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Since he became Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. in 2014, Ron Dermer has said several times that “Israel will be the most important ally of the United States in the 21st century.” Speaking to the American Jewish Committee last week, the ambassador spelled that out, saying that Israel is more important than Britain because it exceeds Britain in the technology department:

The reason why I believe that Israel is going to be the most important ally is for two reasons, security and technology…

If you are the president of the United States and you have to pick one country in the world to choose as your security partner for the next 50 years, who is it going to be? … Think about where the threats are going to be emanating from for the next half century or so, at least for the next few decades. Think about a country that has a powerful military where you won’t have to send your sons and daughters and put boots on the ground to defend her. Think about a country with a powerful and first-class intelligence agency that can not only provide intelligence to protect its own country but can pass intelligence to you to help keep your people safe and keep your allies safe. Think about a country with a serious cyber capability cause we’re going into a world where more and more of those threats are happening in cyber space– and who are you going to choose?

And if people are really honest about it, beyond the disagreement about this or that policy between governments, there’s really only two countries, Britain and Israel, those are the two that are left when you just think about security. Now think to yourself, If you could choose one technology partner, over the next 50 years, when you’re thinking not only about the remarkable technologies in agriculture, in water, cyber is another area, but all these technologies of the future, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, Israel –as you know we sent a craft to the moon. Now as far as I’m concerned, Israel landed on the moon. We crash landed, but we landed…. So we’ll have a soft landing eventually [“Two years,” interjects David Harris of American Jewish Committee], but think about it. What are the countries that have done that? U.S., Russia, China, Israel. You are in a very very elite group and when it comes to technology, who are your allies on that short list. It’s Israel.

So Israel will be the most important ally of the United States in the 21st century, I am supremely confident of that, regardless of this or that disagreement we may have with different governments. Different governments in Israel, different governments in the United States.

Dermer repeatedly diminished U.S. progressives’ criticisms of Israeli policies of discrimination and repression of Palestinians. The Miami-born diplomat said that the gap between Democratic and Republican support for Israel in polls has always been there, and it’s big now because the right is more approving than ever. Republicans feel complete affinity with Israel: “We are facing the same enemies, confronting the same challenges.” But he said Democrats can be won over despite a hostile media. “Israel is the only source for progressive values in the Middle East. It’s the only place where you have real rights for women, real rights for minorities. They say Israel has the largest Gay Pride parade in the Middle East. Talk about a low bar!”

After an earlier iteration of this speech, Dermer got pushback from one left commentator: Israel is not looking to “help carry out our agenda; they’re looking to push us to carry out their agenda,” he wrote. “Dermer’s master Netanyahu has proved quite inventive in coming up with these security challenges for us.”

 

Philip Weiss

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  1. JohnSmith on June 10, 2019, 2:02 pm

    Actually reading about this stupid and malign person’s opinions would be like reading the Twitter feeds for Trump or Trump Jr. I don’t want to have blood leaking from my ears or the corners of my eyes or to scar my beautiful soul.

    How about saying something more accurate, like “more important ally than New Zealand, although we shouldn’t be”?

    • Mooser on June 10, 2019, 2:47 pm

      “like reading the Twitter feeds for Trump or Trump Jr.”

      This is way OT, but sometimes I can’t help wondering what the Trump Presidential Library will be like, or consist of.

      • Sovereign on June 10, 2019, 5:08 pm

        Most likely the library will just consist of mirrors.

      • RoHa on June 11, 2019, 3:35 am

        Difficult one. Past presidents have used up the colouring book jokes.

  2. annie on June 10, 2019, 2:17 pm

    Israel is not an ally to the US, our relationship with Israel threatens our security.

    • DaBakr on June 10, 2019, 10:21 pm

      @a

      So, in general, the US industrial arms industry, the intelligence community, politicians, presidents and military leadership have all failed to see Israel as a threat to American security. For at least 50 years they have, with the exception of a few notables in congress, military and cabinet DOS or positions, been too stupid and too inept to handle their nations security. And I suppose Israel is so insidious that these jews over here have been pulling the wool over American eyes for a century and only MW editors and commenters are smart enough to figure this out. Unless, it’s just an opinion.

      • Misterioso on June 11, 2019, 10:39 am

        @Dabakr

        Unlike “Israel,” Britain is not creating enemies of America and bleeding it financially.

        A reminder:
        “Congressional Research Service, U.S. Foreign aid to Israel, Jeremy M. Sharpe, Specialist in Middle East Affairs, April 10, 2018.”

        “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $134.7 billion (current, or non inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance and missile defense funding. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance. At a signing ceremony at the State Department on September 14, 2016, representatives of the U.S. and Israeli governments signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on military aid covering FY2019 to FY2028. Under the terms of the MOU, the United States pledges to provide $38 billion in military aid ($33 billion in Foreign Military Financing grants plus $5 billion in missile defense appropriations) to Israel. This MOU replaces a previous $30 billion 10-year agreement, which runs through FY2018.”

