Israel Clears the Bench in Iran Fight

Exclusive: Israel in its desperation to kill the Iran nuclear deal is exposing its often-denied influence over the U.S. political/media process. Israeli officials are even using football analogies to rally U.S. lawmakers while emptying the bench of friendly “experts” to mount a goal-line stand, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, acting like the coach of a football team, instructed congressional Republicans to “leave everything on the field” in the fight to defeat the international agreement with Iran over its nuclear energy program, a sign of how openly Israel now feels it controls the GOP.

Israel wants the Iran deal killed so it can keep open options for bombing Iran and imposing “regime change.” And, immediately after Dermer’s locker-room-style pep talk, Republican members of Congress began falling into line, lashing out at Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior officials who negotiated the agreement reached earlier this month between six world powers and Iran.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (State Department photo)

Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (State Department photo)

House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would “do everything possible to stop” the deal. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told Kerry that he’d been “fleeced.” Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican candidate for president, said the next president presumably meaning himself if he’s successful could overturn the deal because it’s not a binding treaty.

All this was remarkable even to The New York Times, which usually looks the other way when Israel flexes its muscles in Official Washington. A Times article by Jonathan Weisman noted the extraordinary image of the Israeli ambassador using sports analogies to rile up Republican congressmen to overturn a key foreign policy initiative of the U.S. president.

“Mr. Dermer’s plea, which is widely expected to be followed by a mail, television and radio assault in Democratic districts during the August recess, demonstrates the power that the Israeli government and supportive interest groups in Washington maintain over congressional Republicans,” Weisman wrote.

Obviously, some of this Republican opposition is driven by a deep-seated animus toward President Barack Obama, but the confidence that Dermer, a onetime aide to former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, showed in rallying Republicans to Israel’s foreign policy priority of hostility toward Iran reveals the degree to which the GOP as a party now ties its agenda in the Mideast to Israel.

Connections between Republicans and right-wing Israelis have grown tighter since the presidency of George W. Bush who began implementing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strategy of “regime change” against countries on his enemies list, starting with Iraq in 2003. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “The Mysterious Why of the Iraq War.”]

Since then, wealthy Israeli backers, such as casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, have funneled huge sums of money into Republican campaigns. In 2012, Netanyahu virtually endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And, on March 3, House Speaker Boehner invited Netanyahu to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress that was remarkable in its overt appeal to American lawmakers to embrace Israel’s foreign policy regarding Iran over the head of the sitting U.S. president.

Clearing the Bench

In its current pull-out-all-the-stops to show who controls the U.S. political/media process, Israel also is throwing other key assets into this high-stakes fight. For instance, Steven Emerson, who has long posed as a professional journalist and then as a terrorism expert, was a featured speaker at a Times Square rally urging not only death to the nuclear deal but death to Iran.

“So now we have the situation that unless Congress acts, I believe ultimately, it’s going to be left up to a military strike to take out the Iranian capabilities to take out the world,” Emerson told a cheering crowd of a couple of thousand. “If we don’t take out Iran, they will take out us. Because if you don’t your children will never forgive you never forgive you for not protecting this country from a holocaust. For not protecting the state of Israel from a holocaust that will occur assuredly just as it did 70 years ago.

“Rarely in our lives do we have an opportunity to change history. Now is the time to do it, and it’s your responsibility all of ours, to go do it.”

On Fox News, Steve Emerson is interviewed by Jeanine Pirro on Fox News where he claimed that Muslims have terrorized non-Muslims into staying out of Birmingham, Great Britain's second-largest city. (From the UK Guardian)

On Fox News, Steve Emerson is interviewed by Jeanine Pirro on Fox News where he claimed that Muslims have terrorized non-Muslims into staying out of Birmingham, Great Britain’s second-largest city. (From the UK Guardian)

Earlier this year, Emerson, who has longstanding close ties to right-wing Israeli officials, was caught in a blatant falsehood and slur about British Muslims. Appearing on Fox News as a “terrorism expert,” he claimed that Birmingham, England, is now a “Muslim-only city” and that in parts of London “Muslim religious police beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire.”

Emerson asserted that Muslim areas have become “no-go zones” for non-Muslims and cited as an example “actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.” Yet, Birmingham, Great Britain’s second-largest city of more than one million people, is nearly half Christian, with the Muslim population less than one-quarter and with significant numbers of Sikhs, Hindus, Jews and non-religious.

As Emerson’s Muslim-bashing remarks drew criticism from the media watchdog group FAIR and ridicule across the United Kingdom, he acknowledged that his “comments about Birmingham were totally in error” and vowed not to blame someone else for his slander.

“I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful,” Emerson said in an apparent attempt to do exactly that, shift the blame to some unnamed source for supposedly misleading him. [For more on Emerson’s history of distortion, see Consortiumnews.com’s “The Sorry Record of a Muslim Basher.”]

The heated debate over the Iran nuclear deal is bringing out of the woodwork other longstanding alarmists about Iran’s nuclear program, which has not produced a single bomb, even as some of these same “experts” have studiously ignored the reality of Israel’s rogue nuclear arsenal.

For instance, David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security (with the now unfortunate acronym ISIS), is back in the pages of the mainstream media warning about possible gaps in the Iranian nuclear deal.

Albright was sought out for comment by the Times’ neocon national security writer Michael R. Gordon, who co-authored the infamous “aluminum tube” story in 2002 that was used to frighten Americans about “mushroom clouds” if they didn’t support an invasion of Iraq. On Thursday, Gordon’s latest story quoting Albright was entitled, online, “Verification Process in Iran Deal Is Questioned by Some Experts.”

An Iraq War Reunion

At times, this Israeli-driven battle to stop the Iran deal almost seems like a reunion of discredited journalists and “experts” who helped guide the United States into the disastrous Iraq War. In 2002, around the same time Gordon, along with Judith Miller, was penning his “aluminum tube” story, Albright and his ISIS were key figures in stoking the hysteria for invading Iraq around other false allegations of its WMD program.

David Albright

David Albright

At the end of summer 2002, as Bush was beginning his advertising roll-out for the Iraq invasion and dispatching his top aides to the Sunday talk shows to cite Gordon’s “aluminum tube” article and warn about “smoking guns” and “mushroom clouds,” Albright co-authored a Sept. 10, 2002, article entitled “Is the Activity at Al Qaim Related to Nuclear Efforts?” which declared:

“High-resolution commercial satellite imagery shows an apparently operational facility at the site of Iraq’s al Qaim phosphate plant and uranium extraction facility This site was where Iraq extracted uranium for its nuclear weapons program in the 1980s. This image raises questions about whether Iraq has rebuilt a uranium extraction facility at the site, possibly even underground. The uranium could be used in a clandestine nuclear weapons effort.”

