AIPAC is ‘seamlessly linked to Israel’ and should register as foreign agent — Grant Smith

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The formidable Grant Smith has written another killer article skewering AIPAC. Reminding readers how recent AIPAC-initiated legislation compels American citizens to fork over hard-earned tax dollars at a time when we’re struggling economically.

Grant Smith:

The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 [.pdf] forces Americans to fork hard-earned tax dollars over to Israel’s coffers on the pretext that it is in imminent danger. Yet declassified documents reveal that even the current prime minister once worked inside the state’s clandestine nuclear arms smuggling rings. Transferring foreign aid to the Middle East’s sole nuclear weapons state — which can obviously take care of itself — is not just unseemly and unnecessary. It is illegal.

AIPAC’s publicly available tax return [.pdf] reveals it has now become as seamlessly linked to its foreign principal as its parent organization — the American Zionist Council — was when it was finally ordered by the Kennedy administration to openly register as an Israeli foreign agent in 1962. AIPAC spent $1,541,572 maintaining its Jerusalem office. The office, led by Wendy Senor Singer, is described as the official location for daily meetings with senior Israeli government officials. It is also used to coordinate the visits of supplicant U.S. politicians with funding from a mysterious captive charity of no employees claiming to be an educational organization [.pdf]. The Israeli government’s desires are seamlessly www.sourcewatch.org/index.phptranscribed into legislation at AIPAC’s headquarters in Washington — raising the perennial question why AIPAC is not registering as Israel’s foreign agent.

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The AIPAC-sponsored U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, signed into law by President Obama on July 27, 2012, makes unprecedented demands on U.S. taxpayers and diplomats. It mandates American economic largess to Israel via high technology, agriculture, medicine, health, pharmaceutical, and energy transfers. It demands funding for Israel Aerospace Industries (a corporation only recently linked to Israeli espionage activities against the U.S.) missile-defense programs and air-refueling tankers and munitions Israel could use to unilaterally set off a wider war with Iran. Israel even won a detour of used weapons from U.S. forces departing Iraq. The aid law extends already generous loan guarantees to Israel.

However, the package also requires the U.S. president to issue to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and House Committee on Foreign Affairs a report on the status of Israel’s “qualitative military edge” by Jan. 23, 2013. It is finally time for some hard truths. An honest presidential response to this AIPAC-mandated reporting rider would wipe clean all current and future U.S.-taxpayer-funded obligations to Israel. A truthful presidential assessment would finally tell the American people the following: “Israel has deployed a clandestine nuclear arsenal with some components and materials stolen from the United States. Our foreign aid laws therefore make Israel ineligible for further taxpayer dollars.”

Such a truthful declaration would turn the tables on AIPAC and its small group of donors now pushing Americans to steal from themselves by systematically violating the Symington and Glenn amendments to U.S. foreign aid laws. Ending aid would disentangle unwitting Americans from Israel’s unending conflicts, illegal settlements, systematized abuse of Palestinians, and clandestine nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

This is an excellent article to send your friends and relatives who remain ignorant or in denial, and this is a great time to engage them. I’ve noticed that people are often more open to exploring political ideas in the run up to elections.

According to Sourcewatch Wendy Senor Singer is Romney adviser Dan Senor’s sister.

19 Responses

  1. MRW
    September 24, 2012, 7:23 pm

    It’s an excellent article. Grant Smith lays it out on purely American terms, and it’s enough to grind your back molars at the khutzpah.

  2. radii
    September 24, 2012, 7:24 pm

    the package also requires the U.S. president to issue to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and House Committee on Foreign Affairs a report on the status of Israel’s “qualitative military edge” by Jan. 23, 2013 … An honest presidential response to this AIPAC-mandated reporting rider would wipe clean all current and future U.S.-taxpayer-funded obligations to Israel. A truthful presidential assessment would finally tell the American people the following: “Israel has deployed a clandestine nuclear arsenal with some components and materials stolen from the United States. Our foreign aid laws therefore make Israel ineligible for further taxpayer dollars.”

