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Israel, Oh Israel - Why Must Thou Help Iran?

Updated on March 26, 2010

Where The Hell Is AIPAC?

The main function of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is to ensure that a consistent, functional, effective, working relationship exist, at all times - between the United States and Israel. The group is basically a lobby organization who met approximately two weeks ago but unfortunately for the lobby, their conference came just after the largest embarrassment - of any magnitude, of an American Head of State in quite a while. The embarrassment was the untimely announcement on March 9 of the construction of new housing units in East Jerusalem – just as Vice President Joe Biden landed to jump-start indirect peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. The American Vice President was barely off the plane when the announcement was made by whom other than the Israeli Prime Minister himself – Benjamin Netanyahu. Later presidential advisor David Axelrod announced on ABC’s This Week that "What happened there was an affront. It was an insult." His comments suggested that Israel need to be dealt with immediately!

Building new settlements in Jerusalem is nothing new for Israel. However it was just what General David Petraeus wanted to prevent when he and a team of senior military officers from the U.S. Central Command (responsible for overseeing American security interests in the Middle East), arrived at the Pentagon on January 16 to brief Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gen. David Petraeus wanted to express his growing concerns at the lack of progress in resolving the Israeli/Palestinian issue. His major concern was the growing perception among Arab leaders that the U.S. was incapable of standing up to Israel, that CENTCOM's mostly Arab constituency was losing faith in American promises; that Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region; and that Mitchell himself was, according to unnamed military sources…."too old”, “too slow” ... “too out of touch” and “too late" to do anything about it.

This was the first time a CENTCOM commander had ever expressed himself on a political matter. His concerns however were a result of a 2009 tour of the region where, on Petraeus’s instructions, each member of the team was allowed to speak directly with senior Arab leaders. According to the team “everywhere they went, the message was the same; “America was viewed as weak against Israel and as a result its military and political might in the region was eroding. Petraeus most serious concern however, was that the Israeli problem, and America’s perceived lack of influence put U.S. troops deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East in greater danger and powerless if Israel decided to go it alone against Iran, as it has done often in the past.

The perceived far right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does little to calm these concerns and more to exacerbate them – perhaps giving Iran the edge of influence. Israel is certainly within its rights to develop land they feel belong to them however the choice between expanding settlements in the West Bank or achieving a global consensus on the need to sanction and coerce Iran into giving up its nuclear enrichment program must be taken into consideration. Netanyahu appear to be so focused on settlement projects that he cannot see how his action negatively affects the broader Israeli and US objectives, thereby creating a policy gap between the US and Israel. These serious policy differences does more to help Iran in a way that it reduces Ahmadinejad sense of urgency to participate in nuclear talks.

However, despite the differences, The Times of London reports that US President Obama severely chastised Prime Minister Netanyahu during his visit to Washington earlier this week, mainly for not contacting him and informing him of the decision to build settlements per their previous agreement not to build – and by embarrassing Vice President Joe Biden – and for diluting American influence – and making it harder for US and allied troops in the region. As a result of Netanyahu’s ‘go-it-alone decision’, the Palestinian Authorities, including President Mahmoud Abbas, refused to restart peace negotiations as long as Netanyahu refuses to commit to a freeze of Israeli colonization efforts – per agreement. This was highly unfortunate because it was reported that Abbas was prepared to set aside his objections and begin proximity talks. Predictably, the Palestinians packed their bags and pulled out of the talks – sending peace efforts back to ground zero.

Perhaps Netanyahu’s unfortunate decision was a miscalculation of the US plans to move bunker busting bombs to the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. Perhaps this decision set off a flurry of speculations that the U.S. was getting ready to move against Iran which gave Israel free reign to begin building settlements. If they had been correct in their assessment the timing would have been perfect as the focus would have been on Iran. After all, in their minds, Iran is the problem – not Israel.

However, according to unnamed US military officials, the U.S. may well have been sequestering the bunker busters thereby denying them to Israel. Prime Minister Netanyu’s trip to Washington was pre-planed which was in part to ask for additional materials, including the bunker busters to be used as part of his call for “crippling” sanctions against Iran if they did not dismantle their civilian nuclear enrichment program. According to news sources the call for sanctions was immediately rejected by the Russian Federation (and perhaps indirectly by China). Unfortunately, the sanctions resolution prepared by the U.S. on behalf of the United Nations was quickly altered to meet Russian and Chinese objections. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the face of US/Israeli tense relations quickly responded to the news, saying “sanctions have no ability to either harm or influence Iran”. The tense climate between the US and Israel will certainly influence China and Russia’s decision whether to support any new U.S\Israeli backed sanctions against Iran. Iran knows this and is taking advantage of the rare opportunity when the spotlight is not on them. Iran will most likely gather its few allies in the region and further instigate the US/Israeli conflict thereby buying critical time to further its influence and continue their so called civilian nuclear enrichment program – just as it did during the Iraqi war.

Perhaps Israel is frustrated with what they perceive to be the US’s “slow to action” policy against Iran and the Palestinians’. Perhaps Israel sees itself as no longer having to wait on US approval to defend her solvency. With its military might and protection by the US, no matter what it does perhaps Israel sees itself as a grown child no longer dependent on the blessings of the parent who birthed it. Perhaps Israel sees itself as the US saw itself after independence from the British – as its very own superpower.

