The Obama Administration on the Defensive on Israel; Republicans to the Rescue
(The Occidental Observer) -- by Kevin MacDonald --
The ADL must feel like they are playing Whac-A-Mole these days. Every time they look around, there’s another “anti-Semite” or, what amounts to the same thing from their point of view, a critic of Israel to whack over the head. Just recently three Obama administration officials got off the reservation on Israel, leading to a JTA article headlined “Remarks on Israel by three U.S. officials spark furor. First up was US ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, a major (Jewish) Obama fundraiser, who
caused an uproar when he suggested on Dec. 1 that hostility among European Arabs and Muslims toward Jews was rooted in anger over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and should be distinguished from traditional forms of anti-Semitism.You see, in the Never-Never land of the ADL, Muslim hostility toward Jews has nothing to do with actual Jewish behavior toward Muslims in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. It’s a corollary of the general Jewish stance that anti-Semitism never has anything to do with the behavior of Jews but only with various psychopathologies and delusions of non-Jews. Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney called on the Obama administration to dismiss Gutman for these remarks, and the ADL was predictably outraged.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also got in trouble for his his remarks at the Saban Center (attended by none other than uber-Zionist Haim Saban himself). Panetta placed the blame for lack of progress in negotiations squarely on Israel: “Just get to the damn [negotiating] table. Just get to the table” This was followed by applause from the gathering, suggesting that just beneath the veneer of solid support for Israel, there is quite a bit of frustration. Although not much remarked on, Panetta’s speech also was very tough on Iran, but one had the feeling that he was tossing a bone to the Israel Lobby that desperately wants war. His remarks fell well short of a call for war...
Not what the neocons want to hear. Needless to say, Republican presidential candidates criticized Panetta in an attempt to court Jewish media influence and money. (It’s not about Jewish votes—Jews are not a significant percentage of voters, and the vast majority will vote for Obama anyway.) Gingrich criticized Panetta for pressuring Israel and said that on the first day of his administration the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem. Most significantly, he vowed to appoint nutcase neocon John Bolton as Secretary of State—a move that would certainly make a US war with Iran quite probable. (Such promises also put a great deal of pressure on the Obama administration to match the war fever coming from the Republicans.) Bolton was not confirmed by the Senate for his position as UN Ambassador because of his is super-hawkish views.
Bank on this: If the Israel Lobby doesn’t get its war by pressuring the Obama Administration, it will certainly get it from the Gingrich administration. As Gingrich said, “The only rational long-term policy is regime replacement.”
Gingrich has already received over $7,000,000 from Sheldon Adelson, a strong supporter of Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud, as of 2010. This doesn’t include a recent donation of an undisclosed amount, but we can be sure it’s very generous because Newt is definitely saying all the right things to please the neocons and Likudniks...MORE...LINK