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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...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to:  www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1352

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

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