Netanyahu on course to destroy US-Israeli relations!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
Ever since Israel was forced on Mideast in Palestine territories, years of US-Israeli bilateral relations tilted favoring and protecting the Zionist regime in Mideast by using the US veto to shield Israeli military from any possible punishment. So much so, Israeli leaders, accustomed to being pampered by American rulers, expect Washington to formulate policies that serve the Israeli causes. American Jews, the powerful financial lobby, now dictate their terms to both Republican and Democratic parties. In fact these rich Jews decide even the foreign policy matters of USA.
Israel and its US lobbyists have been coercing the White House to attack Iran over its controversial nuclear ambitions. However, President Obama wants to make Iran a friend and is trying to solve the nuke issue amicably and that has annoyed Israel since it is the only nuclear power in West Asia and does not want Iran to challenge Israel with its own nukes.
The hawkish Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, now focused on getting reelected as PM for his third term wants to address the US Congress and use Americans and US Congress to influence Israeli voters to choose him to as PM for a third term without approval of the White house or US president. The speech, scheduled for March 3, was arranged by Boehner and the Israeli ambassador without consulting the White House — a move that Obama’s team has called a breach of protocol. The president has said he will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to avoid any appearance that he is trying to influence the Israeli elections that are scheduled for mid-March.
Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, sharply criticized Israeli PM Netanyahu over his plans to address a joint meeting of Congress next week, saying his actions had hurt his nation’s relationship with the United States. Netanyahu’s decision to travel to Washington to deliver the speech two weeks before the Israeli elections has “injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” Ms. Rice said in an interview on the PBS television program “Charlie Rose.”
Ms. Rice demurred when asked whether she believed Netanyahu was making the speech to gain political favor, saying she is not going to ascribe motives to the Israeli prime minister “The point is, we want the relationship between the United States and Israel to be unquestionably strong, immutable, regardless of political seasons in either country, regardless of which party may be in charge in either country.
US President Obama has refused to meet Netanyahu if he comes to address the Congress. Her comments marked the strongest public rebuke to date by the Obama administration since Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Speaker John A. Boehner to make his case to Congress against a nuclear deal with Iran, which is a priority of Obama’s. It is also the frankest acknowledgment yet by a top American official of the degree to which the controversy has damaged US-Israeli relations.
The fact remains that Netanyahu visit is not only a “breach of protocol,” but it could be construed as unconstitutional. In the Constitution, the president’s powers of authority include the right to invite foreign dignitaries and Congress’s do not. If the president or the Democrats wanted to make a federal case over this, they could. Of course they won’t, since Congress has been infringing on the authority of this president since he was elected and Congress has suffered no adverse consequences as a result. Netanyahu said that he was making the trip to Washington because it was his obligation to “do everything I can to prevent” a nuclear agreement with Iran. “Therefore, I will go to Washington to address the American Congress, because the American Congress is likely to be the final brake before the agreement between the major powers and Iran,” he said as he toured a military base in southern Israel.
The episode is a low point in the tense relationship between Obama and Netanyahu and has touched off weeks of mostly anonymous sniping and finger-pointing. This is a bald faced attempt by Republicans to manipulate Jewish voters, who normally would not vote for a party whose major candidates can’t even say in public that evolution and science are key elements of a modern society, to vote Republican. It doesn’t matter whether we agree with Israeli politics or the American support of Israel. We have elevated reckless partisanship to open rifts in foreign policy to garner votes. What a mistake. The US will pay for this since it makes Americans look weak and divided.
Top administration officials have hinted more openly of their displeasure in recent days at the way Israel has been misbehaving with USA which stood by Israeli and its crimes against humanity. The White House said that Obama agreed with Ms. Rice’s assessment, saying he had raised the same concerns several times. Her comments, said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, are “entirely consistent with what the president has already said.” “Allowing this relationship to be subjected to party politics does weaken the relationship,” Spokesperson Earnest said.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who as president of the Senate would be expected to attend, has said he will be traveling abroad. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he would be in Switzerland negotiating with the Iranians. The White House has also not committed to sending a representative next week to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference, where Netanyahu is also scheduled to appear.
Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said.“We offered the prime minister an opportunity to balance the politically divisive invitation from Speaker Boehner with a private meeting with Democrats who are committed to keeping the bipartisan support of Israel strong… but his refusal to meet is disappointing to those of us who have stood by Israel for decades.”
It is commonly believed that Israel has at least 80 deliverable nuclear weapons, and may have twice that number. Given Bebe’s attitude toward Iran, it seems quite rational that the Iranians would want some deterrence capability. But many Americans still think Israeli nukes obtained illegally are harmless and pose no threat to Arab and humanity, but they argue only the Iranians “do represent a major threat to the entire world”, but this is not the way Israel to do things directly questioning US wisdom and Netanyahu knows it.
It appears even core US media are controlled by US Jews who wants Obama to respect Israel and Netanyahu and promote the Zionist interests in Mideast as usual as a key American policy. They expect Israel to engineer an invitation from the Knesset for President Obama to address it to praise Israel and US-Israeli ties.
Netanyahu badly wants the USA to attack Iran and utterly destroy their military capability, just like Americans did with Iraq. That would cost trillions of dollars, thousands of US soldiers’ lives, and hundreds of thousands of Iranian lives. But Israel would be safe and emerge stronger in Mideast.
President Obama opposes the Israeli tactics to use Americans for domestic purposes of Israel. Obama has given Israel everything by way of armaments and UN votes. Netanyahu is the leader of Israel, not the US. If he feels it necessary to insult President Obama to promote Israel’s interests, so be it. A new president will be in office in less than two years, and this incident will have blown over. Iran will be a threat to Israel for a lot longer. Iran is a far more useful ally to USA than Israel, and Americans should act accordingly.
The President Obama’s efforts to resist the enormous pressure from the Israeli lobby are to be congratulated. USA must approach the negotiations with Iran in a manner that advances the interests of the USA, not those of Israel. And President Obama is doing precisely that to the dismay of Netanyahu and his fellow fanatic zealots who promote and support Zionist crimes against humanity.
The idea that Obama will not meet with Netanyahu out of concern for influencing the upcoming election is remarkable. As far as even the vast majority of Israelis are concerned, Netanyahu has become the problem, not the solution. He has caused terrible damage to Israel, financially and politically, and has become a huge embarrassment. Americans are keeping Netanyahu in power. It is only the cumbersome election system which only he as PM has the power to change.
The Iranian leadership has become more moderate with time. It is likely to continue to do so once its economy is reintegrated with that of the world. And the Iranians will be agreeable to far more nuclear inspection than exists in the State of Israel. Israel denies having nukes and does not allow any inspection by IAEA.
If Netanyahu goes ahead with his speech, he will have done more harm to his country than USA or Iran. Netanyahu and every single Israeli and Jewish lobbyist in Washington know it.
Already the US-Israeli relations have somewhat ruptured.