A few days back I read a couple interesting news items back-to-back at Haaretz. The first one concerned how Israel is experiencing a time when their national unemployment is at a historic low (4.9%) – the second, on the same page, concerned how the US, is once again preparing to sign-off on a new MULTI-BILLION dollar “gift” to Israel. Which Israel, by the way, has already earmarked for Military aid and expansion.
Yep, it bugged me. Not the good news of the huge drop in unemployment, but the idea that we’re once more sending billions of dollars to expand and/or prop up Israel’s military when that money could be used to help our own country and citizens; not to mention it could be applied toward the outlandish debt this nation has acquired. And it bugged me to see both stories on the same page, almost on top of each other, on the same day.
I’ve made it clear in the past, I live in one of the poorer areas of this nation–not “the poorest”, just one which has always struggled, but never more then in the last few years. That’s N/W Kentucky. Here, you cannot escape seeing the daily struggling families, for they are outside your door, down the street–in your building! Or, they are members of your own immediate family: Those who hit the pavement daily looking for work, any work, who have lost jobs because of businesses failing in the past 6-7 years. Those who line-up at the local Catholic Church out-reach, heads hanging, eyes on the ground, as they wait to be given a bag of food, toilet paper, bath soap and/or shampoo (my daughter has volunteered there off and on, over the years–I hear the stories). So yes, it bugs me when I read we’re supporting (and building up) Israel’s military. And I have the courage to publicly say so…it’s not a “forbidden” or “taboo topic” on this blog.
Another topic I refuse to stay silent about is Christian Zionism. But I think you already know that by now. It is a destructive evil force–not only politically but theologically: it is Anti-Christian and Anti-Bible-, which simply means it is Antichrist. One of it’s greatest supporters is the Israeli government, and why wouldn’t it be? One of the tools used (by both the Israeli government and CZ organizations) to ensure the goals of Christian Zionism gets met, is The Israeli Lobby AIPAC.
Below is an interesting documentary from 2007. As it’s 7 years old, I can only surmise things are worse today then they were in 07. For one thing, AIPAC has recently ’emerged from the closet’. They no longer even try to pretend to be anything but what they’ve always been: an organization which ‘buys’ our government officials, which looks out ONLY for Israel’s best interest, and could care less about this nation or it’s citizens. They have also publicly emerged as the bully they always were, behind closed doors. Regrettably, the makers of this film foresaw a ‘change’ coming soon, a change concerning US (financial) support of Israel–that has not happened as is evidenced by last week’s news of our preparing to sign another multi-billion dollar “gift” over to Israel.
Anyway, you may or may not find this interesting. I did. It’s been interesting for me personally, to watch over the years how tightly intertwined religion (Christianity) and politics has become in this country. And especially the role Christian Zionism and Israel is playing in this “marriage” of ideas.
By the way, our old buddy John Hagee appears in this film….
The United States supports Israel in a variety of ways. We give them military and economic support, roughly 3 billion dollars a year. Israel, despite the fact, it is a relatively rich country, receives more foreign aid than any other other country in the world. We veto resolutions in the United Nations all the time that are critical to Israel. Is one allowed to question that reality, or is the pro-Israel lobby so strong, financially and politically, that the relationship with Israel is taboo and therefore unmentionable? And what happens to those who dare expose the unmentionable?
In March 2006 the American political scientists John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Steve Walt (Harvard) published the controversial article ‘The Israel Lobby and US foreign policy’. In it they state that it is not, or no longer, expedient for the US to support and protect present-day Israel. Together with the power shifts in Congress and the increasing doubts about the current Middle-East policy, this could become the fuse in the powder keg. Backlight talks to the people concerned in this ‘new realism’ debate.
The documentary sheds light on both parties involved in the discussion: those who wish to maintain the strong tie between the US and Israel (Neocon Richard Perle, televangelist John Hagee, and lobby organization AIPAC), and those who were critical of it and not infrequently became ‘victims’ of the lobby. Member of Congress Earl Hilliard from Alabama advocated a rapprochement with the Arab world and was promptly ousted by a political adversary who had the support of Aipac money. Historian Tony Judt, who tried to maintain that Israel was becoming a belligerent and intolerant ethno-state, driven by religion, found a lecture cancelled at the last minute. And Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth was personally attacked after he had criticised the violence Israel had used in the mini-war against Lebanon last summer.
Finally the question arises to what extend the pro-Israel lobby ultimately determines the military and political importance of Israel itself. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell’s ex chief-of-staff) explains how the lobby’s influence affects the decision-making structure in the White House. The lobby, Congress, the White House and Israel itself seem to have ended up in a suffocating embrace: will it ever change and how could it? (Source: Top Documentary Films)