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Is America’s ‘passionate attachment’ to Israel coming to an end?

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Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
December 14, 2013

In an analysis piece entitled “Israel’s New Strategic Position,” Stratfor’s George Friedman claims that Tel Aviv has already lost its stranglehold over the U.S. political system. While Friedman doesn’t refer directly to the Israel Lobby, he provides a rare, albeit indirect, admission from an Israel partisan that Mearsheimer and Walt’s thesis was not only on the mark but may have actually understated the extent of Israeli influence over U.S. foreign policy:

The Israelis used to be able to depend on massive wellsprings of support in the U.S. public and Congress. In recent years, this support has become less passionate though it has not dried up completely. What Israel has lost is twofold. First, it has lost control of America’s regional strategy. Second, it has lost control of America’s political process. Netanyahu hates the U.S.-Iran talks not because of nuclear weapons but because of the strategic shift of the United States. But his response must remain measured because Israel has less influence in the United States than it once did.

If the founder and chairman of the global intelligence firm is more accurate about the waning of America’s “passionate attachment” to Israel than he is about Iran’s alleged threat to “wipe Israel off the map” with its most likely non-existent nuclear weapons program, I may soon have to consider renaming this blog.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @O_Cathail.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

December 14, 2013 at 2:24 am

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  1. If only!

    This is a form of fall back disinformation.

    Since the power of the Israel lobby is so blatant, and the US Middle East policy is so contrary to US interests, one form of diversion would be to admit that the power had once been there (since everyone can see that anyhow) and at the same time claim that the power has since waned.

    Back to the earlier denial in one clean spin.


    December 14, 2013 at 2:35 am

  2. It’s certainly a fascinating time to be alive. I keep swaying from heady optimism to despair when I try to make sense of what’s going on at the moment!


    December 14, 2013 at 3:12 am

  3. I hope you are right… but while certain areas may be eroding, the CZ stranglehold seems unshaken. If only we could somehow de-link support for Israel from all that end times nonsense that the CZ’s have largely bought into… If only Israel were viewed as one nation among many. But alas, the proliferation of new CZ TV religious shows (which all march in lockstep on the Israel support issue) make me think otherwise.


    December 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

  4. Friedman’s statement that Israel has lost control over US Middle East policy is certainly a frank admission that it has had control and that those, like you, like me, like Mearsheimer and Walt, in saying that the war on Iraq was a war for Israel, were correct. Congress may remain Israel’s last bastion. I expect the checks of the donors will have some extra zeros in 2014.

    Jeff Blankfort

    December 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

  5. Jeff, while Friedman’s assertion of lessened Israeli influence is indeed arguable as you just observed in a FB post, it seems to me that the answer to the question in the title to this post essentially depends on whether Obama — who, albeit a product of Chicago “liberal” Jewish Zionists, is showing some signs of doing a JFK on his producers — can overcome the still Israeli-occupied Congress who have attempted to undermine him on numerous fronts, including over “Obamacare.”

    Although less likely given the dominant pro-Israel influence in both mainstream and alternative media (such as Amy Goodman’s Damage Control Now!), if an increasingly war-weary American public could be armed with facts via internet sites such as ours about the Israeli tail’s true attitude toward its benefactor and imperial proxy dog — as evidenced by the failed Lavon Affair false flag, the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty, Jonathan Pollard’s extremely damaging Cold War espionage, the Office of Special Plans’ stovepiping of false intelligence on Iraq, and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan’s decades-long nuclear smuggling, etc., etc. — there may be a much-needed intellectual American Intifada which might force “their” so-called representatives to finally “shake off” their AIPAC paymasters and scriptwriters.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    December 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

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