Israel doesn't know when to stop, and it could pay dearly as a result.By Gideon Levy
An elephant and an ant will meet in Washington on Monday for a critical summit. But wait, who here is the elephant and who the ant? Who is the superpower and who the patronage state?
A new chapter is being written in the history of nations. Never before has a small country dictated to a superpower; never before has the chirp of the cricket sounded like a roar; never has the elephant resembled the ant - and vice versa. No Roman province dared tell Julius Caesar what to do, no tribe ever dreamed of forcing Genghis Khan to act in accordance with its own tribal interests. Only Israel does this. On Monday, when Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the White House, it will be hard to tell which one is the real leader of the world.
For the past few years the Israeli cricket has been chirping "Iran," and the world responds with a muffled echo. It isn't that Iran is only an Israeli problem, but North Korea could endanger Japan just as much as Iran endangers Israel - and the world has not come running to Japan's side. Netanyahu's Israel has dictated the global agenda as no small state has ever done before, just as its international standing is at its nadir and its dependence on the United States at a zenith.
To the miracles of the rebirth of the Hebrew language after two millennia, the establishment of a thriving country of immigrants in the Land of Israel in such a short span of time and the invention of the kibbutz, we must now add another, much more deserving of a place on the list of the seven wonders of the world than the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, than the Roman Colosseum or the Great Wall of China: Israel's wondrous power in the face of the United States. There is no rational explanation.
Israel features in the American presidential campaign as no other foreign country does, with the candidates vying for the sobriquet of "biggest Israel-lover" to the point where it often seems to be the main issue. Rich Jews like Sheldon Adelson donate enormous war chests to candidates for the sole purpose of buying their support for Israel, while the president of the United States, who won with a message of change, was forced to fold up, at lightning speed, the flag of planting peace in the Middle East simply because Israel said "No." If last week a British member of the House of Lords was forced to resign from Parliament after daring to criticize Israel, in the United States she would never have even considered making her views known.
Israel is teaching the world a lesson in international relations: Size doesn't matter. When it comes to foreign policy Europe toes the U.S. line much more than tiny Israel does. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also taught the world that it's possible to tell the American president "No," bluntly and explicitly, and not only remain alive but even to gain in strength. So Obama begged for an extension of the settlement construction freeze - so what? Netanyahu will take care of it: He took the issue off the agenda.
When he goes to the White House on Monday he will make a new demand: Either you or we (attack Iran ), putting the leader of the free world in a tight spot. Obama does not want to ensnare his country in another war or in an energy crisis, but when Netanyahu hath demanded, who will not fear?
This would appear to be a good thing, a reason to marvel at the prime minister. A cat may look at a king, but it doesn't always end well. One day, perhaps, even in brainwashed America the questions may begin: another war? Is it right to put more American soldiers in harm's way for an interest that is more Israeli than it is American? And perhaps we should also make demands from the small protege?
For now, Obama may be unable to prohibit Israel from a military adventure in Iran without offering serious quid pro quo. After all, we are talking about the prime minister of Israel. But one day the rope could snap and the whole thing could blow up in the face of power-drunk Israel: Israel doesn't know when to stop, and it could pay dearly as a result.
When I read this article, my jaw dropped. I couldn't believe that a Jew was actually speaking the truth about Israel! If I were him, I'd start looking over my shoulders. The Mossad may not take this too kindly.
Evidently, Mr. Levy considers himself an American first, and a Jew/Israeli second. Good for him. He's not the first one either. Chess master Bobby Fischer was very vocal regarding the truth about Israel and his people. Some even called him a Jewish Anti Semite.
But why does Israel call so many shots? Frankly, they are nothing but a second rate country in a miserable patch of desert.
Mr. Levy answered that question for us. Wealthy American Jews who drop their dollars in the right places to garner all the support Israel needs. A Jew helps a politician get elected, and that politician OWES that Jew a favour(s). They don't play ball, and the rich Jews withdraw their support and he's out of office. That's the American way now. If you want to succeed in politics, you had better support Israel, otherwise you can forget it.
Benjamin Franklin knew the truth. He specifically wanted Thomas Jefferson to exclude Jews from the U.S. Constitution. Jefferson reasoned that the Constitution must protect everyone, or no one is protected. Both were right. It's one of those "Damned if you do, and damned if you don't" situations.
I also want to reiterate that I don't mean poor and middle class Jews that just want to work hard running their small businesses and get along with everyone. I'm talking about the big boys. The movers and shakers. The Jewish big businessmen. The Jewish celebrities who influence millions of their fans. The Jew politicians who put Israeli interests before American. They're the enemy, not the poor shmo who runs the delicatessen down the street, or the dry cleaners around the corner. It just a pity that back in the days of pograms (violent, organised actions against Jews), the latter were the Jews who suffered. The ones who really deserved retribution used their money and power to avoid it.
I want to end this on an appropriate, but lighter note.
Cut away Scene from "Family Guy":
Place: Liberty Hall, Philadelphia
Thomas Jefferson is reading his first draft of the Constitution to the Continental Congress.
Jefferson: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
Franklin shouts from the back of the Congress: Except the Jews!
Jefferson: Forget it Ben, it isn't going to happen.
Franklin: You'll be sorry!
Thanks again to Comrade Raymond Bxxxxxxx for sending me this.