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Why Was This Man Standing at a Podium Before the US Congress?

The sight of a right-wing Zionist leader standing at the podium normally reserved for American presidents...

The picture of Bibi Netanyahu speaking to Congress is from Al Jazeera. The picture of Mayor Emanuel with President Obama is from the London Guardian, published during Emanuel’s days in the White House.
Bibi Netanyahu speaks to Congress. Al Jazeera photo

(CHICAGO) - This picture of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu laying down the law to the US Congress is not just a portent of things to come. It is, in fact, a portrait of who really runs US foreign policy.

While many Americans were watching Oprah or worrying about steroids ruining baseball, Israel assumed control of our government. The picture (above) of Bibi lecturing Congress was orchestrated by Republican House Speaker John Boehner with the help of all those other Zionist politicians we elected to office in campaigns financed by the Israel Lobby.

Two things stand out about the cheering Congressional mob that greeted Bibi’s series of lies and distortions:

One, the American media accepted this insult to the current American president with barely a whimper of protest.  Their real leader had spoken and who are they to say otherwise.

Two, the Congress cheered statements about which they were either ignorant, or had been warned by leaders of both parties, not to disagree.

In case you were watching American Idol during the speech, you should know that this intruder to the podium of our Congress was actually cheered when he asserted that:

There is no occupation of Palestinian land because “in Judea and Samaria [better known except to biblical literalists, as the West Bank], Israelis are not foreign occupiers”. They are, Bibi obviously wants us to believe, the native inhabitants.

Would that explain Israel’s building of that Great Wall to separate Israel Proper from the land of Judea and Samaria? That wall looks biblical. Bibi cited Abraham in his speech to the Congress as a rationale for Israel’s claim on occupied land. Could that Wall come tumbling down with a few well placed toots on a horn?

Is Sarah Palin writing Bibi’s speeches? Talk about your distortion of history. Geeze. Has there ever been a surrender moment more filled with fantasy?

The sight of a right-wing Zionist leader standing at the podium normally reserved for American presidents, and harshly repudiating the current president, was sad in the extreme.

We could only hope that Barack Obama, this son of Kenya and Kansas, would respond to this insult to him and to his nation, with a repudiation of Bibi’s speech.

Alas, it was not to be.  Instead, we get this depressing report about a little-noticed new addition to the White House web site. The announcement came after the Bibi speech, not from the New York Times, but from Philip Weiss, co-founder of Mondoweiss. The White House site may be accessed here.

The Obama White House has unfurled a new web-page, it’s called “Advancing Israel’s Security and Supporting Peace.” It’s obviously geared toward appeasing the lobby.

There is one reference to the status quo being “unsustainable,” but all references to Palestinians are calls on them to advance peace and [halt] terrorism. Most of the site is about Israel’s security. Iran has a whole section. The word “settlements” is not mentioned. 1967 is mentioned.

Talk about “walking back” from the firm focus President Obama put on the 1967 borders in his recent speeches, consider how the White House’s “we love Israel” web page explains the border’s reference:

“[T]he parties themselves will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967 to account for the changes that have taken place over the last 44 years…”

Translation: Not to worry, you holders of the big dollars we need for reelection. We love what you have done with the occupied property since you stole it 44 years ago.  We see no reason to make changes. Who’s your decorator?

It is not as though we did not know this total capitulation to Israel was coming. Many people knew and tried to warn us.

An important early warning signal is found in the work of Jewish historian Simha Flapan, who knew exactly what Israel had in mind. He gave the details in his remarkably prophetic 1987 book, The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities.

Flapan died, in Tel Aviv, on April 13, 1987, just as his book was going to press. The book is now, unfortunately, out of print (Amazon offers a rare new paperback copy for $89.99, and a few used copies for much less). It remains one of the most significant documents to emerge from that small band of Jewish writers who labored in the 1970s and 80s to sound the alarm about Israel’s plans for the conquest of all of Palestine.

I own a treasured paperback copy of The Birth of Israel. Flapan is, for me, a mentor and a writer I often turn to when his prophecies become especially pertinent. Richard Falk wrote this on the book’s cover: “A work of extraordinary integrity and of great significance for all those who favor a humane peace in the Middle East.”

Early in his book, Flapan described the mindset of the Israeli people. Notice his reference to “atomic” capability.

Even though Israel has the most sophisticated army in the region and possesses an advanced atomic capability, it continues to regard itself in terms of the Holocaust, as the victim of an unconquerable, bloodthirsty enemy. Thus whatever Israelis do, whatever means we employ to guard our gains or to increase them, we justify as last-ditch self-defense. We can, therefore, do no wrong. The myths of Israel forged during the formation of the state have hardened into this impenetrable, and dangerous, ideological shield.

