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Ash writes: "There is a lot of speculationright now that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rather unusual visit to Congress next month could backfire. I should say so."

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo: Platon/Vanity Fair)
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo: Platon/Vanity Fair)

Netanyahu's Strategy: Divide and Conquer

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

27 January 15


here is a lot of speculation right now that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rather unusual visit to Congress next month could backfire. I should say so.

To say that it is a risky gambit is painfully redundant, because everything Netanyahu has done during his political career could easily be defined as high-risk behavior. Not only can this backfire for Netanyahu, it can put the United States, Israel, and the entire Middle East in jeopardy.

Throughout Israel’s short history the U.S. has lavished aid and protection on the Jewish nation seemingly without question, at least in Washington. The extent of the aid has been seen as so fundamental to Israel’s survival and prosperity that Israeli cooperation with policy makers in Washington was often considered a given. No more.

Apparently Netanyahu has come to believe that the relationship can be gamed. That spineless U.S. politicians would value their petty disagreements more than Americans’ best interests, and that he is more capable of leading America politically than its elected officials. He’s about halfway there … or here, as it were. He’s either very, very smart or very, very stupid.

In accepting an offer to address the U.S. Congress, exclusively at the behest of Republican lawmakers, he serves short-term Republican political interests and short-term Israeli right-wing interests, but risks a backlash that could destabilize U.S.-Israel relations permanently. This is Netanyahu following the Bush Doctrine: tactics over statesmanship.

In putting all of his eggs in the GOP basket, he is really viewing a good midterm election showing by the Republicans as a trend he can bank on long-term. That ignores an Obama administration that is now free from the political concerns associated with a future reelection campaign, and is thus free to act forcefully on its policy agenda. But it also gambles on a “Republican” candidate winning the White House in 2016. Not a Democrat or a Tea Party candidate, either of whom might act to reign in the Israeli right wing for another four or eight years longer.

Effectively, Netanyahu has put the U.S. on a path that could easily lead to a constitutional crisis. He has pitted Congressional Republicans against a Democratic president in hopes that he can keep the U.S. cash and arms pipeline open until a new president or Congress takes office.

All of this pales in comparison to to the risks involved if Netanyahu and his right-wing Israeli allies decide to roll the dice and launch a significant military campaign in the region. Just this past week, Israeli war planes launched an attack on Hezbollah and Iranian military leaders in Syria.

While Iran and Hezbollah have long been defined as adversaries by the U.S. and other Western powers, including Israel, the leaders targeted and killed were engaged in fighting ISIS forces. Instead of aiding a regional alliance to confront ISIS, Israeli right-wingers used American-supplied arms to accomplish a result that is sure to further destabilize the situation and aid ISIS. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the trouble Israel could cause if it truly wanted to take the region and the U.S. into a major military engagement.

An appropriate analogous graphic would be Netanyahu standing before Congress with a five hundred pound U.S. bomb strapped to his chest and detonator clenched in his teeth trying to speak.

Will the U.S. remain a house divided at Netanyahu’s pleasure, and what will be the cost? Israeli right-wing aggression will be curbed. The question is when.

Marc Ash was formerly the founder and Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+101 # Ausmar 2015-01-27 15:48
Netanyahu and the Republican warmongers must be reined in before they cause a world catastrophe. With a Republican majority in both chambers and most lawmakers' subservience to AIPAC, Congress is powerless to do this. Only the American people, through massive demonstrations when Netanyahu arrives in Washington, can hope to stop this madness by expressing their displeasure with Netanyahu's devious and arrogant intrusion into US foreign policy, their opposition to the right-wing Israeli and neo-con Republican belligerance, and their utter disgust with the US Congress sellout to the Israeli lobby.
-109 # Roland 2015-01-27 16:15
Have you noticed how well Obama’s foreign policy of timidity and weakness has worked?
Have you noticed the prominent democrats who are complaining about Obama’s foreign policies - especially in Iran, Syria and Iraq?
+109 # Ausmar 2015-01-27 17:25
Obama's foreign policy has been prudent, not timid. After the experience of the previous administration, prudence is preferable to recklessness. Prudence is a mark of wisdom.
-98 # Roland 2015-01-27 19:05
Not timid? Where has he stood up to anyone? How many times has he caved to pressure?

