Netanyahu Coming to Washington to Demand Obama Commit to Military Action, (Common Dreams Editorial)

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    Mar 02, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to Washington next week for the annual meeting of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. While in town, Netanyahu will meet on Monday with President Obama to demand that the President commits to military action aginst Iran.


    Obama is reportedly frustrated by what he sees as political interference by Netanyahu to mobilize support for Israel's position in the US Congress. Netanyahu met a group of US senators last week and complained strongly about Obama administration officials publicly opposing an Israeli strike on IranMr. Obama speaks to the AIPAC delegates Sunday morning and Netanyahu addresses the group Monday night. On Tuesday, Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will speak to AIPAC.

    Israeli officials told the Associated Press this week that Israel will not notify the US before an attack on Iran.
    The Guardian/UK is reporting this afternoon:

    [...] Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is expected to raise the issue at a White House meeting on Monday after weeks of intense diplomacy in which Obama has dispatched senior officials – including his intelligence, national security and military chiefs – to Jerusalem to try and dampen down talk of an attack.

    Diplomats say that Israel is angered by the Obama administration's public disparaging of early military action against Iran, saying that it weakens the prospect of Tehran taking the warnings from Israel seriously.

    The two sides are attempting to agree a joint public statement to paper over the divide but talks will not be made easier by a deepening distrust in which the Israelis question Obama's commitment to confront Iran while the White House is frustrated by what it sees as political interference by Netanyahu to mobilize support for Israel's position in the US Congress.

    "They are poles apart," said one diplomatic source. "The White House believes there is time for sanctions to work and that military threats don't help. The Israelis regard this as woolly thinking.

    They see Iran as headed towards a bomb, even though they agree there is no evidence Tehran has made that decision yet, and they want the White House to up the ante. The White House has the Europeans behind its position but it's losing Congress." [...]



    Above is the direct result of ignoring George Washingtons warnings against showing favoritism to other nations because doing so draws us into the conflicts of the favored nation.

    The question is will Obama show strength and stick to his position or cave in to the war mongering Neo Cons from Israel and within our Government ?

    We just got done with the failed Iraq experiment of forcing democracy on them, which ended up with their becoming more tied to Iran over the Shiite majority in both their country's.

    I guess some Neo Cons never learn, the hell of it is though, they don't pay the price the masses do.

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    Mar 03, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    Keep an eye on Mondays ISRAELI LOBBY AIPAC conventions where Romney, Gingrich and Santorum will try their damndest to out love each other for the sake of the Jewish vote and the far right Christian Fundi's vote.

    For some interesting reading. Look up "Santorum and the Jewish vote", the jewish voters apparently aren't impressed.
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    Mar 03, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    I'm sure President Obama will stick to his position. The Department of Defense have been hammering Republicans that a military strike is not necessary.
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    Mar 03, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    75% of American Jews voted for @BarackObama in 2008 despite GOP attempts to link him to pro-Palestinian and Muslim causes.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3618408,00.html

    Romney, Santorum, et al are going there for the evangelical vote.

    Most American Jews are less obsessed with Israel than are GOP voting rightwingers.

    All this RA RA ISRAEL shit is rather terrifying to those of us from Israel who actually know what goes on there.

    Republican administrations have historically inflamed the region father than pacify it which puts the Jewish state in greater peril then Democratic administrations which historically tend to advance the peace process.

    Also, keep in mind the split between the Israeli public anda the rightwing Netanyahu government which is at record low approval ratings over his handling of the economy and the relations with the Palestinians

    A supermajority of Israelis support the creation of a Palestinian state. The militant religious parties that hold the Knesset hostage are to blame for the current impasse.

    Sadly, Netanyahu faces no serious challenge from the center or left, so unless something scandal wise pops up, he'll cruise to another term in office.

    O_o
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    Mar 03, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    The US is tired of war. Benjamin Nothingbutayahoo wont get anywhere.
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    Mar 03, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    Haaretz said75% of American Jews voted for @BarackObama in 2008 despite GOP attempts to link him to pro-Palestinian and Muslim causes.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3618408,00.html

    Romney, Santorum, et al are going there for the evangelical vote.

    Most American Jews are less obsessed with Israel than are GOP voting rightwingers.

    All this RA RA ISRAEL shit is rather terrifying to those of us from Israel who actually know what goes on there.

