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Jan 12, 2010

Israel's Interference in USA Foreign Policy

A month ago the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz published an article titled "US officials face pro-Israel background check" written by Stephen Walt and Robert and Renee Belfer professors of international relation at Harvard University. The authors state that every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough back-ground check by the American Jewish community.

The article referred to Chas Freeman, former senator Hagel, and Hanna Rosenthal who were nominated for federal government positions. However, the Zionist Organization of America succeeded in derailing their appointments because they have made mild criticisms of Israel, or because they have been involved with JStreet. The latter has been vocal in advancing the peace process in the Middle East.

The Jewish community in the US, through their various Zionist organizations, as well as AIPAC and their lobbyists in congress, continues to have a strong control of American foreign policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab states.

One should stress here that American foreign policy, over the years, has been in the hands of pro-Israel officials.This has been "a steady recipe for failure" according to professor Walt.It should also be added that the continuous uneven handed policy of US government has encouraged the Israeli government to commit atrocities against Palestinians on a regular basis.

Israel is a major power that contributes to the rise of 'global terrorism' which affects innocent people and the USA is paying the price.

Ada Yunath an Israeli chemist and a Noble Prize winner (2009), stated publicly in an interview aired by the Israeli military broadcasting that "Israel produces Palestinian terrorists. Desperation and hopelessness push Palestinians to commit suicide missions, and that those who have hope in their future, would not commit such act of terror." (al-masry al yom, 10/12/09).

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