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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Zionist Influence and Control in the US:
Uncomfortable Truths in Palestine, Indictment, and Conundrum
By Alan Sabrosky
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 4, 2011
In the first of a four-part series entitled "Palestine and the
United States: A Battle Lost, A War to Win", Alan Sabrosky views the
edifice of Zionist influence and control in the US, as a precursor to
defining the parameters of a strategy focusing on cracking this edifice
and thereby saving both the US and Palestine.
Far too often,
what is not said, or cannot be said, publicly is more significant than the
platitudes bandied about by assorted political leaders and pundits.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli
matrix of death and disinformation.
President Obama in particular
acts as if he were mesmerized by all this. He has all the power, but acts
as if he were powerless. He can make things happen if he chooses to exert
himself, yet has ended up positioning himself as a supplicant to Israel
and pretending ignorance of Palestinian realities. He thinks and speaks,
but does nothing of substance that Israel does not want him to do.
So let us look at those uncomfortable truths, politically unspeakable
at least in the US but not necessarily elsewhere, and frequently discussed
openly in many non-governmental forums, just so we all appreciate where we
1. Gaza, Mr Obama, Gaza. It is home to 1.5 million Palestinians under a
government that electorally beat the faction that supports the Israeli
puppet you call the Palestinian Authority. Deal with Gaza, deal with Hamas
who governs there, or forget it: you are not dealing with Palestinians.
You have got to know this. Why be in denial?
2. There is no
two-state solution, and never has been one, so long as Israel held US
support in its political palm. Look at the maps of the West Bank and
East Jerusalem, look at the Israeli settlements and Israeli military
protection for them in place, and the Wall – the Wall, Mr
President, longer and higher than the now-defunct Berlin Wall – and
embattled Gaza. Just where and how do you think you will find a
Palestinian state acceptable to Israel that has even a shred of the
trappings of legitimacy and sovereignty that the now-defunct Bantustans
had in apartheid-era South Africa?
3. The settlements are critical,
and you, Mr Obama, come across as a failure or a Zionist tool, or both
together. Does projecting this image please you? And if you did not have
the courage to force a halt to Israeli settlement expansion, much less the
creation of new settlements, how do you expect to find the courage to
dictate the removal of those settlements, without which there is no
Palestinian entity of any kind in the West Bank, alone or not?
You can be pro-peace or pro-Israel, but not both together, and all of the
rhetoric to the contrary, all of the money the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its confederates spend on Capitol Hill and
elsewhere, all of the media attention Israel commands, cannot alter this
essential reality. Why do you persist in playing to AIPAC, J Street and
the rest of the Hasbara crew, avowed or not?
5. Just why
do you feel obliged to let your administration's foreign policy staffing
look like it was arranged by the Israeli government? There are many
experts in foreign policy, and in the Middle East, with US citizenship and
no loyalty to a foreign government. Why are they not in your
administration? You have many Israeli partisans in your administration,
but where are your American partisans?
And you, Mr President, few of your predecessors have come into office
with such high expectations and high hopes, and seen them squandered in
such a short time. None of your predecessors since Carter signalled a
willingness to view the Middle East through something other than an
Israeli prism, and even Carter lacked John Kennedy’s willingness to stand
up to Israel. Your speech in Cairo signalled a stance on this issue in the
tradition of Kennedy and Carter, and it went nowhere at all.
Alan Sabrosky (PhD, University of Michigan) is a
ten-year US Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of the US Army War
College. He can be contacted at
understand the constraints, dealing with a Congress that does not now seem
to contain a single person in either party in either House willing to
stand up to the Jewish lobby. But are you so blind, so ignorant, so
lacking in courage that you cannot and will not go directly to the
American people? Do you like being cast as a laughing-stock and a weakling
in public by Israel and its supporters? Do you like being an
“Uncle Tom” to the Zionists?
Now, I do not care greatly for Obama
as a person, nor anything at all for his domestic political agenda, but
appearances notwithstanding, it would be wrong to dismiss him simply as a
fool or a puppet. A fool or a puppet would never have made the Cairo
speech two years ago in the first place. No politician anywhere enjoys
taking the lead, and then looking behind, finding no one in support and
clouds of criticism, and then having to back down from so public a stance.
The egos of the breed cry out against such exercises in futility.
The same applies in part to some in his administration, and to others, I
suspect, in the Congress. Those who are Jewish, especially with dual
Israeli citizenship, need no prompting to follow the Zionist agenda; that
agenda is their agenda, heart and mind. The so-called Christian Zionists,
mostly evangelical Protestants, are much the same, although for very
different theological reasons, some of which ought to make Jewish Zionists
more than a little nervous. And there are those in this and previous
administrations who have made their own Faustian bargain with AIPAC and
its cohorts in the service of their own ambition.
But there are
many in both houses of the Congress, and more within the armed services
and the bureaucracy, who do not fit comfortably into any of these
categories. Those in the Congress in particular have been bribed,
blackmailed or bullied into submission, servility or silence, and few if
any can be happy with their situation. Most simply make the best of an
uncomfortable bargain, trading their own continuation or advancement in
office for their support of Israeli ambitions, and their silence when
confronted by Israeli crimes.
Yet this is a potential weakness in
the edifice of Zionist influence and control in the US, and it should
and must be our task to focus on that political battlefield, and not
simply shuttle trucks and ships toward Gaza in the hope that some will get
through the Israeli blockade.
The remainder of the series that
follows, “Palestine and the United States: A Battle Lost, A War to Win”,
which has been completed and will be published in the coming weeks, is one
attempt to define the parameters of a strategy to do precisely that.
Executed properly, it and others like it may be a first step toward the
saving of both the United States and Palestine.