US and Israeli pressure on Nigeria to sell out Palestine at U.N. amounted to ‘national security threat’

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You may recall that last December the Security Council considered a resolution to call for an end to the occupation, and that the motion failed because it only got eight yes votes. Nigeria abstained after it had been expected to support the resolution. Now Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Wali has apologized to the Palestinian Authority for abstaining. From Middle East Monitor, citing the newspaperAl Quds:

The statement said that Wali has officially apologised to the Palestinian ambassador, citing huge pressure put on his country pushing it to vote against the Palestinian motion. He said that the pressure amounted to a “national security threat”.

The statement does not say who applied the pressure. The Guardian coverage of that vote last December is headlines, “US and Israeli intervention led UN to reject Palestinian resolution:”

The UN security council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years after Israel and the US crucially intervened to persuade Nigeria to abstain from voting.

Palestinian officials and other observers had thought Nigeria would back a Jordanian-tabled resolution, thereby delivering a nine-vote majority on the council which would have required a US veto to be blocked. Washington had been working strenuously to avoid having to use its veto.

Even a half hour before the vote, Nigeria was expected to support the resolution.

Netanyahu’s pressure, per the Guardian:

Netanyahu confirmed he had spoken to both Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Jonathan before the UN vote. “I spoke with both of them,” he told reporters. “They promised me personally that they would not support this decision and they stood by their words. That is what tipped the scales.”

Netanyahu had a private meeting with the Nigerian president – seen by Israel as a potential ally on the security council – during the latter’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem in October.

IPS reported that Kerry twisted arms, calling Goodluck Jonathan in December to get the abstention.

The United States re-asserted its political and economic clout – and its ability to twist arms and perhaps metaphorically break kneecaps – when it successfully lobbied to help defeat a crucial Security Council resolution on the future of Palestine this week.

And all this so that the U.S. would not have to exercise its veto in the Security Council, as it had in 2011, on the resolution against Israeli settlement activity.

The pressure is of course reminiscent of U.S. lobbying for the partition resolution of 1947, the UN Special Committee on Palestine. That also involved some armtwisting of smaller nations.

Thanks to Ofer Neiman.

 

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    May 29, 2015, 11:13 am

    RE: “You may recall that last December the Security Council considered a resolution to call on an end to the occupation, and that the motion failed because it only got eight yes votes. Nigeria abstained after it had been expected to support the resolution.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: I can’t help but wonder whether this contributed to Goodluck Jonathan’s luck having finally run out (i.e., his recent loss to a Muslim in Nigeria’s presidential election).

  2. Citizen
    May 29, 2015, 11:32 am

    #AIPAC $ über alles; ist’s simple, given US campaign finance system of bribes OK’d by SCOTUS

    • Krauss
      May 29, 2015, 5:00 pm

      Next time we hear about US “concern” of colonization, point them to these articles.

      The U.S. has never been against settlements and Apartheid; it has actively supported them when push comes to shove.

  3. Kay24
    May 29, 2015, 12:12 pm

    It is a fact that the US supports Israel’s brutal occupation despite the false condemnation we see occasionally. Actions speak louder than words, and if sending billions in aid, arming this rogue state with the latest weapons, supplying ammunition when it massacres civilians at the slightest excuse is not supporting it, then I don’t know what is. If the US wanted to end the illegal settlements, it would have years ago. The world is not fooled by the US pretense of being good cop. No wonder Arab nations have no faith that the US can be the honest broker in any effort to release the Palestinians from their decades of being in open prisons.

  4. Eva Smagacz
    May 29, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I am sure that FBI raid on FIFA was not meant to put fear in the hearts of all and every one of national FAs representatives (guilty and innocent alike) ahead of vote to suspend Israel.

    I am sure that the timing of arrests was a mere coincidence.

    /sarcasm off

    • a blah chick
      May 29, 2015, 2:45 pm

      My understanding is that the investigation has been going on for some time but, yeah, the timing of the arrests is damn suspicious.

      Personally I believe that a few phones calls got made to suggest that now would be a good time for some perp walks.

      • CigarGod
        May 30, 2015, 9:24 am

        I’ll try to find the report.
        The investigation was not complete…yet, they were told by wh to “go with what you have.” I heard this reported just one time.

