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June 10, 2009


Jerusalem Post - In a sign of growing concern in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government over U.S. President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled proposed Israeli sanctions on the U.S. in a letter to cabinet ministers on Sunday.

In the 11-page letter, obtained by the Jerusalem Post from a minister on Monday, Peled recommends steps Israel can take to compensate for the shift in American policy, which he believes has become hostile to Israel. . .

"The minister suggests reconsidering military and civilian purchases from the U.S., selling sensitive equipment that the Washington opposes distributing internationally, and allowing other countries that compete with the U.S. to get involved with the peace process and be given a foothold for their military forces and intelligence agencies."

Anti-War - The irony of someone "reconsidering military and civilian purchases" which are being made, or will be made, with our money is a real hoot - but the laughs are just starting.

There's just one conceivable answer to the suggestion that Israel should start "selling sensitive equipment that Washington opposes distributing internationally." When did they ever stop? The Israelis have been stealing U.S. technology and selling it to the Chinese - for one example - for years, much to Washington's chagrin. So does this mean they're going to be doing it openly, instead of sneaking around and doing it on the sly?

As for the idea of giving "other countries that compete with the U.S." a military foothold - go for it, Yossi! I can hardly wait until the Venezuelan army arrives to guard the Wall of Separation. And no doubt the Chinese - grateful for all the high-tech weaponry you've stolen on their behalf - will be more than happy to guard the illegal settlements you're building (with our tax dollars).

And although the French would be grateful, I'm sure, if the Israelis switched from Boeing to Airbus - as Peled suggests - they probably wouldn't want to get involved militarily. . .

Oh, but we haven’t even gotten to the best part . . .

"In what may be his most controversial suggestion, Peled recommends intervening in American congressional races to weaken Obama and asking American Jewish donors not to contribute to Democratic congressional candidates. He predicted that this would result in Democratic candidates pressuring Obama to become more pro-Israel."

Israel intervene in U.S. politics - why, what a novel idea! If Peled hadn’t suggested it, it would never - ever - have occurred to me. . .

The laughs just keep on coming:

"Peled called for the formation of a new body intended to influence American public opinion. The groups he suggests courting include Hispanic Americans and labor unions in industries that benefit from Israeli military acquisitions.". . .

Seriously, though, what gets me are the disingenuous responses to the Peled sanctions campaign from our pro-Israel lobbyists. "He's right," said Shoshana Bryen, senior director for security policy at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, but maybe he shouldn't talk so loud: "She warned that such expressions could ‘take on a life of their own,'" the Post reports, "and that some of Peled's policy prescriptions could be less than helpful for the Jewish state."

Well, yes, Bryen does have a point: what if the U.S. suddenly stopped the $3 billion-plus in annual aid to the Jewish state? That might prove less than helpful, to be sure. . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Antiwar article forgot to mention Jonathan Pollard - an American in jail for spying for Israel.

Mr. Pollard gave details about the movement and communications of the US submarine fleet to Israel during the height of the cold war. Israel, in turn, traded those secrets to the Soviet Union in exchange for the SU allowing large numbers of Soviet Jews to emigrate to Israel.

The Israeli government did all it could to secure Mr. Pollard's release, but failed. Marc Rich was their consolation prize.

The Israeli government has already given our mortal enemy the keys to nuclear armagedon. That was back when they liked us.

What was the threat again?

June 10, 2009 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the US should put a lot of money into Israeli elections to support peace candidates.

June 11, 2009 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been given a blank check with few restrictions to fund their aggressive fascism, with no end in sight because of the strangle-hold their supporters in the U.S.A. have on our legislative process, who can blame them if they lose all sense of reality? The tail has been wagging the dog for decades, from the USS Liberty to these God-damned unforgivable wars in the middle east.
Tony Vodvarka

June 13, 2009 7:58 AM  

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