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The Liberation of US Foreign Policy

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Reprinted from Antiwar

The Iran deal is the Israel lobby's Armageddon

The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?
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The Iran deal is a turning point in US foreign policy, and its approval by Congress will represent a sea change in American politics: it will mark nothing less than a day of liberation which future generations might dub "VI Day" -- victory over Israel day.

The post-9/11 era saw the already formidable power of Israel's lobby in the US rise to make it the decisive factor in any foreign policy debate: a heavyweight became a crushing weight, one that leveled any and all opposition to US intervention abroad under the steel toe of the "war on terrorism." The Lobby's role in ginning up the invasion and conquest of Iraq is well-documented in Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer's The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, and there is no need to replicate their detective work here. I would merely add that, even before the Iraq invasion, then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued fresh marching orders to the US military, specifying Iran, Libya, and Syria as the next victims on Tel Aviv's list. As Ha'aretz reported in 2003, before the invasion of Iraq was even launched:

"'These are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve,' Sharon said to a visiting delegation of American congressmen.

"Sharon told the congressmen that Israel was not involved in the war with Iraq 'but the American action is of vital importance.'

"In a meeting with U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton yesterday, Sharon said that Israel was concerned about the security threat posed by Iran, and stressed that it was important to deal with Iran even while American attention was focused on Iraq.

"Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials that he had no doubt America would attack Iraq, and that it would be necessary thereafter to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea."

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