    • Shingo
      May 30, 2015, 12:11 am

      The arrests are also a cynical attempt to undermine the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

      • spencerhr
        May 31, 2015, 4:22 pm

        Russia should have been stripped of the 2018 World Cup a long time ago due to its invasion of Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea.

        But of course, FIFA never cares about enforcing human rights norms. The same applies to Israel/Palestine.

      • RoHa
        May 31, 2015, 10:13 pm

        Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine? Could you elaborate a bit on that event?

      • echinococcus
        June 1, 2015, 1:21 am

        Spencer,

        Look, we are here to discuss how to try and help the Palestinians. A lot of us are pretty seriously invested in other questions, too, often on positions that are diametrally opposed to yours.
        I don’t think the web site needs that kind of discord too, in addition to that being introduced daily by Zionists of various stripes. So please… cheese it with the attack on Russia.

    • hophmi
      May 30, 2015, 10:08 am

      Present your evidence, Eva. I think you’re full of nonsense. FIFA has long been one of the most corrupt organizations in the world.

      • catalan
        May 30, 2015, 10:33 am

        “Present your evidence, Eva. I think you’re full of nonsense. FIFA has long been one of the most corrupt organizations in the world”
        I like to read the comments under the German edition of Spiegel to practice German. When it concerns the United States they tend to be pretty negative. However, to my surprise, the comments under the article about the Fifa arrests were incredibly supportive. The Germans were applauding. Same thing in the Bulgarian papers. Fascinating that they like the Yanks for attacking the soccer federation. Americans can be proud.

      • oldgeezer
        May 30, 2015, 1:02 pm

        @catalan

        You have assimilated well. Everything is a war or attack.

        As you said FIFA (as well as the Olympic Federation) are renowned for the level of corruption. No argument can be made about that.

        The attack will likely be the first actual success since Grenada.

      • catalan
        May 30, 2015, 2:11 pm

        “You have assimilated well. Everything is a war or attack. – ” Oldgeezer
        Good catch.

      • Eva Smagacz
        May 30, 2015, 5:16 pm

        “Present you evidence, Eva”

        Evidence of what? I was merely marvelling at the fact how serendipitous was the fact that of all windows of opportunity that FBI had in the last 20 years of investigating corruption in FIFA, they chose to strike two days before very FIFA Congress where suspension of Israel was to be voted on.

        To look at it as more than mere coincidence would be to imply that US might be looking out for Israel’s interests and that would be just plain silly of me, wouldn’t it?

      • CigarGod
        May 30, 2015, 8:51 pm

        That shot didn’t even have any drop. Bullseye!

  5. michelle
    May 29, 2015, 2:34 pm

    .
    truly who is
    the terrorist
    the aggressor
    the murderer
    the thief
    the liar
    who is the terrorist
    .
    and where are the defenders of those who are being terrorized
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

  6. Bornajoo
    May 29, 2015, 5:34 pm

    “and where are the defenders of those who are being terrorized”

    I’m afraid they are being bullied, overpowered, marginalized, excommunicated, intimidated or simply not able to be heard or get their message out because the bullies and their willing cohorts also run the mainstream media.

  7. JWalters
    May 29, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Extreme financial pressure was a crucial factor in the original U.N. vote to partition Palestine, including pressure on Nigeria.

    The U.N. General Assembly voted to recommend partitioning Palestine into Arab and Jewish states on November 29, 1947, with Jerusalem to be an international city. The new status was recommended to begin when the British mandate expired on August l, 1948. This was not a final decision by the U.N. All the Arab countries voted against the recommendation, on the grounds that “it violated the principles of national self-determination in the UN charter which granted people the right to decide their own destiny”.

    Financial and political pressure behind the vote was intense. Truman later said, “The facts were that not only were there pressure movements around the United Nations unlike anything that had been seen there before, but that the White House, too, was subjected to a constant barrage. I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance. The persistence of a few of the extreme Zionist leaders — actuated by political motives and engaging in political threats — disturbed and annoyed me.”

    “Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru spoke with anger and contempt for the way the UN vote had been lined up. He said the Zionists had tried to bribe India with millions and at the same time his sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, had received daily warnings that her life was in danger unless ‘she voted right’. Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States complained that the US delegation threatened aid cuts to several countries.”

