It's surprising to me how deeply Trump is part of the Israeli lobby.
I am surprised that he moved the embassy. Back before he was elected, when asked about it by a Zionist group, he was noncommittal.
His ending of the war in Syria does not seem to be something the Israeli lobby wanted, on the other hand. So it's hard for me to tell how deeply he is in with them.
There does seem to be a major overlap between:
Trump, Kushner, The Israeli Lobby, and Breitbart
All of them seem to want to use the "Alt Right" as a major support base, and it would be interesting to see if Mondoweiss might explore this. Since Phil used to work for Kushner, he might seem to have some insight on this.
For example, did Trump look at his political options for supporters and then decided that Breitbart would be best as a support base? Or did Breitbart already exist, sending out its appeals to the Alt Right market of audiences, and then decide that some candidate like Trump would be great. Who picked who? Did Breitbart and the Lobby create Trump's candidacy, or did Trump pick Breitbart and the Lobby? And how close are they really?
This is from the Wikipedia page for Breitbart News:
Conceived by Breitbart during a visit to Israel in mid-2007 as a website "that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel",
... An article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in The Hill disputed the allegations [against Breitbart of anti-Semitism], arguing that Breitbart defends Israel against antisemitism. Alexander Marlow denies that Breitbart is a "hate-site", stating "that we're consistently called anti-Semitic despite the fact that we are overwhelmingly staffed with Jews and are pro-Israel and pro-Jewish. That is fake news."
Breitbart London announced that it would have a staff of 10 along with hundreds of contributors covering Israel and the Middle East from the London office.
On November 17, 2015, the website launched Breitbart Jerusalem, which covers events in Israel and the wider Middle East. It is edited by Israel-based American reporter Aaron Klein. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has been an occasional columnist.
"Friends of Hamas" story
On February 7, 2013, Ben Shapiro published an article on Breitbart News reporting allegations that former Senator and nominee for United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) may have been paid to speak at an event sponsored by a group called "Friends of Hamas." Breitbart News said that the story was based on exclusive information from U.S. Senate sources. ...
An investigation by Slate reporter David Weigel failed to confirm the existence of the purported group. On February 19, New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman said that the story had originated from a sarcastic comment he had made to a congressional staffer. "Friends of Hamas" was one of several groups which Friedman considered to be so over-the-top as to be implausible and obviously fictitious. He was investigating rumors that Hagel had been paid for speaking to "contoversial organizations", and asked sarcastically whether he had addressed "Friends of Hamas."
Let's talk about Trump's political base of support and Breitbart. This can help us understand why Trump relies so much on them, and how as the title of the post says, "A foreign leader — Netanyahu — set Trump’s agenda in Middle East".
Trump needed powerful forces to get where he is, and apparently a big part of that is Kushner. Phil can tell us alot about Kushner, having worked for him. He wants a major part of the Israeli lobby to support him, like Kushner. And Breitbart is a big part of that.
Breitbart was set up as a pro-Israeli propaganda outfit to get the "Alt-Right" into the Pro-Israeli camp. Here is Wikipedia's biography page on Andrew Breitbart:
Breitbart later said of his profession: "I'm glad I've become a journalist because I'd like to fight on behalf of the Israeli people...
During a stay in Israel, Breitbart and Larry Solov conceived of the idea of founding Breitbart News Network, with "the aim of starting a site that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel. We were sick of the anti-Israel bias of the mainstream media and J-Street."
Solov has written:
One night in Jerusalem, when we were getting ready for dinner, Andrew turned to me and asked if I would de-partner from the 800-person law firm where I was practicing and become business partners with him. He said he needed my help to create a media company. He needed my help to "change the world." ... We were blown away by the spirit, tenacity, and resourcefulness of the Israeli people on that trip. Andrew could be quite convincing, not to mention inspiring, and I decided right there and then to "throw away" (my Mom's phrase) a perfectly good, successful and safe career in order to start a "new media" company with Andrew Breitbart.
So Breitbart's tactic is to get the Alt-Right to support the Israeli system and Trump. The Alt Right has a major portion of economically and politically disenfranchised voters. They do not feel like Bush or Obama addressed their needs and gave them a voice, as the economy continued to tumble under Bush & the NeoCons and under Obama. Breitbart realized that to appeal to them, he needed to divert their attention and outrage away from Neocon policies in the Middle East and economic concerns and back onto the "Whipping boy" of Muslims and Arabs. This way, even a historically antisemitic leaning demographic could be turned to support Neocon policies beneficial ot the Israeli system.
Trump realized that he could use the Alt-Right, Breitbart, and the pro-Israeli lobby as a base of support, because the Alt-Right was unhappy with Obama, and the pro-Israeli lobby was quite powerful. The Pro-Israeli forces were unhappy with Obama for not doing enough for them, and Trump can fulfill their desires by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, etc. Meanwhile, the "Alt-right" does not realize that it's getting taken for a ride by what is in fact a repackaged NeoCon proIsraeli platform and political program.
Getting back to the title of this article, the Israeli lobby is able to set the foreign policy agenda easily because it provides a major support base that Trump needs.