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Opinion Editorials, August 2015
Israel has not changed for the worse, it's always been bad
By Allan Hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 5, 2015
ďIsrael has not changed for the worse, itís always been badĒ
The quote above is from an article by Avigail Abarbanel published on the Mondoweiss website under the headline ďItís time for American Jews to recognize that they have been dupedĒ (by Zionism).
Who is Avigail Abarbanel?
This very courageous Jewish woman who now lives in Scotland is a psychotherapist (which means that she treats psychological disorders). She was born in Tel Aviv in 1964. During her two years of compulsory service with the Israeli army, in which she became a staff sergeant, it invaded Lebanon. In 1991 she left Israel to make a new life in Australia. (I quote below her explanation of why she abandoned Israel). In 2001 she renounced her Israeli citizenship.
That done she became an activist for Palestinian rights. She supports a one-state solution and a full right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. She says:
Her explanation of why she supports BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) as a non-violent way to try to pressure Israel to abandon its occupation and to transform itself into a free and democratic state for all of its people is this:
Avigailís article is an expression of her frustration and at times fury at what she regards as the ďdisconnectĒ in so many Western Jewish minds. Her main point is that many American and other Western Jews who are becoming increasingly uncomfortable and even troubled by Israelís policies and actions are wrong to believe that Israel ďhas suddenly got worse and become immoral.Ē She puts it this way:
I agree 100 per cent with Avigailís statement that there is no reason to believe or even hope that Israel will change its ways of its own accord. Change from within could happen only if a big majority of Israeli Jews were prepared to acknowledge that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism. And thatís never going to happen. A truth is that most Israeli Jews have been brainwashed by Zionist propaganda to the point where they are beyond reason on the matter of justice for the Palestinians.
But are the prospects for change as a result of outside pressure on Israel really any better?
A few days ago I read something on LobeLog (a website I respect and admire) that caused me to think the answer is ďPerhaps yesĒ and that itís not yet time to abandon all hope that Israel could be obliged by outside pressure to end its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians.
Jim Lobe was quoting from a conversation Chris Nelson had with a former official of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on the subject of why the Zionist lobby is so heavily invested in seeking to secure enough support in Congress to kill the nuclear deal with Iran.
First of all itís important to know who Chris Nelson is and what his credentials are. Jim Lobe put it this way:
Here nowÖ are the five reasons the former AIPAC official gave Nelson to explain why the Zionist lobby is determined to keep on targeting Iran.
1. Iran has been the groupís raison díÍtre for two decades and it doesnít know what else to do. Its troops are trained to attack Iran and the lobby canít afford to admit failure lest it lose supporters.
2. Iran (the alleged threat it represents) has been an enormously lucrative fundraiser for AIPAC, just look at what theyíre spending (USD 40 million plus) on this campaign alone. It needs to keep the issue alive for institutional imperatives.
3. Until this agreement was signed, AIPAC never had any competition. Everyone wanted to bash Iran. Even with this agreement Iran will continue to act in ways that make it an inviting target. The ayatollahs arenít smart enough to stop chanting ďDeath to AmericaĒ and stop threatening to wipe Israel off the map, practices which are a boon to APIAC.
4. Without this cause AIPAC and this Israeli government as well as their Republican allies may have to focus on a more critical issue, like peace with the Palestinians.
5. So Iran bashingís what Bibi and AIPACís big givers want.
That explanation points the way to the truth about Zionismís greatest real need.
It is to have an enemy which it can present to the Western world as a threat to Israelís existence.
Zionismís assertion that Israel has lived and still lives in danger of annihilation, the ďdriving into the seaĒ of its Jews, is the reason why Israelís leaders have not been required by the major powers to end their defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians.
For several decades Zionism got away with its assertion that the Arabs, the regimes and their military forces, were the threat. (As I document in detail through the three volumes of my book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, this Zionist assertion was complete propaganda nonsense. Israelís existence was never, ever, in danger from any combination of Arab military force. And that was because the Arab regimes never, ever, had any intention of fighting Israel to liberate Palestine).
Provided Israelís leaders and their lobby in America could make their false charges about Iranís nuclear intentions stick, the ayatollahs were the guarantee that Israel would not be subjected to real pressure to end its occupation of the West Bank and be serious about peace on terms the Palestinians could accept.
But after the 1967 war, in which Israel could have gone to capture the capitals of all of the frontline Arab states, Zionism had a problem because its assertion that the Arabs were a threat to Israelís existence was no longer credible. Israel desperately needed a new enemy if it was to succeed in preventing its occupation and ongoing colonisation of the West Bank becoming the subject of serious concern in the corridors of Western power and possibly action.
The revolution in Iran gave Zionism what it wanted and needed: a new enemy which could be presented as a threat to Israelís existence. Provided Israelís leaders and their lobby in America could make their false charges about Iranís nuclear intentions stick, the ayatollahs were the guarantee that Israel would not be subjected to real pressure to end its occupation of the West Bank and be serious about peace on terms the Palestinians could accept.
In the context above the P5+1 agreement with Iran could (I do say only could) be a game changer. What I mean is this.
When AIPAC fails to secure enough votes in Congress to override an Obama veto, and if Israel does not then resort to a false flag operation to cause the deal to fall apart, the new and developing relationship between the American-led Western nations and Iran will rob Zionism of an enemy it can present as a threat to Israelís existence.
And that brings me back to the comment made by the former AIPAC official to Nelson. ďWithout this cause AIPAC and this Israeli government as well as their Republican allies may have to focus on a more critical issue, like peace with the Palestinians.Ē
I assume that what the former AIPAC official meant without saying so is that if and when Israel does not have an enemy it can present as a threat to its existence, the governments of the major Western powers might find the will to use leverage as necessary to try to cause the Zionist (not Jewish) state to be serious about peace on terms the Palestinians could accept.
We shall see.
During the long countdown to the P5+1 agreement with Iran I thought the odds in favour of there being a deal were 60-40. Despite the optimism I have expressed above, I fear the odds in favour of Netanyahu and the completely mad men to the right of him resorting to a false flag operation to kill the deal are the same. (By false flag operation I mean an Israeli attack on an American interest or interests somewhere which with manufactured/false evidence would be blamed on Iran.)
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