Friday, 16 January 2009

Overplaying your hand - it's dangerous

A few months back, in a post entitled Tails wagging dogs’ I showed how the American dog was wagged by the Israeli tail, which was in turn wagged by the religious/settler movement in Israel. Shocking new evidence of the scale of this subservience emerges in a report from the Jerusalem Post - supporters of the Israeli right-wing parties. The report relates to the UN ceasefire resolution partially drawn up by Condi Rice.

"Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution - viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns - Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia. "I said 'get President Bush on the phone.'

They tried and told me he was in the middle of a lecture in Philadelphia. I said 'I'm not interested, I need to speak to him now.' He got down from the podium, went out and took the phone call." America could not [Note the 'could not'] vote in favor of such a resolution, Olmert told Bush. Rice was forced by Bush to change her mind and abstained when votes were counted.

This is the same Bush who, when told that America was under attack on 9/11, took nearly ten minutes to respond. Obviously Israel’s needs are more important than America’s. There’s no greater example in the world of one country being totally subservient to another.

Oh wait! Britain’s subservience to the US would probably qualify.

Don't know about you, but I find this situation creepy. And as I said in an even earlier post, (The threat to American Jews) Jews in America could invite European-style anti-Semitism by overplaying their hands, especially in the light of their roles in the Iraq fiasco and the financial melt-down.


Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY AGREE but guess what? jews in the US aren't getting that Israel is an albatross for them and that people are turning against the jews for their self absorbed support of Israel.
Its also being put out there that if you dont back israel you are an anti semitic .
I dont think Jews realize that Israel is thier holy land and that the rest of the world is excluded from Israel, yet we are supposed to support it unconditionally or risk being called anti-Semitic.
this creates anti-semitism . the sympathy that helped create Israel is ancient history.

Anonymous said...

Naughty, naughty, someone's been reading - Just kidding, DD's a good man.

Anonymous said...

I dont agree with anonymous 22.39. Support for Israel among American Jews is similar to that among non-Jews.

Rod. K.

Anonymous said...

how do you know that non-jews and jews in american have the same level of support or non support for israel?
I really doubt it because its part of the jewish tribal loyalty in the US to be for israel.
I havent found a single jewish writer who says openly that Israel should be less violent.
if you know of a blog then post it here.
many American jews are happy to watch Israel kick ass and kill the Palestinians.
its part of the whole thing of the Christians were shits to us for a thousand years now its our turn to murder etc.
a victims revenge.

SAVANT said...

anonymous 2.26 - how do I know? Well, thats a good question. I suppose I've picked it up through varoious sources and by osmosis over many years. But maybe you're right....

togo said...

Looks like support for Israel among non-Jewish Americans may not be as great as is commonly thought:
Percent who really like Israel
Jews 90.4
All Americans 34.0

OTOH, I think there are quite a few Jewish critics of the Gaza operation; a couple are:

Anonymous said...

Naomi Klein has called for an apartheid style boycott of israel ! looks like some people are not afraid to stick their heads above the parapet ! i for one say screw israel ! free Palestine !!! and give us back our money !