Prudent? While the world is falling apart, can you tell me where any of his foreign policies are working? He got OBL. Anything else?

The democrats in congress are trying to get him to do things differently and past generals, and CIA directors and a former Obama DIA director and even his Secretary of Defense Gates, are pointing out the problems with Obama’s policies
+39 # loraine 2015-01-28 00:54
Of course! Gates is a Republican! The President SHOULD NEVER HAVE KEPT HIM ON!
+32 # Salus Populi 2015-01-28 07:45
Not only a Republican, but a slimy weasel as well. He was up to his ears in Contragate, and the first time he was nominated for CIA director, by Bush the Elected, the Senate turned down his nomination for that express reason.
-32 # Roland 2015-01-28 10:09
And all the others who are democrats or put into office by Obama?
+26 # RLF 2015-01-28 06:38
Back on the playground with your bullies, eh Roland? Haven't grown up a bit since I can see.
0 # jon 2015-01-28 10:41
Nelson in "the Simpsons"
+14 # cymricmorty 2015-01-28 09:08
I harbor a deep hatred for repubs and firmly believe it is a form of mental disease. Do Trolland's handlers know he got out?
-31 # Roland 2015-01-28 10:11
It appears you have a hatred for what you don't understand.
+13 # wrknight 2015-01-28 10:27
Quoting Roland:
It appears you have a hatred for what you don't understand.

And it would appear you don't understand what you hate.
-29 # Roland 2015-01-28 12:44
That is a difference between the left and the right.
We don’t hate the left as much as the left hates us. How could we, considering that the right believes the left is confused or uninformed, while the left wrongly believes the right has evil intentions?
This can be seen in the left’s false charges of racism, misogyny and greed. This is how the left works up their base.
+25 # harleysch 2015-01-28 01:26
"Prudent, no timid...."

I wouldn't call his foreign policy timid, just totally insane!

Putting in power a coup regime in Ukraine committed to provoking U.S.-NATO military action against Russia? Kissing the ass of the very Saudi barbarians who have funded terrorists? Running regime change operations which have left Libya and Syria in chaos? Arm-in-arm, in reality, with crazies like Robert Kagan and the neo-cons, not to mention McCain and Lindsey Graham?

Neither timid, nor prudent -- just plain nuts!
+15 # RLF 2015-01-28 06:41
But the Saudis are keeping oil cheap to put pressure on the Russian not to cut off European supplies in the middle of winter. Cover one screw up with another and another and another...its the American way. Afterwards you pretend its all OK and
"Bless Our Troops"...The American people slop it up like pigs.
0 # loraine 2015-01-28 00:53
+8 # REDPILLED 2015-01-28 10:10
Here is Obomber's foreign policy since 2009:

1. bombing 7 Muslim countries;
2. escalating Bush's illegal drone wars;
3. provoking Russia by supporting the coup in Ukraine, funding the neo-Nazi coup government, supplying military trainers to it, and encouraging Ukraine to join NATO;
4. continuing the illegal, failed wars on Iraq and Afghanistan;
5. deploying Special Operations units to 105 countries in 2015 alone;
6. "pivoting" U.S. military forces to Asia to provoke China;
7. illegally bombing Libya and overthrowing its secular government which had provided the highest standard of living in Africa, resulting in another failed state filled with violent chaos;
8. attempting to undermine progressive governments in South America;
9. supporting the military coup which removed the elected democratic government of Honduras;
10. upgrading the U.S. nuclear arsenal to make these weapons of omnicide "better" first-strike weapons to threaten Russia and China.

