"Israel leveling sanctions against the United States"–It sounds like a skit on Saturday Night Live or some theme in a science fiction story that defies all known norms of reality.
Nevertheless, that is exactly what has been proposed recently by at least one well-known minister of Knesset, Yossi Peled of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.
Similar in appearance to some KGB-produced indictment that in darker times would have been used in charging, convicting and then executing an individual classified as an enemy of the state, the 11-page letter written and then personally given to Netanyahu by his colleague asserts that the new America governed by President Obama has now become "hostile" to the Jewish state. By insisting Israel abide by the same international law that other countries are invaded and then destroyed for flouting, Peled maintains that a "turning point" has arrived in America's approach to the region and especially "to Israel" and that "the new diplomatic slant" being used to "pacify the Muslim world" and the adoption of a more balanced approach to Israel" constitutes a clear and present danger to the Jewish state that must be met with action.
If the mere suggestion of Israel biting the hand that feeds her is surreal in and of itself, the actual mechanics he suggests in bringing it about is downright Stephen Spielbergian in its madness. Included among Peled's recommendations is that the Jewish state should go shopping for a new supplier of military goods, the sale of "sensitive" equipment that Washington opposes distributing internationally, and allowing other "competing" countries to "get involved with the peace process" and be given "a foothold for their military forces and intelligence agencies".
In plainer language, what Peled is threatening is that the $20 million a day Israel receives from the US (used primarily for the purchase of US military hardware with which to better shoot, blow to pieces and incinerate Palestinian women and children) should be spent elsewhere. Given the fact it is primarily the supplying of these weapons to Israel (which she then uses to murder Arabs en mass) that is the primary cause of hatred towards the US in the region, this would obviously be a good thing. Furthermore, since the $20,000,000 a day Israel gets from Uncle Sam (which is then used to buy American weapons) would no longer be used for that purpose, perhaps the money would be better spent rebuilding an American economy on life support rather than it being given to a warfare/welfare state that gets its Old Testament kicks by killing innocent people.
As far as the sale of "sensitive" equipment to other countries, that is already a continuing fait accompli. The Jewish state has been caught red-handed on so many occasions selling sensitive American technology to countries such as China that for Peled to even suggest such a threat shows how mad he and those steering the ship of state in Israel have become. In terms of copyrights and patents held by US companies, the Jewish states is considered numero uno when it comes to violations. Lest it be forgotten, it was Israel who sold to (what was then) the Soviet Union the most highly-classified secrets in America's treasure chest in return for increased immigration quotas of Russian Jews to Israel and all thanks to Jonathon Pollard, considered a hero in Israel and whose release from prison the current Prime Minister is trying to secure.
As far as his suggestion that other "competing" countries be permitted to "get involved with the peace process" and be given "a foothold for their military forces and intelligence agencies", this can only mean one country–Russia. Given the fact that Israel's current foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman hails from Russia and just recently completed a diplomatic trip there that he said was designed to form a "new alliance" between the Jewish state and Russia, Israel may be thinking that the best way to keep the Russians in Israel's camp rather than in the camp of her adversaries is to bring them on board just as she did with the US.
The most galling of all his recommendations however was as follows–
"intervening in American congressional races to weaken Obama and asking American Jewish donors not to contribute to Democratic congressional candidates" in the interests of "Democratic candidates pressuring Obama to become more pro-Israel".
In other words, the very same Jewish influence over American politics, that same "canard" meticulously described in Profs. Walt and Mearsheimer's "The Israel Lobby" that resulted in a hurricane of howling, wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Jewish community in the US would be brought to bear in using its non-existent influence over the mechanics and machinations of the US political system in order to achieve a foreign policy atmosphere more to the Jewish state's liking. Of course, all the usual non-existent suspects would be used in marshalling this non-existent influence the MK is proposing, including AIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, ADL, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (and others) and then, after they had achieved their goal of "pressuring Obama to become more pro-Israel" as Peled himself had proposed and had sufficiently gloated over their success amidst expensive champagne, caviar and Hamantaschen would then make sure to hunt down and harass anyone daring to repeat what they themselves had said in claiming credit for the foreign policy switch-a-roo.
The fact that such a proposal would be made in the Jewish state and then allowed to be made public speaks volumes about the truly parasitic nature of the American/Israeli "friendship". Israel truly is like that strange potted-plant in the movie "Little Shop of Horrors' that–feeding solely on human blood and growing exponentially as a result–never gets her fill and is never sated.
Let all hope that wiser people in Washington DC come to realize this fact and therefore refrain from feeding the beast any further lest all life–political, economic, cultural or biological–come to what will otherwise be an inevitable fate of sorts.
(c) 2009 Mark Glenn
Correspondent, American Free Press Newspaper