How And Why Does Israel Have So Much Power?

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U.S. Aid to Israel: What You Need to Know
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has drawn some criticism from the left for avoiding the topic of Israel-Palestine. It’s actually a wise decision on her part. It was obvious during her campaign that she is not well-versed on the issue. New members of Congress ought to avoid this dangerous minefield of an issue unless they are very clear about what they want to say and how they want to say it.

But AOC may be learning. Earlier this week, she was asked if she favored reducing aid to Israel and she replied that it is “…certainly on the table. I think it’s something that can be discussed.”

.... Advocates of cutting that aid, or of using it as leverage to pressure Israel, must understand how this aid works, how big a challenge it represents for advocacy, and how to make a potentially successful argument against it.
 





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Netanyahu Vows to Apply Israeli Sovereignty Over West Bank
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news...vows-to-apply-sovereignty-in-w-bank-1.7773602

day by day their true colors are showing.
"Opening school year in settlement, Netanyahu pledges that 'there will be no more uprooting' of Jews."

Uprooting of Jews? Man right-wing Israeli's are as delusional as their nut-case internet defenders.

These quotes from Israeli lawmakers were spot on:

"Netanyahu is a serial offender, at times stealing from the public and giving to his tycoon friends and at other times pushing the State of Israel toward committing the war crime of annexation that will lead to the deaths of countless Palestinians and Israelis. His legacy will be a trail of indictments and promises he made to settlers and didn't keep."

"Netanyahu is leading this region into conflict. The annexation of occupied territories is a breach of international law. Only the end of the occupation will give us all hope for the future."
 





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Laurent Guyénot’s excellent essays on neocons never disappoint and this is as close as it gets to answering the OP. I will only comment on one section of the essay.


“Irving Kristol engaged the American Jewish Congress in 1973 to fight George McGovern’s proposal to reduce the military budget by 30%: “this is to drive a knife into the heart of Israel. [...] Jews don’t like a big military budget, but it is now an interest of the Jews to have a large and powerful military establishment in the United States. [...] American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don’t want to cut the military budget, it is important to keep that military budget big, so that we can defend Israel”. We now understand better what reality Kristol was referring to, when he famously defined a neoconservative as “a liberal who has been mugged by reality”.

A big military budget, inorder to be sustained and perpetuated, demands higher taxes and the conjuring up of enemies: both real and imagined. Without the boogeymen, it cannot be justified. And a vast defense machine, well,...
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You won’t believe who pulled that whole thing off… Dangerous Dermer aka Bibi’s Brain. He worked with Frank Luntz ( of the Luntz document), so that means he (Dermer) knows a thing or two about being a spin-doctor and I wouldn’t trust anything he has to say when it comes to selling a war with Iran/Lebanon.
 





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Laurent Guyénot’s excellent essays on neocons never disappoint and this is as close as it gets to answering the OP. I will only comment on one section of the essay.


“Irving Kristol engaged the American Jewish Congress in 1973 to fight George McGovern’s proposal to reduce the military budget by 30%: “this is to drive a knife into the heart of Israel. [...] Jews don’t like a big military budget, but it is now an interest of the Jews to have a large and powerful military establishment in the United States. [...] American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don’t want to cut the military budget, it is important to keep that military budget big, so that we can defend Israel”. We now understand better what reality Kristol was referring to, when he famously defined a neoconservative as “a liberal who has been mugged by reality”.

A big military budget, inorder to be sustained and perpetuated, demands higher taxes and the conjuring up of enemies: both real and imagined. Without the boogeymen, it cannot be justified. And a vast defense machine, well,...
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You won’t believe who pulled that whole thing off…Dangerous Dermer aka Bibi’s Brain. He worked with Frank Luntz (of the Luntz document), so that means he (Dermer) knows a thing or two about being a spin-doctor and I wouldn’t trust anything he has to say when it comes to selling a war with Iran/Lebanon.
Very interesting and worthwhile.
Btw - The whole movie: The Occupation Of The American Mind.
https://www.occupationmovie.org/
 





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Very interesting and worthwhile.
Btw - The whole movie: The Occupation Of The American Mind.
https://www.occupationmovie.org/
Not only land, but also minds can be colonized. The brilliance of this documentary is that it manages to tell the story of both forms of colonization simultaneously. The first story reveals how Palestinian land was colonized and how the Palestinian people have been struggling for self-determination ever since. The second story uncovers how the American media has colonized the minds of its audiences and inverted the concrete relations of subjugation by transforming Israelis into victims and Palestinians into oppressors. The Occupation of the American Mind is a must see for anyone who is against colonization."
Neve Gordon, Professor of Politics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

^^^^^^^^^^^this. Amazingly blunt. It remains for the colonized to acknowledge that reality.
 





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