Albright’s alarming allegations fit neatly with Bush’s propaganda barrage, although as the months wore on with Bush’s warnings about aluminum tubes and yellowcake from Africa growing more outlandish Albright did display more skepticism about the existence of a revived Iraqi nuclear program. Still, he remained a “go-to” expert on other Iraqi purported WMD, such as chemical and biological weapons. In a typical quote on Oct. 5, 2002, Albright told CNN: “In terms of the chemical and biological weapons, Iraq has those now.”

After Bush launched the Iraq invasion in March 2003 and Iraq’s secret WMD caches didn’t materialize, Albright admitted that he had been conned, explaining to the Los Angeles Times: “If there are no weapons of mass destruction, I’ll be mad as hell. I certainly accepted the administration claims on chemical and biological weapons. I figured they were telling the truth. If there is no [unconventional weapons program], I will feel taken, because they asserted these things with such assurance.” [See FAIR’s “The Great WMD Hunt,”]

Albright may have been “mad as hell” for being “taken” but he suffered little, especially compared to the nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq and the hundreds of thousands of slain Iraqis, not to mention the millions of others who have suffered from the chaos that the likes of Emerson, Gordon and Albright helped unleash across the Middle East.

In recent years, Albright and his institute have adopted a similarly alarmist role regarding Iran and its purported pursuit of a nuclear weapon, even though U.S. intelligence agencies say Iran terminated that weapons project in 2003.

Nevertheless, Albright transformed his organization into a sparkplug for a new confrontation with Iran. Though Albright insists that he is an objective professional, his ISIS has published hundreds of articles about Iran, which has not produced a single nuclear bomb, while barely mentioning Israel’s hundreds of bombs.

An examination of the ISIS Web site reveals only a few technical articles relating to Israel’s nukes while Albright’s ISIS expanded its coverage of Iran’s nuclear program so much that it was moved onto a separate Web site. The articles have not only hyped developments in Iran but also have attacked U.S. media critics who questioned the fear-mongering about Iran.

A couple of years ago when a non-mainstream journalist confronted Albright about the disparity between his institute’s concentration on Iran and de minimis coverage of Israel, he angrily responded that he was working on a report about Israel’s nuclear program. But there is still no substantive assessment of Israel’s large nuclear arsenal on the ISIS Web site, which goes back to 1993.

Despite this evidence of bias, mainstream U.S. news outlets typically present Albright as a neutral analyst. They also ignore his checkered past, including his prominent role in promoting President Bush’s pre-invasion case that Iraq possessed stockpiles of WMD.

However, since Albright and these other propagandists/operatives were never held accountable for the Iraq catastrophe, they are now rushing back into the game to try to block the Iran nuclear deal and potentially turn the ball over in pursuit of another Mideast war. Netanyahu and his team appear to be clearing the bench for a goal-line stand.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). You also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

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49 comments for “Israel Clears the Bench in Iran Fight

  1. Abe
    July 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    6-6-6
    http://www.israpundit.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Neveragainis.jpg

    Numerology is the last refuge of scoundrels.

    • Zachary Smith
      July 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Even if the numerology is as fake as a three dollar bill. From an old Telegraph article:

      Between five and six million Jews
      More than three million Soviet prisoners of war
      More than two million Soviet civilians
      More than one million Polish civilians
      More than one million Yugoslav civilians
      About 70,000 men, women and children with mental and physical handicaps
      More than 200,000 gipsies
      Unknown numbers of political prisoners, resistance fighters, homosexuals and deportees

      All the numbers are necessarily uncertain. As for the second “6”, the Holocaust victims didn’t die all die in 1939 – the deaths probably peaked in mid-war around 1942. Regarding the final “6” – the number of millions they want to call Congress – that’s a sham too. The Republicans need as much political cover as they can get so as to pretend they’re doing what The People want as opposed to what the government of Israel wants.

      The Congress doesn’t give a hoot about what The People want. The vote for the trade treaty demonstrated that despite 2/3 of The People being against it, they did what their corporate paymasters wanted anyhow. The Israeli paymasters will demand no less from their lapdogs in Congress.

      • Ademup
        July 24, 2015 at 11:16 pm

        http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/11/international-red-cross-records-put-the-holocaust-death-toll-of-camp-inmates-at-271301-2835710.html

        “OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS RECORDS RELEASED”

        “Sealed and guarded since the end of WWII at Arolsen, Germany, the Official IRC records reveal the actual Concentration Camp total death toll was 271,301

        For years, people around the world – “the West” in particular – have been told that “six million Jews were systematically murdered by Germans in ‘Concentration Camps’ during World War 2.”

        Thousands of honest people disputing this claim have been viciously smeared as a hateful anti-Semite. Several countries around the world have jailed and heavily fined people for disputing the claim that “6 Million” Jews were killed.

        Provided here is a scanned image of an Official International Red Cross document, proving the so-called “Holocaust” [the long-and-often-claimed-6-million Jews] is just plain wrong. Jews around the world have intentionally exaggerated and perpetually lied for the purpose of gaining political, emotional and business advantages for themselves.

        They committed willful, criminal FRAUD upon millions of trusting people around the world!

        Please NOTE that the truth has been known since long before 1979!!! The above compiler, replying to a letter, had to rely on information that was already in existence!!!

        Tax-payers of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Latvia, Poland and other nations have had multiple Millions of dollars taken from their wages to be paid out to “holocaust survivors” and their descendants for something that DID NOT HAPPEN.

        The tax-payers of these United States of America spend Billion$ each year in direct, indirect and military support of the State of Israel (which is not Biblical Israel).

        This is intentional, criminal fraud on a scale so massive as to be almost incomprehensible.

        Red Cross and East German government figures put the total deaths at every camp as 272.000, and 282,000 respectively which includes homosexuals, communists, gypsies, murderers, paedophiles etc. The 6 Million figure is a Kabbalist number, a magickal figure which featured in news papers in the early 1900′s”

        • Zachary Smith
          July 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm

          That’s a fantastic site, and it’s amazing what a person can learn if he forgets all the science and history taught in “Public Schools” and “State Universities”.