    “Shortly before the vote, France’s delegate to the United Nations was visited by Bernard Baruch, a long-term Jewish supporter of the Democratic Party who, during the recent world war, had been an economic adviser to President Roosevelt, and had latterly been appointed by President Truman as the United States’ ambassador to the newly created UN Atomic Energy Commission. He was, privately, a supporter of the Irgun and its front organization, the American League for a Free Palestine. Baruch implied that a French failure to support the resolution might cause planned American aid to France, which was badly needed for reconstruction, French currency reserves being exhausted and its balance of payments heavily in deficit, not to materialise. Previously, in order to avoid antagonising its Arab colonies, France had not publicly supported the resolution. After considering the danger of American aid being withheld, France finally voted in favour of it. So, too, did France’s neighbours, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.”

    “In a speech at the General Assembly Hall at Flushing Meadow, New York, on Friday, 28 November 1947, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, Fadel Jamall, included the following statement: ‘Partition imposed against the will of the majority of the people will jeopardize peace and harmony in the Middle East. Not only the uprising of the Arabs of Palestine is to be expected, but the masses in the Arab world cannot be restrained. The Arab-Jewish relationship in the Arab world will greatly deteriorate. There are more Jews in the Arab world outside of Palestine than there are in Palestine. In Iraq alone, we have about one hundred and fifty thousand Jews who share with Moslems and Christians all the advantages of political and economic rights. Harmony prevails among Moslems, Christians and Jews. But any injustice imposed upon the Arabs of Palestine will disturb the harmony among Jews and non-Jews in Iraq; it will breed inter-religious prejudice and hatred.'”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Partition_Plan_for_Palestine

    • Boomer
      May 30, 2015, 10:49 am

      Thanks for this history. Truman may have been “disturbed and annoyed” but he submitted to the pressure.

    • DaBakr
      May 30, 2015, 11:35 am

      @jw

      Truman said there was behind the scenes pressure like ‘nothing seen here before’, ey? . Exactly how old do you think the UN was at the time? You act like the so-called ‘pressure’ had not been seen in decades of past UN votes! LOL

      • Qualtrough
        May 30, 2015, 2:32 pm

        DaBakr–You are putting words into JW’s mouth. The fact that Truman felt that the pressure was stronger than anything he had seen in the two and a half or so years of the UN’s existence (and busy ones at that) and stronger than anything he had seen during his time in the White House is compelling. That the UN had only been in existence for a relatively short time subtracts nothing from Truman’s statement and is a non-issue. Why don’t you just call Truman a liar and be done with it?

      • talknic
        May 30, 2015, 8:03 pm

        @ DaBakr Shows us how &*&^%$ stupid Zionist apologists can be

        ” You act like the so-called ‘pressure’ had not been seen in decades of past UN votes! LOL”

        A decade = 10 years
        Decades = multiples of 10 years

        UN 1945
        UNGA res 181 adopted 1947 = 2 years
        Israeli proclamation including borders by which it was recognized15th May 1948 = 3 years

      • DaBakr
        May 30, 2015, 11:45 pm

        @tk

        i think you will find that if you read my post and actually understand what I said it is you that is having problems with basic comprehension. or perhaps sarcasm is lost on you. sorry.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 31, 2015, 11:27 am

        truman “I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance. ”

        ….You act like the so-called ‘pressure’ had not been seen in decades….LOL…..perhaps sarcasm is lost on you.

        not funny that’s all.

      • echinococcus
        June 1, 2015, 2:41 pm

        Dabak

        i doubt very much i could write anything here-no matter how ‘hard’ it was applied-that would change the minds of people…

        How right you are, you poor misunderstood lofty thinker! I bet you’re a victim of racist prejudice.
        But even though you know we are immune to conversion to the zionistische Kultur you selflessly soldier on, just to be an irritant…

      • talknic
        June 2, 2015, 3:37 am

        @ DaBakr

        ” if you read my post and actually understand what I said it is you that is having problems with basic comprehension. or perhaps sarcasm is lost on you. sorry”

        Dig a deeper hole …. I understand your need

  8. DaBakr
    May 29, 2015, 7:41 pm

    of course this wouldn’t anything to do with it. I expect to read comments how it was just ‘cynical’ help-just like Nepal:
    from 2015:
    “Israel has been a crucial and loyal ally in our fight against Boko Haram,” Mike Omeri, the chief coordinating spokesman of Nigeria’s National Information Center, told the Jerusalem Post. “It is a sad reality that Israel has a great deal of experience confronting terrorism. Our Israeli partners have used that experience, and the unique expertise gained over years of fighting terror within its own borders, to assist us.”

