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Philip Giraldi: “Lying for Israel: Why Nearly Everyone in Washington Does It”

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Written by Philip Giraldi; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

It is not often that one hears anything like the truth in today’s Washington, a city where the art of dissimulation has reached new heights among both Democrats and Republicans. Everyone who has not been asleep like Rip Van Winkle for the past twenty years knows that the most powerful foreign lobby operating in the United States is that of the state of Israel. Indeed, by some measures it just might be the most powerful lobby period, given the fact that it has now succeeded in extending its tentacles into state and local levels with its largely successful campaigns to punish criticism or boycotting of Israel while also infiltrating boards of education to require Holocaust education and textbooks that reflect favorably on the Jewish state.

Philip Giraldi: "Lying for Israel: Why Nearly Everyone in Washington Does It"

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Occasionally, however, the light does shine in darkness. The efforts by Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to challenge the power of the Israel Lobby are commendable and it is worth noting that the two women are being subjected to harassment by their own Democratic Party in an effort to make them be silent. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has attempted to make them the face of the Democrats, calling them “Jew haters” and “anti-Semites” while also further claiming that they despise the United States just as they condemn Israel. This has developed into a Trump diatribe claiming that American Jews who vote for Democrats are “disloyal.” By disloyal he meant disloyal to Israel, in a sense ironically confirming that in the president’s mind Jews have dual loyalty, which, of course, at least some of them do.

And Trump has further exercised his claim to the Jewish vote by accepting the sobriquet“King of Israel” bestowed by a demented talk radio host. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already asserted that Trump’s election victory was the result of divine intervention to “save Israel from Iran,” the kingship is presumably an inevitable progression. One can only imagine what will come next.

One Democratic congressman who has apparently become fatigued by all that bipartisan pandering to Israel is Ted Lieu of California. Last Thursday Lieu rebuked Trump’s US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman over his support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to visit the West Bank where Tlaib’s grandmother lives under Israeli occupation. Friedman had issued a statement saying that the United States “respects and supports” the Israeli action. He went on to elaborate “The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is not free speech. Rather, it is no less than economic warfare designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Jewish state. [Israel] has every right to protect its borders against those activists in the same manner as it would bar entrants with more conventional weapons.”

As Friedman was describing two thirty-something nonviolent first term congresswomen as nothing less than armed attackers about to be unleashed against the Jewish state because they support a peaceful boycott movement, Lieu apparently felt compelled to courageously respond to the ambassador, tweeting “Dear @USAmbIsrael: You are an American. Your allegiance should be to America, not to a foreign power. You should be defending the right of Americans to travel to other countries. If you don’t understand that, then you need to resign.”

Later that day, on CNN, Lieu explained his objection to Friedman’s actions, saying “Actually, I think he should resign because he doesn’t see to understand that his allegiance is to America, not to a foreign power. He should be defending the right of Americans to go abroad to other countries and to visit their relatives.”

The outrage from the mighty host of friends of Israel came immediately, with accusations that Lieu was accusing Friedman of “dual loyalty,” that greatly feared derogatory label that is somewhat akin to “anti-Semitism” or “Holocaust denial” in the battery of verbal munitions used to silence critics of the Jewish state. Indeed, Lieu was accused of employing nothing less than a “classic anti-Semitic” trope.

Under considerable pressure, Lieu deleted the tweet and then issued something of an apology, “It has been brought to my attention that my prior tweet to @USAmbIsrael raises dual loyalty allegations that have historically caused harm to the Jewish community. That is a legitimate concern. I am therefore deleting the tweet.”

But the reality is, of course, that Friedman does not have dual loyalty. He has real loyalty only to Israel, which he demonstrates repeatedly by uncritically supporting everything the kleptocratic Netanyahu regime does with nary a pause to consider actual American interests. He has supported the weekly slaughter of unarmed Gazan civilians by Israeli sharpshooters, praised the bombing of Syria, pushed for the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, applauded the recognition by Washington of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and is an active supporter of and contributor to the illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank. He has even pressured the State Department into ceasing its use of the word “occupation” when describing the situation on the West Bank. It is now “disputed.” So, it is no surprise that David Friedman, formerly a bankruptcy lawyer before he became ambassador, lines up with Netanyahu rather than with two American Congresswomen who, apart from anything else, have good reasons to travel to a country that is the largest US aid recipient in order to see conditions on the ground. To put it mildly, Friedman is a disgrace and a reflection of the character or lack thereof of the man who appointed him. If he had any decency, he would resign.

There is no benefit for the United States when an American Ambassador excuses the brutality of a foreign government, quite the contrary as it makes Washington an accomplice in what are often undeniably war crimes. Even though Congressman Lieu was clearly read the riot act and made to fly right by his own party’s leadership, it took considerable courage to speak up against both Israel and an American ambassador who clearly is more in love with the country he is posted to than the country he is supposed to represent. Of course, in never-any-accountability Washington a buffoon posing as an ambassador as Friedman does will get away with just about anything and, as the subject is Israel, there will hardly be a word of rebuke coming from anyone, to include the mainstream media. But the tweet by Lieu is nevertheless significant. Hopefully he will be among the first of many congressmen willing to put at risk their careers at times to speak the truth.

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  • Tiresia Branding

    Le Pen in France lost the presidentials because she wanted to resolve the real problem of the dual citizenship of “jews”

    • Olypious

      That’s not true. LePen doesn’t even talk about these kind of topic, be it dual loyalty or zionism.
      Unfortunately, people outside France think she is THE real deal, but that’s far from the truth. She’s only a controlled opposition and there’s no doubt about it.
      She botched her last election debate with Macron. And some suspect it was on purpose.