          TITLE: UFO Abduction – Italian Woman Impregnated by Aliens 100% Real Footage

          TEXT: “Meanwhile, it is well documented that no more than 2-5% of white Americans ever owned slaves. In fact, 70% of the slave owners in America were Jewish, and the vast majority of the remaining 30% of slave owners in this country were the Negroes themselves.”

          TITLE: Scientists Prove Dinosaurs Only Thousands of Years Old! Evolution a Lie – They Walked with Man!

          TITLE: The SUN is not 93 million miles away and the Earth is not a planet…there is a better explanation that TPTB don’t want you to know about!

          In fact, if I ever get a Brain Liposuction, I’m gonna bookmark it for sure!!

          • Ademup
            July 25, 2015 at 9:08 am

            I’m sure if you believe all you posted along with what Zionists tell you, then they are God’s chosen people who’ve never told a lie or committed one war crime. And it’s all the Arabs fault that Europeans without blood ties to the Middle East, adopted Judaism and called themselves Zionists while concocting the lies for your mind that justify them massacring the Palestinian Arabs to ethnically cleans and steal the land.

            You keep on believing all of that and be sure not to ask yourself why you and America can’t rid yourself of that monkey on your back, while the monkey tells you he’s only the tooth fairy doing you and America a favor by directing US foreign policy while draining you and America dry.

        • dahoit
          July 25, 2015 at 12:24 pm

          All I know is that Hitler wanted to kill all the Jews in Europe in his prisons,he would have.The plethora of survivors to this day refutes Ziopropaganda,but what else is new?To assuage the monsters,Obomba will release the traitor Pollard.

          • george Archers
            August 4, 2015 at 7:37 am

            Them camps were to send polish Jews into Palestine not kill them. By 1942 over 175,000 were forced into Palestine. Germany was Zionist controlled. What got them into hatred–world Jews didn’t catch onto the jUSA scam
            Who funded Germany after WWI and for what purpose?

      • Peter Loeb
        July 25, 2015 at 6:08 am

        ISRAEL AS “VICTIM”

        For a full explanation read Norman Finkelstein’s THE HOLOCAUST
        INDUSTRY. Israel will play up its victimhood (poor little (???) Israel,
        the whole world is “anti-Semitic”…

        In his list Zachary Smith seems to have “forgotten” the socialists,
        the communists, the Jehova’s Witnesses.

        In this case—“killing the Iran “deal”—Israel is forcing Israeli
        foreign policy down the throats of the US which it wants to
        “take out” Iran at no cost (in lives etc.) to the helpless Israeli’s.

        As many observers have pointed out, should Israel working
        as it seems through the Republican party “kill” the Iran deal,
        it will itself be the ultimate losers. As Israel has always known,
        they have only been able to defy international law and the
        international consensus by absurdly counting the US as
        “mediator”. Using the single nation which supports Israel
        as a “dishonest broker.”

        Should the US back out of a deal it has agreed to with Russia,
        China, the UK, France and Germany it would lose any
        power of persuasion in the future. As analyst Pepe Escobar
        has recently pointed out Iran will join the SCO(Shangai
        Cooperative Organization) as a full member.

        (Incidentally, many nations are eschewing the US’s so-called
        “helping hand”. The SCO already embraces half the
        nations on the planet.)

        There is nothing Israel can do at this point. They have
        lost. Perhaps they should withdraw entirely from the UN
        whose condemnations they have never paid any
        attention to.

        See also Naseer H. Aruri’s THE DISHONEST BROKER… as well
        as Norman Finkelstein’s scholarly analyses including
        THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY and MIRAGE AND REALITY
        IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.

        Israel has lost. The US can only decide to flounder in
        the tangled webb of Israel’s hate or join the world recognizing
        it is no longer the single “superpower”.

        —-Peter Loeb, Boston, MA, US

        • Mortimer
          July 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

          FROM —- https://detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com

          3. Who, in 1919, wrote the following in a secret memorandum submitted to the British cabinet? “In Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country [i.e., we do not accept the principle of self-determination for the Arabs of Palestine]…The four great powers (Western allies) are committed to Zionism, and Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-old tradition, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit the land.”

          -Lord Balfour. As British Foreign Secretary he was responsible for the Balfour Declaration in 1917 which promised Zionists a national home in Palestine.
          http://www.acjna.org/acjna/articles_detail.aspx?id=558

          -For “Winston Churchill, testifying before the [1936] Peel Commission, the indigenous [Arab] population had no more right to Palestine than a ‘dog in a manger has the final right to the manger, even though he may have lain there for a very long time,’ and no ‘wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race…has come in and taken their place.’ The point is not so much that the British were racists but rather that they had no recourse except to racist justifications for denying the indigenous population its basic rights.” (Norman G. Finkelstein, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, UC Press, Berkeley: 2008, 9-10.)

          Churchill’s views were based in a long British tradition of racism. “In his book Exterminate All the Brutes, Sven Lindqvist shows how the ideology that led to Hitler’s war and the Holocaust was developed by the colonial powers. Imperialism required an exculpatory myth. It was supplied, primarily, by British theorists.” (As late as the 1950s, horrific British abuses—castrations with pliers, eyes gouged out, bodies set on fire—were committed against the “inferior” Kenyans.) http://www.monbiot.com/2012/10/08/the-empire-strikes-back/

        • george Archers
          August 4, 2015 at 7:43 am

          Iran is being set up like Libya Iraq Syria by jUSA. Remove your defenses and Uncle Scam will remove sanctions. Bingo– Iran will end up a mess in no time.

      • Abe
        July 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        Attention Consortium News readers:

        Hasbara (Hebrew: הַסְבָּרָה‎ hasbará, “explaining”) propagandist trolls are now out in force.

        Israel has mounted an intense propaganda campaign combined with renewed threats to bomb Iran.

        Hasbara trolls strive to discredit articles, videos, and websites critical of Israel and Zionism.

        Hasbara tactics of deception include:

        1) deliberately posting incendiary comments with links to “anti-semitic” and “Holocaust denial” material

        2) accusing anyone who offers legitimate criticism of Israel or Zionism of being “anti-semitic”

        3) posting extreme “anti-Zionist” and “anti-Israel” comments

        4) posting comments and links to articles that contain egregious factual errors and obviously spurious logic

        These smear tactics have intensified due to ever-increasing Israeli military aggression and outright racism, as well as Israel’s collusion with the United States in regime change projects from the Middle East to Eastern Europe.

