The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

The Bibi Connection

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By Max Blumenthal
Al-Akhbar English
January 12, 2012

The US presidential election campaign that kicked off January 3 with the Iowa caucuses was the subject of a curious article attacking President Barack Obama in the mass circulation Israeli daily newspaper, Israel Hayom.

“US President Barack Obama is ‘naïve’ and needs to face up to the threat presented by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, Israel’s National Security Council concluded during a strategic discussion several days ago,” Israel Hayom reported.

The Israeli National Security Council consists of Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s closest advisers. And Israel Hayom is not just another right-leaning Israeli tabloid. Referred to by Israelis as the “Bibiton,” or Bibi’s mouthpiece, the paper is an instrument that gives him extraordinary political leverage. The obviously planted article in Israel Hayom rang like a bell sounding the start of Netanyahu’s own campaign in helping the Republican Party oust Obama from the White House.

Israel Hayom’s genesis demonstrates the depth of Netanyahu’s connections in Republican circles. It was created by one of Netanyahu’s top financial supporters, a Las Vegas-based casino tycoon named Sheldon Adelson, who is also a major donor to the conservative wing of the Republican Party. Adelson’s closest relationship is with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a longtime ally of Netanyahu who has been running a rancorous campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

January 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

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  1. The story is a blind, intended above all to conceal the covert alliance between Israel and the Sauds. This covert alliance, which historically goes back to the 1950s, when Israel and the Sauds worked together against Nasser, and continued in the 1960s, when they worked together against independent Yemen, is the underlying secret around which the entire current near-eastern pattern of insurrections and regime changes is organised. Current US policy is obviously based on the exploitation of the MBs in a whole series of countries to bring more acceptable and less independent-minded governments to power, which implies that in reality the MBs can be controlled, presumably via the Sauds, who along with the Qatari rulers are after all are their chief funders. The idea that Obama is “naively” allowing this policy to go forward is nonsensical. The blind serves another purpose: it is also intended to create an illusion that Romney will be a more reliable Israel asset, or ally, than Obama. However, the idea that when Romney becomes president, as he presumably will, he will reverse this policy, is again nonsensical. Why should he? It works. So what we have here is another familiar pattern, this time specific to western states, according to which an apparently weak and passive centrist liberal government alternates with an apparently strong and aggressive right-wing one. The centrist liberal government is required to accept public reproof throughout its tenure from the right wing for its ‘wimpishness’, in order to condition the public for the return of the right-wing government at the following election, at which point “the nation can stand tall again.” But all this is just spectacle. It would probably happen anyway, but in the US-Israel context, it is stage-managed according to an external, zionist agenda rather than an internal, domestic one.


    January 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  2. Are US, Israel, Saudis united on military action versus Iran?
    DEBKA-Net-Weekly, Jan 11 2012

    The first exclusive rundown on US, Saudi and Israeli war preparations against Iran was offered in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday. This issue also studies the points of consensus and dispute among the three on goals and priorities: the US and Saudi Arabia are set to unblock the Strait of Hormuz, whereas the US and Israel focus on curtailing Iran’s work on a nuclear bomb. Military coordination is marred by mistrust. So Riyadh and Jerusalem are capable of going it alone… (subscription only for remainder of article)


    January 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

  3. I believe I can guess what is happening in the above tantalising snippet from DEBKA-Net-Weekly, although I have no idea how their story reads in full, not being a subscriber, because in my opinion it has happened to the DEBKA crew before. They are so keen to develop the “tough cop, con cop” scenario, whereby Obama is supposedly a wimp and there is a real possibility that Israel might have to launch a genuinely unilateral strike without him, that they have inadvertently exposed the covert alliance between Israel and the Sauds, which indeed exists, and has done since the 1950s, but so far only a sub-system within the general global pattern of US alliances against independent nationalist movements of whatever sort. It started as an alliance against Nasser, as I said above, but only after the US themselves had discovered that they couldn’t control him.

    I have argued elsewhere that the day may come when Israel will pull a sudden, global reversal of alliances, and ditch the USA the way it ditched the UK in 1948. But that day is not immediately imminent. Before that day can come, Israel has to exploit the USA’s remaining utility, by using it to smash Iran, and possibly Russia (not to mention Syria, which is almost done already). Here I am using the term ‘Israel’ in a very broad sense, in that it may be that the majority of the ‘Israel’ elite still resides in the USA, and still forms the dominant element of its policy-making ruing class. Like other parasites, they don’t physically disengage from the host until they have finished using it up.


    January 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

  4. As Justin Raimondo has just written over on our favourite website:

    Isn’t it time we gave our “special relationship” with Israel a second look? As Israeli agents covertly seek to incite the peoples of the Middle East – including the Iranians – against us, one has to wonder, like those intelligence analysts cited above: just whose side are these guys on, anyway?

    The answer is: they’re on their own side. The question Perry’s scoop ought to raise in the mind of every American is: when are we going to start being on our own side?

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    January 16, 2012 at 6:14 am

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