    @eva

    You can have as many ‘suspicions’ as you like about indictments but if you really don’t think that the PA authority and Rajoub personally are extremely corrupt (as corrupt as anyone can be) and this extends to the PA administering to FIFA -then your seriously lacking in perspective.

    • Shingo
      May 30, 2015, 12:10 am

      You can have as many ‘suspicions’ as you like about indictments but if you really don’t think that the PA authority and Rajoub personally are extremely corrupt (as corrupt as anyone can be) and this extends to the PA administering to FIFA -then your seriously lacking in perspective.

      Who is even denying the level of corruption among the PA? It is precisely that level of corruption that makes them the poodle fo choice for Israel and why even Netanyahu keeps arguing against the cutting of funds to the PA.

      And speaking of corruption, Israel ranks as among the most corrupt in the West.

      • echinococcus
        May 30, 2015, 1:57 am

        Fair is fair: the Zionists come in second in order of corruption, right after the US.
        Veru probablu because they call the shots here, too.

      • DaBakr
        May 30, 2015, 11:18 am

        @sg
        what a bunch of shitegrass that comes from your mind:

        Israel ranks about in the top 1/3 of least corrupt nations by numerous european, US and other poles. The US ranks a bit higher. There are SO many countries you probably admire that rank much higher on the ‘most corrupt’ that your comment isn’t even a joke.

        Now-if your simple stating that Israel has a lot of corruption. Thats a legitimate statement. But among the worst is simply a lie . For starters check Russia, China, India, Brazil, Iran and those are just a few of the large ones.

        There are so many poles I don’t need to bother and list any. Your welcome to run your angry finger down the list and find one that you think isn’t ‘controlled’ by Zionists. Maybe a poll put out by Ma’an would convince you

      • mikeo
        June 1, 2015, 6:44 am

        As ever DeBakr shows the selective hearing typical of hasbarists…

        And any attempts to “polish the turd” that is Israel’s international reputation involve comparison with the most poverty stricken and repressive regimes…

        What does Shingo say?

        And speaking of corruption, Israel ranks as among the most corrupt in the West

        What does DeBakr reply?

        @sg
        what a bunch of shitegrass that comes from your mind:

        Israel ranks about in the top 1/3 of least corrupt nations by numerous european, US and other poles.

        (That’s polls btw DB)

        What are the facts in context?

        The Times of Israel headline says:

        Israel among most corrupt developed states, study finds

        DeBakr, If I were marking your school report it would read – Must try harder…

      • DaBakr
        June 1, 2015, 11:01 am

        @mk
        you ‘re right mk. i should try harder but harder at what? i doubt very much i could write anything here-no matter how ‘hard’ it was applied-that would change the minds of people who are decidedly set in a rigid cage painted w rainbow colours and a black spot. you can imagine what the black spot represents while the colours represent everything else in the world. Its so easy when you see the world in such fanatical and inflexible, cult-like terms. They have been convinced that the only thing worth examining is what they perceive as the black spot when really-the ‘black’ spot is merely a hole in their cage.

      • mikeo
        June 2, 2015, 2:31 am

        you ‘re right mk. i should try harder but harder at what? i doubt very much i could write anything here-no matter how ‘hard’ it was applied-that would change the minds of people who are decidedly set in a rigid cage painted w rainbow colours and a black spot…

        Its so easy when you see the world in such fanatical and inflexible, cult-like terms.

        The point is, what you have written is so obviously dishonest in its intent that it is frankly an insult to anyone with any modicum of intelligence. Your argumentation (with which you seem to wish to “change peoples minds”) can be disproven by the most cursory web search, and illustrated by quoting Israeli newspapers!

        Israel is one of the most corrupt nations in the West, the very “poles” you refer to prove this. This is the conclusion drawn even by right-leaning Israeli newspapers such as the Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Times.

        So why do you try to represent the situation as: “Israel ranks about in the top 1/3 of least corrupt nations by numerous european, US and other poles.”

