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Ashton Carter, the former #2 at Defense, is reported to be the president’s nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. That raises the question, How is Carter on Israel?

You will recall that Hagel was nominated just early last year for the job. But he had a lot of trouble with the Israel lobby, because he’d called it the “Jewish lobby” and said it had unrivalled power on the Hill. His tortuous hearing in Feb. 2013 — a “disaster”– is said to have damaged him throughout his short stint at the Pentagon. Though the hearing was famously parodied in an SNL skit that never aired, in which senators called on Hagel to fellate a donkey for Israel. Even the Anti-Defamation League got het up over that one.

Ashton Carter doesn’t have donkey issues. He went to Israel last year and said the “fun part” of military training was working with dogs. The Defense Department reported his visit in July 2013:

During Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s first official trip to Israel, he and senior security officials here reaffirmed that the U.S.-Israeli defense relationship has never been stronger and agreed to continuing close consultations on shared security interests.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, center, visits an Israel Defense Force outpost, July 22, 2013. DOD photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, center, visits an Israel Defense Force outpost, July 22, 2013. DOD photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

As part of the visit, Carter … observed demonstrations of tactical capabilities in several areas near Tel Aviv, including the Mitkan Adam Army Base, an Israel Defense Force special training installation.
Among the elite training schools at the installation are… the IDF Canine Unit, or Oketz Unit…
Israeli ground forces discussed their use of canine partners in a range of operations — finding roadside bombs, hidden adversaries, and contraband smuggled in all kinds of vehicles — and in performing many other kinds of jobs…

Carter spoke briefly to the troops before shaking their hands and presenting them with commemorative coins from his office.
“Protecting America means protecting Israel, and that’s why we’re here in the first place,” he said. “But this is the fun part,” he added, indicating the tactical demonstration area and the fit, skilled men and women in uniform, some with their dogs and some still dressed in garb that disguised them as boulders and bushes.

We’ve often reported on the use of dogs in the occupation. In 2010, it was reported that the IDF would use the “Oketz” dogs against “popular terror”– which include boys throwing stones at demonstrations. There’s a photo at the link of a dog attacking a woman.

In 2011 there were several dog attacks on Palestinian civilians. And in 2012, an IDF dog locked onto a boy’s arm for many minutes during a protest in the occupied West Bank. Allison Deger reported:

Despite reports Thursday that the Israeli Defense Forces suspended using attack dogs against Palestinians, yesterday the military declared they will continue to use the live animals as “non-lethal weapons.” The review was prompted after an incident last March when an army dog wrangled the arm of Ahmad Shtawi for 10-minutes, locking his jaw on the Palestinian protester, causing him to be hospitalized.

Here’s video of that attack. The not fun part? 

PS. Some US jurisdictions also used attack dogs on protesters. In fact, images of those attacks during the civil rights struggle are iconic.

Birmingham, AL 1963

Birmingham, AL 1963

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  1. flyod
    December 2, 2014, 3:15 pm

    AC=Global Technology Partners, LLC = Rothschild

  2. just
    December 2, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Willingly going to hell in a handbasket.

    Poor dogs, trained to terrorize and attack. They (and we) deserve better~ much better.

    • Mooser
      December 4, 2014, 6:38 pm

      “Poor dogs, trained to terrorize and attack.”

      I bet they have a short retirement after their career.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    December 2, 2014, 3:39 pm

    RE: “Ashton Carter doesn’t have donkey issues. He went to Israel last year and said the ‘fun part’ of military training was working with dogs.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems quite perversely ironic that Israel uses German Shepherds* to to terrorize Palestinians. What’s that about? Is it some type of philo-Teutonism?

    * FROM Dog Law Reporter:

    [EXCERPT] . . . In World War I, German shepherds were mobilized by a number of countries and served in national and colonial armies. Between the wars, the breed so quickly dominated law enforcement that in many places it is still just called the “police dog.” The “Germanness” of the dog obviously appealed to the Nazis, who made it into an icon of the Third Reich. They were picking up on the views of [Max von] Stephanitz himself [who is credited with perfecting the breed around 1900], who as noted above had seen the dog as reflecting the character of the Volk and described it, despite its mixed origins and recent breed status, as having an ancient and intimate relationship with Germans. Hitler named his first German shepherd “Wolf.” [German] Shepherds were used by the Nazis to control prisoners of war and guard concentration camps. . . .

    SOURCE – http://doglawreporter.blogspot.com/2010/06/nazi-myth-transformed-german-shepherds.html

    • Keith
      December 2, 2014, 5:46 pm

      JLEWISDICKERSON- “Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems quite perversely ironic that Israel uses German Shepherds* to to terrorize Palestinians.”