Nevertheless, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu need to understand that Israel has too many enemies living next door and despite America’s support they can not fight them all at the same time while expecting to live in peace. Therefore, any go-it-alone actions which may blind side US efforts will further strain US/Israeli relations.

The bottom line is that Israel and the U.S. have poor relations for the moment, and the rest of the world is aware of it, making it difficult for the two of them to be taken seriously in pressuring the UN Security Council. The single benefactor of this strained relationship will be Iran.

While all this is going on where the hell is AIPAC and what is their position on the strained relationship between the US and Israel? Besides influencing American Congressional members, raising funds, and denying the obvious - what are they going to do about Netanyahu, and why are they allowing him to help Iran?



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    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      7 years ago from United States of America

      denden mangubat - thanks for the candid comment. Things change so rapidly that by the time this article was published it was already old news. :)

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      denden mangubat 

      7 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      I agree with sowhat

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      Ann Lee 

      8 years ago

      The Jewish people were God's chosen people in the Old Testament. Romans 11, verses 19-22 where he is talking about Gentiles being grafted into their olive tree, he says: "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off." The words "did not spare" let us know that as a nation he considered the Jews no longer God's people. As individuals they can still have salvation; as individuals they are no different from anyone else. As a nation, too, they are no different: all need Jesus. Now consider Galatians 3:29. "And if you are Christ's then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." All the promises of scripture are for God's people. Today Christians are that people if they "continue in His (God's) goodness." Rom. 11:22 .

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      newoman53 - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I will certainly visit the link you suggested. I don't think however that Obama is hindering Israel's efforts. Israel must realize that it is a nuclear power because of the efforts and backings of the United States....and that the US has its best interests at heart. As a result Israel has certain obligations to inform the US of actions which contradicts previous agreements with the exceptions of self defense. In my opinion the building of settlements has little to do with defense of the nation. We will always support Israel as a key ally but they must understand that unilateral decisions dilutes the American influence in the region and puts our soldiers in danger.

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      sowhat - I am in total agreement with your perception and therefore I have no argument. I do feel however, that independent actions does little to help their cause on the lager scale.

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      8 years ago from Utah


      Exciting times we are living in! We know that the Israelites are God's chosen people. Chuck Missler has a great site (Koinonia House ). He is a great teacher. Here is a link to some current information on Israel/Iran. It is a pity that Obama is limiting our help to Israel. I believe America's lack of involvement and pulling away from God's chosen is detrimental to America. Missler also has an interesting study in Ezekiel 38&39.

    • sowhat profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I think that Israel doesn't act stupidly. They wanted settlement units in East Jarusalem for a stragic reason.

      Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. It ruffled some feathers but so what. Politics aside I am glad they did what they did. It's not of real importance except as a way to keep Hamas a little more restricted from which to launch attacks into Israel populations. I am for whatever Israel does to protect itself and it's people from Hamas and other militants in the area. The Palestinian people are not free to settle where they want anyway, unless Hamas can benefit from it. Israel is our best friend in the Middle East and we should help them protect their people and provide us with crucial information in the region which is in our own best interest.

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      Ign Andy - I agree that this is a very sensitive issue and every US, Israeli, and Palestinian leader have successfully danced around the real problem. However, the problem is so complexed that if you solve one aspect it will cause chaos in another area. I personally think that the most we can ask for is tolerance from both sides.

      The real problem is deeply intertwined into the socio-political fabric of the region and the only real solution lies within future generations yet unborn.

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      thevoice - we'll see how far that goes with our policies.

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      Ign Andy 

      8 years ago from Green Home Office

      This subject is very sensitives, I believe Obama neither anti-semitic or pro-muslim. In my opinion he just do what may the best thing for him as a president of a great country. All previous presidents have different approach yet there is no result (peace). Will his afford has better result? I don't know.

    • thevoice profile image


      8 years ago from carthage ill

      reinstate heavus corpse its time to give americans back the rights thanks

    • NNazir profile image

      Nauman Nazir 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      I absolutely disagree with one comment which states that Obama's a Muslim. As a Muslim, I don't believe it's true.

      The reason! Obama in one of his speeches, when he was running his campaign for President, used abusive words for Mecca, and as far as my memory tells me The Kaaba was one of his targets.

      I'm not a Muslim Jurist nor I'm an Islamic Scholar, but i'm a 1000% sure that any Muslim Scholar would not agree with the statement that person made.

      I don't expect any arguments on that; and pls no 'terrorist' thing. I'm totally sick of that!

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      vrajavala - I take it you do care much for Obama! This is OK.

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      "Quill" - thanks for stopping by. I am sure he's doing what he thinks is best but perhaps missing the bigger picture.

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      vrajavala - thanks for stopping by and sharing your viewpoint on the subject. Perhaps, Obama's position might be what Israel need to come to the peace table. On the other hand it may push them futher away. Time will tell.

    • vrajavala profile image


      8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      These were not just my thoughts

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      A hard man to see past in some ways but his actions speak for themselves...


    • vrajavala profile image


      8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Obama is anti-Semitic period. His past associations with anti-Semites is proof and his first phone call after his Inauguration was to an Arab leader. he was raised as a Muslim and is still one.Obama has consistently shown that he is on the side of dictators, marxists, Communists and Muslims.


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