That is NOT a policy of timidity nor of prudence. It is reckless and imperialistic.
-20 # Roland 2015-01-28 13:04
His policy of timidity.
1, Backing off his Red Line statement. This has emboldened our enemies.
2. Leaving Iraq too soon.
3.Trying to leave Afghanistan too soon.
4. Not supplying the needed and recommended number of troops for the surge in Afghanistan.
5. Canceling missile program with Poland and Chez. without getting anything in return from Russia.
6. Pushing through the New Start Treaty without informing Congress that Russia was cheating on the old treaty.
7. Hesitating and undersupplying the Free Syria rebels before ISIS became strong.
8 Not sending any military help to the Ukraine, just food and clothing
9. Hesitating and allowing ISIS to get this strong in Iraq.
10. Removing the sanctions on Iran in order to get some agreement which won’t be worth the paper it is written on since there is no pressure on Iran.
I could go on.
+6 # Radscal 2015-01-28 13:41
Right on, Redpilled. And all of the above are continuations of a U.S. foreign policy that has followed the same arc since the end of WW II, regardless of which party flavor occupies the White House or hold majorities in Congress.
+10 # tedrey 2015-01-28 16:00
You have long been neither relevant nor plausible to anyone here, Roland. I can only assume that you get paid by the word.
+15 # Helen Marshall 2015-01-28 10:23
This comment from Roland has NOTHING to do with the point of the essay, which is that Netanyahu has chosen to abet the Republicans effort to derail the constitutional powers of the presidency, in order to further the financing of GOP campaigns by AIPAC, Adelson, and the like.

To add to Redpilled's list, "maintaining the submissive posture toward Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive governments in the world."
+8 # bmiluski 2015-01-28 11:01
No Roland I haven't. Please, give us some examples.....if you can. Troll that you are.
-13 # Roland 2015-01-28 13:22
You haven't seen the list of democrats who are standing up to and questioning Obama in regards to his policies in the middle east? And the list of his appointees that have blasted him after leaving office?

Do you get all of you news from RSN?
+5 # bmiluski 2015-01-29 13:18
Again no Roland I have not. And again, please give me the particulars i.e. names, dates, articles from which you gleaned all this "information".
+3 # Radscal 2015-01-28 13:38
Yeah, the problem with Obama Administration foreign policy is it’s been too “timid.”

Timidly supporting the military coup in Honduras, which overthrew its first ever democratically- elected government.
Timidly bombing at least 7 countries.
Timidly running a wide-spread assassination program.
Timidly “succeeding” in toppling the governments of Sudan, Somalia and Libya at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives.
Timidly bringing the world closer to WW III than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union by carrying out the Brzezenski, Soros, NeoCon coup on Ukraine.
Timidly insisting on continuing our longest-ever-wa r for at least another decade in Afghanistan.
Timidly “pivoting” to a huge build-up of aggressive military bases from the Philippines to Africa.
Timidly spending $One Trillion to “modernize” our nuclear weapon systems.

And of course the partisan “liberals” reflexively bluster about how “effective” this war President has been instead of standing up against the consistent U.S. foreign policy of threats and violence in furtherance of corporate interests.
+13 # lfeuille 2015-01-28 17:13
His timidity has been in not publicly breaking with Netanyahu, the Saudi kings and other such tyrants.
+41 # loraine 2015-01-28 00:52
Netanyahu won't be smiling so big when the President's campaign team goes to Israel to work against Netanyahu's re-election. Will the Israelis want a Prime Minister who who has broken faith with the American President and American public. Like R. Reagan said, "Go ahead--Make my day! If Netanyahu addresses Congress/Senate , I will get out and protest myself, and I am 80 years old and use a walker to get around. Israel should reject Netanyahu--the world hates him!
-85 # Roland 2015-01-27 16:08
Divide and Conquer. Coincidently, it is also Obama’s political strategy. Obama, the most divisive president since at least the 1930s has used this to his advantage. He divides by race calling opponents racist, divides by gender with a false “war on women” narrative and divides us by income or wealth impugning the wealthiest among us.

Also, Obama's tendency to impugn Republican motives--instea d of attributing conflict to a different view of the federal government's role or contrasting economic philosophy--has helped erode what little good will was left between the two parties when he took office.
+30 # dbrize 2015-01-27 16:36
Quoting Roland:
Divide and Conquer. Coincidently, it is also Obama’s political strategy. Obama, the most divisive president since at least the 1930s has used this to his advantage. He divides by race calling opponents racist, divides by gender with a false “war on women” narrative and divides us by income or wealth impugning the wealthiest among us.

Also, Obama's tendency to impugn Republican motives--instead of attributing conflict to a different view of the federal government's role or contrasting economic philosophy--has helped erode what little good will was left between the two parties when he took office.

It can safely be stated that all political campaigns involve divide and conquer. Your discovery of it in Obama is as meaningless as your assignation that he is the most divisive since "the 1930's". Your opinion a fact does not make.

