Israeli Codependent Relationship is Not Just about
- “We must look back twenty-five years to
realize how far Israel has fallen in world support,”
wrote famed Jewish scholar, Harvard sociologist,
Nathan Glazer in 1976.
the last forty years since Glazer wrote his piece,
uncovered and transmitted
by Philip Weiss, Israel’s global support has fallen
much further. The country that once appealed to both
United States’ capitalism and the Soviet Union’s
socialism is now militarily powerful but, otherwise,
politically isolated on the international stage.
misleading perception that Israel is a ‘beacon of
light’ among nations has worn off. Worse, the last
time this phrase was uttered at an international
it was made by Geert Wilders,
a Dutch populist right-wing politician
perceived by many to be a racist and an Islamophobe.
more isolated Israel became, the more its dependency
on the United States grew.
“Supporting Israel is not in America’s interests,”
Weiss wrote. “In
fact, Israel is a strategic liability for the US.
That makes American Jewish influence the ultimate
pillar of Israel’s survival.”
Zionists often speak of a historical bond between
the US and the Jewish people, nothing could be
further from the truth.
May 13, 1939,
a boat carrying hundreds of German Jews
was not allowed to reach American shores and was
eventually sent back to Europe.
was not a foreign policy fluke. Three months
earlier, in February 1939, members of Congress
rejected a bill
that would allow 20,000 German Jewish children to
come to the US to escape the war and possible
extermination at the hands of the Nazis.
did Congress shoot it down but the public had no
interest in the matter either, as allowing Jews into
the US was quite unpopular at the time.
forward nearly eight decades, things have changed in
most American Jews continue to support Israel,
they are opposed to
the administration of Donald Trump, which they
rightly perceive to be dangerous and hostile to all
Israel does not seem to have much qualms with the
new administration. On the contrary, the most ardent
Israeli Zionists are particularly pleased by Trump’s
clique of reviled politicians.
after Trump won the US Presidential election,
American Zionists moved quickly to ensure Israeli
interests were fully guarded by the new
Zionist Organization of America wasted no time,
either, by fraternizing with individuals accused of
having anti-Jewish agendas. ZOA’s annual gala on
November 20 hosted none other than Steve Bannon, a
leader in the so-called ‘alt-right’, otherwise known
as white supremacy in the US.
his leadership, Breitbart, seen as a major platform
for the alt-right, fueled anti-Semitism (needless to
say, racism of all shades),
argued Alex Amend and Jonathan Morgan
top Israeli officials and leaders of the Jewish
community in the United States hosting – ever so
enthusiastically – Bannon at ZOA’s annual gala
appeared perplexing to some.
Bannon’s ties with Zionists go back to well before
the rather surprising Trump election victory.
article entitled: “Steve Bannon’s web of weirdness:
Meet the bizarre billionaires behind the
president-elect’s chief strategist,” Heather Digby
named a few of these ‘bizarre billionaires’.
included, Sheldon Adelson, a right-wing billionaire
with a gambling empire, who is ‘singularly focused
on the state of Israel.’
relationship with Bannon (and Trump) has well
preceded Trump’s victory, and seemed to take little
notice of the fact that Bannon and his ilk were
viewed by many American Jews as frightening, racist,
anti-Semites with a menacing agenda.
however, cares little for the true racists. His
obsession to shield Israel’s militant Zionist agenda
trumped all other seemingly little irritants.
gambling mogul is not the exception among powerful
Zionists in the US, and, despite official Israeli
rhetoric, Israel does not make political decisions
based on the collective good of the Jewish people.
Writing in ‘Mondoweiss’,
the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
explained: “From Russian Tzars to the Nazis to
Mussolini to the colonial British Empire to the
Christian Right – Christian Zionists; (The
Zionists’) embracing of Trump and renowned
reactionary political strategist, Steve Bannon, is
Gideon Levy agrees.
article published by ‘Haaretz’ on November 21, Levy
wrote, “When friendship for Israel is judged solely
on the basis of support for the Occupation, Israel
has no friends other than racists and nationalists.”
it is no surprise that
Adelson is funding a massively rich campaign
and lavish conferences to combat the influence of
the civil society-powered Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions movement (BDS), while plotting against
Palestinians using the same American elements that
consider the word ‘Jew’ a swear word in their own
Israel and Zionism first, these rich individuals,
powerful lobby groups, hundreds of think- tanks,
thousands of networks across the country and their
allies among the religious right, are now the main
wheelers and dealers in any matter concerning US
foreign policy in the Middle East and Israel’s
political and security interests.
empirical evidence, however, Israel still insists on
linking American interests to US support of Israel.
Speaking in the White House on February 15 at a
joint press conference with President Trump, Israeli
Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, cordially
thanked Trump for his hospitality, then
uttered these words:
“Israel has no better ally than the United States.
And I want to assure you, the United States has no
better ally than Israel.”
it was only half true. The US has indeed been a
stalwart supporter of Israel,
over $3.1 billion in financial assistance each year
over the last a few decades, an amount that
increased under President Barack Obama
to $3.8 billion. Coupled with hundreds of millions
more in all kinds of financial, military assistance
‘loans’ that were
mostly unaccounted for.
The cost of
Israel is not only financial, but strategic as well.
War II, the US has vied to achieve two main foreign
policy objectives in that part of the world: control
the region and its resources and prop up its allies,
while maintaining a degree of ‘stability’ so that
the US is able to conduct its business unhindered.
Israel remained on the war path.
Wars that Israel could not fight on its own,
required American intervention on Israel’s behalf as
the case in Iraq.
The outcome was disastrous for US foreign policy.
Even hardened military men began to notice the
destructive path their country had chosen in order
to defend Israel.
March 2010, General David Petraeus, then Head of the
US Central Command
told the Senate Armed Services Committee
during a testimony that Israel had become a
liability for the US and that it has become a
challenge to the ‘security and stability’, which his
country aimed to achieve.
Although recent polls have shown that younger
Americans – especially among
Democratic party supporters
Jewish Americans –
are losing their enthusiasm for Israel and its
Zionist ideology – the battle for the US to reclaim
its foreign policy and a sense of morality regarding
Palestine and the Middle East is likely to be long
Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle
East for over 20 years. He is an
internationally-syndicated columnist, a media
consultant, an author of several books and the
founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His books include
“Searching Jenin”, “The Second Palestinian Intifada”
and his latest “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter:
Gaza’s Untold Story”. His website is
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