U.S. intelligence community draft report says Dump Israel!(FP).Expected to be in the forefront of the attack are Congresswoman Illena Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and William Kristol, publisher of the neo-conservative Weekly Standard and Director of the pro-Israel New American Century think-tank and lobby.
According to an article by Franklin Lamb appearing on the Foreign Policy Journal’s website today, the Israel lobby is preparing to trash a draft report prepared by the U.S. intelligence community that suggests the U.S. needs to drastically reduce its commitment to Israel for a number of increasingly urgent reasons.
The main points made in the intelligence community’s report are contained in the Foreign Policy Journal’s article:
US Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East?.
Among the main findings of this ‘relationship analysis’ are some searing indictments of Israel, and of the costly and damaging effects to the economic well-being and the international standing of the United States. Here are some brief examples, in no particular order:
“Israel, given its current brutal occupation and belligerence cannot be salvaged any more than apartheid south Africa could be… as American power and influence recedes, the US commitment to belligerent oppressive Israel is becoming impossible to defend or execute consistent (sic) given paramount US national interests which include normalizing relations with the 57 Islamic countries… U.S. public opinion no longer supports funding and executing widely perceived illegal US wars on Israel’s behalf…”
The draft ends by referring to “the need to avoid entangling alliances that alienate much of the world and condemn American citizens to endure the consequences”, but above all else I am absolutely delighted to see the following among the points being made:
“…Gross Israeli interference in the internal affairs of the United States through spying and illegal US arms transfers. This includes supporting more than 60 ‘front organizations’ and approximately 7,500 US officials who do Israel’s bidding and seek to dominate and intimidate the media and agencies of the US government…”
Interestingly, it notes Iran as an example of a country and people that have much in common and whose citizens have a real interest in enjoy bilateral associations (here an apparent reference to Israel and its US lobby) not determined by the wishes of other countries and their agents. It also highlights the need for the US to undertake the repairing of relations with Arab and Muslim countries, including the drastically curtained use of drone aircraft.
The coming days will clarity the success of Israel’s in making an issue of the finding in the soon to be published draft report and the degree to which the Republican Party will gain for its findings in the race for the White House.Hmmmmm.........But I’m also mindful of the proverb, “A man is judged by his deeds, not his words.” So if you want to know where my heart lies, look no further than what I have done — to stand up for Israel. Read the full story here.