Friend or Puppet-Master.

by David Samuels

…The billions of dollars in American military credits that Israel enjoys (and about which it is continuously reminded by both ‘friends’ and enemies) - a vast corporate welfare program that benefits Pentagon defence contractors as much as it benefits Israel's military. (In addition it provides constant flow of cash from oil-rich customers and other players in the Middle East to the bank accounts of American military industry. After all, ‘the balance of power’ is so important for the United States!)

…Israel's rise to becoming a regional superpower was accomplished without any significant help from the United States. Israel's surreptitious program to build nuclear weapons was (allegedly) accomplished with the aid of the British and the French, who joined with Israel (actually solicited Israel) to seize the Suez Canal from Egypt's rabble-rousing President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and who were then forced to give it back by Dwight D. Eisenhower (including the Sinai). The Israeli air force pilots who destroyed the Egyptian, Syrian, and Jordanian air forces on the ground flew French-made Mystère jets - not American-made F-4 Phantoms. The U.S. Congress did not appropriate a single penny to help Israel accommodate an overwhelming influx of Holocaust survivors and poor Jewish refugees from Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, and other Arab countries until 1973 - 25 years after the founding of the state. (over 850,000 Jews fled Muslim countries!)

(later) Israel traded its freedom to engage in high-risk, high-payoff exploits like the Suez Canal adventure or the Six Day War for the comfort of a military and diplomatic guarantee from the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world. As a regional American client, Israel would draw on the military and diplomatic power of its distant patron in exchange for allowing America to use its control over Israel as leverage with neighboring Arab states. With each American-brokered peace treaty - from Camp David to the Madrid Conference to Oslo and Annapolis - the United States has been able to hold up its leverage over Israel as both a carrot and a stick to the Arab world. "Do what we want, and we will force the Israelis to behave"… (Therefore, by controlling Israel the United States gained enormous political and economical advantage in dealing with oil producing Arabs!)

Legal System is being used to Paralyse pro-Israel Lobby. The Justice Department is considering dropping its case against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of illegally disclosing national defense secrets. Trial has been postponed at least nine times. The charges against Rosen and Weissman fall under the 1917 Espionage Act, a rarely used WorldWar1 era law that never before has been applied to lobbyists. (After putting the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, on the defensive, the Bush administration was able to push through the Annapolis Accord – and the idiocy of a two-state solution!)

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

They the demand creation of a new state for so-called Palestinians only, and the removal of 250,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria without recognition of Israel as the Jewish state. The next step is obvious: Israel must end the fake peace process, which is being imposed on Jews by anti-Semitic international hypocrisy, and remove the enemy population from Jewish land. Any other country would have done it a long time ago.

Another Ambush for Israel. President Barack Obama has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet him at the White House. (After a show of unwillingness to see Israel’s Prime Minister during his planned visit to the United States, which he had to cancel, President Obama is setting up a trap for Netanyahu in order to pressure Israel to accept the stupidity of a two-state solution. I wonder when are they going to look at the Sinai Option: Road to Permanent Peace?)

Thriving ‘Palestinian’ Culture. Juliano Mer-Khemis, founder and director of a Jenin theater, was accused of immorality and corruption in one flyer distributed in an area mosque. PA Muslim extremists have escalated their threats against other cultural activities: the al-Kamanjati music center and Jenin’s teen orchestra were targeted with violence as well.

Is Netanyahu Another False Hope? Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denies that he ever demanded that the Palestinian Authority accept Israel as a Jewish State before he agrees to launch negotiations with it. Following Netanyahu’s meeting with U.S. Envoy George Mitchell a senior official in Netanyahu's office quoted the Prime Minister as telling Mitchell, "Israel expects the Palestinians to first recognize Israel as a Jewish state before talking about two states for two peoples.” (Some analysts have described Netanyahu as a gutless politician who crumbles under pressure. After all it is he gave up Hebron and allowed perpetuation of the Oslo war. I hope they are wrong this time!)

Non-recognition is Provocation! Nabil abu-Rudeinah, spokesman for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called Netanyahu's words a provocation and rejected the demand made earlier by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the PA recognize a Jewish State of Israel as a precondition for continuing negotiations with Israel. (For 16 years, since the Oslo agreement, every subsequent agreement has called for the recognition of Israel. Why must Israel negotiate with an enemy who just wants destroy the only Jewish state?)

Perpetuation of Terror is Profitable for US. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is hoping to buy a U.S. missile defense system to protect communities in southern Israel against short-range rockets and mortar fire from Gaza. During Israel's recent military offensive into the Gaza Strip, Palestinians there fired rockets more than 28 miles into Israel. They continue to lob mortar shells across the border. (Removal of the terror-infested cancer from Jewish lands – Judea, Samaria and Gaza – would make life in Israel safer and cheaper!)

New Approach Needed. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told United State Middle East envoy George Mitchell that a new approach is needed between Israel and the Arabs, considering that wide-ranging concessions offered to the Arabs in the past resulted in wars.

Quote of the Week:

"In the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we believe that the two-state solution, two states living side by side in peace, is the best and the only way to resolve this conflict." - The US envoy George Mitchell – By now, the US is notorious for its false ‘belief’ policies: War in Iraq was justified by falsified claims of nuclear and chemical weapon programs and a delusional belief in the possibility of building a democracy in an Arab state; the Taliban is still strong in Afghanistan and Pakistan; North Korea has renewed its nuclear program; Iran has never stopped its and Pakistan has the A-bomb for a while! Must Israel sacrifice Jewish lives to deliberate delusions, if not anti-Semitic, beliefs?

Under the Smoke of War. During Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, Hamas security forces or masked gunmen believed to be with Hamas extra-judicially executed 18 Palestinians, mainly those accused of collaborating with Israel, and beat and maimed dozens of political rivals, especially members and supporters of Fatah. Palestinian human rights groups have reported 14 more killings between January 18 and March 31. (Crimes were committed by Hamas during Israel’s recent offensive against terrorists in Gaza. There are no calls to bring Haneya to the International Criminal Court for Justice!)

Anti-Semitism: Catalyst of the International Hypocrisy.

Only nine countries (Israel, the United States, Germany, Australia, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Poland) boycotted the UN Conference on Racism in Geneva. Twenty-three nations of the European Union made a farcical show and walked out during the conference to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s attack on Israel. Only the Czech Republic has left the conference for good. Over 100 countries approved an anti-racism declaration at the Durban II UN racism conference in Geneva last Tuesday. The text reaffirmed, although did not refer to Israel by name, the 2001 Durban I declaration, which singled out Israel as racist.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malichi spoked at the Durban II U.N. anti-Semitic conference in Geneva, a day after Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said that "the Israeli occupation is the ugly face of racism" (He did not say that the PA is a genocidal entity created and aimed on the destruction of Israel. No one remembers that after the Oslo agreement, Israel allowed the PA to self-govern in Judea and Samaria, and left Gaza a few years ago, after the forcible deportation of 8,500 Jews. What are the achievements of the PA so far: evolution from stone-throwing to Katyusha rockets? Fatahstan and Hamastan have become murderous and economically/politically dysfunctional wastelands!)