        Have you not understood what you have read?
        Or do you think other people are too stupid or lazy to check?

        I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I do know that it is ludicrous to think you think you can change anybody’s mind when your arguments are so blatantly dishonest.

        Generally people do not like to be taken for fools. If you genuinely want to change people’s minds make a solid argument, and make it honestly.

        You say; “Its so easy when you see the world in such fanatical and inflexible, cult-like terms.”

        Can you not see the irony of this statement in light of your intellectual dishonesty when representing Israeli corruption…

        Your need to paint Israel in a positive light, no matter the facts is fanatical, inflexible and cult-like. Can you not see this?

        Hence – Must try harder!

      • talknic
        June 2, 2015, 3:48 am

        @ DaBakr June 1, 2015, 11:01 am

        “people who are decidedly set in a rigid cage painted w rainbow colours and a black spot. you can imagine what the black spot represents while the colours represent everything else in the world. Its so easy when you see the world in such fanatical and inflexible, cult-like terms. They have been convinced that the only thing worth examining is what they perceive as the black spot when really-the ‘black’ spot is merely a hole in their cage”

        An apt description of you and your fellow propagandists

        Answer this simple question honestly if you can; By what legal instrument has Israel legally acquired any further territories since being recognized by the borders it proclaimed effective May 15th 1948 ?

      • eljay
        June 2, 2015, 8:04 am

        || DaBakr: … i should try harder but harder at what? ||

        At supporting the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

        || Its so easy when you see the world in such fanatical and inflexible, cult-like terms. ||

        Add “unjust” and “immoral” to that list of adjectives and you’ve described Zio-supremacism.

      • Mayhem
        June 3, 2015, 4:44 am

        Wrong as usual Shingo. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Israel comes in 37th place out of 175 countries i.e there are 138 countries more corrupt than Israel.

      • CigarGod
        June 3, 2015, 9:36 am

        Mayhem,
        Re-read Shingo’s comment…and your response.
        “…the west.”

        The ranking you cite, closely corresponds to The Democracy Index, published by The Economist.
        Israel ranks lower than countries most people can’t even find on a map.

      • ckg
        June 3, 2015, 10:32 am

        For the poll-followers here, keep an eye on BBC. Its annual Country Ratings Poll, conducted by GlobeScan/Pipa, should be published soon. The previous three polls were published in late May or early June. The 2014 poll (released 6/4/2014) ranked Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Israel as the least popular countries.

    • oldgeezer
      May 30, 2015, 12:20 am

      @Dabakr

      Yes and while throwing brickbats at the PA let’s keep in perspective the rogues gallery of Israeli leadership which is equally corrupt. We’ll ignore the rapists amongst that group.

      • a blah chick
        May 30, 2015, 9:41 am

        “We’ll ignore the rapists amongst that group.”

        That’ll leave a mark.

      • DaBakr
        May 30, 2015, 11:37 am

        @og

        old guy-that was exactly the point I was making. so thanks-i think-not that you grasped it.

        And BTW…uh oh. I just read that Rajoub is in BIG trouble after the FIFA fiasco. I guess his masters are ticked off. But who would they be since his masters in the PA are ‘lapdogs’ of Israel according to mw. So confusing….

    • CigarGod
      May 30, 2015, 9:41 am

      DaBaker again uses Little Johhnies excuse to his mother: Well, Billy did it, too…

      Growing old isn’t the same thing as growing up, eh DaBaker?

      Somehow…and I think the UN supports this…a people fighting for their liberation is given more lattitude in that struggle, than are the people trying to keep them enslaved.

      • DaBakr
        May 30, 2015, 11:25 am

        @cg
        please be so kind as to point out where I made an excuse for anything. The implication is that the WHOLE of FIFA is corrupt and that also the timinbg of the investigation must have something to do with ‘corrupt’ Israel and I pointed out that the PA is equally as corrupt so why wouldnt the same suspicions apply to what most here call “israels lap dog’ -or are you saying Rajoub is just a Zionist shill?

        your too eager to make an intellectual point about FIFA cg and you simply spouted premature evacuation

      • echinococcus
        May 30, 2015, 10:15 pm

        Rajoub is of course a Zionist puppet, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that the timing of the IRS intervention (trumpeted by the AG, no less) at the right moment was simply miraculous.

