A Good Year for Israel and Its Friends

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Written by Philip Giraldi; Originally appeared at The Unz Reiview

A bad year for the U.S. Constitution

The unfortunate Donald Trump Administration decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel serves no visible American interest, in spite of what some of the always-loyal-to-Israel punditry has been suggesting. Israel is already moving to exploit the situation in its usual fashion. Immediately after the announcement was made, Israeli Ambassador in Washington Ron Dermer suggested that the decision on Jerusalem could now be extended to include other disputed areas, most particularly Syria’s Golan Heights that were occupied in 1967. And the decision on Jerusalem itself will quite likely prove elastic as the Israeli government has already prepared legislation to incorporate large chunks of settlements into the city limits, far beyond the historic boundaries.

A Good Year for Israel and Its Friends

The currently popular among Zionists argument that recognizing Jerusalem will somehow perversely accelerate a drive for a final peace settlement with Israel as it will demonstrate to the Palestinians just how hopeless their cause is has little merit as desperation is more likely to lead to increased violence than a political solution. A more intriguing reading suggests that Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia are conniving at squeezing even more Palestinians into a slightly enlarged prison-camp in Gaza, leaving the rest of the West Bank open for absorption by Israel. Again, such an outcome is not very likely as the 2.5 million Palestinians remaining in the region will likely have some say regarding the issue no matter how much pressure is exerted by the Saudis and Jared Kushner for them to submit.

Nothing good will come out of the Trump decision as the situation in the region is already starting to unravel. The Turks are talking about opening an Embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem and the 56 other Muslim countries in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation might follow suit. Israel, which has physical control of the entire city, would use force to prevent that, creating some interesting new points of conflict in the Middle East. The U.S. would, of course, become involved given its role as Israel’s patron and protector. The evolving situation is likely to develop into Israel and the United States versus the rest of the world, with unfortunate consequences as the conflict will spill over into normally unrelated issues like trade and otherwise innocuous international agreements, while American travelers and businesses will increasingly become targets for terrorism.

If you want to understand the reason why the United States cannot pursue sensible objectives in the Middle East or anywhere else, one has to look no farther than the all too often Israel-centric neocons who have become adept at advising nearly everyone in the government from the White House on down regarding what should be done, particularly in foreign policy. The Trump Administration’s slowness in filling senior positions has meant that there are many vacancies, which has opened the door to eager neoconservative-leaning nominal Republicans to re-enter government. At the State Department Brian Hook of the neocon John Hay Initiative is now chief of policy planning, courtesy of Margaret Peterlin, Tillerson’s chief of staff. They have recently hired David Feith, the son of the infamous Pentagon Office of Special Plans head Doug Feith, to head the Asia desk. And Wes Mitchell, whose policies are largely indistinguishable from his predecessor, has replaced Victoria Nuland as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. While Elliot Abrams, Eliot Cohen, the Kagans and other prominent neocons have been blocked, second-tier activists carrying less political baggage have quietly been brought in.

And Congress is to a certain extent the source of all evil, as its numerous committee meetings gorge on advice from experts who are frequently anything but, reflecting the hardline views of many of the legislators themselves with nary a contrary opinion in sight. A recent session of the Senate Armed Services Committee featured a statement by leading neocon Eric Edelman. His presentation is hawkish in the extreme, with particular focus on Iran and Russia. It can be summarized briefly by citing some of the section headings: “Adopt a post-ISIS Strategy for Syria and Iraq,” “Develop Credible Military Leverage Against Iran,” “Recognize Russia as an obstacle, not a partner,” “Increase internal pressure against the Iranian regime,” and “Enforce nuclear restrictions on Iran.”

So it’s garbage-in and garbage-out on how much of the government gets a large percentage of its information. And given the White House track record relating to Iran and Jerusalem over the past several months, one might also reasonably come to the conclusion that Israel will get whatever it wants, including a catastrophic war with Iran, because it’s also garbage-in at the White House by way of son-in-law Jared Kushner’s view of the Middle East.

But there is a second story playing out about Israel right here in the United States which should be even more concerning as what is happening on the ground in Palestine and Syria. You see, the problem that Israel has is that it is indeed an apartheid state based on race and religion. The 320,000 Palestinians attempting to hang on in and around East Jerusalem have no rights whatsoever and are being systematically forced out by being denied building permits and through arbitrary oversight by the Israeli military and police. Christian churches and foundations are also under pressure from the Israeli authorities but you won’t hear much about that from Congress or the White House.

The truth about Israel is quite unpleasant, so it has been necessary to construct a completely untrue but compelling counter-narrative which relies psychologically on cultivation of claims of perpetual victimhood linked repeatedly to the holocaust. The false narrative usually starts with the myth about Israel being the only democracy in the Middle East, that it is a tolerant place where all religions can worship and where everyone enjoys freedom under law. But, alas, poor Israel is treated unfairly by the international community solely because it is Jewish.