        Consortium News articles about the US/NATO sponsored Neo-Nazi coup d’etat in Ukraine and its aftermath have been frequent targets for Hasbara trolls.

        Consortium News coverage of the Iran nuclear negotiations have prompted renewed Hasbara attacks.

        Readers of Consortium News are alert to these Hasbara deceptive tactics.

      • Anonymous
        July 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

        Bullshit!!!!!!!!
        There is NO head count the redcrosss records are sealed!!!!!
        Most died of dissentarry and starvation due to the supply lines being cut off.
        How many died in Rhine Meadows death camps and civilian bombing such as Dresdin?
        You Zionist have Liied and cried wolf way to many times

  2. N Dalton
    July 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    If anything close,this Israeli-driven battle to stop the Iran deal almost seems like a reunion at days past when they did the . . .
    . . . John F. Kennedy assassination for not allowing Israel to become a nuclear power.

    Their motive? Israel’s much touted Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, who ruled that country from its inception in 1948 until he resigned on June 16, 1963, was so enraged at John F. Kennedy for not allowing Israel to become a nuclear power that, Collins asserts, in his final days in office he commanded the Mossad to become involved in a plot to kill America’s president.

    One must always ask that simple question first > who benefited the most from it ?

    The ultimate demand > let`s start Israel`s > suspected nuclear sites inspections !

    • July 25, 2015 at 2:24 am

      N. Dalton, the idea is good i.e. inspection of Israeli nuclear facilities but, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

  3. Mark
    July 24, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    If US politicians were supporting America’s best interests, Israel’s AIPAC lobby along with their Ambassador to the US and all their false claims of anti-Semitism, would be quarantined somewhere away from our US politicians — preferably to the Wailing Wall where they can try banging some respect for American sovereignty into their own brains.

  4. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I am in the UK and the U.S. has a similar influence politicians and actual policy here. Obama just phones the Prime Minister and tells him what he wants!
    At least with Israel there demands are out in the open. Good or bad there’s a certain honesty on display.

    • Mark
      July 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      The UK’s PM’s have proven to be fools for going along with or giving into America’s demands — including all the lies that led to the illegal invasion of 2003 Iraq which was “part” of Israel’s pre-planned wars that still includes Syria and Iran.

      Israel has no business making illigitimate war crime demands on the US in any fashion whatsoever — anymore than the US has making illegitimate and illegal demands on the UK.

      Do you want the US to illegally bomb Iran because Israel says to and is saying it out in the open?

    • dahoit
      July 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Zionists and honesty are oil and water.They do not mix.

  5. elmerfudzie
    July 24, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Israel is over 21 !! As any parent would willingly say, adding… I’ve nurtured you, given you strength in body, mind and soul but it’s time to move out of the house! This “house” I refer to, is a collection of Western Occident nations (includes the USA) who’s most influential segments continue to support, financially and politically, a family member who has already attained her majority. No longer a child but an adult, accountable unto itself. If such a son or daughter chooses to do some stupid thing, “We” collectively speaking, in the West, are no longer responsible for their actions. To be clear, I’m referring to potential Israeli military aggression against Iran; a nation who’s very existence and culture is steeped in antiquity, possessing enviable attainments in both the arts and sciences, who’s people embraced a Jewish community within it’s borders long before an America or British Empire ever existed. I now inject a word of warning to the world, also a people who’s roots are Persian and the Persians were the inventors of human Crucifixion! Good luck Israel, don’t meander too far off the beaten track, don’t find yourselves sitting in a colloquially speaking, “red neck bar” , shouting down the patrons, and calling them names like goyim scum, lest you find yourself quickly ganged up on from every possible direction. Aside: A disclaimer, No, this writer is not Iranian, never married one and has no economic interests there either.
    Shalom!

  6. Zachary Smith
    July 24, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I went to the senate web site for my Republican Senator Dan Coats and found this:

    “We must ignore the coming public relations campaign that will trumpet this deal as a victory for diplomacy and the false premise that the deal is a choice between peace and war.”

    The Senator pointedly didn’t say the same for Israel’s public relations campaign. He’s totally in bed with the shitty little apartheid nation.

    As another indication of this, though he was “saddened” by the “civilian deaths” in Gaza, that conflict was 100% the fault of Hamas. The ‘civilians’ got what they deserved because they elected Hamas, and poor little Israel was merely defending itself.

    Life isn’t at all difficult if you’re a Republican with eyes and ears and brain totally closed.

    • dahoit
      July 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Other than a few stray democrats,the demoncratic party is just as bad.It’s a bipartisan assault on America,from traitors.

    • Abbybwood
      July 25, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Same with the Democrats.

      After Israel “mowed the lawn” in Gaza last summer the Senate vote in support of Israel was a disgusting 100-0.

      Which means the “liberal” darlings Warren and Sanders were hip deep in “going along to get along.”

  7. Theodora Crawford
    July 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    In their efforts to completely control our foreign policy, Israel is asking for our condemnation. I for one am furious! Perhaps these Israelis “victims” should finally ask themselves why they are often hated and condemned by so many. Instead of claiming they are the “chosen” people, as well as victims of prejudice, they should take responsibility for their actions and try to get along with the rest of the world.

  8. Zachary Smith
    July 25, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I’m not trying to sidetrack the thread, but the issue of the Red Cross has come up twice already, and it caused me to make a cursory investigation of the organization during WW2.

    From 1938 to 1944 (when he died) Norman Davis was president of the Red Cross. He was from Tennessee, and perhaps for that reason ran the Red Cross with a definite racist slant. Under his leadership, the Red Cross refused to accept Negro blood until 1942, and even then it was kept separate from white blood. So the man was deeply ‘conservative’, and at that time this often carried over to Jews. I was unable to find what religion Davis espoused, but since the Red Cross later ran “Rat Lines” paralleling that of the Vatican to help Nazis escape, perhaps he was not unlike the Pope of the day in his views about Nazis and Jews.

    Fast forward to the present day. Turns out that the Red Cross has been doing some “I’m sorry” drills about its behavior during WW2. Like with the Vatican of the day, it used lip glue about the Holocaust, and also seems to have done all it could to minimize that event by selecting documents to demonstrate how the Nazi genocide was a trivial affair.