      No problem. If French Fries can be relabeled Freedom Fries, surely these dogs can be renamed Freedom Shepherds. Besides, the more fascistic the US and Israel become, the more our “democracy and freedom” is touted.

  4. David Doppler
    December 2, 2014, 4:15 pm

    It is now all about the coming Israeli elections. There’s a good piece up at Haaretz entitled:

    15 reasons why Netanyahu could lose the next Israeli elections

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/1.629673

    including:

    “15. Because given enough reason, when push comes to shove, Israelis will choose to step back from the brink, from international isolation, from confrontation with Israeli Arabs, from estrangement from American Jews, from a moribund peace process, from a return to Orthodox hegemony, from a government dedicated to the advancement of settlements beyond its border rather than the towns and villages within. Instead of voting for a candidate who promises that things won’t get worse, they could opt for one who pledges to make them better; instead of settling for what they already know, they might set Israel on a new course, towards a future unknown.”

    There may be an alternative to this evolving Likud Lucifer Effect, elections will thoroughly stir the pot, and we’ll see how it comes out. What role can and should American Jews, the American government, the American people, and their European counterparts play?

    Here’s a thought, perhaps the American media should give full voice to the debate. There are many interesting political parties in Israel, none with more than 16% of the vote, with interesting and colorful leaders, who will flay each other in fine democratic fashion. Out of this chaos, a coalition will be built, led by the party with the largest share, or, failing that, a leading party selected by President Rivlin (no fan of Netanyahu’s). Maybe Haaretz itself should strive to expand its circulation among American readers, because they provide coverage and color that doesn’t make it through the MSM. On Middle East issues, this election will be much more meaningful than any US election has been in decades.

    • just
      December 2, 2014, 4:24 pm

      It’s a good thought, David.

      A necessary one as well.

      • Marnie
        December 3, 2014, 7:28 am

        Barbara Boxer should be drop shipped to Israel, she’s not doing Americans any good at all. She’s the senator who wants to make it easier for Israelis to flock to the United States, but Americans will not get the same pass, unless you’re Jewish. The US is being turned into a zionist country. Is nobody concerned about this? What in the hell has happened to America? You sleep with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

        “Congress to pass landmark Israel partnership bill”

        Bipartisan legislation, which has been a focus of AIPAC lobbying, will strengthen defense, energy cooperation
        By Rebecca Shimoni Stoil December 3, 2014, 1:59 pm

        WASHINGTON — Congress was poised to give its final approval Wednesday afternoon to a bill that supporters say will create a unique status for Israel and serve as a framework for increased partnership in a number of key sectors, particularly energy and defense. If all goes as expected, the long-anticipated legislation will represent a significant achievement for the pro-Israel groups that pushed for its passage.

        “This bipartisan measure will strengthen cooperation between our two countries on a wide range of issues from defense to energy, ensure that Israel has the resources to defend herself in an emergency, and affirm Israel’s ability to participate in the visa waiver program as long as she meets existing requirements,” said Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who authored the Senate version of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, along with Roy Blunt (R-MO).

        “This legislation sends a clear message that America’s bond with Israel remains unbreakable, and I am proud that it passed the Senate unanimously,” she said.

        Although the bill is most likely to be considered on Wednesday, there’s a chance that scheduling uncertainties could push it to later in the week.

        The bill, which has been a keystone of AIPAC lobbying since early 2013, issues a Sense of Congress describing Israel as a “major strategic partner” of the United States, reflecting the importance that Congress ascribes to the US-Israel relationship and giving name to the legislation as a whole.

        Following a summer in which the US and Israel tangled over weapons resupplies during and immediately following Operation Protective Edge, the bill would permit an increase of $200 million in the value of US weapons held in Israel, bringing the total to $1.8 billion. The stockpiles in Israel are designed to allow the US quick resupply for its own needs in case of a major Mideast conflict, but can also be used by Israel in the event of an emergency as long as Israel reimburses the US for weapons used.

        The bill also requires the president to take steps so that Israel may be included in the top-tier category of the Strategic Trade Authorization Exception. In 2011, the Commerce Department created the exception, which allows 44 countries to qualify for some exceptions to arms export licensing requirements. Israel is currently in the second-tier category, which provides a more restricted list of license-free goods.

        Another section authorizes the president to carry out cooperation between the United States and Israel across a range of policy areas, including energy, water, homeland security, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies. Although the bill does not detail what these sectors entail, it is meant to serve as a framework for future legislation further defining the US-Israel relationship in those fields.

        A slightly more robust framework for cyber-security cooperation is also delineated, with the bill requiring the president to submit a report to Congress on the feasibility and advisability of expanding US-Israeli cooperation on cyber issues, including sharing and advancing technologies related to the prevention of cybercrimes. The president is also required to provide Congress with an update on the implementation of a series of objectives to assist in the defense of Israel that were enacted in 2012.

