The first hint of the extent to which this administration will go to appease its wealthy Zionist backers came in a March trip by President Obama to Israel. Upon arrival, Obama immediately adopted the (false) Zionist narrative that today's Jews are bloodline descendants of biblical patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah from the Old Testament, a narrative that has been used to legitimize Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the Levant for decades.
Proclaimed Obama upon touchdown in Israel:
More than 3,000 years ago, the Jewish people lived here, tended the land here, prayed to God here. And after centuries of exile and persecution, unparalleled in the history of man, the founding of the Jewish State of Israel was a rebirth, a redemption unlike any in history.
Today, the sons of Abraham and the daughters of Sarah are fulfilling the dream of the ages -- to be “masters of their own fate” in “their own sovereign state.” And just as we have for these past 65 years, the United States is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally and your greatest friend.Yet contrary to Obama's claims, the latest DNA studies show that nearly all Ashkenazim Jews are descendants of medieval, Black and Caspian Sea-region Khazhar converts to Judaism, not descendants of the Eretz Yisrael Jews of the Bible. And given that some 80% of all Jews are Ashkenazim, this means the number of Jews who are "sons of Abraham and the daughters of Sarah" is minuscule, and at this point totally unidentifiable.
By proclaiming the mythical Jewish bloodline rationale for Israel's land claims, Obama officially adopted a key plank of the Zionist platform that has been exploited to justify the Jewish state's rampaging ethnic cleansing, land theft, and expansive sense of land entitlement for years, and that has thrown a monkey wrench in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations time and again.
As David Bromwich noted following Obama's speech:
Broadly speaking, Obama in Jerusalem revived his appeal for negotiation while paying the deepest respect to the blood-and-soil ideology of the right-wing Israeli government that makes negotiation impossible.Adds M.J. Rosenberg:
But more than that it did significant damage to America’s ability to play the role of honest broker between Israelis and Palestinians if negotiations ever begin. Obama made clear which side he is on, going so far as to embrace the whole Biblical Jewish claim to Eretz Yisrael. How could Palestinians ever trust him? The umpire is not supposed to wear the uniform of either team.
Obama must know all this but he obviously thinks that Palestinians have no choice but to go along with anything he proposes. After all, they have nothing. He seems not to understand that because of that fact, they have, as the song goes, nothing left to lose. A Third Intifada or massive non-violent resistance could turn Israel upside down and Palestinians know it. Obama apparently doesn’t; he thinks, as Netanyahu clearly does, that the hungry are always grateful for crumbs.Fast forward to a speech given by Vice President Joe Biden at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception hosted by the Democratic National Committee. Here, as reported by Jennifer Epstein for Politico, Biden said Jewish influence in the U.S. is "immense...immense."
“I believe what affects the movements in America, what affects our attitudes in America are as much the culture and the arts as anything else,” he said. That’s why he spoke out on gay marriage “apparently a little ahead of time.”As Philp Weiss pointed out in an analysis of the Biden speech:
“It wasn’t anything we legislatively did. It was ‘Will and Grace,’ it was the social media. Literally. That’s what changed peoples’ attitudes. That’s why I was so certain that the vast majority of people would embrace and rapidly embrace” gay marriage, Biden said.
“Think behind of all that, I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry. The influence is immense, the influence is immense. And, I might add, it is all to the good,” he said...
“So I think you, as usual, underestimate the impact of Jewish heritage. I really mean that. I think you vastly underestimate the impact you’ve had on the development of this nation. We owe you, we owe generations who came before you," he said.
And Biden has opened a door, even with his use of the prepositional phrase "behind all that." Behind is about quiet influence. And if we're so influential, doesn't that give people the right to discuss that influence-- say in the instance of the lobby, the Jewish marriage to Zionism and the effect of that collision on US policy in the Middle East? Of course.Later that month, in a column that documented the huge Jewish social and monetary influence behind Obama, Weiss noted that Obama called three Jewish leaders his "cabal."