Obama has created for the GOP the necessity to do exactly what you accuse Obama of doing. You see Roland, Obama has governed far more like a Republican than a Democrat.

He has expanded the GWOT, expanded and enlarged the CIA/MIC; NSA, NDAA and Patriot Act attacks on civil liberties, supported bailouts for bankers, crony capitalists, and the healthcare insurance industry inspired Obamacare annuity.

It is little wonder that the GOP, having seen most of its cherished ideas enforced and enacted by Obama, have nothing left to promote but race, nuclear war and sexism.

After all, Obama is more like them than not.
+16 # Salus Populi 2015-01-28 08:07
Not only that, but it is the Republicans who created the Great Divide, since prior to the Contract on America [sic], both parties worked together., and "politics stopped at the shore," as the saying went. [This says nothing about the politics involved, merely that there was a certain amount of amity in Congress.]

Following Newt Gingrich's advice, the party at that time went for slime and sleaze, throwing whatever sh*t they could come up with or fabricate and hoping some of it would stick. And this was with a "triangulating" president, birthed by the DLC in opposition to traditional Democratic values. The personal didn't become political, but supplanted it.

After stealing the 2000 and 2004 elections, the Republicans simply escalated their attack on Democrats, accusing them of being unpatriotic after 911, and despite the latter's cooperation in both raising the debt limit for Dubya and funding his war crimes in the Mideast on borrowed money; and despite their refusal to bring up articles of impeachment, let alone crimes against humanity, after regaining control of Congress in 2006, they were still tarred as radical leftists by the ever-dissemblin g Republicans -- who, through their 2008 VP candidate, accused the Democrats of treason, among other charges.

[1st of 2]
+20 # Salus Populi 2015-01-28 08:08
[2nd of 2]

And on the very first day of the Obama administration, before he could even send any proposals to Congress, Mitch McConnell declared that the sole purpose of his party would be to obstruct the new administration in everything they attempted, and guarantee that Obama would be a one-term president, a threat the "Party of no" proceeded to make good on.

One other notable fact the Republican dishonesty brigade chooses to leave out is that, with a black person in the White House for the first time, their Tea Party cohorts held a rally in front of the "White" House featuring a Confederate Battle Flag prominently displayed.

Much as I disagree with most of Obama's policies, to accuse *him* of being divisive not only misses the boat, but the whole ocean. And they know this; it is just another Republican/fasc ist mendacity that depends for its effect on the notorious amnesia of the U.S. public.
+24 # loraine 2015-01-28 01:00
Part of the reason President Obama and the Republicans have not gotten along is probably caused by the fact that on the President's inauguration night, top 20 or so Republicans met and agreed to become "the American Taliban" and oppose EVERYTHING this President proposed. This plan was described by Newt Gingrich on national radio program. This was done "so President Obama would 'become a one-term President." So--HOW DID THAT WORK OUT FOR YOU, REPUBLICANS???? That is probably why they are so p***d that their plan didn't work, so they are going to continue that tactic. People are onto them, though, and it will backfire on them come election time.
+9 # Jayceecool 2015-01-28 01:53
Wow!! Roland...You really ARE a fool AND a tool!
0 # bmiluski 2015-01-29 13:24
NO Jayceecool..... Roland is a troll. And, unfortunately, we keep feeding it whenever we reply or do a thumbs down.
+10 # fredboy 2015-01-28 07:18
This is, at best, twisted fiction, the KoolAid myth spewed by the most extreme freakish right (reich?) wingers of the GOP.
Please remember we cannot consider your views if they are blatant, obvious distortions. Still amazed that you and your ilk miss the Bush years--failing to protect our shores and people on 9/11, fake wars, failing to help Americans victimized by Katrina, and collapsing the US and world economies. Some pretty sick shit.
+6 # RussellB 2015-01-28 09:49
It is interesting that you bring up the 1930s when the most progressive, left leaning president in American history had overwhelming public support and began a record four consecutive electoral wins with landslide victories. Today we call those people "the greatest generation". By your standards I suppose to avoid being divisive it's got to be unanimous?