    Republican administrations have historically inflamed the region father than pacify it which puts the Jewish state in greater peril then Democratic administrations which historically tend to advance the peace process.

    Also, keep in mind the split between the Israeli public anda the rightwing Netanyahu government which is at record low approval ratings over his handling of the economy and the relations with the Palestinians

    A supermajority of Israelis support the creation of a Palestinian state. The militant religious parties that hold the Knesset hostage are to blame for the current impasse.

    Sadly, Netanyahu faces no serious challenge from the center or left, so unless something scandal wise pops up, he'll cruise to another term in office.

    O_o



    Thank you !!! thank you !!!!! and thank you again for speaking up from an Israeli point of view. I read from a lot of Israeli writers who have expressed your above opinion on several Israeli sites that I read from daily. I am very concerned that missdirected US Christian Fundi 'carte blanche' backing of the Likuds settlement policies and pushing for war could have a devistating effect on Israel and in turn the US, if Obama doesn't stick to seeking peace between Israel and Palestine and avoiding war with Iran.


    The Neo Con experiment in Iraq was devastating enough without adding a probably much worse Iranian war on top of it.

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    Mar 03, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    Haaretz saidMost American Jews are less obsessed with Israel than are GOP voting rightwingers.

    All this RA RA ISRAEL shit is rather terrifying to those of us from Israel who actually know what goes on there.

    What is the source of your information? You always speak so definitively. Assume you can back it up? There are many Jews in my area, many traditionally liberal, and associated with the entertainment industry. The great majority of them have a completely different point of view than you. Also note this article from The Jerusalem Post:

    'Majority of US Jews worried about Obama Israel policies'

    http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=229274

    Excerpt:

    Among those polled, 65 percent voted for Obama, 24% for John McCain, and 5% did not vote, or voted for someone else.

    American Jews still have a favorable opinion of Obama, but are concerned about his policies regarding Israel’s future, a comprehensive bipartisan poll of 600 likely American- Jewish voters indicated.
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    Mar 03, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    Pouncer saidI don’t have much time, and I need your help.

    In just a few days, thousands of AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) supporters will gather in DC for their annual policy conference billed as “three of the most important days affecting Israel’s future.” President Obama, Newt Gingrich, Prime Minister Netanyahu and most members of Congress will be there, thinking they are talking to America’s Jews.

    But you and I have a chance, right now, to let them know that’s not true.

    I won’t be in the room. And neither will you. In fact, most American Jews, our friends and relatives will not be in that room—and with damned good reason. Because AIPAC doesn’t want us there. AIPAC wants the leaders they’ve assembled to think that their support for bombing Iran and unconditional aid to Israel is the Jewish point of view. We can’t let that happen.

    That’s why I want you to join me in showing the world leaders attending the conference a message, loud and clear. “AIPAC doesn’t represent me. It doesn’t represent you. And it doesn’t represent millions of Jews who can’t bear the increasing violence perpetrated in our name.” Here’s how:

    Starting Monday, March 5, Jewish Voice for Peace has rented a giant truck so that when members of Congress go to the AIPAC Gala, or when their staffers show up for work the same morning they are flooded with thousands of volunteer AIPAC lobbyists, they’ll get our message:



    AIPAC speaks for AIPAC, not for the Jews.
    AIPAC supports war with Iran. American Jews don’t.

    The truck driving around the conference grounds will make it clear that AIPAC doesn’t represent us. Not when they bang the drums of war with Iran, not when they support Israel’s occupation, not when they intimidate members of Congress, and not when they ask for unconditional military aid for Israel.

    I want your name on that truck. We only have 75 hours to gather as many name as possible to leave no doubt that there might be a few thousands AIPAC supporters inside the conference, but there are hundreds of thousands outside of it, in every way. Will you add your name?

    I’m sending this March 2 and we’re hoping to get 1,000 names by 1 pm on Monday. Please, click here to join us, and please circulate this request.

    Sincerely,

    Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director
    Jewish Voice for Peace


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    Pouncer this is so important from the "Jewish Voice for Peace" that it deserves its own complete topic for discussion.


    Of course our far righters LIL'AIPAC (now wolverine4) SoCal, and the OLD GEEZER (freedomisn'tfree) would consider this anti semitism and would consider the JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE, Self hating jews. I am amazed by such reactions, but thats what the truth is faced with where Israel is concerned.