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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Netanyahu Controls US Congress and Presidential
Candidates, and Sheldon Adelson Controls Netanyahu
By Uri Avnery
CCUN, July 27, 2
IN JAPAN in the good old days,
Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri.
at that time, the monarch would have appointed him governor of the most
remote little island in the Pacific Ocean.
In Israel, his popularity
rating is bound to go up.
Because in our country, the old adage is
getting a new twist: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure.
AND WHAT a
He has practically declared war on the President of
the United States, the Leader of the Free World, the Supreme Protector of
the Jewish State.
Not so long ago, one would have thought this
impossible. But nothing is impossible for Binyamin Netanyahu.
anyone just arrived from the planet Mars, here is a brief summary of
Israel's dependence on the US: it gets from it the bulk of its heavy arms
and does not have to pay for them, it can depend on it to veto all UN
Security Council resolutions that condemn Israel's deeds and misdeeds, it
receives from it billions of dollars every year although the Israeli economy
There is another benefit which is often overlooked. Since the world
believes that both houses of the US Congress are
totally subservient to Israel, all countries pay Israel for access to
Congress. One has to bribe the doorkeeper to get in.
Israeli prime minister to start a quarrel with the President of the US looks
like sheer lunacy - as indeed it is.
Yet Netanyahu is not insane,
though his actions suggest that. He is not even a fool.
So what the
hell does he think he is doing?
THERE ARE several possible
explanations I can think of.
One is pampering the Israeli public.
Far from creating a New Jew as Zionism promised, the Old Jew dominates
Israel. The Old Jew believes that the entire world is anti-Semitic, and any
new evidence fills him with satisfaction. You see? The Goyim haven't changed
Netanyahu's popularity ratings are bound to rise with every
new manifestation of foreign hostility. If even the Americans, who for so
long pretended to be the best friends of Israel, sell us out to the
anti-Semitic Iranians, we need a strong and steadfast leader. In short - a
Another plausible explanation for
Netanyahu's behavior may be his genuine belief
that no US senator or representative would ever dare to buck AIPAC's orders,
knowing that this would be the end of his (or her) political career. Like
the worst of the anti-Semites, Netanyahu believes
that the Jews rule the world, or at least the US Congress. At the
crucial moment, Congress will vote for AIPAC,
against the US president.
Another explanation may be,
paradoxically, a blind belief in President Obama's integrity. Netanyahu
thinks that he can hit him on the head, spit in his eye, kick his behind,
and still Obama will act coolly, rationally, and support Israel all the way,
except on the Iranian deal. He will go on sending arms and dollars, vetoing
Security Council resolutions, receiving phone calls from Israel in the
middle of the night.
You know how these Americans are.
Subservient. Especially black ones.
BUT THERE may be another
explanation, that trumps all others.
Affronting the US president,
his administration and his party, Netanyahu is gambling with our future.
Which brings us to the emperor of the gambling
world, the king of Las Vegas, the prince of Macao:
Adelson does not
hide his support for Netanyahu the man, the family and the party. He spends
huge sums of money on a Hebrew daily newspaper that is distributed gratis to
Israelis, whether they want it or not. It is now the largest-circulation
paper in Israel, and devoted personally to Netanyahu and his wife. It has no
Yet Adelson seems to have no real interest in
Israel. He does not live here, even part time. So what is he getting in
Adelson has bought Netanyahu for
one single purpose: to place a stooge of his in the White House. It
is an aim that any other multi-billionaire cannot even dream of.
achieve this aim, Adelson needs to use the
Republican Party as a ladder. He has to select its candidate for the
presidency, derail Hillary Clinton and win the elections. To succeed in all
these tasks, he has to mobilize the immense power of the pro-Israel lobby
over the US Congress and destroy President Obama.
The first step in
this long march is to defeat the Iranian deal. Netanyahu is just a cog in
this grand design. But a very important cog.
