It is difficult to say what is more outrageous: The arrogance with which Israel orders around and bullies a US President, or the traitorous behavior of the President’s own Congress as they gleefully sabotage the President’s Constitutional Authority to conduct Foreign Policy while sycophantically grovelling and endorsing the most extreme right wing nazi-like Zionist – Benjamin Netanyahu and his policy of absolutely no negotiation or compromise with the Palestinians and no end in sight to Israeli conquest and ethnic cleansing of occupied territories.
As “Bibi” Netanyahu essentially told Obama to go to hell in his address to Congress on May 24, the Congress gave him 29 standing ovations, more than President Obama received in his State of the Union Address. Obama had merely repeated the position of 165 countries of the UN as well as mainstream Israeli views – that Israel should agree to return to it’s 1967 borders except for “mutually agreed swaps” in order for any peace agreement between Israel and Palestine to have any chance of succeeding.
Former Senator Mike Gravel: “Netanyahu is more powerful than the President because the Congress is sold out to AIPAC”
Netanyahu greeted by congressional love fest
From Russia Today
Published: 25 May, 2011, 00:17
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wowed a joint session of the US Congress, calling on Arab states to recognize the right of Israel to exist and scoffed at the notion of returning Israel to its 1967 borders as a condition of peace with Palestine.
The Congress was packed with lawmakers, a rarity as most lawmakers skip legislative sessions or send aids or student interns to take notes. The Prime Minister rallied the audience unlike any other function to take place on Capitol Hill. It has even been said his speech garnered more approval and fandom than when US President Barack Obama speaks before joint congressional secessions.
Netanyahu informed the US Congress that any two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict must weigh regional demographics, understanding that populations have changed since 1967. Essentially, he was reiterating that there are now more Israeli Jews who wish to occupy more territory.
“Jerusalem must never again be divided,” Netanyahu asserted, attacking any idea that a return to previous border suggestions which split the city, granting East Jerusalem to a Palestinian state.
He noted that a two-state solution was possible and that Israel would grant a Palestinian state and would set the border with security in mind.
“The only peace that will hold is a peace that you can defend.” Netanyahu said, explaining that peace is essentially only achievable on Israeli terms.
He praised Israeli progress and democracy, saying Israel is the only true democratic state in the Middle East. He said only in Israel are Arabs currently capable of living in a democracy.
The US Congress was hanging on every word, almost as if they were anticipating their approval of the message before Netanyahu even spoke his next line. The speech was interrupted by standing ovations 29 times.
Former Democratic US Senator Mike Gravel said Netanyahu is more powerful than the US President because US lawmakers have been bought out by AIPAC and the pro-Israel lobby.
“Netanyahu doesn’t want any peace,” he said. “They are prepared to go ahead, and over time, push out the Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem. That’s their plan.”
He explained Netanyahu and Obama will always be at odds, and the Congress will always bend to Israel over the President on Middle East policy so long as the pro-Israeli lobby rules.
The reaction on Capitol Hill is groveling, not just admiration, explained Gravel.
“Obama on this particular issue and the Congress on this particular issue lack moral courage,” he remarked.
It is political suicide to oppose the pro-Israel lobby, he noted, explaining that AIPAC possesses great influence and power in US electoral politics.
“It’s unpatriotic. American interests should be first and foremost. That’s not the case with the Middle East,” he explained, arguing Congress puts Israel and AIPAC before America.
US politicians are so tied to AIPCA money they are more interested in keeping the pro-Israel lobby happy so they remain in office than actually serving the American people as lawmakers.
“I see no immediate change,” he noted, “unless there is a change in the government of Israel.”
Jeremy Scahill, a national security correspondent for The Nation Magazine said Netanyahu received a far warmer reception than Obama ever does – from both Democrats and Republicans.
“It seems as we enter the political season here in the United States that Bibi [Netanyahu] could potentially get the nomination for either the Democratic or Republican Party,” he joked. “It’s incredible the amount of enthusiasm that is thrown on Benjamin Netanyahu.”
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 | Posted by Veterans Today
Obama Speaks Netanyahu Slaps Obama Fades and Retracts
“Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.”
“If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”
–David Ben Gurion, Founder and First Prime Minister of Israel
by Mohamed Khodr
The Chosen of the Chosen People came arrogantly and triumphantly to Washington D.C. fully aware that he’ll meet with the ever retracting spineless American President, Barack Obama. He came, scolded him, rebuked and lectured him on how to never ever challenge, speak, or imply any change in America’s all out support of Israel even if it bombs an American Intelligence ship or kills American citizens. He came, kicked America’s butt, and received 29 standing ovations from his Congressional Knesset., more by far than any American President has ever received.
As has been the case for almost one hundred years of European colonialism, Zionism, and American Imperialism in the Middle East; the Palestinians have never been consulted or involved in the fate of their land and future as a people.
All the conversation about Palestine was a conversation between America, Europe, Zionists, and Israel.