Sadly, both parties avoid substantive ideological debate in public, but when it does happen the conservatives consistently lose. If we had an election based seriously on the role of government the U.S.A. would move so far to the left the Fox News bubble brains would be stunned for decades.
+8 # bmiluski 2015-01-28 11:03
Roland dear, was the republican leader Mitch McConnell that put his party ahead of this country when he declared the the #1 priority of the republican party was to make sure Obama was a one term president.
He should be shot for treason because you NEVER EVER put your party ahead of your country.
+32 # RMDC 2015-01-27 19:05
I don't see as much risk in Netanyahoo's arrogant march to Washington as Ash does. The right wing in Israel and the US control most of the media so there will only be flattering things to say about the visit. They will praise Netanyahoo as a "world statesman" just as they are not praiseing the dead King Abdullah as a reformer and wise leader.

the real problem for me is that Netanyahoo is a megalomanical psychopath. He really think that he controls the US government in all of its middle east affairs. He makes off handed comments that suggest Obama is his lackey or house negro and he does not need to talk to Obama. He would gladly meet with a white president but not Obama. This will be the real agenda for Netanyahoo but the media will never mention it and the republicans in congress will be ecstatic.

Nethayahoo was a charter member of the neo-cons when they formed up during the Clinton regime. These are very arrogant people. they think they have a divine right to rule and they have nothing but contempt for everyone else. They humiliated Clinton and now they hate Obama. The Netanyahoo visit will only augment the neo-con strangle hold on US politics.

The only hope is the Tea party republicans will turn their backs on him. Probably democrats will be fawning just like republicans.
+21 # Ausmar 2015-01-27 20:06
RMDC begins by saying: "I don't see as much risk in Netanyahu's arrogant march to Washington as Ash does." But then he concludes by saying: "The Netanyahu visit will only augment the neo-con strangle hold on US politics."
And you think that's a small matter?
0 # RMDC 2015-01-28 10:26
Anusmar -- oh, yes, you are right. The return of the neo-cons to the white house is the greatest risk of all for the entire human race. All of this is about setting up for the "second coming" of the neo-cons with Jeb Bush as their mascot this time. Horrors.
+5 # Radscal 2015-01-28 13:56
When did the NeoCons leave?

Considering Obama appointees like Victoria Nuland, Robert Gates, etc. and the consistency of NeoCon policies in the Middle East, Ukraine and Africa under the Obama Administration, I don't see them ever having left.
+17 # Activista 2015-01-27 22:43
The Netanyahu visit could be a shock "therapy" on US population -
A Grave Misstep by Mr. Netanyahu
The Forward Jan 27 04:42pm
EDITORIAL : By playing inside-the-Belt way games, Benjamin Netanyahu has undermined the broad support enjoyed by Israel, especially among Jews. And he isn’t doing his stance on Iran any favors, either... Page Not Found? and we blame Muslims re freedom of press?
-51 # nice2bgreat 2015-01-27 20:41
This could only happen to a schmuck President. Obama's entire Presidency has been a fool's endeavor of missed opportunities.
+16 # loraine 2015-01-28 01:07
You must be a Tea Partyer. I believe President Obama has done wonderfully well considering the opposition dirty tactics by the Republicans. The President ought to just let him make a fool of himself like he did in Paris muscling his way to the front of the group of world leaders so he could be on the front row of the "important" Leaders. He just makes an a** of himself! I hope he loses the election in Israel in March.
+22 # Activista 2015-01-27 22:29
Netanyahu's Strategy: Divide and Conquer (permanent civil war in Iraq, Syria) plus Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend (aka ISIS in Syria) is strategy of the violent psychopath/regi me that can not live without a terror/war.
Obama in his last term is brave - standing against Pentagon - promoting diplomacy - not another war on Iran, closing Guantanamo, not building a killing wall on the southern border.
The AIPAC power is absolute - not ONE congressman (correct me if I am wrong) has the courage to write the article above.
+14 # Activista 2015-01-27 23:13
Burx: Iran CREATED Hezbollah ..
Wikipedia: Hezbollah was CONCEIVED by Muslim clerics and FUNDED by Iran following the Israeli invasion ...
big difference between created and funded ..