    Such a truthful declaration would turn the tables on AIPAC and its small group of donors now pushing Americans to steal from themselves by systematically violating the Symington and Glenn amendments to U.S. foreign aid laws.

    This sounds like a movie, nothing I can see actually happening. And the current conflict with israel feels more personal than policy-oriented … once Obama, et al help force Netanyahu from power in the next few months all will return largely to the status quo – just a stiff warning to Bibi that the Sword of Damocles hangs over his head re; the espionage stuff and he’d better behave or he gets arrested the minute his diplomatic immunity ends (and so Likkudniks will probably give him some official role to maintain that protection) … if the U.S. ever finally outs israel officially as a nuclear power I will happily eat crow

  3. Les
    September 24, 2012, 7:35 pm

    Wendy Senor Singer is now a full time Israeli, unlike her brother Dan, who is a part-time American.

  4. ColinWright
    September 24, 2012, 8:14 pm

    ““Israel has deployed a clandestine nuclear arsenal with some components and materials stolen from the United States. Our foreign aid laws therefore make Israel ineligible for further taxpayer dollars.” “

    ‘I’m shocked — shocked — to learn that gambling has been taking place in this establishment.’

    Well, works for me. But a campaign to force AIPAC to register as an agent of a foreign power is probably more realistic at this point.

  5. Kathleen
    September 24, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Thanks for all of your amazing research Grant. And thanks Annie wondered if Wendy was a relative of warmongering Dan Senor. All in the family.

  6. CitizenC
    September 24, 2012, 8:56 pm

    I was very glad to see Mondo pick up Grant Smith’s article. He is top-notch.

    I learned 10 days ago of an event called Expose AIPAC in Boston Oct 13-15, opposite what is being billed as a “national AIPAC summit” at the same time. See

    link to exposeaipac.wordpress.com

    They invite people to “help plan” the event so I wrote them suggesting they expand the program in 2 ways, with people who are knowledeable about AIPAC, and I recommended Jeff Blankfort, Grant, Janet McMahon of Washington Report, and Alison Weir of IAK and CNI. Jeff and Alison did a workshop at End the Occ in St Louis this weekend that differed from EtO’s usual bland fare, and was very well-received, from their reports.

    I also proposed former diplomatic and intelligence people like Chas Freeman, Philip Giraldi and Ray McGovern, to help drive home the idea that Israel has been a strategic disaster for the US, what more important message at a “national AIPAC summit”.

    After a few days, with 3 weeks before the event, I got a reply thanking me for my “thoughtful suggestions” but the program couldn’t be changed. Maybe, maybe not. The program is good as far as it goes, but the organizers don’t seem to have much insight and conviction on the topic. Perhaps the old left dogma of avoiding the “Israel lobby” is a difficult habit to break

  7. Les
    September 25, 2012, 9:39 am

    According to today’s Newsday, a number of New York synagogues will be promoting a US war against Iran from the pulpit as part of their Yom Kippur services.

    • American
      September 25, 2012, 12:38 pm

      @ Les

      Yes the full court press is on….the WP zionist rag is in full war mode:

      Washpost soft-core propaganda on Iran
      link to turcopolier.typepad.com

      The Outlook section of today’s ( 23 September, 2012) Washington Post contains a three part essay on what the Post wants the American people to believe would be likely to happen in the event of an unprovoked Israeli “maximum effort” attack on Iran. This attack supposedly takes place before the US election in November.

      The essay is written by three groups of authors and it seems to have been intended that such a device would make the assembled essay seem more plausibly to represent three different points of view. They are all representative of the same point of view.

      The three parts of the essay supposedly represent the action in Washington, Tel Aviv and Teheran in the event of this attack.

      A general defect of the thing is the complete ignorance reflected of the actual limitations of distances, weapons, numbers of aircraft and missiles, Iranian air defenses, the lack of any recovery air fields between Israeli bases and the targets or SAR capability for the attacking Israeli force.