The reality of life in Israel is quite different if one bothers to ask any Palestinian Christian or Muslim who has the misfortune to live there. Or if one reads about the essentially racist de-humanization of Arabs by Israelis, which has led to the killing, beating and imprisonment of children as well as an army sniper’s recent shooting dead of a legless Palestinian protester in a wheelchair.

And once you construct the false narrative you have to protect it by making sure that no one can easily pose a challenge to it. Much of the national media is on board this effort, voluntarily limiting or eliminating any coverage that is negative about Israel. And major players in the alternative media community have come around also, with increasing direct censorship and other manipulation of material appearing on sites like Facebook and Google. The ultimate objective of the Israel Lobby is to follow the example in some European countries, where criticism of Israel is equated to anti-Semitism and is therefore categorized as a hate crime, with both civil and criminal penalties attached.

I have previously reported on how 24 states are now requiring statements pledging not to boycott Israel from those citizens and organizations that receive government funding or even seek local government employment. And there is the reported progress in Congress of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which constitute two major steps forward in the same direction. Both seek to define as anti-Semitism any criticism of Israel. On December 12th the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act was approved by the House of Representatives with 402 affirmative votes and only two libertarian-leaning congressmen voting “no.” The Israel Anti-Boycott Act that is also currently making its way through the Congress would far exceed what is happening at the state level and would set a new standard for deference to Israeli interests on the part of the national government. It would criminalize any U.S. citizen “engaged in interstate or foreign commerce” who supports a boycott of Israel or who even goes about “requesting the furnishing of information” regarding it, with penalties enforced through amendments of two existing laws, the Export Administration Act of 1979 and the Export-Import Act of 1945, that include potential fines of between $250,000 and $1 million and up to 20 years in prison. According to the Jewish Telegraph Agency, the Senate bill was drafted with the assistance of AIPAC.

Perhaps more dangerous than current and pending legislation, which is already being challenged in courts as a violation of First Amendment rights, are the bureaucrats being put in place by the Trump Administration to interpret and enforce laws and regulations. As we have discovered from the James Comey experience and the activities of some of his associates, senior bureaucrats have considerable freedom to interpret how they should carry out their responsibilities, making the “rule of law” standard for ethical government somewhat mythical. In that light, the recent naming of Kenneth Marcus as head of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education should be raising red flags for those who are concerned about civil liberties.

Marcus is currently head of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, which he founded in 2011. The Center has been involved in serial litigation with one objective – stopping protests staged by students at colleges and universities against Israeli policies. Marcus is focused on silencing the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which has been gaining in popularity among young Americans, and which the Israeli government sees as a major threat to its legitimacy. The Brandeis Center mission statement is clear: “The leading civil and human rights challenge facing North American Jewry is the resurgent problem of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on university campuses.”

For those who respond “So what? Marcus has a right to promote his viewpoints by whatever means,” the response might well be that his appointment is putting someone with a clear agenda in charge of an organization established to make sure there are no agendas relating to the civil rights of students. To be sure, Marcus has never won a case in court, but that is not what he is seeking to do. He is more interested in creating trouble, bad publicity and in driving up the costs due to litigation. As he describes it, “These cases – even when rejected – expose administrators to bad publicity… If a university shows a failure to treat initial complaints seriously, it hurts them with donors, faculty, political leaders and prospective students.”

Marcus will have the power and authority to deny federal funds to colleges and universities that do not meet his standards for action to quell the rising tide of Israel criticism, making him little different than the journalist who writes puff pieces on Israel or the politicians who takes PAC money and stands up twenty-nine times to applaud the monstrous Benjamin Netanyahu. Indeed, at Marcus’ confirmation hearing not one Senator asked him about his full-time advocacy for Israel.

Many universities are dependent on federal dollars and have already taken administrative steps to distance themselves from Israel criticism or to ban it altogether. Marcus will be able to move the bar even lower, putting pressure on colleges to drive the “Israel haters,” as he refers to them, out of the educational system. It is possible to foresee a future in which students will be free to criticize the United States on campus while discussing the foreign state of Israel with any candor will be forbidden.

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  • Serious

    Rather israel and its vassals. It’s a good year for israel but a very bad for the vassals.

  • Serious

    Thanks to who ??? Thanks to SUNNIS and american goyim.

  • Serious

    israelis are mentally ill. They have been invented in a book by a terrorist called Abraham. That’s the truth. Anyone loving them is also mentally ill.