Israel de facto created Hezbollah as a resistance to Israeli occupation ...
-21 # brux 2015-01-28 02:37
>> Israel de facto created Hezbollah as a resistance to Israeli occupation

How does that work? Or do you mean Iran?
+11 # Philothustra 2015-01-28 00:22
A fools's errand of missed opportunities? With
Netanyahoo and his lackies John McCain and Pat Roberts howling for war, a "missed opportunity" would be missing another great chance for war.

These morons did not get enough with their trillion dollars wasted and half a million dead; Bibi expects the US to launch wars he won't fight himself against Iran, Syria, ISIS, and wherever else US defense dollars are pledged unquestioningly to his program.

Under Bush-Cheney we had all dual citizen Israelis (Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby,
Ari Fliescher, Mr and Mrs Abrams, and the whole JINSA/AIPAC) crowd running the country.

By all means, lets bring them back!
+24 # bigkahuna671 2015-01-28 00:25
Obama could veto anymore aid bills to Israel for the next two years. That would crush Bebe and teach Bonehead he can't pretend he's the President.
+12 # loraine 2015-01-28 01:11
Let's do that!
+15 # cymricmorty 2015-01-28 01:28
Besides cutting off the billions in aid, diplomatic visas can start getting "lost," spare parts for all that equipment can suddenly "run out," and so on.
+5 # lfeuille 2015-01-28 17:29
Quoting bigkahuna671:
Obama could veto anymore aid bills to Israel for the next two years. That would crush Bebe and teach Bonehead he can't pretend he's the President.

He could, but does anyone really believe that he will?
+3 # Ausmar 2015-01-28 21:11
That would be great if the veto would not be overridden. But, unfortunately, since practically all members of Congress are sold out to AIPAC, an Obama veto would get him nowhere. Or perhaps not: for an overridden veto on this issue would cause a sensation. It would stir a lot of people out of their political inertia and make them realize how greatly the Israeli lobby controls American foreign policy and the mainstream media.
+9 # jimallyn 2015-01-28 00:57
My only problem with this article is that the author misspelled "Satanyahu."
+5 # A_Har 2015-01-28 01:25
Quoting jimallyn:
My only problem with this article is that the author misspelled "Satanyahu."

If there was a jail for war criminals, the graphic at the top of the page could make a great mug shot.
+6 # cymricmorty 2015-01-28 01:41
He looks like some kind of a mass murderer...oh, wait...
+8 # cymricmorty 2015-01-28 01:06
I read that, amazingly, even two Fox "news" hosts criticized the Boehner/Netanya hoo plan to undermine Obama's foreign policy.
+5 # walthe310 2015-01-28 02:41
It's rein in, not reign in. According to the GOP, Obama reigns, but that is untrue also.
-15 # brux 2015-01-28 02:44
>> Instead of aiding a regional alliance to confront ISIS, Israeli
>> right-wingers used American-suppli ed arms to accomplish
>> a result that is sure to further destabilize the situation and
>> aid ISIS. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of
>> the trouble Israel could cause if it truly wanted to take
>> the region and the U.S. into a major military engagement.

The problem is that there is already a 60 year old military engagement going on, so anything that messes with these countries and drains their government of men and materiel is great for everyone.

The major military engagement for Israel is low impact over a long time.

I know you guys root for the non-secular, non-democratic government of Iran and the terrorist Hezbollah, but there is no way they are going to survive in the long run, and that is to everyone's benefit.

I don't know why the folks here find these repressive governments to great when you complain about the Shah, there is no consistency in your take on this problem other than hatred of the US.

At least be honest about where you stand.
+11 # wrknight 2015-01-28 11:14
Brux, you are clueless about who I root for or where I stand, but I will tell you. I root for a strong, healthy and intelligent America and I believe that the priorities of our government (that includes all political parties) should be to serve the welfare of the American people first before any others. I also believe in national sovereignty not just for America but for all nations. That means that I disapprove of foreign nations meddling in our internal affairs and I disapprove of Americans meddling in the internal affairs of other nations (and that includes Victoria Nuland's performance in Kiev). And as far as I'm concerned, the idea of a political party inviting the head of state of another nation to come here to address our nation and attempt to turn our people against our president is seditious and treasonous.
+6 # Activista 2015-01-29 01:26
... the Israeli army carried out overnight raids against Syrian army artillery posts.
... Israel and the Saudis are allies.. we know that the ISIS and AlNusra and AQ are the tools Israel uses to destroy our countries and turn the world against us.. and we know the age of deception will be over soon and the froug of Mosad with its moto "By Way of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War." has only so much to inflate! ..quote from the other side (syria?).
0 # Rockster 2015-01-28 02:48
If one imagined a more totally divisive action it's hard to think of what it could be. I found myself disliking most of the article and most of the comments! Can't remember that happening before and I'm a bit shaken now. ... Like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
+6 # ericlipps 2015-01-28 05:30
Nice set of pictures. But shouldn't there be a multi-digit number under both of them? Or are bribery and extortion not crimes anymore, at lest when committed by an Israeli prime minister against U.S. politicians?