Well, last night at a fundraiser at the Chicago home of Bettylu Saltzman, a longtime Israel supporter, Obama used the word "cabal" to describe his early supporters-- and the three names he mentioned are all on the board of J Street. White House transcript:All of this comports with previous research into outsized Zionist influence behind the Obama presidency done by Jeff Gates, who also points out that key neocon figures in the G.W. Bush administration like Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith who were behind the Iraq war (which evidence suggests was fought largely for Israeli interests) form a crucial component of what has charitably been labeled the "Israel lobby," but which in truth operates more like an Israel-first fifth column:
I don't know if Bettylu actually told me that she thought I could be President. (Laughter.) But what I do know is this -- that when I had just gotten out of law school and was still finding my way, and I had come back here and I was assigned to work to register voters with Project Vote, Bettylu even then was at the forefront of a nonpartisan effort to get people registered and voting, back in 1992. And right away Bettylu treated me like a son, and with the warmth and concern, and she was somebody who introduced me to so many of the people in this room, and introduced me to so many people here in Chicago. And so when I look around the room and I see folks like Joan Harris and Judy Gaynor and people who have been supporters of mine from the get-go, I can all trace that back to Bettylu. We've got kind of a Obama cabal here in this room.He seems to be referring to three members of the J Street Advisory Council: Joan Harris, chairwoman of the Irving B. Harris Foundation; Judy Gaynor, Founding co-chair, Human Rights Watch Chicago, and Saltzman. Saltzman has been a leading liberal Zionist. She is associated with Peace Now and is formerly an executive of the New Israel Fund. Her father, Philip Klutznick, was rich as all get out and a former Commerce Secretary.
The CBS News report on the Saltzman fundraiser says it was expensive:
But the big bucks awaited Obama and his party at the home of Bettylu Saltzman, whose support for Obama started decades earlier when he was first entering politics in Illinois. Tickets to dinner at Saltzman's home started at $10,000 and topped out at $32,400 — the legal maximum.There were many Jewish officials there, including Steve Israel, Jan Schakowsky, and Sandy Levin.
"I can honestly say I probably would not be president today without Bettylu Saltzman," Obama said. "Love that woman."
Many of Obama's early supporters were Jewish. Rashid Khalidi mentions Bettylu Saltzman as an Obama "mentor" in his book, Brokers of Deceit, and notes that Saltzman's father was a "leading figure in the American Jewish community," and a big supporter of Israel. Khalidi notes that as Obama went further into electoral politics, he took on financial backers Lester Crown, Alan Solow and Pritzker family members, all of whom "were major financial backers of Israel."
In "Barack Obama: The first Jewish president," The Chicago Tribune spoke of the importance of Jews to launching Obama:
Obama's circle of Jewish patrons and advisers widened further in 1992 when he became involved in a voter registration drive that brought him into contact with Bettylu Saltzman, a liberal activist (and daughter of the late Philip Klutznick, a former commerce secretary and shopping mall developer). Saltzman says she knew from the moment she met Obama that he would someday be president. She introduced him to David Axelrod, who saw something similar.
Axelrod designed the strategy in which Obama first won the backing of white liberals and then reached out to blacks. Jews made up a significant number of the first constituency.
"As Jews got to know him, they recognized a kindred spirit, not someone who came down from Mars," Mikva said.
'Rabbi Arnold Wolf, of KAM Isaiah Israel synagogue across the street from Obama's Chicago home, was another early backer. Like Mikva, he sees what he called Obama's "Jewish side."
Be not deceived by Barack Hussein Obama’s middle name or by the fact that he spent several childhood years in Indonesia. His political career is a product of a Westside Chicago Ashkenazi network with roots that trace directly back to organized crime of the 1920s.So clearly, while this wealthy, Israel-first fifth column operates principally out of the cesspool of corruption and increasing police-state "Progressivism" that is American left-liberalism at the national level, it straddles the neocon right as well...all of which raises a crucial question: Who is representing the interests of the American people, particularly when those interests come into conflict with Diaspora Zionism and the multitude of poisonous and warlike items on both its domestic and foreign policy agenda?
Top fundraiser Penny Pritzker traces her family lineage to grandfather Abe and great-grandfather Nicholas who served as lawyers for organized crime. She declined a nomination as Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Cabinet, a post typically offered top fundraisers. Her confirmation hearings could have proved a political embarrassment by reminding us of the suspect origins of “our” latest president.
Clinton White House counsel Abner Mikva aptly described this high-profile product of the Chicago Outfit as “the first Jewish president.” Plus his Vice President, only a heartbeat from the reins of power, is the reliably obsequious Joe “I am a Zionist” Biden.
For his Secretary of State, Obama appointed a presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, whose political career traces to the same source. After serving as First Lady in the presidency of Arkansas native Bill Clinton, she fled to New York to run for the U.S. Senate knowing she could not win an election—any election—in Arkansas where she is widely reviled.
By staking out extreme pro-Israeli positions, she joined New York Senator Charles Schumer as, in practical effect, the second Jewish Senator from a key electoral state long dominated by this trans-generational criminal syndicate.
The chiefs of staff for Barack and Michele Obama are both Ashkenazim from Chicago, long a center of foreign espionage. That fact was recently reconfirmed by Federal Bureau of Investigation translator Sibel Edmonds when, from FBI wiretaps, she documented the close working relationship between the Israel Lobby and U.S. officials with power over policy making in the Middle East, including Richard Perle, Wolfowitz understudy Douglas Feith and key members of Congress.