Here’s how Lord Balfour, Foreign Minister of England, of the famed “Balfour Letter” (Declaration) described this fact in 1919.
“In Palestine, we do not even propose to consult the inhabitants of the country and (Zionism’s) immediate needs and hopes for the future are much more important than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who presently inhabit Palestine”.
From David Ben Gurion’s support of Ethnically Cleansing the Palestinians and the denial of their return to their homeland to Netanyahu’s adoption of the same policy today, all of Israel’s Prime Ministers have held to the Zionist principle of more land and less Arabs.
As early as 1938 David Ben Gurion said:
‘I am for compulsory transfer; I do not see anything immoral in it.” and; ‘The Arabs will have to go” -Ilan Pappe, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians”
As for the right of Return of Palestinian Refugees as enshrined in U.S. General Assembly Resolution 194 adopted on December 11, 1948, Ben Gurion in 1948 said:
“We must do everything to insure they (the Palestinians) never do return.”
The overriding goal of Zionism was to expel the Palestinians from their land, settle it with European Jews, deny and delegitimize the existence of the Palestinians or any of their rights to the land (Golda Meir, Israel Prime Minister: “There is no such thing as Palestinians’), and through their money and media control the historical narrative denying the theft of Palestine and their holocaust against Palestinians.
They have largely succeeded in indoctrinating America and the West, until now. Now is the beginning of the end of their lies, their control of our government, and the awakening of the American people. I shudder to think what may happen to Israel and the future generations of Jews when truth and justice befalls them. For by divine or human intervention there will be a cost for their war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.”
Netanyahu came to Washington with his usual arrogant challenge and insult to President Obama, akin to what he did to President Clinton in the 1990’s. He could do this because he knows no matter what the President says or does, Congress will support him fully and blindly.
During the Clinton Administration Speaker Newt Gingrich went to Israel to support Prime Minister Netanyahu against Clinton, his own President, while today Speaker John Boehner is playing the same role.
Netanyahu, Obama, and Congress played the preemptive game as to who will fire the first round on the “new” Middle East policy given the Arab Uprisings, the Palestinian call for the General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian State, and a new approach to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
April 14, 2011
Knowing that President Obama was set to deliver a speech in May on his new vision and policy in the Middle East given the changes sweeping the Arab world, the weeping Speaker of the House issued a formal invitation to Netanyahu to give a speech to a Joint Session of Congress to counter Obama’s proposals.
May 16, 2011
Netanyahu went to his real Knesset to deliver a preemptive strike to sabotage Obama’s upcoming outlining Israel’s usual ‘NO” positions or “Red Lines” for Israel’s non-negotiable positions. In effect, killing any prospect for negotiations which has been Israel’s policy for decades. Of course, America has always told the Palestinians not to take any unilateral actions that will prejudge any final negotiations.
May 19, 2011
President Obama delivers his awaited speech at the State Department. His speech contained nothing new including his mention of the 1967 borders with land swaps. That single mention of the 1967 borders infuriated Netanyahu and as expected generated enormous backlash against the President, even from members of his own party.
The 1967 border between Israel and Palestine was established in November 1947 in U.N. General Assembly 181, the Partition of Palestine. It was also agreed upon in 1948-1949 Armistice Agreements between Israel and neighboring Arab countries.
It’s been reaffirmed by every U.S. President, by U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, the U.N., the Quartet, E.U., and Vatican, including President George W. Bush. The statement, long known and accepted by all parties including previous Israeli governments, lit the fires of hell in the Israel Amen corners, including the obligatory Congressional revolt against the American President.
Even David Ben Gurion, Israel’s founder and first Prime Minister of Israel, advocated Israel return to the 1967 borders:
“He warned his listeners against the euphoria that had swept the Jewish world in the aftermath of the Six Day War. Ben-Gurion insisted that all of the territories that had been captured had to be given back, very quickly, for holding on to them would distort, and might ultimately destroy, the Jewish state.”
–New York Times Review of Books: “Israel: The Tragedy of Victory”, Arthur Hertzberg, May 28, 1987.
Unlike the hysteria against Obama’s statement on 1967 borders in Israel’s Amen corner in the U.S., Israel’s prominent media supported Obama’s policy as seen in Aluf Benn’s article in Haaretz, May 19, 2011 titled “Obama granted Netanyahu a major diplomatic victory”
In the article Mr. Benn points out that all the elements in Obama’s speech…came straight out of the policy pages of the Prime Minister’s Bureau in Jerusalem. Netanyahu could not have asked for more.”
Just as it did on March of 2010 when Israel humiliated and embarrassed V.P. Joe Biden upon his arrival to Israel to restart peace talks by announcing the construction of 1,600 housing units for Jews in East Jerusalem, Israel similarly humiliated President Obama, on the day of his speech no less, May 19, by announcing the construction of 1,500 homes in East Jerusalem. It was the same day Netanyahu left for Washington D.C. The United Nations, including the U.S., considers Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, “null and void”
So, America, who’s the boss? Who else on this planet can slap and humiliate the President of the United States and still be received with a royal welcome in the White House, Congress, and by the Jewish Media?
