“Like America’s national interest, Palestinians are sacrificed by the average voter’s indifference and the utter moral impotency at the highest elected political office in the face of the strongest US foreign interest lobby.”
By: Jamal Kanj*
The American election signifies the start of the political harvest season for the strongest US foreign lobby. American presidential hopefuls vying for Jewish money and vote, with varying designed Yamakas, line up at fundraiser events from New York to Hollywood Californian, typically before making a shameful toadying “pilgrimage” to the supposed Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem.
The 2012 election season has started in earnest with Republicans and the President (Democratic) nominee pandering equally to the powerful pro-Israel Jewish lobby.
In a recent 30 minute conference call with over 900 orthodox, conservative and reform rabbis from throughout the US, Obama assured the rabbis that “Prime Minister Netanyahu knows he can count on the United States … the commitment of the security of Israel is ironclad. Since coming into office, I haven’t just talked the talk, we’ve walked the walk.”
At a New York City election fundraiser, the US president, in self-glorifying statement boasted: “I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration.”
Meanwhile six Republican candidates, except Ron Paul, gathered in December at a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Washington DC attempting to court Republican Jewish votes and money. Outshining each other, the candidates were inventive in vowing their obsequious devotion for Israel.
Former Speaker-of-the-House Newt Gingrich and Congresswoman Michele Backman pledged to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; Mitt Romney promised to make Israel his first international destination if he was elected president.
In another presentation of his credentials to The Jewish Channel, a cable TV station in New York, Newt Gingrich declared “I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places …”
As if being an Arab, makes it any less likely for Palestinians to deserve a state of their own. It would be similar if a politician from the US neighbor to the south would state something like “Californians were invented people because they were historically part of the American community. And they had chance to go many places…”
A statement spewed out by a former history teacher, Gingrich must be equally aware that his bankrupt argument has more validity undermining the basic historical foundation of the whole United States (not to mention Israel’s legitimacy) but empirically, it is less applicable to Palestine.
Gingrich, who disgracefully resigned as the Speaker of the US House in 1998 after admitting: “In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the [House Ethics] committee.” The Special Counsel investigating ethics violation concluded that Gingrich “had lied to the panel” to avoid ethics charges.
Whether, then, providing “inaccurate … and unreliable statements” to circumvent ethical charges, or today to gain Jewish money and votes, unscrupulous US presidential hopefuls have proved to have bottomless ignominious nadir.
Like America’s national interest, Palestinians are sacrificed by the average voter’s indifference and the utter moral impotency at the highest elected political office in the face of the strongest US foreign interest lobby.
*Jamal Kanj writes frequently on Arab World issues and the author of “Children of Catastrophe, Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America ”, Garnet Publishing, UK . Jamal’s articles can be read at www.jamalkanj.com , his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org