      Basic military knowledge of the situation is ignored in the manner common in politico-military strategic war games. In these “games” any reference to actual limitations are airily waved off as not germane. In this essay it is suggested that one option is for the US to “shoot down’ the attacking Israeli force before it passes beyond Iraq. The Joe Biden character angrily says that this is not an option. He is correct but not for the reason implied. In fact, since the completion of the US withdrawal from Iraq the US has no ability to do such a thing and neither do the Iraqis. The nearest USAF assets are in the Gulf or Turkey and the nearest US Navy assets are where the carriers may be. Look at the distances.

      The three essay parts can be somewhat summarized by capital:

      – Tel Aviv. Natanyahu is depicted as masterful, deeply insightful, profoundly wise and decisive. He dominates the play and tells the president of the US that he expects the US to fully support Israel’s action. Israeli attacks are described as not fully but significantly effective against the Iranian facilities and Israel is said to have “misplaced” one aircraft. There are many aspects of intelligence preparation of this battlefied that the Israelis could not do for themselves and that would not be done for them in the context of a unilateral attack. Those aspects would cost them dearly, but the authors know nothing of that and do not mention it.

      – Washington. BHO is “drawn” as a “lightweight” ditherer who would rather have dinner with his family and counsel his children than focus on this world crisis. His administration is depicted as deeply divided over a response to Israel’s seizure of the initiative. While he dithers, the Senate of the United States votes 99 t0 1 to support a war powers resolution. The House would presumably be even more supportive of war. Senor, the neocon voice of Romney, denounces the president of the United States for his disloyalty to Israel.

      – Teheran. Having been struck the mullahs decide to refrain from retaliation for fear of a “regional war.” This is a striking piece of cognitive dissonance. In one part of the larger essay the Iranian leaders are said to be madmen intent on jihad. In this part of the essay they are rational actors who decide against retaliation on a coldly calculating basis. If they would do that, why attack them at all?

      Economic effects are portrayed as minimal, the Arab states are depicted as favorable.

      The general message is that such an Israeli attack would largely succeed in spite of the fecklessness of Obama. The authors claim that costs of all kinds would be low.

      The Washington Post chose to publish such a propaganda piece with the obvious goal of undermining the president of the United States and supporting a foreign political leader.

      I fear for October. pl ” (Col Pat Lang)

      Here are the three WP pieces appearing together:

      What if Israel bombed Iran
      link to washingtonpost.com

      The View From Tehran
      link to washingtonpost.com

      And of course the view from Tel Aviv is the usual of ashes of Jews and holocaust and we must save ourselves cause no one else will and if Jews are threatened the world is threatened.

      The View from Tel Aviv
      link to washingtonpost.com

      ”After the Holocaust, we said “Never again,” and we meant it. The world must understand that when the Jewish people are threatened, it is the first sign of a threat to international order and world peace

      The massacres of Jews and the piles of ash left by the Nazis are part of our collective memory. So we take responsibility for our own defense — of a land that is both a haven and a self-imposed ghetto for the Jewish people”

      • Annie Robbins
        September 25, 2012, 1:25 pm

        american, i flipped when i read those the other day. phil actually highlighted one, the ‘The View from Tel Aviv’. i think it was the day before yesterday. weird weird weird. did you notice the iranians leaning back on the ‘purple tulip pillows’? (that is from memory, it was some version of that) the contrasts are very stark.

      • Annie Robbins
        September 25, 2012, 1:27 pm

        here it is

        link to mondoweiss.net

        oh, and it was ‘tulip-patterned cushions’

      • American
        September 25, 2012, 1:39 pm

        @ annie

        I though I remembered some mention of it but couldn’t find the exact one so put up the entire series just to show how craven the WP is pushing Iran war.