  9. PeaceThroughJustice
    May 29, 2015, 10:53 pm

    “The pressure is of course reminiscent of U.S. lobbying for the partition resolution of 1947, the UN Special Committee on Palestine.”

    And reminiscent of U.S. lobbying in 1991 to repeal the General Assembly’s declaration that zionism is racism.

    • Boomer
      May 30, 2015, 10:56 am

      re: “And reminiscent of U.S. lobbying in 1991 to repeal the General Assembly’s declaration that zionism is racism.”

      A sad episode, no doubt, about which I know little. I subscribed to and read a couple of newspapers back then, but I guess I was busy with work or something . . . I don’t recall much about this. Of course, there was no Mondoweiss then . . . nor even a World Wide Web. There was an internet, which I was just beginning to explore via a dial-up modem, but for many of us it was more a curiosity than a source of information.

  10. Citizen
    May 30, 2015, 4:42 am

    Here’s MW profile on that new Zionist Black List web site, Canary Mission: http://www.canarymission.org/mondoweiss/?rq=mondoweiss

  11. a blah chick
    May 30, 2015, 10:19 am

    CigarGod @May 30, 2015, 9:24 am
    I’ll try to find the report.
    The investigation was not complete…yet, they were told by wh to “go with what you have.” I heard this reported just one time.

    I did a quick and dirty search and couldn’t find any skepticism of the timing in the reports I saw. There was one report in the Independent yesterday in which Blatter alleged that the arrests were more about the FIFA presidential election.

    “Blatter also questioned whether the investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively would have happened had other countries won the bidding process.

    “If two other countries had emerged from the envelope I think we would not have had these problems,” Mr Blatter added. “But we can’t go back in time, we’re not prophets, we can’t say what would have happened.”

    I think ole Sepp might be on to something here. Given the level of corruption in the whole organization it is unwise to present the investigation as the “clean” countries going after the “dirty” ones. It looks to me more like a bunch of “made men,” and going after the capo di tutti capi to get to the top.

  12. Mooser
    May 30, 2015, 11:56 am

    I must admit that I have never liked soccer. It is a basically immoral game. Idle hands are the Devil’s playground.

  13. Boomer
    May 30, 2015, 12:52 pm

    re: “The United States re-asserted its political and economic clout – and its ability to twist arms and perhaps metaphorically break kneecaps – when it successfully lobbied to help defeat a crucial Security Council resolution on the future of Palestine this week.”

    As an American, it particularly bothers me that our leaders, even while mouthing high-sounding phrases about human rights and humanitarian motives, go out of their way actively to defend and enable Israel’s continuing oppression of the Palestinians. Could they not at least “do no harm?” Mere inaction, merely deferring the the international consensus on this issue, would be far superior both morally and in terms of its practical effect on our status in the world.

  14. Rodneywatts
    May 30, 2015, 12:59 pm

    I find it interesting how a report of proven US/Israel pressure on Nigeria to impede justice for Palestinians, and bolster Israel, has also drawn comments on the possibility that the FIFA indictments were another example of US pressure in support of Israel.

    Now, personally, I dont really buy into the latter, but even if true , then it has only hastened the day of reckoning for FIFA — much to the delight of footy enthusiasts in my own family and others. We have talked about corruption for almost as long as I can remember, and the times the exploitation of workers has come up, especially in Qatar, is without count. So even if it was to divert the heat off Israel, there are many positives, and we can be pretty sure that the 14 indicted will not be the last after the Swiss investigation. Also, of course, even after the election of Sepp, there are some very strong indications that UEFA and individual FA’s will be seeing what else can be done.

    Now Back to the topic of US/Israel pressures and referring to Congress moving to pass anti-BDS legislation to be attached to any TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), it seems even more likely to backfire. Whilst UKIP is judged to be more to the right than the conservatives, mainly because of their stance on immigration, in fact it is totally opposed to important parts of theTTIP and the UKIP MEP William Dartmouth, who represents my birth place, voted with 12 others on the EU Trade Committee on 28th May to stop TTIP negotiations. The labour meps made up part of the 28 who voted to continue but with conditions. For reports:

    http://www.ukip.org/william_dartmouth_mep_slams_labour_for_failing_to_protect_the_nhs_against_ttip_in_the_european_parliament

    http://www.labour4ne.org.uk/what_meps_voted_today_on_ttip

    So there is considerable opposition to TTIP, even with Israel out of the picture and unbridled support for Israel could well be the undoing of the neocons who hope to gain the most from a US-EU Free Trade Area.

