American Democracy: Pro-Israel Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Helen Keller’s pithy observation about American democracy being little more than a choice “between Tweedledum and Tweedledee” was never more true than in the upcoming midterm elections in the ninth congressional district of Illinois.

In a district which includes the affluent northern suburbs of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan, the central issue is not the two wars—or is it now three?—the country is fighting, nor is it the tanking economy, in great part caused by those debt-inducing wars. No, the burning issue here is… who cares more about Israel?

“A Jewish candidate has been trying to convince the mostly Jewish voters that his Jewish opponent has not done enough to protect the Jewish interest,” reports Ynetnews, the English language website of Israel’s most-read newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. Although less than 25 percent of the ninth district’s constituents are Jewish, and there is little agreement about what constitutes “the Jewish interest,” it’s not a bad summary of Republican challenger Joel Pollak’s campaign to oust the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

Pollak, an Orthodox Jew born in South Africa, charges Rep. Schakowsky with being “soft on Israel’s security.”

Let’s take a brief look at Congresswoman Schakowsky’s record on Capitol Hill to see if there’s any truth to Pollak’s allegations.

Since she was first elected to Congress in 1998, Schakowsky has consistently backed policies sought by Tel Aviv and its unregistered foreign agents in Washington, ensuring the continuation of the U.S. military, diplomatic, and financial support on which Israel crucially depends. As might be expected, her “100 percent” pro-Israel record has included a reflexive defense of Israeli aggression and demands for crippling sanctions against Iran.

In the wake of Operation Cast Lead, which killed over 300 Palestinian children, Schakowsky voted for a House resolution supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza. Later, she co-sponsored what Rep. Dennis Kucinich dubbed the “wrong is right” resolution condemning the Goldstone report, which Kucinich said his colleagues had not even read. And after Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen armed with nothing more than a small video camera, was murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos on the Gaza flotilla, she signed the Poe/Peters letter to President Obama again touting Israel’s right to self-defense.

Echoing Tel Aviv’s rhetoric about the “existential threat” posed by Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons programme, Congresswoman Schakowsky has long been lending her name to a raft of legislation targeting Tehran. In 1999, Schakowsky co-sponsored the Iran Nonproliferation Act. In 2001, she co-sponsored the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act Extension Act. She has also co-sponsored the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act, and the Iran Freedom Support Act. More recently, Schakowsky co-sponsored the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, which a former CIA officer and political analyst described as “basically an act of war.”

“There’s more, much more, but you get the idea,” as Steve Sheffey, a pro-Israel political activist, put it in his Huffington Post defense of Schakowsky.

Her opponent, however, does not get the idea.

To Joel Pollak and his supporters, which include his Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, Schakowsky is “too sympathetic” to Palestinians and the sanctions against Iran are “weak.”

But the GOP nominee is most concerned about Obama’s feeble efforts to coax Netanyahu to comply with international law by ceasing the building of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory. In a statement, Pollak called on Schakowsky to join him in “condemning the Obama administration’s ongoing attack on Israel.”

Among pro-Israelis there are concerns, however, that “efforts to transform support for Israel from a long-standing bipartisan national consensus into a divisive partisan wedge issue” could be counterproductive. “Ironically, by using Israel as a political football for partisan gain,” writes Sheffey, “Pollak’s supporters ignore the cardinal principle of pro-Israel advocacy: Support for Israel is and must remain bi-partisan.” According to Sheffey, Pollak has broken the Republican Party’s “friendly incumbent rule,” whereby pro-Israel opponents are expected to “disregard all other issues and vote solely based on Israel.”

Deeply concerned about the increasing use of support for Israel as a partisan issue in American domestic politics, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, reminded everyone that “bipartisan support for Israel is a strategic national interest for the State of Israel.”

One rule that Pollak didn’t break, however, is the tacit agreement among both major parties to never expose how profoundly corrupt the political system really is.

In 2000, the FBI began wiretapping Congresswoman Schakowsky as part of a wider investigation into foreign espionage and the corruption of American public officials. “The epicenter of a lot of the foreign espionage activity was Chicago,” according to former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, in an interview with The American Conservative magazine. “They needed Schakowsky and her husband Robert Creamer to perform certain illegal operational facilitations for them in Illinois.”

One would think that Joel Pollak would relish exposing Schakowsky’s entrapment by a female Turkish agent, revealed in Edmonds’ testimony under oath in a court case filed in Ohio. The problem for the aspiring pro-Israel legislator, however, is that the FBI investigation “started with the Israeli Embassy.”

And what choice does that leave American voters? As one frustrated commentator put it, there’s “not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.” Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to their corrupt bipartisan support for Israel.

