Wednesday, July 23, 2014
America’s 'Morally Bankrupt' Israel Policy, In Action Right Now In Gaza, Comes Courtesy Of The Israel Lobby, Says Stephen Walt.
Stephen Walt in the Huffington Post rather than his usual Foreign Policy.com column: “AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy,” he argues. A must read for all the Lobby Deniers, Dual Loyalists and Israel-Firsters out there, as well as members of the US Senate. The Senate voted a unanimous resolution of support for Israel last week, even as the UN High Commissioner For Human Rights was readying to declare that Israel might be guilty of “war crimes” and Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, made the deranged assertion in response that the Israeli Defense Forces deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for its “unimaginable restraint” in its operations in Gaza. So far of course, these operations have resulted in nearly 700 Palestinian deaths, the vast proportion of them civilians, an estimated one-third of them children. Just today, following scores of civilian casualties in the densely populated Gaza neighborhood of Shejaiya, The Guardian's Peter Beaumont reports on what sounds like a massacre in the border town of Zanna, which had been under constant fire from the IDF for almost a week.
Israel is hardly Nazi Germany, as so many lefties like to insist. But there is a good case to be made that it can be seen as the new Serbia, and has certainly forfeited the right to call itself "The Light Onto The Nations" as so many morally preening--- and moral vain--- Israelis and American Zionists have seen it. Likewise those who idealize the IDF, and its"Purity of Arms," doctrine, which is certainly an oxymoron worthy of Orwell. Pity that the blood, honor and treasure of the United States has been compromised in the process to underwrite that--- militarily through the $3 billion a year we give Israel in foreign aid and diplomatically through the blanket support the US gives Israel at the UN. As Walt writes: “Historians will one day look back and ask how U.S. Middle East policy could be so ineffectual and so at odds with its professed values -- not to mention its strategic interests.“