      • American
        September 25, 2012, 1:52 pm

        @ annie

        BTW here’s a oldie but goodie recently declassified….
        “The tragedy is that we had a good foreign policy,” replied Kissinger. “This is no reflection on you, but Israel doesn’t think they have to be afraid of you.” ”
        Let me say for the 1001 time….FEAR is all Israel and it’s supporters understand. Unless they are put in fear of their own death and destruction they will keep on. Which is what they have done and keep doing.
        Sorry to all the liberals and good hearted idealist out there but Israel must be severely threatened or it will, as it exist now, have to be totally destroyed in the end.

        link to haaretz.com

        U.S. tensions, circa 1975
        The U.S. administration is tired of Israel’s intransigence, warmongering and attempts to interfere in its domestic politics. Welcome to the 1970s.

        By Amir Oren | Sep.25, 2012 | 8:44 AM

        ”In March 1975, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was shuttling between Jerusalem and Cairo in an effort to reach a second interim Sinai agreement between Israel and Egypt. The Israeli negotiating team included then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Defense Minister Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister Yigal Allon, and IDF Chief of Staff Mordechai (Motta) Gur.

        The major obstacle was Israel’s refusal to withdraw the Israel Defense Forces to the eastern approaches of the Mitla and Gidi passes.
        Kissinger was angry at the Israelis for their weakness, their scant political experience and their internal squabbles.
        He later vented his frustrations to President Gerald Ford. The Israelis were “treacherous, petty, deceitful – they didn’t treat us like allies,” and they deceived him into thinking that there was sufficient reason for him to come to the region.
        But now, at a meeting with Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in Aswan, after Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi and Defense Minister Abdel Ghani el-Gamasy had left the room, Kissinger surprised Sadat by handing him a personal letter from Rabin.

        The next day, Kissinger had the following description cabled to President Ford: “There was one particularly interesting moment when I talked to Sadat alone. I presented him with a letter from Rabin, which I had suggested and in which, in very human terms, Rabin expressed his strong desire to achieve the agreement with Sadat. This letter moved Sadat to tears, and he said that this was the kind of thing which he had always wanted. I believe this was a good psychological stroke, and I hope that it will have an impact on the considered version which Sadat will convey to me tomorrow night for subsequent presentation to the Israelis.”

        As far as is known, Rabin’s letter to Sadat has never been made public before. In it he wrote:

        “I know that no agreement is possible without difficult decisions, but I am ready to grapple with them for the sake of the cause of peace between our countries.” In order to convince his people of the need to make these difficult decisions, the Israeli prime minister wrote, he needed to see “that the act of withdrawal marks the real beginning of progress toward peace by deeds and words that demonstrate the intention of peace.” This was two and a half years before Sadat shocked the world and flew to Israel to meet with Rabin’s successor, Menachem Begin.

        Wretched failure

        The tears shed by Sadat did not help. Rabin was powerless against opponents on his political right in the Israeli cabinet (led by Peres ) and within his party (primarily Moshe Dayan, but also his predecessor, Golda Meir ). Even Ford’s blatant 1975 threat to negatively “reassess” American policy toward Israel did not shift the balance of forces within the cabinet. Ford and Kissinger failed, were furious, set out on a reprisal mission – and within five months succeeded in bending Israel to their will.

        Most of this chapter in the annals of Jerusalem-Washington-Cairo relations (and it would also be worthwhile to add Damascus ) is well known, as it was conducted before the spotlights. There are some concealed pages, however, that are only now being revealed.

        The exposure comes in the form of a new compilation of U.S. administration documents in the years 1974-1976, which describes the Middle East policy of Kissinger during the presidencies of Richard Nixon (until August 1974 ) and Ford.

        The documents, whose security classification has gradually been lifted over the years (although some were only finally made public a few weeks ago ), highlight Israel’s great missed opportunity in the years following the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Not as dreadful a missed opportunity as the one that presented itself prior to the war, but a wretched failure, all the same.

        The mutual brawling within the Rabin administration diverted the flow of history into another channel – to Begin and the Likud, and to Ariel Sharon (the great rival of Chief of Staff Gur, back from their days as paratroopers ), who became defense minister and, years later, prime minister; to the entanglement in Lebanon, and to lost opportunities for regional peace, as early as the 1970s.