And brux, cheap shots accusing your fellow posters of, essentially, treason doesn't help your credibility. It just moves from infuriating to aggravating and finally to boring, which is where you are now.

I know you're more loyal to Israel than to the U.S. as long as a Democrat remains in the White House, but really. (See, I can do it too.)
+12 # ChrisCurrie 2015-01-28 06:55
For Netanyahu to attend the 3-day AIPAC Policy Conference this March in Washington DC is understandable and acceptable. For him to speak before both Houses of Congress narrows that time-frame down to 1 day. That would make it easy for a massive Washington DC rally to be conducted (rightly) portraying Netanyahu and a "yet-to-be-indi cted WAR CRIMINAL!" That in turn could inspire similar anti-Netanyahu demonstrations world-wide, which in turn could not only negate the objectives of the AIPAC Policy Conference, it could ultimately end up putting enough pressure on the International Criminal Court to actually indict, try, and jail Netanyahu (for life) as a WAR CRIMINAL!
+7 # fredboy 2015-01-28 07:26
The current, sloppy GOP chess game is to bring this guy to DC, let him spew his hatred, then conjure resulting hatred for that hatred. Wrap all the resulting wrath in an anti-Semitic cloak, then ramp up offensive military actions in the region--and resulting Daddy Warbucks profits.

The tragedy is the backfire. It has already started. Israel is now seen as owning and controlling the GOP. Through the financial houses, etc. Thus a foreign nation is controlling a major sector of our government. That is the perception, and the great danger.

Allowed, and indeed welcomed, by the GOP.

Think America. And recognize how this action will be perceived not only by the Americans it offends, but by the entire world.

Let the international courts sort out the nightmare. And never, ever, ever take sides on such nightmarish issues until they do.
+13 # Salus Populi 2015-01-28 08:21
In the fifties, the Communist Party USA was banned as an agent of a foreign government. Of course, neither the Dems nor the Repubs will ever face that fate for their slavish devotion to the Likud -- illustrated most cogently by the 100-0 vote last summer in the Senate to support Israel's war crimes in Gaza -- but one can dream.
+4 # progressiveguy 2015-01-28 09:14
Can anyone here tell me the cost of the foreign aid that the US gives Israel each year. I would guess that its in the billions. I think its strange that I never read any expressions of gratitude from the Israeli prime minister. In my opinion he should bitch less and show more appreciation.
+6 # Misterioso 2015-01-28 10:21
When all sources are added together, America provides Israel with at least
$5 billion per year in aid.
+3 # bmiluski 2015-01-28 11:04
What puzzles me is why do the neo-nazis in this country vote republican.
0 # bibi 2015-01-28 12:48
Ausmar calls only republicans warmongers, wars have been going on and people dying in the ME and Palestine and Obama's policies are prudent..Roland thinks Obama is timid..and so the world is falling apart, which is true. Both these people get about the same thumbs ups and downs..
+14 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-01-28 13:55
Let Netanyahu speak in front of the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. That is where he belongs.
+4 # walt 2015-01-29 11:39
Netanyahu and his wealthy US lobby have manipulated US foreign policy for too long. It's time that he be stopped. That will be nearly impossible when seeing how much money flows to all in Congress of both parties. They'll be tripping over each other again when he addresses Congress and seeks to lure us into more conflict.
+1 # Cdesignpdx 2015-01-29 11:51
I am interested in seeing how this all plays out...
+3 # Kauai John 2015-01-30 17:15
I could use a few more signatures asking Congress to boycott Netanyahu's speech.

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