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      Well Abraham was from what is today modern Kuwait. Him and his sister (whom he later married) made statues of god’s with their father. He is really Arab, as all Arabs and ‘Hebrews’ are all Shemites same as Hans-Chinese.
      Africans are ethnic-Hamites, and indigenous Europeans are ethnic-Japethites.
      https://heavenawaits.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/clip_image001_thumb.png?w=514&h=338
      https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3e/d6/11/3ed611299af71e9b98531f81a7344fe3.jpg

      • Serious

        Abraham was from south Iraq. Most people think that was from Palestine. But most people are just stupid and ignorants. Abraham is a south iraqi and was a terrorist asking for genocide of Cannanites, Hittites, …. and was about to behead his son. So, if you want to understand where is coming from terrorism in the Middle east just look at the root : the terrorist Abraham.

        • Real Anti-Racist Action

          Kuwait and Iraq use to be the same a long long time ago. And the area he was from rides the border near the sea. And I did not say Palestine at all whatsoever. I said Kuwait.

  • RichardD

    A very well written article exposing Jew crime and evil.

  • Starlight

    The Jews rule in France, Germany, the UK, USA and Canada. In each of these nations only candidates approved by the jews can run for office with any of the major political parties.

    At Israel’s recent air war games simulating holocaust attacks across Lebanon, the CATHOLIC bloc and India participated.

    Putin once again swore eternal servitude to the jewish cause.

    And the jews of Israel celebrated as one of their snipers carefully placed a bullet in the head of a double amputee protesting in Gaza. Just to show to the world once again how utterly evil this mafia/nazi like cult that masquerades as a ‘religion’ really is.

    Every major jewish organisation on the planet actively supports Israel- this is a FACT so many on our side, as a result of successful jewish propaganda, ignore.

    Modern judaism is a mind game- a planetry experiment into just how stupid the majority of Humans can be shown to be. Look at Weinstein- a powerful jew supported and protected by other powerful jews in the UK, France and America. Weinstein said “I’m a powerful Jew, and this allows me to act above the law- so i’m going to dedicate my life to rape and other forms of abuse of women”. And he did so. And his victims, fearing the wrath of other powerful jews, kept their mouths shut.

    An to this day, Weinstein hasn’t even been arrested or questions- a jew so far above the law he may as well be a ‘god’. THIS is what ‘judaism’ means. A system designed to BREAK the rules of society, like how a computer virus exploits weaknesses in your computer system.

    Israel is the demonic face of judaism, but the jewish powerbase is more powerful in France, Russia, the UK and America- so many tentacles across the face of our planet.

    No-one is born a jew, any more than a person is born a member of the mafia, or a nazi. We are born HUMAN- and are also born in a particular land to parents who are citizens of particular lands- and that’s it. Affiliations we choose as thinking ‘adults’- and are reason for doing so may be good, bad or neutral. The SELLING of judaism or any other religion as a fundamental ‘protected’ concept is obscene. We, as Humans, have the RIGHT to judge the actions and intentions of others.

    At the best of times, organsied religions are a cancer. In the worst of times, they are used as a societal mechanism for preparing for major wars, and shuting down opposition voices.

    The ‘one shot, two kills’ shirt that the Israeli government awarded to graduates from the jewish sniper school- the shirt that depicts a jewish crosshair on the belly of a pregnat palestinian woman- tells you all you need to know about organised jewry. Google it (one shot, two kills)- you literally will not believe what you see.

    • Serious

      jews don’t kill each others like americans or sunnis or french, …. If you have noticed, it’s not jews that oppress others but they said americans to oppress americans, sunnis to kill sunnis, french to oppress french, ….

  • Brad Isherwood

    Rothschilds/BIS Central Bankers lead the Worlds geostrategic directions
    World Bank drops the Hammer*
    http://www.france24.com/en/20171212-world-bank-stop-funding-oil-gas-projects-2019-climate

    While nations are trading non USD $$ /basket currency, …it’s a small beginning vs the decades
    USD $$ Jeckyl Island Federal Reserve racket.
    Israhell is ground floor Digital everything that matters…which means they are in at the Top of the
    USD $$ Masonic pyramid ( US Dollar bill symbol)
    They can be decades ahead in position as the world turns,… and now. ….It’s the end for Big oil
    And Nat/Gas.
    The Future is Nuclear,Electric, Big Pharma. ..and Socio engineering.
    This is the direction the Globalism will compete*
    Eurasia is going to build road, rail,infostructure.
    China has the largest growing middle class in the world. …all ready to go into debt cycle like
    Debt economy North America and Europe.
    Chaos and military – surveillance racket which grabs your balls at the airport and gives you endless driving digital camera tickets…
    This will infest the growing Eurasia.
    Eurasia’s battle is to remain apart from this slavery. …..if possible.
    It’s all about Servitude

    • nshah

      Anything that is threatening the oil companies & productions of the world by inventing to substitute oil to other sources of energy.. will be eliminated..!
      Histories already proved it..!