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AIPAC De-Fanged? Israel is not Calling the Shots in this US Election

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By Dave Lindorff

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Netanyahu blinked.

That's the takeaway from the goofy address by the right-wing, Cheltenham, PA-raised, MIT-educated Israeli prime minister to the United Nations General Assembly Thursday.

Prior to that address, Netanyahu had been virtually campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, hinting repeatedly on US television interviews of a pre-election attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear fuel-making facilities, criticizing incumbent US President Barack Obama, and demanding that Obama and the US draw a "red line" on how far Iran could go in refining nuclear fuel before it would be considered essential for the US to join Israel in destroying Iran's military infrastructure.

It was the most blatant attempt by a foreign leader to interfere in a US election in memory, but it was a bust.

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American Jews have historically supported the Democratic Party by wide margins, and despite Netanyahu's threats and bluster, and President Obama's smack-down -- a refusal of Netanyahu's request for a meeting during his trip to the US --that support has barely budged. In fact, a number of leading Jewish Democrats, including powerful Congressmen Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), publicly told the Israeli leader to back off and stay out of US politics.  In endorsing Obama's refusal to meet with Netanyahu, Rep. Frank said, ''The Israelis have to consider American public opinion. America's not ready to go to war until it's absolutely necessary." He added, "I think it's a mistake from Israel's standpoint if they give the impression they're trying to push us into going to war. I don't think any pressure's going to work.''

As I wrote last week, even the Jewish Daily Forward, a respected journal of Jewish news and opinion published in New York City, warned Netanyahu that he had overstepped in pushing the US to go to war, and was risking Israel's special relationship with the US.

Analysts are now suggesting that Netanyahu has backed off, even complimenting President Obama and giving him a valentine -- an endorsement before election day of sorts--saying in his UN address, "I very much appreciate the president's position, as does everyone in my country."  This was a reference to Obama's rather tame if ambiguous warning to Iran in his own UN address that the US would "do what we must" to ensure that Iran doesn't get a nuclear bomb.

Since Iran insists that it is not trying to develop a nuclear bomb, and sinceLeader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khameini, has declared that building and stockpiling such weapons would be "a big sin," there should be no need for the US to do anything, then...

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Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)

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Israel is still calling the shots.  The Novem... by James Leonard on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 12:45:37 PM
Merely saying that Mossad lives by deception doesn... by Dave Lindorff on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:08:06 PM
To be accurate, the basic direction to the Mossad ... by Robert James on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 6:00:15 PM
LOL!  That'll be the day.  However, I do... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:47:16 PM
Bibi's bloody Bomb-Pig needs a lot more than a thi... by Michael Rose on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 5:49:07 PM
Israel, to be defanged, would have to lose 300 nuk... by Dave Lindorff on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 7:57:59 PM
___If this creasy Nethanyahu succeed in his anti-I... by jean labrek on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 5:28:45 PM
The real danger is the continuous war policy of US... by jean labrek on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 6:00:59 PM
Never underestimate the duplicity of the genuine s... by Spider53 on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 7:32:31 PM
" American Jews have historically supported the De... by Dar Gary on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 11:18:41 PM
We must rein in the desire and thrust to go to war... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 2:12:18 AM
Your simplistic view is simply wrong. US Jews are ... by Dave Lindorff on Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 7:01:46 AM
I can agree that younger Jews, both in Israel and ... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 12:26:57 PM
What I'm writing about here is something else: &nb... by Dave Lindorff on Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 2:24:15 PM
Henry Kissinger, Bilderberg Group doesn't care abo... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 6:06:19 PM
as Billy Joel sang, "...then again you may be righ... by Dave Lindorff on Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 9:01:42 PM
Obama will have to double his bodyguard and get a ... by Derick West on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 8:01:18 AM