stealing from ordinary people and the poor for the rich reflects degenerate leadership. It defines Obama's entire political career. He'll be more hardline in term two than one. On election night, he announced it, saying:
"Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars worth of spending."
"I intend to work with both parties to do more, and that includes making reforms that will bring down the cost of health care, so we can strengthen programs like Medicaid and Medicare for the long haul."
Strengthen is code language for wrecking. So-called fiscal cliff cuts assure it. Neoliberal harshness is policy. It's been true in Israel since the 1980s. Each country supports the worst of the other's agenda. Expect it to be hardened ahead, not softened.