We are in the Season of Migration to Israel. I wish Tayeb Salih was still with us, so I can hear his opinion on the migration of American candidates for the White House -or Congress- to Israel, to ask for the blessing of the racist and fascist occupation state.
Barack Obama spares no occasion to speak of the unshakable, special and eternal bond between the United States and Israel. He sent his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to tell the Israeli leaders that her country is with them, and would never accept for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. Clinton turned the page completely on the negotiations with the Palestinians and the entire peace process, and I venture to wager here that the U.S. will once again oppose the Palestinian bid for an incomplete membership of the U.N. for the Palestinian Authority, come September.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is supposed to have reiterated what the Secretary of State said in a similar visit, especially with regard to the position on Iran. Panetta’s visit comes after Tom Donilon, the National Security Adviser, made a secret visit for the same reasons.
There is nothing new in U.S. policy then. Previously, Obama visited Israel when he was a Senator, in preparation for entering the U.S. presidential race, where he declared his “unwavering commitment to Israel’s security”, and so did Hillary Clinton. This is while George W. Bush did not have to perform such obeisance to Israel, because those who ruled behind him as a front, including the Likudnik neocons, had already done so, on his behalf.
But Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, remains worse than all of the above. For one thing, he is a personal friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, having once worked with him in a consultancy in Boston, and stayed in touch with him ever since those days in the mid-seventies. I dare say that if Romney were to win the elections, then he would outsource foreign policy in the Middle East to the war criminal Netanyahu, just like he outsourced the work of his companies to Mexico and China, while American workers are without jobs to deserve the quality of being workers, and with unemployment standing at around 9 %. Romney’s hobby, like he once said before he denied it, is to fire people from the companies he manages, and to evade taxes by stashing his millions away in offshore accounts.
Romney barely opens his mouth without making a gaffe. Before he arrived in London, he criticized the security plans for the Olympics, but David Cameron soon retorted and said that the whole world will see Britain’s readiness, adding that it's “easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere” - in a reference to the Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, where Romney played a role in saving the games from financial ruin.
In Israel, Romney did not do more than what was expected of him, performing obeisance and pledging allegiance in turn, and declaring that the Iranian nuclear program is the biggest priority for American security. He also expressed his support for Israel if it decides to launch a military strike against Iran.
As an aside here, related to the Israeli influence on U.S. foreign policy, an Israeli lawyer who worked in a senior post for his government has been appointed as the U.N. Security Council’s top counterterrorism lawyer. In other words, a former employee of a terrorist state has been put in charge of counterterrorism. That is like putting a fox in charge of the security of a chicken coop. At any rate, I believe that the Israeli David Scharia would not have been appointed to this post without the consent of the United States, and maybe even its support for his candidacy.
I can almost say that what I am seeing on the sidelines of the U.S. presidential election borders on being one of the Signs of the Day of Judgment, and so I am now anticipating the appearance of the Antichrist and the Battle of Armageddon.
In the meantime, I find that Barack Obama remains the best candidate from the standpoint of Arab interests. While he can be accused of many things, such as of selling his soul to the Israeli devil, I believe that he is silent and is playing Israel’s game to win a second term, after which he would do as he pleases, irrespective of the pressures of the Israel lobby and the evil gang of neocons and others.
Obama can be accused of many things, but stupidity is not one of them. Indeed, Obama is an African American who reached the White House with an American mother and a Kenyan father, so he must no doubt know the views of Israel’s supporters of him. There are news stories about him every day, claiming things like that he had damaged America’s defense capabilities with the cuts to the Department of Defense budget, that he (believe it or not) lost the war in Iraq which he handed over to Iran, or that the fact that he has reached out to the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohammed Mursi, is a disaster. Other claims include that the left, led by Obama, is bringing ruin to African Americans, and that the individuals scrutinizing the candidates do not believe his information – as though there is anyone who believes The Washington Times, which published this last story.
The neocons have destroyed America’s economy, weakened its military might, and irreparably damaged its reputation as a country of democracy of freedoms. Now, they are attempting to project their failure unto Obama, while the Republican-dominated House of Representatives deliberately obstructs the president’s proposals, even if the average American is to pay the price. However, they can never fool all Americans all the time, and I anticipate that they will pay the price next November.
The writer is a columnist at the London-based al-Hayat daily, where this article was published on August 1, 2012