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.