A must-see 12 minute wrap up on the state of affairs in this seasons Republican primary, the Adelson/Netanyahu/Gingrich connection, the push to war with Iran, and the dangers of fanning the flames of anti-Semitism. Real News host Paul Jay asks Blumenthal to 'unravel all this' and unravel he does. Max is not known for mincing words and he doesn't disappoint. He opens warning: 'It's a dangerous American election that could accelerate the ongoing drive to war'.
Blumenthal, speaking of Netanyahu (6:10):
He wants regime change in two countries, the first country is Iran, the second country is the United States. He wants to replace Barack Obama with a Republican. He tried the same thing when he was Prime Minister in the 1990's against President Bill Clinton. He leaned on Gingrich, he leaned on people who were seeking to impeach President Clinton using Israel as a partisan wedge issue the same way the Christian Right uses abortion and gay marriage. And this campaign is the fulfillment of Netanyahu's strategy to use Israel and now Iran as a political tool to unseat Barack Obama. And Newt Gingrich is just one candidate who is assisting this effort. Mitt Romney is also happy to assist this effort and he has surrounded himself with neoconservatives who have a seamless connection to Israel and to the Israeli military intelligence establishment and to Netanyahu's advisors.
On the American Jewish vote:
I don't believe there is a 'Jewish vote', it's kind of rediculous when the term 'Jewish vote' is used...it's really about Jewish money and it's sort of forbidden to say that but a minority within the Jewish community which is very liberal play a disproportionate affect in politics through campaign finance.
Blumenthal cites other key American Jewish fundraisers; IDF donor Haim Saban ("I'm a single issue guy, my issue is Israel") the man who funded the construction of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters and Mel Sembler's connection to Romney's campaign. But it's at the end of the interview when Blumenthal pulls these elements together and encapsulates the danger of the impact these donors could have on the future of the American election landscape where his strength lies.
Citing Steven Pease, author of the book 'The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement', Blumenthal drives home the crux of the problem with our elections:
MB: Pease claims that 45% of individual political contributions in American campaigns are from Jewish donors, so this is really where the issue lies and it's sort of a forbidden topic in the United States.
PJ: Right, so it's not about the broad opinion of Jewish Americans, it is about a small elite of Jewish Billionaires.
MB: Absolutely...I think this is an incredibly dangerous, troubling scenario because they are making American foreign policy a domestic issue. And now with Israel's push to war with Iran they are, in the words of former AIPAC researcher Keith Weissman, they are advancing the 'War of the Jews', that's his words. So I think the danger of encouraging or fanning the flames of anti-Semitism is very real when an element in the United States is pushing the rest of the country to go to war for a foreign country. It's sort of a fulfillment of past anti-Semitic stereotypes and I think Jews in the United States, most of whom oppose this war and oppose the neoconservatives agenda, should be aware of this.
(Hat tip commentor Mndwss)