That shield, now firmly established in the US, has been so effective that when Bibi Netanyahu declared victory before the US Congress, the members stood and cheered. And the American media assumed, from behind their “ideological shield”, that the speech was nothing more than “business as usual”.

Of course, since Bibi is not a native-born American citizen, he cannot be elected president of the United States. But there are a few notable candidates from both American political parties ready to swear their dual allegiance to the US and Israel and run for the office of the Leader of the Free World.

There is Sarah Palin, who is easily manipulated by advisor. She loves Israel. And there is a more serious Democratic candidate, the newly-elected Mayor of Chicago, a fellow named Rahm Emanuel, whose parents are native-born Israelis. Emanuel, himself, has a American birth certificate, so he is good to go in 2016.

Matter of fact, Mayor Rahm has issued his first major campaign speech for that campaign.  It was published in the Washington Post, which is working hard to replace the New York Times as the leading Zionist newspaper in the US.

Here is the start of Mayor Rahm’s pean of praise and support for the native land of his parents, the country which he served a brief stint as a volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces, at the time of the Iraq war.<

Days into my tenure as mayor of Chicago, with my focus on keeping our city’s streets safe, our schools strong and our finances stabilized, I expected my attention to be in the Midwest, not in the Middle East. But as an American and the son of an Israeli immigrant, I have a deep, abiding commitment to the survival, security and success of the state of Israel.

I am among the many who know that the Israeli people yearn for peace. They have taken risks for peace in spite of dangers. They will again, when they have a viable partner in the process and a region that recognizes a Jewish state of Israel with secure and defensible borders.

Mayor Rahm’s Post column was ostensibly a pean of praise for President Obama, the man whom Mayor Rahm served as Chief of Staff. As he wrote in the column, as a new mayor, his focus should now be on keeping the “city’s streets safe, our schools strong and our finances stabilized”.

Worthy goals, all, but then, notice that in his debut column he is writing not for his current hometown paper, but for the hometown paper of the White House.

The column will serve as a reminder to those generous donors who share his love for Israel. Those names are, no doubt, nestled safely in Emanuel’s Blackberry. It was in 1983 that I first saw an early version of those names. Rahm kept them in an ancient device we called the Rolodex.

At the time, I was Paul Simon’s campaign manager in his first US Senate primary race.  Rahm was our campaign’s resident AIPAC representative, paid, not by AIPAC (which, as a non-profit organization, does not make direct financial political contributions) nor by the Simon campaign, since I had refused to authorize payment, but by some of those generous donors whose names were in that Rolodex.

And now, just think, the journey that started in the Simon 1983-84 campaign office, could finally end with Rahm Emanuel standing where Bibi Netanyahu stood during the 2011 surrender ceremonies.  Ain’t history grand?


Journalism was Jim Wall’s undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. An ordained United Methodist clergy person; he and his wife, Mary Eleanor, are the parents of three sons, and the grandparents of four grandchildren. They live in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve. While serving with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years, starting in 1972. Time magazine wrote about the new editor, who arrived at the Christian Century determined to turn the magazine into a hard-hitting news publication. The inspiration for Wall Writings comes from that mindset and from many other sources that have influenced Jim’s writings over the years, including politics, cinema, media, American culture, and the political struggles in the Middle East. Jim has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat’s 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election. He has interviewed, and written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region. You can write to Jim Wall at Visit Jim's Website: Wall Writings

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 12:43 pm (Pacific time)

Body language expert Tanya Reiman told Bill O’Reilly recently that Obama lied – He was no friend of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Reiman said that Obama had “contempt in his eyes” and displayed it with his body language when he was with Benjamin Netanyahu. It was obvious. Narcissists don’t like being challenged. Now we know the rest of the story…Obama went into a rage after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him on his suicide plan for Israel. NewsFavor reported, via Doug Ross: Shortly after the photo-op meeting and “working lunch” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the one that saw President Obama openly chastised by the Prime Minister for Obama’s earlier public comments regarding wanting to see Israel return to its 1967 borders, the president verbally “went off” on Richard Daley in the private study area that adjoins the Oval Office. President Obama’s verbal attack was clearly heard by numerous staff up and down the West Wing hallways. The essence of the president’s rage and embarrassment can best be summed up with him yelling out very loudly, “What the f-ck was that!?” That phrase was apparently repeated a number of times in the span of about five minutes, a time period in which Obama’s voice became “louder and louder” and culminating in Obama exclaiming, “Never again! Do you understand me? Never again!” Any response by Bill Daley back to the president, if given, was not overheard. Daley was soon after seen walking slowly down the hallway back toward his own office. He appeared “unconcerned” and was walking alone. His mood was apparently good enough that he took the time to speak briefly with some junior staffers before continuing down the hall. There was no sign of the president, though Valerie Jarrett did make an appearance on her way into the Oval Office. This was viewed as somewhat of a rare thing as Jarrett has apparently not been seen much on the lower levels of the West Wing for the last month or so. Neither she nor the president was seen for some time after that --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2, & 1 more to go ? June 10, 2011 1:14 am (Pacific time)

