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Saturday, April 13, 2013
How long has the “peace process” involving Israel and the Palestinians been going on? It seems forever. After every presidential inauguration, the president tells us his intentions to restart the peace process. And just like clockwork, when the president leaves office, he tells us he tried but could not succeed.
On President Obama’s trip to Israel, his national security adviser said, “We’ve been very clear that this visit is not about trying to lay down a new initiative or complete our work on a particular issue.” In other words, we Americans are washing our hands of this problem.
A scenario in which the Palestinians can have a state alongside Israel is now an unfulfilled fantasy for many reasons.
Have you noticed how our Congress figuratively kisses the hem of Israeli prime ministers when the latter address it in Washington? Have you noticed how presidential hopefuls first hop on a plane to Israel to pay homage before and during the race? Have you noticed how congressional leaders and presidents make speeches to the Israeli lobby, i.e. the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, but avoid others? It’s all about money, and specifically, Jewish money.
First, some statistics: A Pew survey compared incomes by religion and found that 46 percent of American Jews had household incomes of more than $100,000 and 12 percent take in $75,000-$99,000 a year. Only 18 percent of U.S. households had incomes of more than $100,000, and an additional 13 percent showed incomes of $75,000-$99,000. Is it a surprise that our politicians spend most of their time grubbing for money from those who have it?
With money comes power, and Jews realize that better than any group. They are not only well represented, but exert extraordinary influence on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, Congress and the administration, Hollywood, TV networks and the American press — way beyond their percentage (about 2 percent) in the population. How many times have you seen TV movies or series about the Holocaust? How many about the ruthless Israeli treatment of Palestinians?
How many Hollywood movies have you seen that showed Jews in anything other than an admirable light? How many showing Arabs or Palestinians as thieves, murderers and terrorists? How many newspapers keep silent about Israeli atrocities, but continually report that Palestinians refuse Israel’s right to exist. What a joke — who granted the “right”? (Sorry, I keep forgetting about their God). Is it any wonder the public gets but one version of events in the Middle East — the pro-Israeli side?
If it is the monopoly of money and propaganda that favors control of the masses, then it should be no surprise to anyone that our economy has also become one of granted monopolies. For example, Intel controls 85 percent of the global market for PC processors; Walmart sells 57 percent of American groceries; Universal Music group controls 38 percent of the global market for recorded music; four airlines control 69 percent of domestic air travel. Monopolies, whether corporate, religious or ethnic, are not conducive to democratic ideals or the values of fairness and justice.
One might consider this commentary to be anti-Semitic. It is not. If we were to substitute Irish Catholic, Protestant German, Gypsy or any other group for Jew, my previous scenario would be the same. Congress and presidents would be falling over themselves to win favor from whomever had the money and the power.
The Jews, like any other group, want to protect their own — in this case, Israel. However, as long as we continue to be controlled by a group that makes up 2 percent of the U.S. population, there will never be objective or rational policy decisions, foreign or domestic, much less peace in the Middle East.
The lessons learned by Israel as regards its actions toward Palestinians were provided by our own government’s former policies: American Indians on reservations and blacks as slaves.
The Israelis want the Palestinians in refugee camps or only as second-class citizens. As long as U.S. money keeps feeding the beast, the Israelis can do whatever they want to the Palestinians with no consequences.
Don’t blame the Jews. Blame the corrupting influence of money and its spawned twins, power and propaganda, it gives birth to. Forget this charade called the peace process.
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