Does this look like a
caricature of Der Stürmer, the infamous anti-Semitic Nazi rag, or, worse,
like a page out of the Protocols of the Elders of
Zion, the notorious anti-Semitic forgery? It is the classical
anti-Semitic picture: the ugly finance-Jew
striving for world mastery.
For an Israeli, there is
something revolting in this picture. The Zionist vision was born out of the
total rejection of this caricature. Jews would cease dealing in stocks and
shares and money-lending. Jews would till the land with the sweat of their
brow, do productive manual work, reject all kinds of parasitic speculations.
This was considered such a high ideal that it justified even the
displacement of the indigenous Arab population.
And here we are, a
state following the orders of an international casino mogul whose line of
business is perhaps the most unproductive in the cosmos. Sad.
THERE a valiant opposition to this course in Israel? None. Literally none.
In all my long life in Israel I have never seen anything as close to a
total absence of opposition as we have now.
A few voices in Haaretz,
some solitary pronouncements on the extreme leftist fringe, and that's that.
Apart from these (including Gush Shalom), nothing except thunderous
applause for Netanyahu or the dreadful silence of the graveyard.
treaty is "bad". Not just bad, but "catastrophic". Not just catastrophic,
but "one of the most terrible disasters in the entire history of the Jewish
people". Something close to a "second Holocaust". (I am not making this up.)
Netanyahu's shallow arguments are accepted as sacred truths, like the
utterances of the other great Jewish prophets. Nobody bothers to ask the
relevant question: Why?
The sun rises in the morning. The rivers
flow into the sea. Iran will build an atomic bomb and drop it on us, even
though it will thereby bring upon itself a historic disaster. The mullahs
are Nazis. The treaty is another Munich agreement. Obama is the new Neville
Chamberlain, only black.
Nobody takes the trouble to argue for
these assertions. Things are self-evident. Day is day and night is night.
I HAVE seen many situations of a near unanimous public opinion in my
life, especially in times of war. But in all of my life I have never
experienced such a situation of total unanimity, of total absence of
doubting and questioning, as now.
This situation is not without its
absurdities. For example: the Iranian Supreme Leader is obviously faced with
his own extremists, who accuse him of selling out to the American Satan. To
appease them, he has to claim that the treaty is a tremendous victory for
the Islamic Republic, that he has brought the US (and Israel) to their
knees. The huge Netanyahu propaganda machine is taking up these quotes and
selling them as gospel truths. Everyone knows that Iranians always lie, but
this time they tell it as it is.
Yair Lapid, the leader of a
shrunken "centrist" party now in opposition (the Orthodox did not allow
Netanyahu to bring him into the government) denounces the treaty as a
historic disaster for the Jewish people. This being so, he asks loudly, why
is Netanyahu not compelled to resign after his failure to prevent it? The
more so since there is a much more able leader ready to take his place and
lead the fight, a man named Yair Lapid.
There is indeed something of
a paradox in Netanyahu's situation: if the treaty is such a historic
disaster, "one of the worst in Jewish history", why is Netanyahu continuing
in his job?
TO THROW out a prime minister, a country needs an
opposition to take his place. Actually, that is the main job of the
The Leader of the Opposition (an
official title in Israel) condemns the treaty in as strong terms as
Netanyahu himself. He has volunteered to go to the USA to help the fight
against it. His competitor, Yair Lapid, the son of a far-out nationalist, is
even more extreme than him. The leader of the third opposition party is
Avigdor Lieberman, compared to whom Netanyahu is a leftist softy.
There is, of course, a fourth opposition party – the joint Arab one – but
who listens to them?
One would suppose that, faced with such a
historic disaster, Israel would be alive with debates about the treaty. But
how can one have a debate, if everybody agrees? I have heard not a single
real discussion on TV, nor read one in the printed papers, nor on the
internet. Here and there a small whisper of doubt, but a debate? Nowhere!
Indeed, one can live happily in Israel for days and hear no mention of
this historic disaster at all. The price of cottage cheese evokes more
So we are happily moving towards disaster – unless one of
Sheldon's stooges, with the help of Bibi, enters the White House.
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