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  1. Julia Pollak

    If you think this race is about who cares more for Israel, you clearly haven’t been following the race. Joel Pollak’s platform comes down to three core issues: job creation, fiscal responsibility, and protecting America and her allies. His biggest events so far have been those focusing on getting our fiscal house in order and introducing REAL health care reform.

  2. I guess these Pollak supporters haven’t been following the race either…

    http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=16366

  3. brian

    ‘protecting america and her(?) allies’??
    now who are ‘her allies’? If, ‘ julia’, you mean israel..allies dont usually bomb one another, or spy on one another, etc. Nor do they demand money, and more money, and they dont corrupt their friends political culture.
    BUT Americas main ally has a lot of helpers inside US borders, who are ready to ensure their men get into office

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  5. These Israel first Jews should be deported to Tel-Aviv to serve in the Israeli Knesset instead as such US support for Israel was the primary motivation for the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 and on 9/11 as well (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and take a look at the following youtube as well):

    What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!

    http://tinyurl.com/911motivation

    The Mearsheimer/Walt ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’ and Paul Findley ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ books are validated yet again!

    Here are some more Israel first traitors to America!:

    Berman, Congressional Foreign Affairs Boss, Cites Israel as a Prime Motivator in His Politics, Then Calls Israel Lobby a ‘Total Canard’

    http://mondoweiss.net/2008/02/foreign-affairs.html

    Ackerman sez ‘1st class team’ of 5 Jewish, pro-Israel congressional chairs has ‘major, major, major influence’ on Obama

    http://bit.ly/aAAuPy

    Be sure to watch the following Dutch documentary (interviews are in English) as well:

    Watch Dutch AIPAC documentary (interviews in English) as Dutch producer couldn’t get it to air in US:

    http://ow.ly/1rjtP9

    Not much different in the UK either!

    UK Israel Lobby

    http://pulsemedia.org/2009/11/17/inside-britains-israel-lobby-full-episode/

    Pro-Israel Biased Media Threat to US Security:

    http://tinyurl.com/proisraelbiasedmedia

    General Petraeus Leaked Emails about Israel:

    http://tinyurl.com/PetraeusinNewStatesman

    Israeli Nuke Double Standard:

    http://tinyurl.com/IsraeliNukeDoubleStandard

  6. I am afraid that the situation is even worse than that.

    It’s about time that US citizens open their eyes to who really run their country, is it of any surprise to discover that almost ALL of the “think tanks” and “policy makers” are actually “israeli” citizens:

    NAME AND SHAME

    Michael Chertoff
    Assistant Attorney General on 9-11; freed over 100 Israeli spies in the US after 9-11; promoted to head Homeland Security; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist Jew; Mother was one of the first ever Mossad agents; likely Mossad agent

    Paul Wolfowitz:
    US Deputy Secretary of Defence, President of the World Bank, “a major architect of President Bush’s Iraq policy and.. its most passionate and compelling advocate”, Jewish Zionist; investigated for spying for Israel; former PNAC member; forced to resign in World Bank scandal, Jewish zionist

    Richard Perle:
    Chairman of the Defence Policy Board, Former Assistant Secretary of Defence, co Author of “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm”

    Lewis “Scooter” Libby
    V.P Chief of Staff, former PNAC member; studied political science at Yale under Paul Wolfowitz; aid to Cheney; convicted for lying about outing of Valerie Plame; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Jewish Zionist

    Michael Mukasey
    Federal Judge, Attorney General

    Lawrence Franklin
    Defence Intelligence Agency analyst, gave classified information to an israeli diplomat and AIPAC

    Douglas Feith
    Under Secretary of Defence and Policy Advisor, associated with the extremist group “the zionist Organization of America”, investigated by FBI under suspicion of leaking classified information to israel, investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee for fabricating “intelligence” that was used to justify invading Iraq

    Henry Kissinger
    Pentagon’s Defence Policy Board member, played a role in things as the Watergate crimes, Somhearst Asia mass murder, installing Chilean mass murdering dictator Pinochet, Operation Condor’s mass killing in South America, Chairman of the sep 11 investigating commission

    Dov Zakheim
    Under Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Defence, 2000 co-author of the Project for New American Century position paper “Rebuilding America’s Defence” advocating the necessity for a “Pearl-Harbor-like incident” , “to mobilize the country into war with its enemy”, Mostly Middle Eastern Muslim nations, over a year before 9/11, disappearance of $3.3 trillion went “missing” under his watch