  15. Qualtrough
    May 30, 2015, 2:43 pm

    As others have pointed out, the investigation had been underway a long time, and few would claim that FIFA is not corrupt as hell. It’s the timing that is the issue, being that it is something of a twofer for the US:

    1. Getting rid of the guy who awarded the games to Russia and getting someone they support in charge.
    2. Throwing a spanner in the vote on the suspension of Israel

    Netanyahu’s recent comments on this affair make # 2 very likely.

    ¿Por qué no los dos?

  16. a blah chick
    May 30, 2015, 2:48 pm

    There’s a good article on Salon.com about the FBI operation and how it was as much about the “show” as anything. Here’s a sample:

    ‘…if we decode the Russian position as an argument that the United States is using the FIFA indictments as a covert instrument of international politics, it assumes a new and striking coherence. Buried in the initial New York Times report on the case, in fact, we find the intriguing suggestion that the FBI’s four-year FIFA investigation “grew out of an unrelated inquiry into aspects of Russian organized crime.” I would be very curious to learn how “unrelated” it really was, and what aspects of the Russian mob led the Feds into the murky waters of international soccer.”

    Snip

    “One obvious question is what role prominent FIFA indictees like Marin and Esquivel, along with Trinidad’s Jack Warner, Uruguay’s Eugenio Figueredo and the Cayman Islands’ Jeffrey Webb, may have played in the Russian and Qatari World Cup deals. Is the American strategic goal to take the 2018 Cup away from Putin and deliver that lucrative prize to a Western ally? (British soccer authorities have repeatedly expressed their interest and readiness.) If so, you have to tip your hat: That would be an ingenious, Machiavelli-scale form of payback for the Ukrainian invasion, which has made the Western powers look foolish and impotent for the last two years.”

    And remember gang, sports should never be about politics!

  17. piotr
    May 30, 2015, 3:19 pm

    “Israel has been a crucial and loyal ally in our fight against Boko Haram,” Mike Omeri, the chief coordinating spokesman of Nigeria’s National Information Center, told the Jerusalem Post. “It is a sad reality that Israel has a great deal of experience confronting terrorism.

    For all that help, the fight against Boko Haram was going very badly, and it seems to be going better now. Former president was either simply inept, or unpopular in the military. New president is a former general, and apparently the war is more successful. Objectively, both Israel and USA have pretty bad record with counter-insurgency. Of course, if you have almost unlimited superiority in arms and almost total control over the population then even inept leadership and tactics will give a modicum of “positive results”, but this does not work in Lebanon or Nigeria.

  18. JimMichie
    May 30, 2015, 7:36 pm

    So here we have an example set by America’s “African American” president to support the demonic “cause” of racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Ziionist Israel to yet again defeat the Palestinians’ legitimate cause to win their FREEDOM, JUSTICE, PEACE, EQUALITY AND DIGNITY in slipping the hideous bonds of Zionist Israel’s brutal six-decade-long forced military occupation of Palestine’s Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank. I never thought I’d ever see the day when an African American would pressure any nation to deny another nation fundamental human rights! This is far beyond the pale and a galactic insult to all of humanity!

  19. ckg
    May 31, 2015, 8:14 am

    The United States re-asserted its political and economic clout – and its ability to twist arms and perhaps metaphorically break kneecaps.

    Riding his bike this morning, Kerry had a collision with karma.

    • CigarGod
      May 31, 2015, 8:56 am

      Didnt the idf bomb and kill the palestinian soccer coach and 2 players in last years attack?
      Karma takes its time.

      • John O
        June 1, 2015, 7:57 am

        Not sure. They certainly killed a well-known Palestinian TV soccer commentator, as reported at the time by the excellent Dave Zirin of “The Nation”.

        Zirin’s take on the timing of the arrests at FIFA is worth reading:

        http://www.thenation.com/blog/208537/will-fifa-raids-scuttle-vote-suspend-israeli-soccer#

      • CigarGod
        June 1, 2015, 10:29 am

        Hmmmm…
        Author waxes sympathetic to Palestinian/athlete human rights, but then just as feverishly as NPR…demonizes Blatter. He also minimizes the competence of the US justice department…the same department that has worked quite well…in not indicting Wall Street and banking executives…let alone sending them to jail. In the end, he just asks us to forgitaboudit.