    Speech given by Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, 28 April 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

    In institutional terms, the ICRC also learned some hard lessons. It had failed to protect civilians and most notably the Jews persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime; it had failed to understand the uniqueness of the inhumanity by responding to the outrageous with standard procedures; it had looked on helplessly and silently, not really trying – certainly not hard enough – to live up to the principle of humanity. The ICRC failed because it drew inexcusably false conclusions from perfectly valid observations. It failed as a humanitarian organization because it had lost its moral compass. This failure has become an intrinsic part of our institutional history.

    • Mortimer
      July 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      3. Who, in 1919, wrote the following in a secret memorandum submitted to the British cabinet? “In Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country [i.e., we do not accept the principle of self-determination for the Arabs of Palestine]…The four great powers (Western allies) are committed to Zionism, and Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-old tradition, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit the land.”

      -Lord Balfour. As British Foreign Secretary he was responsible for the Balfour Declaration in 1917 which promised Zionists a national home in Palestine.
      http://www.acjna.org/acjna/articles_detail.aspx?id=558

      Winston Churchill, testifying before the [1936] Peel Commission, “the indigenous [Arab] population had no more right to Palestine than a ‘dog in a manger has the final right to the manger, even though he may have lain there for a very long time,’ and no ‘wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race…has come in and taken their place.’ The point is not so much that the British were racists but rather that they had no recourse except to racist justifications for denying the indigenous population its basic rights.” (Norman G. Finkelstein, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, UC Press, Berkeley: 2008, 9-10.)

      Churchill’s views were based in a long British tradition of racism. “In his book Exterminate All the Brutes, Sven Lindqvist shows how the ideology that led to Hitler’s war and the Holocaust was developed by the colonial powers. Imperialism required an exculpatory myth. It was supplied, primarily, by British theorists.” (As late as the 1950s, horrific British abuses—castrations with pliers, eyes gouged out, bodies set on fire—were committed against the “inferior” Kenyans.) http://www.monbiot.com/2012/10/08/the-empire-strikes-back/

  9. alexander
    July 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Dear Mr Parry,

    There is a scene in the film ” No Country for Old Men ” that reminds me, in so many ways,of the tactics Mr Netanyahu and his benefactors are using not merely to “derail “the Iran deal, but how the Iran crisis itself has been generated to derail the Israel/Palestine peace process altogether.

    In the film,Javier Bardem, plays a sociopathic assassin, hired by drug dealers to hunt down a cowboy (played by Josh Brolin) who has taken two million dollars in a satchel, he found at the scene of a drug deal gone bad.
    Bardem’s character is wounded the night before the scene occurs, in a gunfight with Brolin’s ,that allows Brolin to escape with the money.

    The scene begins with Bardem, on a nice calm sunny day, walking(actually limping from the wound to his leg) down a sidewalk of the town where the altercation had occurred the night before. He stops in front of a Pharmacy…he pulls a wad of cotton balls from the bag he is carrying and stuffs them into the gas tank of the automobile parked in front of the store….He drenches them with gasoline…Then retrieves them with a thin wire and places them over a small piece of cardboard where the gas cap is supposed to be….and lights it on fire.
    He then proceeds to enter the pharmacy, he gets about 20 feet into the store…when the automobile explodes into a ball of flame !…..Everyone in the store, including the pharmacists rush out to see what has occurred…..Bardem uses the moment of crisis as an opportunity to hop behind the counter and steal assorted medical equipment and drugs he needs to treat his wounded leg. He gets away with it.

    The exploding automobile outside the pharmacy serves as a” tactic of terror”, staged by Bardem’s character, to deflect attention away from his REAL objective…..to steal the medical supplies from the pharmacy.

    In much the same way the exploding “Iran Nuclear crisis” serves as a” tactic of terror”, staged by Mr Netanyahu, to deflect attention away from his REAL objective….to steal nearly all the Palestinian Territories and the Golan Heights !

    Mr Netanyahu shrill depictions of a Nuclear Holocaust over Israel and the emergency alarm sent out to world Jewry and us , its american compatriots, has successfully headed off the mounting pressure from the P5 +1 and the Obama administration,in its first term directive- to resolve the Israel/Palestine conflict once and for all through implementation of the two-state solution !

    By successfully convincing his american audience that Iran seeks to “Wipe Israel off the Map”and has the nuclear capacity to do so, he has very skillfully laid the ground work for the implementation of his “plan” to wipe both Palestine AND Syria off the map !

    In essence, actually doing to the other guy, what he most fears might happen, and must be prevented from happening, to him !

    The protocols for peace, required by the ENTIRE world community, are very straight forward:
    Israel MUST return the Golan Heights , in total, to Syria, and Israel must return ALL the Palestinian Territories occupied in the 67 war, to the Palestinian People…including ALL of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza strip ! In addition there must be exercised a “just resolution” to the Palestinian refugees crisis.

    Were Israel forthcoming in its desire for a “just” peace, and actively seeking to resolve the disputes surrounding the aforementioned territories with the utmost integrity ,all the shrill exhortations of “existential threats” posed by Iran , Syria , and Palestinian “terror”, might have a REAL weight to it !

    You could take them seriously!

    But given Israel’s continued expansionist desire to devour more Palestinian land, its brutal,near exterminatory, treatment of the Palestinians in Gaza, and its desire to destabilize and shatter Syria’s territorial integrity through the civil strife of ” engineered regime change” …

    The” Bluster” on Iran, has lost all its legitimacy!

    The resolution of the world community on the Iran deal, signals the underlying frustration with Israels endless machinations and its obstinacy in avoiding a just solution to its conflicts.

    The much needed peace that would ensue is way past due !

    In earnestly seeking it , once again, Israel could avoid the pitfalls of its isolation and regain its lost reputation on the world stage .

    It should !

  10. Abbybwood
    July 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I happened upon this loathsome quote attributed to Netanyahu from 2002:

    https://middleeastatemporal.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/netanyahu-once-we-squeeze-all-we-can-out-of-the-united-states-it-can-dry-up-and-blow-away/

    If this is an accurate quote, it should be spread far and wide until every single American knows it by heart.

    It should be stuck in the face of every media organization and every member of Congress.

    • Abe
      July 25, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Abbywood, the blog you have cited is an “anti-semitic” and “Holocaust denial” Hasbara case in point.

      A blatant Hasbara propaganda site setup. Beware.

      • Mark
        July 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm

        Abe,

        Are you saying the quote attributed to Netanyahu is not factual?