        Those who live in the real world understand that Israel’s geopolitical value to the U.S. is rapidly eroding. Indeed, it is an ever growing liability, an increasingly heavy millstone that will inevitably have to be set adrift.

        If only President Roosevelt had lived longer. Evidence that he would have stood up to the Zionists and most likely prevented the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine is provided by David Niles, a pro-Zionist American naturalized Polish Jew who served as the advisor to the Roosevelt White House regarding Zionist concerns at the time. In 1962, he declared: “there are serious doubts in my mind that Israel would have come into being if Roosevelt had lived.” (Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Raab, Jews and the New American Scene, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, 1995 p. 121)

        From the very beginning of his presidency Truman was pushed into the Zionist camp by David Niles who had retained his position as chief advisor to the White House on Zionist concerns. Niles (and later, special presidential counsel and ardent gentile Zionist, Clark Clifford) worked in tandem with Eliahu Epstein, head of the Zionist Organization’s Washington office to keep the president on course by constantly emphasizing the importance of the Jewish vote and reminding him that he could only be assured of it by supporting Zionism. (Epstein later adopted the Hebrew name Elath and became Israel’s first ambassador to the United States).

        According to James Forrestal, Truman’s future secretary of defense, Niles and Clifford were “the principal architects of Truman’s pro-Zionist policy that was based on ‘squalid political purposes [even though] United States policy should be based on United States national interests and not on domestic political considerations.'” (“Diary Entry for October 21, 1948, by the Secretary of Defense Forrestal),” FRUS 1948, p. 1501)

        “By direct order of the White House, every form of pressure, direct and indirect, was brought to bear by American officials upon those countries outside the Muslim world that were known to be either uncertain or opposed to partition. Representatives or intermediaries were employed by the White House to make sure that the necessary majority would at least be secured” (Welles, Sumner “We Need Not Fail” Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1948, p. 63.)

        James Forrestal, then U.S. Secretary of Defense: “The methods that had been used….to bring coercion and duress, on other nations in the General Assembly, bordered closely onto scandal.” (Millis, Walter [Ed.] “The Forrestal Diaries ” [New York: The Viking Press, 1951] p. 363)

        Unfortunately for the Middle East, the outcome of the 1946 congressional elections convinced Truman that if he wanted to secure the Jewish vote he would have to become the unwavering champion of a Jewish state in Palestine and wholeheartedly support partition.

        “On November 22nd, 1947, the UN rejected the partition of Palestine. A second vote, four days later, also rejected partition, so Truman asked that the final vote be delayed for three days, until after Thanksgiving. Truman had entered the White House only on Roosevelt’s death in 1945 and needed American Zionist support to win the 1948 election. Over the next few days, he bullied five of the weaker UN members into changing their vote. That is how partition was passed on November 29th, 1947.” (James Bowen Irish Times 8 December 2007)

        If only…..

      • MHughes976 on June 11, 2019, 3:41 pm

        Those gentile Zionists, Mist, like Clark Clifford and Reinhold Niebuhr and David Lloyd George! They think they do God’s will. They’re big part of the problem.

      • Mooser on June 12, 2019, 11:48 am

        And that singular anomaly the Gentile Zionists? I’ve got them on the list, they never will be missed.

  3. bcg on June 10, 2019, 2:34 pm

    Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I do believe that the U.S. and Israeli military-industrial complexes have, shall we say, been in the process of merging for some time, and that drives a lot of stuff –

    “Max Ajl, a PhD candidate in development sociology at Cornell University, writes: “U.S. ‘military assistance,’ more accurately understood as a circular flow through which U.S. weapons firms profit off the colonization of Palestinian land and Israeli destabilization of the surrounding states, is a long-term structuring element of the U.S.-Israel ‘special relationship.’” ….By the 2000s, the Israeli military-industrial complex had produced an industry capable of competing in small-arms and high-end security technology on a worldwide scale. Israel started to export arms that have been refined through high-technology colonial policing of the Palestinian population, especially in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In recent years, Israel has risen to one of the top 10 arms exporters in the world….Frida Berrigan, author of Made in the U.S.A.: American Military Aid to Israel, writes that a major barrier to any shift in American policy towards Palestine-Israel is “financial pressures from a U.S military industrial complex accustomed to billions of dollars in sales to Israel and other Middle Eastern nations locked in a seemingly perpetual arms race with each other by all buying American and using Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to pay the bills.”

    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/04/09/us-israel-arms-sales-opinion/

  4. Ossinev on June 10, 2019, 2:54 pm

    “Think about a country that has a powerful military where you won’t have to send your sons and daughters and put boots on the ground to defend her”

    LOL I can picture all those brave highly motivated IDF zombies in full combat mode parachuting into Iran and storming Teheran on behalf of the good old USA – you know like they did for Iraq.

  5. RoHa on June 11, 2019, 3:35 am

    “So Israel will be the most important ally of the United States in the 21st century, ”

    Certainly hasn’t been an ally in the past.

  6. James Canning on June 11, 2019, 11:45 am

    Yet more rubbish from Ron Dermer. Protecting Israel has cost the US trillions of dollars.

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