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Is the American public about to toss Israel?

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More Americans appear to be tiring of Israeli officials telling them they don't understand how to view Israeli land confiscations, ethnic cleansing and use of American cash and weapons. One poll conducted during October 2010 of Americans living in Beirut asked about Israeli PM Netanyahu calling the United Nations' Goldstone Report "a modern day blood libel." Only 4% of the Americans believed this. But 85% believed that Israel manipulates this term and also the Nazi crimes against Jews during WW II to justify its occupation and treatment of Palestinians.

Opinion analysts at Rasmussen Polls Delaware believe changes in US public attitudes are also due to the collapsing American economy. The US public is getting angry, loud and distressed. Perhaps always a little paranoid, it is growing more despondent and pessimistic. Americans have generally believed in the country's capacity for regeneration, that a new awakening is possible at any time. Now, 63% of Americans don't believe that they will be able to maintain their current standard of living. American companies like Apple and Coca-Cola, Google and Microsoft are putting their money, not in the US but in Asia, where labor is cheap and markets are growing. The US government's debt now exceeds 90-percent of the gross domestic product and more than half of all Americans don't believe that the America Dream is still realistic but rather that their country is dysfunctional and its Congress corrupt.

It is not sure how the Tea Party will ultimately view Israel being given annually a total of approximately $5 billion and then investing approximately 60% of it in interest-bearing accounts, while every penny of the US taxpayer money it gets must be borrowed by Washington with US taxpayers paying the interest on cash gifts to Israel. But isolationism and xenophobia are on the rise with growing numbers of American unhappy with what they see as Israeli "shenanigans at US taxpayer expense," according to a Congressional staffer who, during a recent "brown bag" lunch in the Cannon Congressional House Office building cafeteria, was warned about speaking out against US aid to Israel to fellow staffers. He explained:

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"We've got two criminal wars, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, that have cost this country, in real terms more than $2 trillion. The government debt continues to grow, from 57% of GNP in 2000 to 83% when Obama got elected and the national debt is $13.8 trillion and growing by the hour. That amounts to 94% of GNP, and in two years it will exceed 100%. We can't afford Israel financially and never could afford them morally, politically or what they have done with American weapons!"

Likely Republican Majority leader Eric Cantor, one of the three key leaders of the Israel lobby in Congress, is reportedly terrified that the Tea Party will insist, as rumored, on enacting legislation that terminates foreign aid of all kinds if the U.S. unemployment level rises above 4%. Consideration would be given to restarting foreign aid when the unemployment level drops below 4% and remains at that level for 12 months. Cantor must figure out how to protect Israel's cash with having the Tea Party come after him. Recall that Cantor is floating an AIPAC scheme to take US funding of Israel out of Foreign Aid and call it "Homeland Security" expenditures, "in order to save it from foreign-aid cutting zealots."

Public opinion analysts are increasingly seeing that the American public wants to distance itself from Israel. But it is unlikely that Congress will, in the short term, follow the public's lead. This conclusion is supported by the just-passed congressional amendments that authorized the increase of U.S. weaponry, ammunition and war supplies stored in Israel to a record $1.2 billion, Defense News reported this week. The value of U.S. weapons to be prepositioned in Israel will reach $1 billion in 2011, with another $200 million added in 2012. Once the weaponry arrives, the amount of U.S.-owned materiel available for Israel's emergency use will have jumped threefold since 2007. Over the past two years, logisticians and war planners from U.S. European Command and the Israel Defense Forces elevated war stocks to the then congressionally authorized threshold of $800 million of equipment. Ready for Israel's next war against Lebanon or Syria or Iran -- or all three countries

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One pro-Israel group dismayed by the shift in American public opinion is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which sounded the alarm this week at the Canadian governments sponsored Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) held at Parliament in Ottawa "to inspire parliamentary action against anti-Semitism around the world." Fifty countries from six continents sent delegations to help combat what ADL's Abe Foxman, claims is a dangerous softening of US public opinion for Israel. The conference adopted an Ottawa Protocol on Combating Anti-Semitism -- building on the 2009 London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism of 2009,* which has built on more than 50 similar initiatives over the past 98 years since ADL was launched in 1913.

ADL's current focus, according to Christopher Wolf, who chairs ADL's Internet Task Force on "cyber hate," is "to take the lead and show the American public why they must stick with Israel during these days of Islamist terror against Americans and their only reliable ally, Israel."

One of Abe Foxman's problems is that many Americans are distancing themselves from ADL's nonstop "fear and smear" campaigns. Another is that history, along with the American public, is accelerating its rejection of the Zionist colonial enterprise in Palestine.

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