Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tales from the Israel-U.S. Matrix

Another day, another two stories about Israeli/American politicians/activists fiddling around with each other.

1. The Jerusalem ComPost has the following story about a letter from an Israeli politician to Rahm Emanuel imploring him to remmber his roots.

Israel's National Union chairman Ya'acov "Ketzele" Katz sent a don't-forget-your-roots-bitch note to White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel.

The letter actually seems like a fun read. Katz went on to compare Emanuel to the biblical Esther, who ended up at using her influence with Persian King Ahashverosh to intervene on behalf of the Jews of the Persian Empire -- perhaps suggesting Emanual will seduce Obama? I wonder if Emanual cursed when he read it.

A US Lawmaker who is doing AIPAC's dirty work. Rep. Jane Harman, the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. She would lobby for the lobby.

Now, we really have to question why some Democrats oppose wiretapping. Is it so we cannot find out who they are foreign agents for? Harman, it must be noted, was a rabid defender of wireless tapping, which is why then-Attorney General Gonzalez killed the investigation into her activities.

The good Representative did what every decent low-life politicians does, deny the allegations. At least she didn't take claim to forget.

Had it been any other country exerting such influence and direct pressure within the system, we'd have rampant nationalist alarmism and anger all around. But when it comes to Israel, Americans just take it for granted too often. And pointing this out often invites character assassination.

Glenn Greenwald does this issue justice.

As does Mondoweiss, as usual.

If you wanted to call and cuss out one member of Congress today, she'd be the one.




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