        Kissinger quoted Sadat as saying that Israel’s “strategy is to sell its land to us for arms, which they will use to prevent giving up any more land.”
        To the president of Syria, Hafez Assad, Kissinger said, “Israel’s negotiating tactic is to move from the intolerable to the impossible and call it a concession.”

        The Israelis and their backers in American Jewry were trying to meddle in U.S. domestic politics, Kissinger warned Ford: “And the Jews are trying to knock you off. They want a new guy in the White House in ’77.” Yet, once the new guy, Jimmy Carter, arrived, they soon longed for Ford and Kissinger.

        “We cannot be in a position to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world simply in order to stand behind the intransigence of Israel,” Ford bristled.

        “The tragedy is that we had a good foreign policy,” replied Kissinger. “This is no reflection on you, but Israel doesn’t think they have to be afraid of you.”

        “They will find out,” Ford said.

        “The people will look back at the crisis created by eight lousy kilometers in a pass that nobody knows,” Kissinger said, referring to the standoff on negotiations to pull back from the strategic mountain passes in Sinai.

        There was a logic to what he was saying. For a moment, Kissinger reverted to the role of Harvard lecturer. “I tell you that if this were a negotiation between Spain and France in which the peace of the world were not dependent on the U.S. financing the whole thing, I would say that these were perfectly reasonable statements. Every country has to decide on the balance between their sovereignty and their security.”

        The Senate majority leader, the Democrat Mike Mansfield, offered this diagnosis of the Israeli condition: “It is beginning to look as if they have a death wish.”

        Kissinger: “We must dissociate ourselves a bit from Israel – not to destroy them but to prevent them from becoming a Sparta, with only military solutions to every problem.”

        continued….

      • Annie Robbins
        September 25, 2012, 2:06 pm

        i’m glad you did american. i think they are all worthy and the series is priceless. what a drumbeat trying to acclimate the american public for another war. disgusting.

      • seanmcbride
        September 25, 2012, 2:55 pm

        American wrote:

        Sorry to all the liberals and good hearted idealist out there but Israel must be severely threatened or it will, as it exist now, have to be totally destroyed in the end.

        Whom do you envision totally destroying Israel, how do you envision Israel being totally destroyed, and have you already forgotten about the Samson Option?

      • American
        September 25, 2012, 3:45 pm

        @ sean

        We’ve done this before. Cut the US umbilical cord, cancel the holocaust credit cards, just say no, slam the door, starve it into neuterdom.
        Make it clear if one of their nuke silo doors even starts to open they will be nuked out of existence.
        Got any better ideas ,options for ending Israeli insanity once and for all?
        Everything else has been tried…for 65 years…and every carrot we feed it makes it more insatiable and insane.

      • seanmcbride
        September 25, 2012, 9:51 pm

        American wrote,

        Make it clear if one of their nuke silo doors even starts to open they will be nuked out of existence.

        As has been stated five or six times before, several nations (including Israel) are now capable of launching nuclear and biological attacks against any target anywhere in the world, without the need for missiles or planes, with absolutely no advance warning, and without leaving any footprints as to their origin.

        But you are still talking about “silo doors” as if we were still living in the 1960s. You are not dealing with the real world as it exists in 2012.

        If things got to the point where Israel felt that it was facing certain extinction, it wouldn’t care about retaliation for exercising the Samson Option — that is the whole point of the Samson Option.

        Got any better ideas ,options for ending Israeli insanity once and for all?

        Not any that are likely to work. Machers within the Jewish community (billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban) need to be persuaded that is in the best interest of Israel and the Jewish community for Israel to radically change course — but that could be an impossible task.

  8. HHM
    September 25, 2012, 11:14 am

    Petition: AIPAC must register as a Foreign Agent
    link to tinyurl.com
    link to thepetitionsite.com

    • Kathleen
      September 25, 2012, 2:56 pm

      Have written several U.S. agencies about Aipac being required to register. Thanks for those links

  9. amigo
    September 25, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Glad to sign HHM.

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