        Why would Zionists set up a website for propagand purposes that discuss factual realities surrounding Israel and everyone else concerned — facts that Israel would prefer no one discuss at all?

        That makes no sense at all unless they’re trying to discredit true facts by lumping them together with known falsehoods.

        Either way, unless extremely biased for any reason, anyone who is familiar with even some of Zionism’s philosophies and methods of operation can’t deny the possibility of Zionism perpetrating any elaborate deception or atrocity with the philosophy that the ends would justify any possible means…

      • Abbybwood
        July 26, 2015 at 2:25 am

        Thanks….

        Glad I mentioned that I happened on it. :)

        But I cannot help but wonder if Netanuahu did or did not make that statement in 2002??

        • Zachary Smith
          July 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm

          Almost certainly not. As Abe said, the intent is to discredit a site. For if there is verifiable nonsense present, all the “real” stuff becomes suspect as well.

          The idea is to continue the pose of “poor, innocent, little Israel” – always the victim of slander and lies.

      • Abe
        July 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm

        In May 1998, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally admitted that Pollard was an Israeli agent, and that he had been handled by high-ranking officials of the Israeli Bureau for Scientific Relations (Lekem). The Israeli government paid for the services of at least two of Pollard’s trial attorneys – Richard A. Hibey and Hamilton Philip Fox III – and continued to petition for his release.

        During campaigning leading up to the 1999 Israeli general election, Netanyahu and his challenger Ehud Barak exchanged barbs in the media over which had been more supportive of Pollard.

        In 2002 Netanyahu personally visited Pollard at FCI Butner Medium at the Butner Federal Correction Complex in North Carolina. Accompanied by Pollard’s wife, Esther, he with Pollard for just over two hours.

        A 2005 article by Wayne Madsen, “The demise of global communications
        security: The neo-cons’ unfettered access to America’s secrets”, is the source of a notorious apocryphal Netanyahu quote:

        Not only has Netanyahu visited convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in his North Carolina prison cell and advocated strenuously for his release, but he was once overheard by an ex-CIA agent as saying to a group of his supporters, “Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away.”
        http://web.archive.org/web/20101121090204/http://onlinejournal.org/Special_Reports/092105Madsen/092105madsen.html

  11. Drew Hunkins
    July 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    The bottom line is that pro-Israel zealots in America will resort to every ploy and every method of browbeating to demand that American taxpayers support a U.S. military attack and occupation against Iran, period. This is the Zionist power configuration’s ultimate goal. They have a lot (A LOT, though they’re not omnipotent) of sway in all aspects of the mainstream media.

    The pro-Israel fire breathers couldn’t care less about how many Iranians are killed in the process nor how many American soldiers come back in wheelchairs and body bags.

    The U.S. brokered nuke deal with Iran is a rare, rare defeat for the Zionist power configuration in America. I’d expect nothing less than for pro-Israel operatives and mouthpieces in the United States to pull out all the stops in sabotaging the deal.

    The Zionist power configuration – and to a lesser extent the Saudis and the military industrial complex – has mired the U.S. in virtual nonstop war and occupations across the middle east, horn of Africa and south Asia over the past dozen years. The American citizens are paying dearly with a warped militarized economy, outrageous war costs and maimed and shell-shocked young men coming back to wreak havoc on their families and communities.

    Two dynamite books on all of this are both by Dr. James Petras, the first is his “Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of U.S. Power,” and the second is his “The Power of Israel in the United States.” Both of these books are short reads. Petras is arguably the world’s finest intellectual analyzing and commenting on world affairs and domestic concerns.

    The bottom line is that pro-Israel zealots in America will resort to every ploy and every method of browbeating to demand that American taxpayers support a U.S. military attack on Iran, period. This is the Zionist power configuration’s ultimate goal.

    • Mark
      July 25, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thumbs up on all of that!!!

  12. Abe
    July 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    “We’re still relying on the same intelligence communities to give us information about Iran”
    http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/56vvo5/judith-miller-pt–2

    • Mortimer
      July 26, 2015 at 7:35 am

      When Netanyahu was asked on television whether he would lobby the US Congress over the landmark [July 2015] nuclear deal with Iran, he replied: “I feel it’s my obligation as the prime minister of Israel to speak out against something that endangers the survival of my country, the security of the region, the security of the world.”
      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/netanyahu-iran-nuclear-deal-israel-biggest-security-concern/ (19 July 2015)

      “On the eve of the nuclear ­accord, Netanyahu warned on his Twitter account that Iran ‘is more dangerous than ISIS,’ a reference to the radical Islamic State group that has captured vast swaths of Syria and Iraq. He argued that ‘the true goal of [Iran’s] aggression…is to take over the world.’”
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-blasts-iran-deal-as-dark-day-in-history/2015/07/14/feba23ae-0018-403f-82f3-3cd54e87a23b_story.html

      “Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration [at the United Nations] in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by his own secret service, [Mossad, which]…concluded that Iran was ‘not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons’.”
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/23/leaked-spy-cables-netanyahu-iran-bomb-mossad

      In 2010, Netanyahu wanted the Israeli military to prepare “for an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations…[Accordingly, he] convened the Security Cabinet, which then asked [former Mossad director Meir] Dagan, [former military chief of staff Gabi] Ashkenazi and several others for their views on military action. The generals argued against it. The cabinet duly voted the action down, infuriating Netanyahu and then-defense minister Ehud Barak. Within a year Ashkenazi, Dagan and their ally, Shin Bet director Yuval Diskin, were all out of a job.”
      http://forward.com/opinion/israel/309894/a-smackdown-in-new-york-over-the-decision-not-to-bomb-iran/# (12 June 2015)

      Jeffrey Rudolph, was awarded the prestigious Cheryl Rosa Teresa Doran Prize upon graduation from McGill University’s faculty of law; and, has taught at McGill University. He has prepared widely-distributed quizzes on Israel-Palestine, Iran, Hamas, Terrorism, Saudi Arabia, US Inequality, the US Christian Right, Hezbollah, the Israeli Ultra-Orthodox, Qatar, and China. These quizzes are available at, https://detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com/

  13. Abe
    July 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    David Albright wasn’t “conned” on Iraq http://www.wideasleepinamerica.com/2012/03/isis-s-david-albright-career-alarmist.html

    Albright, Gordon and Miller, all denials notwithstanding, were and are all in on the cons.

