I never really noticed that Israeli geo-political matters were an integral part of either American quadrennial political convention. The parties seemed to be in a competition of who was more Israel-friendly: Democrats or Republicans (ironically, the Jerusalem as capital platform was adopted by the Dems this time). The issue of reallocating Jerusalem as this nation’s capital is clearly a ploy to shore up the ultra-religious factions of American Christians and Jews which comprise the Far-Right. Hell, they can even get the Mormons on board, as their high priests are, according to their founders, direct descendants of Israel. Hey, why not make Jerusalem’s need to become the official capital a more important issue than, say, creating an environment where more people can elevate themselves from poverty? It would be the icing on the cake to this 112th Teabagging Congress: more seemingly irrelevant minutia in the face of real problems our government should work towards solving.
Nobody truly knows the exact content of a private Romney-Adelson conversation. We knew one took place in late July this year, but the exact content of the discussion was never made public. I’m sure most who understand the ultra-right wing casino magnate’s hawkish personality can certainly surmise what he intends to buy with his unlimited support of the Romney campaign: a war with Iran. To elucidate his love of the Israeli military, he said this in a 2010 interview:
I am not Israeli, the uniform that I wore in the military unfortunately was not an Israeli uniform, it was an American uniform, although my wife was in the IDF, and one of my daughters was in the IDF, and my two little boys — our two little boys one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow… hopefully he’ll come back [to Israel], his hobby is shooting and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF.
What kind of person fantasizes about their child becoming a sniper? I believe the answer is a bellicose man obsessed with power and control. This billionaire has found a way, sometimes by questionably legal means, to show dominance in the casino industry which has enabled him to amass unfathomable profits at at time when uncertainty marked the world of finance. If Sheldon can insert himself into the war business by fomenting Zionist fears of nuclear attack via Iran and thus imposing his military desires in the characteristically aggressive fashion to which we’ve become accustomed, he believes he will solidify Israel’s security and petroleum interests for many years to come. His close alliance with Likud Party Boss and far right wing Prime Minister “Bibi” Netanyahu may give a false impression the Israeli Government shares the same ideology as the Bush NeoCons with whom Mitt Romney has surrounded himself. This is the impression much of our largely conservative media has given the American people. We can all count our blessings that cooler heads will most likely prevail in the Israeli Cabinet and in the IDF, the Israel Defense Forces.
This year, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak was quoted as saying, “the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries’ diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security.” If you listened to the pathological liars at the RNC in Tampa, you’d think Obama has literally aided Iran in the obliteration of the State of Israel. Obviously, the media has wanted us to think this way. Ha’aretz Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie states it best: President Obama has shaped this policy and done it well. Whatever the economic failures, his foreign policy is popular with the American people and generally counted as a success. And Governor Romney, if elected, will follow more or less the same model. Yes, he offered some bluster, and gave a few obligatory nods to both the foreign policy hawks and the social conservatives; but the message of the Republican convention was that the business wing of the party is firmly in charge. If Romney wanted a change in direction, he would have spoken about foreign affairs for more than three minutes. I’m not so certain Romney really has an opinion one way or another. He’ll do as his backers tell him and that is about all we can be sure of when it comes to his ever-changing etch-a-sketch persona.
There is a history behind this Eysek Bish (“bad business”) which stems from Israel’s failed bit of covert sabotage in 1954, seeking to prevent a British withdrawal from the Suez Canal. Israeli covert operatives bombed various American targets in Egypt in order to gin up hostility by the Americans against a western withdrawal (and against Nasser himself). This may’ve firmed up President Eisenhower’s resolve when, after Israel, France and Britain invaded in 1956, he sternly demanded that they withdraw–which they did. In a similar way, a Ha’aretz reporter (Sefi Rachlevsky ) sees Adelson and Bibi’s high stakes gamble concerning Iran as even more an act of deceit against both an unsuspecting U.S. and Israel. The sweeping opposition by heads of the defense establishment to attacking Iran before the American presidential elections stems from a secret. This “secret” (behind an Iran war order) is when Israel’s leadership cannot gamble on the notion that it will be able to drag the United States into the war if enough Israeli lives are sacrificed. The details of this secret are now being expressed privately by Israel’s leaders. Does this expression – at least in the case of Defense Minister Ehud Barak – come from a desire that the senselessness of these ideas will help thwart them? Let’s hope it does.
If you’re not familiar with Netanyahu’s hawkish desire to exert Israeli military supremacy at the expense of human lives, remember this quote: ” The 9-11 Terror Attacks: Good for Israel ” as he said, back in 2001. Those attacks were anything but good for a single soul outside the war-profiteering business. I’ve yet to establish a direct link between his billionaire benefactor and specific defense contractors, but I do know one thing: Zionist supremacy is something both men cherish and they would relish it all the more if both could aid and abet the far right zealots, those who don’t speak for the majority of Israelis in preemptively and recklessly starting a conflict with the Persian nation. As we all know, Ahmadinejad doesn’t speak for Iran and I seriously doubt Netanyahu and Adelson, along with their submissive lapdog, Mitt Romney, speak for the nation of Israel. However, we must be weary of their cunning and often unscrupulous efforts to undermine President Obama and the IDF’s efforts to come to a non-combative solution.
They all should be watched like a snake in a baby’s room. Expect the worst from these two hawks and their puppet, Romney, and perhaps we’ll be able to prevent an epic disaster. A Romney Presidency would accelerate numerous global conflicts, but this one would be the mother of all Rapture scenarios. This is one of the myriad reasons we can’t afford, with the cost in lives especially, another war of aggression. At least we know President Obama is committing to drawing down our excessive military presence around the globe. These lunatics intend a much different outcome. If a GOP Congress is reelected, the first stop on their worldwide tour of anti-diplomacy will feature uber-fascist Congressman, Eric Cantor engaging in a little “skinny dipping” in the waters outside Haifa with his buddies Reps. Ben Quayle and Jason Chaffetz (Teaparty Darlings). It’s only a matter of time until that offensive action incites a global conflict. Wars have been started over far less.