Sucking Up Shamelessly to Israel
Benefitting Israel harms America.
by Stephen Lendman
America's special relationship with Israel too often reflects the tail wagging the dog. Increasingly, the Jewish state is more strategic liability than asset.
The Israeli Lobby has a virtual stranglehold on US foreign policy. Blunt pressure is applied to get Washington to accede to interests harming its own. Fear prevents most House and Senate members from openly expressing criticism. It's no different for presidents and administration officials.
Anyone stepping out of line is called anti-Semitic, challenged electorally, or replaced. Journalists know doing it risks recriminations and/or dismissal.
Netanyahu combines street bullying, belligerent bluster, hotheaded arrogance, and childish pouting. He's an adolescent who never grew up. Why Israelis put up with him who knows. More at issue is why Washington doesn't cut him loose and treat Israel no differently than other allies.
Both countries threaten world peace. Together, the danger is heightened. They're joined together at the hip like a two-headed monster. Each seeks regime change in Syria and Iran.
Netanyahu's practically rabid about the Islamic Republic. It's not about Tehran posing a threat. He knows there's none but claims otherwise. At issue is unchallenged regional dominance. Iran is Israel's main political rival.
Media scoundrels don't explain. They endorse Israeli belligerence. They consider opponents heretics.
Rupert Murdoch is a longtime pro-Israeli stalwart. He received numerous awards from Jewish organizations for supporting decades of Israeli lawlessness.
On September 3, his Wall Street Journal headlined "Why Israel Doesn't Trust Obama," saying:
His Joint Chiefs Chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, warned against attacking Iran. He said he won't be complicit if Israel goes it alone. Is he freelancing or speaking for Obama, asked the Journal?
"We don't know what exactly Gen. Dempsey thinks American non-complicity might entail in the event of a strike. Should the Administration refuse to resupply Israel with jets and bombs, or condemn an Israeli strike at the UN?"
His remarks "were counterproductive and oddly timed." At the same time, "(a)dministration officials have also repeatedly told the media that they aren't entirely sure if Iran really intends to build a bomb."