  14. Abe
    July 26, 2015 at 12:28 am

    “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction… They won’t get in our way. They won’t get in our way.” — Binyamin Netanyahu (2001)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnyZUfopJLY

    Believing he was speaking in private, Netanyahu revealed his contempt for the United States.

    He bragged how he halted the peace process (“I actually stopped the Oslo Accord”) when he was prime minister during the Clinton administration.

    • Abbybwood
      July 26, 2015 at 2:32 am

      So, based on all the current available information, what to do to stop this vile move toward more war, more bloodshed, more death, more destruction and more global heartache?

    • Mortimer
      July 26, 2015 at 7:45 am

      >>> He bragged how he halted the peace process (“I actually stopped the Oslo Accord”) when he was prime minister during the Clinton administration.<<< { Abe }

      The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin was the culmination of Israeli right-wing dissent over the Oslo peace process. Rabin, despite his extensive service in the Israeli military, was disparaged personally by right-wing conservatives and Likud leaders who perceived the Oslo peace process as an attempt to forfeit the occupied territories.

      National religious conservatives and Likud party leaders believed that withdrawing from any "Jewish" land was heresy. Rallies, organized partially by Likud, became increasingly extreme in tone. Likud leader (and future Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu accused Rabin's government of being "removed from Jewish tradition … and Jewish values." Netanyahu addressed protesters of the Oslo movement at rallies where posters portrayed Rabin in a Nazi SS uniform or being the target in the cross-hairs of a sniper.[1] Rabin accused Netanyahu of provoking violence, a charge which Netanyahu strenuously denied.[2]

      • Abe
        July 26, 2015 at 3:33 pm

        Rabin in the crosshairs of a gun — posters at Netanyahu anti-Oslo rally:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MTx8O_1hzU
        (watch minutes 1:25 – 2:40)

        The political and religious right, led by Bibi Netanyahu, launches a huge anti-Rabin campaign. Posters of Rabin in S.S. uniform and public statements by prominent rabbis that Rabin is a traitor and should be eliminated — basically a Jewish fatwa — pop up in newspapers, poster boards and demonstrations.

        The culmination of the anti-Rabin campaign was the Likud rally in Zion Square, Jerusalem in October 1995, less than a month before the assassination. From the speakers’ balcony Netanyahu and the Likud leadership could easily hear the masses chanting “in blood and fire we shall do away with Rabin”, “he’s a traitor!” and “death to Rabin”. Many demonstrators carry signs depicting Rabin wearing a kafiah (eluding to Arafat) and in S.S. uniform.

        Likud leaders, from the balcony, call for the ousting of the ‘Quisling’ government (after the WWII Norwegian traitor). Netanyahu claims that Rabin’s government is based on a non-Zionist majority – the five Arab MKs associated with the PLO.

        Rabin counteracts with a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, at the very square that would eventually bear his name. Minutes after the last chord of ‘Song for Peace’, which ended the rally, Rabin is shot to death by Yigal Amir, a right-wing activist and follower of a rabbi that called for Rabin’s elimination.

        In the aftermath of the assassination, the right’s mea culpa was drowned by the voices that called for understanding, bridging and healing. “Now is not the time to point fingers, we need to first dress the wounds”.

        But the time to assign blame never came. Within a few months Israel was mired in another round of fighting in Lebanon, and soon after Likud took the reins. The lessons were never learned, and the mere commemoration of Rabin became a political matter.

        — “Targets and Nazis, Rabin and Giffords” by Eyal Solomon

  15. Abe
    July 26, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    “Bibi’s brain” Ron Dermer knows all about Republican and Likud (is there really any difference?) right-wing political playbooks.

    In 1994, Dermer took a job under Frank Luntz, a pollster best known for developing Republican and pro-Israel talking points, to help design Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America.

    In 1995, Dermer helped manage Natan Sharansky’s Yisrael b’Aliyah 1996 Knesset election campaign. In 1996 Dermer moved to Israel, and in 1997, he began the process of becoming an Israeli citizen.

    Dermer worked as a political consultant for Sharansky’s 1999 campaign, and from January 2001 for nearly three years he wrote a column “The Numbers Game” for The Jerusalem Post.

    In 2004, Dermer and Sharansky co-wrote the best-selling book The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, famously endorsed by then US-President George W. Bush. At that time, Sharansky was chair of a secret committee that approved the confiscation of East Jerusalem property of West Bank Palestinians. This decision was reversed after an outcry from the Israeli left and the international community. resigned from the cabinet in April 2005 to protest plans to withdraw Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank.

    In 2005, while Benjamin Netanyahu served as Finance Minister under Ariel Sharon, Dermer was appointed economic envoy at the Israeli embassy in Washington, a post for which he had to give up his American citizenship.

    In 2008, after his return to Israel, Dermer became adviser to Netanyahu, who became Israel’s prime minister in April 2009.

    Dermer is considered Netanyahu’s closest adviser and strategic consultant. According to The Jerusalem Post, he “runs much of the interference with the White House, and is intimately involved in the diplomatic process with the Palestinians, [… and] writes many of Netanyahu’s speeches”.

    Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon reported on December 28, 2012 that Dermer’s name was being floated as a potential replacement for Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on the report and the Embassy of Israel in Washington spokesman called the report “baseless.”

    In March 2013, Dermer left the Prime Minister’s Office after four years as Netanyahu’s senior adviser.

    On July 9, 2013 the Prime Minister’s office announced that Dermer would replace Oren as Israel’s ambassador to the United States. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, Oren, who wanted to keep his job, was removed because Dermer wanted the envoy post.

    According to Ari Shavit, a Senior Correspondent at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Dermer is one of the few people Prime Minister Netanyahu trusts enough for the job, and Dermer’s understanding of the American political system gives Netanyahu a way to navigate through Washington.

    According to Barak Ravid at Haaretz, Dermer is suspected by key White House aides Denis McDonough and Ben Rhodes of lobbying members of Congress against President Barack Obama’s positions.

    In January 2015 the Israeli Civil Service Commission censured Dermer for taking part in political campaigning for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in violation of Civil Service rules.

    The U. S. Administration took the unusual step of sharply criticizing the ambassador, after he played a key role in having Benjamin Netanyahu invited, without White House knowledge, to address Congress on Iran, in what the Administration regards as a breach of protocol. A spokesman said that the ambassador repeatedly put Netanyahu’s political interests before those of the relationship between Israel and the United States.

    • Mortimer
      July 26, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Abe, What/Who was the catalyst that caused a complete reversal of the below behavioral pattern and when did the change occur? – Do you know?

