The Neocons Have Finally Snapped
Under Obama, strategic military co-operation between Israel and the US has reached an all-time high, says the author.
(Al Jazeera) -- by MJ Rosenberg --
Washington, DC - Any doubt we might have that the Israeli right has lost its mind should be eliminated by the latest column from one of its most prominent media figures, Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post.
Glick, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, has flipped out over some remarks (which we'll get to later) made last week by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta, and Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman. And here is how she explains those remarks.
Her first explanation is that "the Obama administration is an ideological echo chamber in which only certain positions are permitted".
"Restrained by ideological thought police that outlaw critical thought about the dominant forces in the Islamic world today, US officials have little choice but to place all the blame for everything that goes wrong on the one society they are free to criticise - Israel."
That, in itself, borders on hilarious.
Anyone who pays even a modicum of attention to the Middle East knows that rather than "place all the blame for everything" on Israel, the Obama administration blames Israel for nothing while providing more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country, supporting it on every issue at the United Nations - often against the US' own interests - and never, ever attaching any conditions to our aid or support (as we do with every other country in the world).
The only thing President Obama has asked of Israel during his entire term is for a three-month settlement freeze, to which Israel said no. (Prime Minister Netanyahu himself says Obama has earned a "badge of honour" for his uncritical support for Israel.)
It is Glick's second explanation of the Obama administration's attitude toward Israel that demonstrates the mindset of those whose ardor for maintaining the occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza trumps the security of Israel. Get ready.
"The second possible explanation for the administration's treatment of Israel is that it is permeated by anti-Semitism. The outsized responsibility and culpability placed on Israel by the likes of Obama, Clinton, Panetta and Gutman is certainly of a piece with classical anti-Semitic behavior."
They are anti-Semites! Who would have thought?
Not only are Obama, Panetta and Clinton anti-Semites, but they are, she writes, from the "classical" school (by which she means, I guess, that their antipathy toward Jews comes from reading The Merchant of Venice and Oliver Twist).
I'll leave Gutman out for now because he is Jewish, which means that he cannot be a "classical" anti-Semite...MORE...LINK
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