    Kenneth Paelman
    Defence Policy Board,

    Robert Satloff
    US National Security Council Advisor and executive director of the israeli lobby “think tank” Washington Institute for Near East Policy

    Elliot Abrams
    National Security Council Advisor, former member of PNAC, National Security Council; pleaded guilty in 1991 to lying to Congress about Iran-Contra affair; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Jewish Zionist

    Marc Grossman
    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Director General of the Foreign service and Director of Human Resource at the Department of State

    Richard Haas
    Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and Director of the National Security Programmes at the Council on Foreign Relations

    Robert Zoellick
    US Trade Representative who constantly advocates going to war with Iran, member of PNAC group; Jewish Zionist; New president of IMF; Calls for “global governance”

    Edward Suttwak
    Member of the National Security Study Group of the Department of Defence at the Pentagon

    Ari Fleischer
    White House Spokesman closely connected to the supremacist Chabad Lubavitch Hasidics

    James Schlesinger
    Pentagon Advisor and Pentagon Defence Policy Board member

    David Frum
    White House speechwriter behind the “Axis of Evil” label , lumped together all the lies and accusations against Iraq for Bush to justify the war

    Joshua Bolten
    White House deputy Chief of Staff

    David Wurmser
    Under-secretary for arms control and international security

    Eliot Cohen
    Member of the Pentagon’s Defence Policy Board

    Mel Sembler
    President of the Export-Import Bank of the United State

    Steve Goldsmith
    Senior advisor to the President and Bush’s Jewish domestic policy advisor

    Joseph Gildenhorn
    Bush campaign Special Liasion to the Jewish Community, no other group has such liaison

    Philip Zelikow
    led the 9-11 Cover-Up Commission; personally wrote the 9-11 Omission Commission Report, a best-selling work of fiction; appointed Counselor of US Department of State; “dual citizen” of US and Israel, Jewish zionist

    Larry Silverstein
    he and partner Frank Lowy obtained a 99 year lease on WTC shortly before 9-11; made $4.5 Billion in insurance money on 9-11 insurance fraud; admitted to “pulling” WTC 7; Jewish zionist.

    Frank Lowy
    he and partner Larry Silverstein obtained 99-year lease on WTC shortly before 9-11; came to Palestine in 1945 from Hungarian to fight as Golani commando in Israeli “War of Independence”; Australia’s second richest person; in May 2007, investigated by Israeli police for corruption scandal involving Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; Jewish zionist

    Lewis Eisenberg
    chairman Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on 9-11; authorized transfer of WTC leases to Silverstein and Lowy just weeks before 9-11; later appointed chairman of Republican National Committee; Jewish zionist

    James Woolsey
    former CIA director; PNAC member; claims “incompetence” was reason for 9-11; Jewish Zionist

    William Kristol
    PNAC co-founder; adherent of Leo Strauss; editor of The Weekly Standard; strong advocate of the Iraq war; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Jewish Zionist

    Bruce Jackson
    Member of PNAC group; Member of the CFR; Served as the Vice President for Strategy and Planning at Lockheed Martin, 1993-2002.; Jewish Zionist

    Peter Rodman
    member of PNAC group; 1969-1977 National Security Council staff member, Special Assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger; Jewish Zionist

    George Tenet
    director of the CIA on 9-11; was awarded the “Medal of Freedom” by Bush for his fine work on 9-11; Received ADL’s highest homer for service; reported to be “dual citizen” of US and Israel, Jewish Zionist

    Michael Mukasey
    federal judge in New York; presided over 1993 WTC bombing case; active in 9-11 cases, including Larry Silverstein’s insurance claims; oversaw the detained material witnesses of 9-11, including five dancing Israeli Mossad agents apprehended by FBI; recently appointed by Bush to be the next Attorney General; Jewish Zionist of Russian parentage; “dual citizen” of US and Israel

    John Deutch
    former Undersecretary of War, director of CIA; co-authored paper, “Catastrophic Terrorism: A National Policy” with Zelikow, Ashton Carter; senior partner at Global Technology Partners, an affiliate of Rothschild North America; MIT professor; grandson of Yonah Fischer, Antwerp diamond merchant who ran Zionist Federation of Belgium; Jewish Zionist
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    One is entitled to ask; why such a small minority holds such a HUGE over-representation, especially with the apparent conflict of interest?

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    The massive over-representation of Jewish zionists in sensitive position in politics, media, and banking, is no longer taboo, and can not be denied any more, but to explain it away by the claim that they are “smarter” is a lame and racist attitude, considering the FACT that there is no such thing as “Jewish race”, Jewish gene or Jewish IQ

    please read:

    http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2010/07/nahida-breaking-taboos.html.

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