      George Bush, James Baker, And The Jews

      By: Saul Jay Singer
      Published: October 31st, 2014
      Latest update: March 12th, 2015
      http://www.jewishpress.com

      Secretary of State James A. Baker is surely one of the most reviled public figures both in Israel and among American Jews. In 1991 he became the first American official to negotiate directly and officially with Palestinians and the first senior U.S. official to leverage American aid to Israel in an attempt to halt Israeli settlements. He played a leading role in forcing Israel to attend the Madrid Peace Conference (October 1991), which ultimately failed to yield results, and he sought to launch a second Mideast peace initiative, the “Madrid 2 Conference,” while excluding Israel from participating.

      He demanded that Israel negotiate with a Palestinian delegation consisting of Palestinians deported from East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and he publicly supported the Palestinian “right of return,” which would effectively end the Jewish state. Throughout his tenure, he did whatever possible to create distance between the Bush administration and Israel when it came to the Palestinians and the Israeli “occupation” of the territories.

      While testifying before the House in June 1990, a frustrated Baker, complaining about the “hawkishness” of Israel’s new government, sent a public message to Prime Minister Shamir: “Here’s the White House phone number; when you’re serious about peace, give us a call.” He referred to pro-Israel supporters in Congress as “the little Knesset.”

      But undoubtedly the greatest manifestation of his antipathy was his infamous declaration: “[Expletive] the Jews. They don’t vote for us (GOP) anyway.” This story was reported in the New York Post by Marianne Goldstein and several of her colleagues under the headline “Baker’s 4-Letter Slam at U.S. Jews.” (It’s interesting to note that, notwithstanding the overt animosity implicit in Baker’s profanity, his allegation regarding Jewish voting was essentially correct: running against Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential lection, Bush had won only 27 percent of the Jewish vote; thanks in part to Baker, that number shrank four years later to only 15 percent against Bill Clinton.)

      About the Author: Saul Jay Singer, a nationally recognized legal ethicist, serves as senior legal ethics counsel with the District of Columbia Bar. He is a collector of extraordinary original Judaica documents and letters, and his column appears in The Jewish Press every other week. Mr. Singer welcomes comments at saul.singer@verizon.net.

  16. Abe
    July 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Likud propagandist Caroline Glick, a US-born Israeli and deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, came screaming to New York to “kill the deal” with “IRAAAAAN!” so they don’t “kill every single Jew on the face of the planet”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCrO2SPsYjI

    Back in January, Glick was on Netanyahu’s short list for a Likud Knesset seat. Apparently sober heads prevailed, understanding that such an appointment would have made it awkward for Glick to instruct US lawmakers.

    Glick is the Senior Fellow for Middle East Affairs of the Center for Security Policy, Washington, DC-based run by the delusional Frank Gaffney. Gaffney held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration, serving under Richard Perle. In April 1987, Gaffney was nominated to the position of US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. He served as the acting Assistant Secretary for seven months, though his confirmation was ultimately blocked by the United States Senate.

  17. Mortimer
    July 27, 2015 at 4:40 am

    I totally fail to understand why the equally delusional John Bolton continues to get media space to spew his delirium. — This excerpt from Sunday’s LA Times 0p-ed:

    The consequences of a bad deal with Iran

    By JOHN BOLTON

    If diplomacy and sanctions have failed to stop Iran, diplomacy alone will fail worse. Like it or not, we now face this unpleasant reality: Iran probably will violate the deal; it may not be detected doing so and if detected, it will not be deterred by “snapback” sanctions. So we return to the hard question: Are we prepared to do what will be necessary to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons?

    Obama most certainly is not, which means the spotlight today is on Israel.

    If Israel strikes, there will be no general Middle East war, despite fears to the contrary. We know this because no general war broke out when Israel attacked Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in 1981, or when it attacked the North Korean-built Syrian reactor in 2007. Neither Saudi Arabia nor other oil-producing monarchies wanted those regimes to have nuclear weapons, and they certainly do not want Iran to have them today.

    However, Iran may well retaliate. At that point, Washington must be ready to immediately resupply Israel for losses incurred by its armed forces in the initial attack, so that Israel will still be able to effectively counter Tehran’s proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, which will be its vehicles for retaliation. The United States must also provide muscular political support, explaining that Israel legitimately exercised its inherent right of self-defense. Whatever Obama’s view, public and congressional support for Israel will be overwhelming.

    American weakness has brought us to this difficult moment. While we obsessed about its economic discomfort, Iran wore its duress with pride. It was never an even match. We now have to rely on a tiny ally to do the job for us. But unless we are ready to accept a nuclear Iran (and, in relatively short order, several other nuclear Middle Eastern states), get ready. The easy ways out disappeared long ago.

    John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

    • Aman
      July 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      You stated; “I totally fail to understand why the equally delusional John Bolton continues to get media space to spew his delirium.”

      The answer is because mass media networks are 90% owned and 100% subservient to Israel’s political agenda, basically being propaganda agents.

      Search = Israel control of US media

      • Mortimer
        July 27, 2015 at 10:40 pm

        My statement is rhetorical.
        Bolton is the grandest of fools,
        his mind usurped by visions
        of gallant conquest, w/nobility
        the inner circle of
        the fools on the hill
        in total belief of The Cause
        only to find, as did
        Liddy & Colson ,et al,
        at last, that he’s merely
        A Pawn in the cast
        described by Kissinger
        as utilitarian tools
        in the manipulative game
        of World (controlling) Diplomacy.

  18. Anonymous
    July 27, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Remember, Bolton was the Pawn
    when the most immoral year (2000)
    in the history of Usurpations
    was the Missionary sent to
    gather a crowd of zealots
    who collectively banged on doors
    vociferously demanding to
    STOP THE COUNT!!!
    STOP THE COUNT!!!
    which action paved the way
    for the whole damned GWOT
    which was Planned from day 1
    by the disbanded collective
    of PNAC plotters and disciples
    of Superpower doctrines of
    World Domination achieved
    by Military Superiority –
    Bolton is the mindless dupe
    believing in the Power
    of Threat and Intimidation
    which he fully exercised
    in his stint of US ambassador
    to the United Nations
    where he played a total fool
    as does he in the Loud Clanging
    truculent Op-Ed’s we’re forced
    to Skim with revulsion when
    they appear as Foul Blasts
    from a Follower of Evil,
    another Fool on the Hill…

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