      Elections are rigged in France anyway (probably like in many western countries? 2012 primaries w/ Ron Paul. 2016 primaries w/ Sanders. No one showed in Clinton’s rallies during her campaign, there are pictures proving that… but she managed to win the popular vote in the end! And today w/ Gabbard out of upcoming DNC debates)

      • Tiresia Branding

        it’s simple to made a search on Google, but if you are so lazy:
        https://blog.politicsmeanspolitics.com/marine-le-pen-to-end-dual-citizenship-13cceeefa59a
        please, note it is an opposition point of view

      • Olypious

        @tiresiabranding:disqus I know you’re sincere, but what I said in my previous comment is what you’ll hear from awake french citizen. Marine LePen is not like her father, she gave up to TPTB down the road.

        She isn’t for FREXiT or out of the Euro anymore. And no sovereignty is possible without that! See this article from RT :

        https://francais.rt.com/france/61056-elections-europeennes-rn-abandonne-frexit-sortie-euro

        • Tiresia Branding

          I agree with you if you intend every party is the same party in the so called western democracy. But this is off-topic. My intervention is purely related to the post’s focus. It is not important, in this context, if the Le Pen proposal was demagogic, it is important the constatation of the reactions

  • Helen4Yemen

    to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Jewish state.

    https://worldpeace365.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/major-res-etai-pinkas-and-captain-res-yoav-arad-pinkas1.png?w=553

    Why did it fall on the people of the Middle East to give land to the European
    Jew who is 100% alien to our region? Why not back home where his grandma is
    from: Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine?

  • hvaiallverden

    I sometimes wounder, where the bloody hell have you been, uh…. the last 3 decades, as far back I bother to remeber, and I have been reading, and comenting in so called Alt-eh…. right…. uh…. winged sites, all the way, and one thing you all must never forget, is that everybody, every site I have been on or in, is an die hard and grawel crawling admirer and friend of ISISrael, every single one of them no exceptions what so ever, AJ is one of the most hyped yapping SOB I know of, and to others, even thoe they may be right in some few aspects like the rat in Natural News, but when it comes to slaughtering others, aka Iranians etc, they are all in it, there is de facto no oposition, and even those that is really outspoken dont threads into that corner because they know what happens, exlusion, period, or simply do suicide, you know, double tapping your head with an shoot gun, everything goes in the Imperial banana republic, even tho they can be openly Gay, and journalist, they can be exsecuted in broad daylight and nothing happens.
    The right/left narrative isn there at all, its grades of idiocy, and like the DemonCrauts and RepubliCONs its just an theater, when they all are sucking up to the Tribe.

    I can name only few, and they all are dead now.
    Huh.
    And then we have the assh….. in the shades, whom may give the impresion of been alternative, but never the less is exposing them self by using the same rethoric, we are all Nazis, White trash, Anti-semitic, to Nationalists, you name it, but they are what I define as well pissers, I can respect people that are open in an way, but well pissers are what I despice from the bottom of my hart, and then we have the MSM, whom blames the victims all the time, from Yemen to Palestina.
    Yeah.
    The reason for me to not much bothering to read anything anymore, apart from historical sites etc, is that people are so delutional they think AmeriCutns are nice people, intellegent and well educated, knows history and the semantics, like socialism etc to nationalism, economy, etc, I can asure you, they are the most brainwashed f…. that walks on this planet, and I dont even blame the MSM for it all, its just the way they are, brainwashed from birth, and now the MSM in europa is doing the same, the level is sinking rapidly, due to the increasing monopoly on news to education.
    I am afraid the wars are coming, dont think the MAGAmeriCunts cares if europa is once again the battlefield, some twitters yeah, but never think they care, because they dont give an f…. about anyone else tham them selfs, never think anything else.
    Exspections exists, but they are so few its just an idiotic dream thinking they to have any influence, they dont have jack shit.
    The thing is, whom isnt, Russia, huh in this Beslan times, when the Saudi-barbarian foreign minister threatened with an new Chetchen war, and now, Putin is assliking them for an fist full of Shekles.
    The only tribe that is equally insane as the ZioNazis (zionism+azkhenazis) is the same people whom was behind Beslan, the Saudi created Whabism, friends of Russia and Putin.
    Maybe China, well, they keep their cards tight, and is anything but amatures, so we dont know.
    The rest, isnt wurth an horces shit, not that some are geniune, but they have no powers.

    I know we are heading in for an great war, everything points to that, and yet, its dead silent, the scums continues to be scums, the rest just turns their head away and refuses to debate anything else than the propaganda, witch they them selfs belive in.
    Hell, pussys, go to sleep, and dream, soon the only place left to be free.
    And dont blame anyone else, I blame you all.

    peace

  • Tommy Jensen

    What a pile of babbling gossip. Is there no one who can come up a factual view on Israel other than a hate or love view?

  • RichardD

    There needs to be an increase in anti Judaism to support dejudifying the US and our planet. A truther like the author is right on target. I hope that he keeps up his fine work.

  • Icarus Tanović

    This is one example in many to come. Not against Jews, but against Zionistic chauvinistic propaganda.

  • nick1111

    Israeli puppet in the WH

  • Zionism = EVIL

    Perverse Jews and Americunt brainwashed morons telling pathological lies is a given. They have turned it into an art form.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/921ac45bf829d23c1e6f1e21d8fd6a47ce46f0690f85ae40b82678ca2db8cc2f.jpg

  • nick1111

    Washington is a collection of political whores