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  • Lustick sounds the alarm on the two state solution, but offers little alternative
    • It was not that long ago, 57 years to be precise, that the U.S. reigned supreme in the free world.
      Witness for example, what happened in 1957 when Britain, France and Israel attacked Egypt and came close to occupying the Suez Canal, it took Eisenhower only a week to end the conflict and eventually force the withdrawal of all three armies.
      Something strange, and rarely discussed, has been going on since then. In the 1967 war, Israel successfully occupied the West Bank and began establishing settlements in violation of UN resolutions.
      In the meantime, on bended knee, the U.S. has been pleading with Israel for all these years to abide by the UN resolutions and end their settlement project. Furthermore, since the Oslo agreements of 1993, we have switched from pleading to creating an endless peace process that is becoming more and more a vehicle by which Israel has been able to increase its settlements.
      This hijacking of America’s foreign policies toward the Middle East and the Muslim world was brought to light as long ago as October 1973 on CBS’s Face the Nation by Senator Fulbright, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said

      “It is almost impossible in this country to carry out a foreign policy in the Middle East not approved by the Jews…The Israeli embassy is practically dictating to the Congress through influential Jewish people in the country.”

      Today we have Iran in the crosshairs, a country that hasn’t attacked another sovereign country for centuries, that has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), and that has allowed its nuclear energy facilities to be inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency. 
      All this excitement about Iran has been instigated by Israel. A country that has been developing atomic bombs for decades. A country that has not allowed any inspections of their manufacturing facilities, nor indeed even admitting to the existence of any atomic weaponry.
      In his farewell speech, Eisenhower warned us of the dangers of the military-industrial complex. He should know; as a five-star general, he experienced military conflict first-hand, probably more so than any previous or future president.
      Is it possible that this “passionate attachment” of the United States to Israel is nothing more than a symbiotic relationship of the American and Israeli military?
      And is it possible that Obama may be the first Commander-in-Chief to finally recognize this unusual relationship, which may explain his recent hesitation and waffling concerning Syria.
      All this leads one to conclude that the direction in which the U.S. and Israel is heading is a dangerous one, especially for Israel; a small country that is surrounded by millions of antagonists and of limited natural resources that depends heavily on a country that has recently showed its abhorrence of another war in the Middle East.
      American Zionists who fanatically support Israel may want to ask themselves whether they are doing Israel a disservice by promoting militaristic policies.

  • Neocon smear of Hagel ricochets around web before 'Atlantic' article strikes it down
    • Like the death of Monalete, the Zionist Lobby is closer to the "bull" than ever !

      If Hagel goes down in defeat, the Lobby better dissolve or self-destruct.

      Better it than the Jews of Israel.

  • Israel bars Gunter Grass from entry under law barring former Nazis
    • Re GG's Poem.

      If WWII was truly won, the defeated (Germany, and most of Eastern Europe) should have been forced to welcome back it's close-to annihilated Jewish citizery and the billions of DM that were spent to settle them in a country ( Palestine ) that has always welcomed Jews but whose citizens were ultimately and equally cleansed from their homeland.
      These DMs should have been spent in Germany and Eastern Europe on Jewish repatriation to their true homeland.

  • Grass smears in 'Times', plus new translation of his 'I've had it with the West's hypocrisy' poem
    • Re GG's Poem.

      If WWII was truly won, the defeated (Germany, and most of Eastern Europe) should have been forced to welcome back it's close-to annihilated Jewish citizery and the billions of DM that were spent to settle them in a country ( Palestine ) that has always welcomed Jews but whose citizens were ultimately and equally cleansed from their homeland.
      These DMs should have been spent in Germany and Eastern Europe on Jewish repatriation to their true homeland.

  • The Israel/Palestine conflict will be resolved when Arab countries kick the U.S. out of the region
    • NOTHING will change after the election !

      The last time the US had any influence on Israel was in October 1956, when Ike forced Israel, the UK and France to withdraw immediately from the Suez and Sinai.

      NONE of the eight presidents since the 1967 Six Day War had any say in what Israel did or did not want to do.

      Don't blame Obama or the other "feeble-seven" guys. Blame it on Arab oil.

      Israel is now the US's ace in the hole while playing the great Arab oil game with this strange symbiotic US-Israel military relationship :

      The US gets rid of its second-hand military toys in exchange for Arab oil, and Israel gets top of the line military hardware so as to keep the oil producers and all Arabs demanding more toys to “defend” themselves (read, slaughter their own people, which is the only thing they could possibly do), while the West feels virtuous. A marriage made in heaven.

      Every US president since June 1967 has been committed to the supremacy of the Israeli armed forces. Consequently, should there be war all Arab armies combined would be destroyed by Israel ( in less than six days ? )

      The Founding Fathers' (and Eisenhower's, in his warning of the military-industrial complex) worst nightmare was having a standing army. Now, their fears seem to be justified and in full bloom.

      Now have four branches of government--the fourth headquartered in the Pentagon.

      P.S.Every year or so Israel tests these top of the line gizmos in Gaza, south Lebanon or maybe Iran in the future and then the US can sell them to Germany, S Korea and the rest of the suckers as NEW and IMPROVED and BATTLE TESTED military toys !

  • Two cheers for Beinart
    • No analysis of the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be meaningful without going back to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, when Great Britain, the predominant imperial power of its time, declared its support for the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine without any regard for the wishes of the vast majority of the native Palestinian population.

      What has always been tragic about the conflict is that there is no history of violent anti-Semitism in the Middle East, in contradiction to Europe. Historically, Jews have always been welcome in Palestine, where they bought land and prospered after the defeat of the Christian Crusaders and the re-establishment of Muslim rule in 1187.

      For example, the most revered Jewish theologian of his time, Musa bin Maymoon (Rambam or Maimonides) fled from a hostile Christian Europe in 1267, took refuge in Arab- Muslim Jerusalem, settled there, and built a Synagogue which still stands to this day.

      All this without a passport, visa or TSA check.

      Yet Lord Balfour, in the disastrous arrogance of an imperial overlord, decreed that Palestine be a Jewish homeland.

      The consequences of this policy have been enormous and unintended, and have only worsened since the 1967 war. Following Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights, every U.S. president has committed to the supremacy of the Israeli armed forces, thereby forging a complex symbiotic relationship between the two countries' militaries.

      Israel has served as the testing ground of America's most advanced weaponry. With the passage of time, new weapons systems have been employed against one or more Arab armies, which happened to be equipped with inferior weapons. This dynamic is in evidence today; according to Reuters, last week's Gaza flare-up was a useful indicator of a potential conflict with Iran: "In a sense, this was a mini-drill," an Israeli official said.

      To complete the circle, the ruling Arab regimes have paid dearly for these inferior weapons (whose only real possible use is to slaughter their own restive populations) with their only natural resource, oil.

      How could one not be fascinated with this trade off? Indeed, why should America and Israel abandon it in exchange for “peace”?

      There are no drachmas in peace !

      It would be childish to even think of disrupting such an immensely profitable arrangement. In fact the opposite is true.

      It is in the interest of both the US and Israel to perpetuate this problem and avoid an enduring peaceful settlement.

      P.S. The greatest fear of the Founding Fathers was having a standing army. What insight ! !

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