May 21, 2011
Obama and Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office. The media describes the meeting as icy.
Most shocking to the world, including many in the media, was the “scolding”; “lecturing”; and offensive posture Netanyahu took with Obama. Netanyahu rebuked Obama’s speech publicly after their private meeting saying:
“Israel wants peace. I want peace — we both agree that a peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality, and that the only — the only peace that will endure is one that is based on reality, on unshakable facts…Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities. The first is that while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.”
Incredible. A stern shakedown of an American President in his own office. In effect, Netanyahu tells Obama, I reject and rebuke everything you said in your speech and no one, no one in America dares challenge me for I own the Congress, AIPAC, wealthy Jewish Americans, and the Jewish Media. The hell with the American people.
May, 22, 2011
Obama goes to the Holy Grail of American politics—AIPAC– the real power broker of American politics, not the American people and certainly not their government, to explain his May 19 speech. No other Lobby in American can demand that the President, his administration, Congress, Supreme Court Justices, Lobbyists, media moguls and reporters, along with thousands of Jewish students bused to Washington for a triumphant indoctrination followed by a trip of intimidation to Congress to press Israel’s interests, the hell with America’s interests.
Obama wimpishly told the audience the main points they wanted to hear:
—No to 1967 borders, no return of Palestinian refugees, no support for a Palestinian State at the U.N., no negotiation with a Fatah-Hamas Unity Government, and of course, the obligatory no nuclear weapons for Iran. In other words Netanyahu’s talking points.
However, Obama did say something revealing and important, something the media glossed over.
He became the first President and politician to publicly admit the immense power and influence AIPAC has on political careers, campaign financing, political elections, and overwhelming power in the nation’s capitol, and media reporting.
“I know very well that the easy thing to do, particularly for a President preparing for reelection, is to avoid any controversy. I don’t need Rahm to tell me that. Don’t need Axelrod to tell me that.” (Two powerful Jews who served in his administration)
May 23, 2011
Netanyahu speaks at AIPAC where he was loudly applauded for rebuking Obama’s speech and outlining Israel’s policies of ‘NO’S TO PEACE”, the hell with what the Palestinians, Americans, indeed the world thinks or wants.
May 24, 2011
Netanyahu goes to Congress where he feels more loved and wanted than in his own Knesset where he is often heckled and insulted.
He enters his Congress with the largest delegation of Senators and Representatives to ever accompany a leader, not even an American President.
He delivers the same “red lines” that have been reiterated by every Israeli President which basically boil down to “no peace and continued settlements” and we’ll continue to do what we want with “OUR” land for we are not foreign occupiers, how can we be, when it’s our land in the first place?
The nauseating and demeaning spectacle of seeing all 535 members of Congress hang on and applaud his every word giving him an unheard of and unprecedented 29 Standing Ovations, more than for any American President.
How extraordinarily wonderful and courageous to hear a lone voice, one dissenting voice, during Netanyahu’s’ speech, who spoke on behalf of the ethnically cleansed, murdered, besieged, and hungry Palestinians, a people long ignored by a world fearful of Jewish reprisals.
Rae Abileah, 28, woman of Israeli descent and member of the courageous activist group, Code Pink, stood up and yelled “Stop Israeli War Crimes”, crimes that she’s seen first hand in her visit to the Occupied Palestinian territories, crimes the entire world sees and knows except our Congress, media, and apathetic population.
Ms. Abileah was beaten, taken to the hospital, and then arrested. If there was any truth and justice in this country or the world it should’ve been Netanyahu who was arrested for his war crimes against a defenseless population.
After 63 years of suffering from Israel’s boots and American weapons, it’s time the Stateless Palestinians have an independent free State of their own, albeit on a small fraction of their original homeland.
We all can start by supporting the Palestinian’s campaign to have the General Assembly to recognize and establish a Palestinian State. We must demand President Obama reverse his Israeli bound decision to work against the U.N. recognition of a Palestinian State. Tragically, such a state will still be under Israel’s murderous occupation but it will finally give the Palestinians hope and a sense of dignity that their dream of freedom is closer to realization.
Is it possible to gather a million Americans to protest in the Washington Mall on behalf of our national interests, a severance of the “special” relationship with the racially defined “Jewish State”, including all aid, an American warning to members of Congress that you shall serve us or be unemployed, to support a national boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel, and establish a Holocaust Museum for Palestinians who’ve been killed and expelled from their land akin to the Nazi campaign against the Jews.
Remember Always—the human spirit will always be victorious over the power and weapons of all evil empires. Israel, too, shall fail and fall.
Mohamed Khodr is an American Muslim born in the Middle East. He is political activist who frequently writes on the plight of Palestinians living under the brutal occupation of Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy, Islam, and Arab politics.