        The administration will also be required to include additional information in the already-mandatory report about the potential impact on Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge from any proposed sale of defense items that requires Congressional approval. The new, more extensive reporting would require that for any defense item considered to be “major defense equipment” — including such significant arms as F-16 aircraft, tanks, armored personnel carriers, and anti-armor missile systems — the administration must provide a detailed assessment of Israel’s ability to counter the specific risks presented if it were to be transferred to Israel’s neighbors.

        Perhaps the most hotly contested section of the bill was a statement of policy on the visa waiver program, a section that passed through a number of permutations and changes before its final version.

        After much debate, the Senate took up the House’s version of the statement, which reads that “it shall be the policy of the United States to include Israel in the list of countries that participate in the visa waiver program when Israel satisfies, and as long as Israel continues to satisfy the requirements for inclusion in the program.”

        The amendment, sponsored by Boxer, was the only amendment added to the bill’s text when it was received in the Senate by unanimous consent on September 18.

        Preliminary action has already begun on turning the section on increased energy cooperation into reality. The bill’s text recognizes energy cooperation between the US and Israel as being in the strategic interest of the United States and encourages increased collaboration between the two countries’ academic communities and governments.

        The bill allows for the authorization of a US-Israel Energy Center in the United States, engaging academic institutions and the private sector to further dialogue, collaboration and academic cooperation in energy innovation technology and technology transfer, among other things. Among the center’s goals are to develop more robust academic cooperation in offshore energy development, energy innovation technology and engineering, and water science.

        The specific details of the center’s structure will be worked out by the US Department of Energy and the Israeli Ministry of Energy and Water, with input from Israeli and American universities and private sector entities.

        This legislation sends a clear message that America’s bond with Israel remains unbreakable, and I am proud that it passed the Senate unanimously,” she said. She is nothing but a TRAITOR.

      • Horizontal
        December 4, 2014, 10:27 am

        Marnie ~

        Agree completely with your entire post. When I lived in California, I continually voted against Pelosi, Boxer & Feinstein, to no avail. The Republicans were just as crazy as those three when it came to Israel and in the state, the Democratic Machine runs the show. The other 12 or so candidates never got more than statistical support.

        I know we’re supposed to be able to vote for those representing us, and those representing us are supposed to enact policies that a majority of the voters approve of. This all breaks down when it comes to American support for Israel because we’re not supposed to acknowledge the power of Zionist money in gaming the system due to charges of anti-Semitism. A neat set-up for them, but a bad nightmare for the rest of the country, especially when I think of all the better uses my tax money could be put to use for right here at home.

        I don’t know how to change this situation.

    • mcohen.
      December 2, 2014, 5:21 pm

      .
      david says

      ” Maybe Haaretz itself should strive to expand its circulation among American readers -”

      no …….just a wedge….a big small thin wedge will be neccasary…………..ahead of time

  5. joemowrey
    December 2, 2014, 4:51 pm

    Phil,
    Thanks for this terrific article. And as always, thanks for the great work everyone at Mondoweiss does.

  6. RoHa
    December 2, 2014, 6:41 pm

    “Protecting America means protecting Israel,”

    Has anyone asked him to spell out the reasoning that leads to this conclusion?

    • Horizontal
      December 4, 2014, 10:36 am

      RoHa ~

      I hear these power elites making statements like this all the time: “Israel is our friend, Israel is our closest ally, There is no space between the United States and Israel,” and so on . . .

      But they always just seem to be these unquestionable phrases that never get any push-back or further examination.

      Like the statement that you quoted; how the hell does he justify that, I’d like to know? Israel could cease to exist as a nation and I’m sure the United States would survive very well without it. These statements all sound like those making them are either crazy, or have a metaphorical gun pointed at their heads. I don’t know which one is more disturbing.

  7. bilal a
    December 3, 2014, 6:06 am

    U guys r missing the point:

    Its about air assault, blockade, encirclement,

    Military Elements in a Strategy to Deal with Iran’s Nuclear Program

    Author: Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities

    http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/18280/military_elements_in_a_strategy_to_deal_with_irans_nuclear_program.html?breadcrumb=%2Fproject%2F2%2Fpreventive_defense_project

    http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/Military%20Elements%20in%20a%20Strategy%20to%20Deal%20with%20Irans%20Nuclear%20Program.pdf

    • Horizontal
      December 4, 2014, 10:44 am

      We could use Turkey for that now. And why don’t we deal with Israel’s nukes instead?

  8. CigarGod
    December 3, 2014, 10:23 am

    Sometimes a dramatic b/w photograph finds the words I cant. You can’t share enough of those, philip.