To William @ June 5, 2011 4:13 pm (Pacific time): I agree with Colli [June 5, 2011 7:32 pm], however, I believe the Zionist P.M. controls two branches (if not three) of our federal government. Look how the Congress claps on cue! And how Obama has fallen all over himself singing praises to them (like Bush did) about visiting their (( sacred )) nation when he was a Senator. It's truly absurd. Go read Obama's speech as a Senator, and the one's since as President when he panders to both the Israeli's and their Zionist-U.S. supporters.

Anonymous June 7, 2011 12:12 pm (Pacific time)

to the editor; international law is muslim dominated and that isn't fair either.

Editor" Criticizing one govt. doesn't mean endorsing another.  We don't care what religion people are, it has nothing to do with it..

alamodefender June 7, 2011 12:09 pm (Pacific time)

don't put words in netanyahu's mouth,he doesn't "obviously" want us to believe anything except that Israel conquered their aggressors and took the land as spoils of war to put a barrier between Israel and any future attacks.

Wesley June 6, 2011 12:53 pm (Pacific time)

Perhaps you would prefer Felipe Calderon telling America how we are evil for trying to enforce our border security laws before a cheering Democrat majority congress...

Felgergarb June 6, 2011 12:24 pm (Pacific time)

Felgergarb! Don't forget Israel and Britain have always been staunch allies of the U.S. in times of war. Undoubtedly there needs to be peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, but let's be fair to both sides. I have never seen a favorable article in Salem News toward the Israelis. They have done some good things. Don't forget also that the reason the Israelis are so agressive is that they almost were exterminated in the ghettos under Nazi control during WWII by allowing themselves to be passively led off to the slaughter. They vowed "Never Again!" My grandfather was one of the ones who liberated the Jewish Concentration Camps and he was horrified by what he saw. Not all Israelis are perfect and good, but all this anti-Jewish sentiment is beginning to alarm me. I will be one of the ones to stand against this in saying "Never Again!" to another Holocaust.

Editor: Anti-Jewish?  How do you arrive at that conclusion, is it that you believe the people of Israel are superior human beings?  What other answer is there, right?  You believe it is wrong to murder Jews, but that if Jews murder others it is OK?  Is that not your point?  First, we could care less which warring religion you or any others are part of; the only concern is government following international law, which Israel does not.  My dad's best friend was a concentration camp liberator; I have written about this, but how does this horrifying event justify apartheid laws that subject Muslims to different sanctions and punishments than Jews?  And for the record, Judaism is a religion, not a government, that is your Zionist founder TH's idea.  Many Jewish people I know are totally disgusted by Israel's terrible aggression toward its neighbors and its lies and justification of harming of Arab children in the name of what happened more than 60 years ago?   Forget it, we care about human beings and we don't select them by their religion, get that through your head.

David Lee June 6, 2011 8:56 am (Pacific time)

Americans have blown too much money and more importantly american lives in name of one country in the middle east. World doesn't need a collective guilt for what happened during the war to the jewish community(and should have never happened) but the price is being payed by the whole planet in name of terror, oil price and arm industry reaping in the $$$.

Joe June 5, 2011 7:37 pm (Pacific time)

Because Obama is weak and not an effective leader. That' why

Colli June 5, 2011 7:32 pm (Pacific time)

Great article Jim. You have asked fair questions that all of Congress should have been asking . . . no, that all of the United States should have been asking! As to Williams comment that Prime Minister Netanyahu would run the United States better than President Obama well, it looks more and more like Prime Minister Netanyahu is running the United States . . . he certainly appears to be setting U.S. policy!

William June 5, 2011 4:13 pm (Pacific time)

Once again, the anti-Israel rhetoric and fears of a "Jewish conspiracy" comes out. I wish Netanyahu was running America, he be better than Obama.

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