      • Rodneywatts
        June 1, 2015, 10:50 am

        Hi John O

        You are certainly right that dave Zirin’s piece is well worth reading, and is in line with my own comments above.

        In the context of national or international and country or organisation politics we are seeing some very interesting developments which I hope and pray will turn the tide of injustice perpetrated on the palestinian people. The Words by Amos ch 5 v24 to Israel are so pertinent today; “But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” This after The Lord had said ” I hate, I despise your feast days etc. in v21. If only the modern state of Israel could be truly Jewish!

      • echinococcus
        June 1, 2015, 12:18 pm

        Zirin was writing:

        as for Israel, my own concern is that in searching for conspiracies of coordination, activists will only find fatalism and fantasy: the idea that no matter what they do, it will be for naught. The PFA has not succumbed to this kind of fatal fantasy. We should not either.

        at the same time as the PFA (i.e. puppet “State of Palestine”) was withdrawing the indictment. So much for Zirin’s speculations and incorrigible optimism.

      • CigarGod
        June 1, 2015, 1:30 pm

        As I read Zirin’s piece…I felt like I was being snake charmed. A more sophisticated charmers than most, but still being sold the same old snake oil.

      • DaBakr
        June 1, 2015, 12:50 pm

        @rw
        exactly what FIFA needs. Making their already corrupt organization into one that turns the sport of football into a game of international politics on the outside as well as it already is on the inside. Thats what happens when the far-left fringe gets involved with sports. In fact-why not settle international disputes via soccer games instead of war.

      • John O
        June 1, 2015, 1:27 pm

        @DaBakr

        “exactly what FIFA needs. Making their already corrupt organization into one that turns the sport of football into a game of international politics on the outside as well as it already is on the inside. Thats what happens when the far-left fringe gets involved with sports. In fact-why not settle international disputes via soccer games instead of war.”

        It’s not often that I really do laugh out loud at a posting – here, or anywhere else for that matter – but you just gave me a fit of the giggles. And, in case you weren’t aware, a soccer match between Israel and Palestine was precisely what Blatter suggested as a solution to the I/P conflict.

      • talknic
        June 2, 2015, 3:53 am

        @ DaBakr June 1, 2015, 12:50 pm

        ” Making their already corrupt organization into one that turns the sport of football into a game of international politics on the outside as well as it already is on the inside. “

        Hey buddy, thanks for explaining why Israel desperately wants to stay with FIFA

    • Mooser
      June 2, 2015, 12:47 pm

      “Riding his bike this morning, Kerry had a collision with karma.”

      I hope he didn’t run over a dogma!

  20. Froggy
    June 3, 2015, 11:49 am

    I couldn’t post this under DeBakr’s comment, sorry.

    DaBakr wrote: “Israel ranks about in the top 1/3 of least corrupt nations by numerous european, US and other poles.”

    Ok, DaBakr… lessee now.

    https://www.transparency.org/cpi2014/results

    ‘The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). A country or territory’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories in the index. This year’s index includes 175 countries and territories.’

    Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: Results

    1 Denmark
    2 New Zealand
    3 Finland
    4 Sweden
    5 Norway
    5 Switzerland
    7 Singapore
    8 Netherlands
    9 Luxembourg
    10 Canada
    11 Australia
    12 Germany
    12 Iceland
    14 United Kingdom
    15 Belgium
    15 Japan
    17 Barbados
    17 Hong Kong
    17 Ireland
    17 United States
    21 Chile
    21 Uruguay
    23 Austria
    24 Bahamas
    25 United Arab Emirates
    26 Estonia
    26 France
    26 Qatar
    29 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    30 Bhutan
    31 Botswana
    31 Cyprus
    31 Portugal
    31 Puerto Rico
    35 Poland
    35 Taiwan
    37 Israel

    To be fair, Israel does come ahead of countries like Lesotho, Bahrain, Rwanda, Kuwait, India, Argentina, Haiti, Uzbekistan, and Somalia.

    A ‘Light to the Nations’ Israel is not. (That would be Denmark.)

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