The “Gaza Effect”: Thoughts on why a Republican presidency is rock bottom

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I don’t have the patience to keep up with this ridiculous race for the Republican nomination but when I do find the willpower to tune into the devolution of American sociopolitical discourse, I too join the ranks of the thousands, possibly even millions, of individuals wondering why everyone appears to be avoiding use of the word “Israel”. Max Blumenthal had the opportunity to answer the question on RT America and his candid insights have given me much to think about.

It is clear that Israel’s interests play a substantial role in the United States’ shifting political sands. These interests, which essentially demand Washington’s full cooperation, will solidify the political leverage Israel needs to further its campaign of colonization vis-à-vis settlement building and institutionalized land annexation. But because President Obama once had the nerve to ask Netanyahu to suspend (temporarily, not permanently) settlement building, it appears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it a point to endorse the Republican party’s efforts to unseat the unsuspecting Obama.

Netanyahu’s favor, as noted by Blumenthal, now rests upon Newt Gingrich who recently asserted that Palestinians are an invented people (and made $5 million for saying that). Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s camp shares Gingrich’s disillusioned perception of Palestinians and just so happens to boast a collection of AIPAC lackies who bobble their heads like bobblehead dolls whenever Netanyahu makes a demand or defaults on a promise. And then there’s Rick Santorum who claims Palestinians don’t even exist. It’s no wonder Netanyahu finds the most security in this roundup of presidential hopefuls.

But does his and his government’s support amount to anything more than a simple endorsement? Although I can’t be sure of the answer, I am fairly confident that the Israel lobby, who now views Obama as part of the greater existential threat, will do whatever is in its power to ensure that the threat is eliminated. Although the President of the United States is undoubtedly responsible for more than the wellbeing of a self-isolated entity thousands of miles away, the special relationship between Israel and the United States has gotten so large that it will inevitably interfere in the outcome of the upcoming nomination and election.

Imagine, then, what could very well become reality. Within a matter of months, this country could be under the command of privileged warhawks who can’t fathom the idea of serving anyone below the upper class or anyone who is, God forbid, Palestinian. Even the poorest of Americans will be covering the cost of Israel’s illegal expansionism. Congress will spend most of its time planning the logistics for Netanyahu’s impending series of guest lectures, and teachers will be encouraged to suspend students who mention the name “Palestine” in the hallways. We are doomed.

However, this might actually work. The United States might eventually adopt Israel as the 51st state and, in so doing, lead to Israel’s bankruptcy since we all know that federal funding is this country’s most successful joke. But more likely to happen is the “Gaza effect”, a term referring to the amount of criticism Israel garnered for itself after killing 1400 Palestinians in a three week air and land invasion of the Gaza Strip three years ago.

With someone like Gingrich as President, American relations with Israel will be at their all-time best. But this presidency will be so catastrophic that the American public will be forced awake no matter how hard it tries to avoid acknowledging Israel’s effect on American domestic and foreign policy. Once we’re instructed to send our tax forms directly to Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, we’ll know that we’ve hit rock bottom. The only way to go is up. What happens after that is anyone’s guess but in the most ideal sense, individuals aspiring to follow Gingrich in his footsteps will no longer be taken seriously as potential leaders of what America has so humbly called “the free world”.

This is a little over the top, of course, but Blumenthal is right: follow the money trail and you will find Israel’s interests at the top of every candidate’s agenda. The media can ignore it but Israel’s sway is too large of a force to go unnoticed for long. Whichever way this all goes, we are in for a very turbulent ride. Let’s just see how low we can go before recognizing the damage this unnaturally exclusive pact with Israel has done to the United States, its trademark civil liberties, and the future of its politics.

Sami Kishawi

There are 4 comments

  1. Max Blumenthal

    Andreas, here are three names for you: Mel Sembler, Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban. I’ll throw in another for kicks: Lester Crown. Anyway, I was hoping for a question about Iran. Attacking/sabotaging/sanctioning Iran is the main issue of contention between Bibi and Obama — the settlements are second — and the key difference between Obama and the GOP candidates. However, the difference is not very stark. Obama has give the lobby all it wants and created a situation that is absolutely out of his control on Iran. But Bibi and co will continue to push for more.

  2. Noelle Clearwater

    Excellent Work Sami. I heard Mitt Romney saying “I will always stand with “Our Friends” but of course he did not mention Israel. I had not heard Gingrich say that the Palestinians were an invented people nor did I know that Santorum doubts their very existence. The ignorance and greed here is mind-boggling. I noted that we are deploying weapons to Israel for a military defense exercise this Spring against Iran. It is just another reason that the U.S. stays in bed with Bibi. Loved the analogy about tax forms going to Israel. Call it like you see it.

  3. Sam Holloway

    Well put, Sami. I especially like your noting how Israel isn’t often mentioned by name during this discourse. It’s as though these candidates know they’re pandering to two separate audiences simultaneously. I think the GOP candidates are vamping hard for the Israel lobby because they’ll take whatever support they can get, but they have to be careful not to make their base think they’ve suddenly stopped hating Jews. The typical GOP voter probably couldn’t spell Israel, much less find it on a map; all they probably know is that it’s full of Jews, and Jews are whiter than Ay-rabbs, so maybe we should support them to keep the oil flowing cheaply. Maybe I’m giving them too much credit. On the liberal side, of course, I believe most voters want to pretend that the issue doesn’t exist (they’re doing a lot of that these days, what the worsening imperialism and corporatism of Obama and the Democrats). Then again, the Democrats’ rightward sprint is leaving the GOP little ground on which to fight, so that may also explain the Republican candidates’ seizing upon Zionist whining over not getting everything they want from Obama.

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