  9. Kay24
    December 3, 2014, 11:09 am

    Always, the show of servitude to Israel, not to Britain, Canada, or even European allies, always to the one who controls them all. No American can be elected to any high office, without the declaration of loyalty, devotion, and protection, for that damn nation. They MUST get their approval and blessing to be appointed for that prestigious post. What a sorry state of affairs in our nation.

    • CigarGod
      December 3, 2014, 11:24 am

      It’s so much easier…and fun… to manipulate people with the law of moses, instead of using the fulfillment, anointed end of the law…of christ/paul.

      • Mooser
        December 4, 2014, 6:46 pm

        “It’s so much easier…and fun… to manipulate people with the law of moses, instead of using the fulfillment, anointed end of the law…of christ/paul.”

        Sorry, not quite understanding you, is it Israel or the US you think would be better off as a Christian state?

  10. eljay
    December 3, 2014, 11:22 am

    >> Carter spoke briefly to the troops before shaking their hands and presenting them with commemorative coins from his office. “Protecting America means protecting Israel … ”

    No it doesn’t.

    >> “But this is the fun part,” he added, indicating the tactical demonstration area and the fit, skilled men and women in uniform, some with their dogs and some still dressed in garb that disguised them as boulders and bushes.

    And “Arabs”. It’s unlikely the IDF is training dogs to attack and take down boulders and bushes.

  11. Horizontal
    December 4, 2014, 1:22 pm

    ““Protecting America means protecting Israel … ”

    This crap has gotten entirely out of hand.

    Statements like these should be opportunities to examine the root causes that animate them, which, one would think, would lead to an examination of Zionist-based thought in influencing our government. If such a hearing could be made, I believe most Americans would be repelled.

    I guess that’s why it’s not happening, but the silence is deafening.

  12. just
    December 4, 2014, 1:31 pm

    ““Protecting America means protecting Israel … ”

    One has nothing to do with the other. Too many confuse the two.

    Yes, the silence IS deafening.

  13. Kate
    December 4, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Try this video (which has been posted on Mondo before):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPxx9ZEZ7QA

    Uploaded on Apr 24, 2009

    “99yr old Palestinian man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by Israeli army dogs. The pensioner’s ear and shoulder were bitten as he lay in bed when soldiers conducted a house search. Question is what danger does a bed ridden 99yr old man can POSSIBLY do to a well armed soldier”

  14. Citizen
    December 4, 2014, 6:42 pm

    Bill Allowing Israelis to Enter US Without Visa Approved by Congress http://jpupdates.com/2014/12/04/bill-allowing-israelis-enter-us-without-visa-approved-congress/
    Congress makes US an even bigger arm of Israel

    • Kay24
      December 4, 2014, 8:02 pm

      Citizen, it was called a watered down bill by Haaretz, and will not take effect for a long time. It also depends on how Israel treats American citizens entering zio land. The rest is the usual “You are the sunshine of my life” assurance from the US to zio land.

      “The final text of this section establishes the theoretical right of Israeli citizens to enter the US without a tourist visa. However, in practice, Israelis will have to wait for years until they can actually benefit from this right. The section states, “It shall be the policy of the United States to include Israel on the list of countries that participate in the Visa 9 waiver program under Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 USC 1187) when Israel satisfies, and as long as Israel continues to satisfy, the requirements for inclusion in such program specified in such section.”

      In truth, Israel does not satisfy the legal requirements, because of the high proportion of visa applications by Israelis that end up being refused (mainly due to the many young Israelis who outstay their visas and work illegally in the US), and because the Jewish state’s treatment of Palestinian-Americans traveling to Israel means that it does not fulfill the mutuality condition.

      Beyond the narrow concern of visa exemptions, the bill establishes the ideological and defense basis for cooperation between Israel and the United States in these terms: “The people and the Governments of the United States and of Israel share a deep and unbreakable bond, forged by over 60 years of shared interests and shared values. Today, the people and Governments of the United States and of Israel are facing a dynamic and rapidly changing security environment in the Middle East and North Africa, necessitating deeper cooperation on a range of defense, security, and intelligence matters.”

      • Citizen
        December 5, 2014, 10:44 am

        Yeah, like I said or at least implied, the bill enmeshes USA even more with Israeli agenda in a myriad of ways & it officially names Israel as a special ally of USA. I’d say, a unique ally if you look at all the avenues and areas of enmeshment between the two countries. It’ just dumping more burdens on USA to facilitate Israeli agenda on on-going basis. We are still living with the totally unbalanced first FTA–of course that was with Israel. Recall when SCOTUS changed the test for determining when one gives up US citizenship, from a practical one to the vagary of “intent”? The list goes on, and on. It’s disgusting.

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