The Zionist Power
Configuration in America and
Israel's War with Iran by James Petras / July 17th, 2008
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Zionists and their allies in
Congress authored, implemented and enforced sanctions against Iran, which
hinder the ambitions of the world's biggest oil and gas companies. Israeli war
exercises and public declarations threatening a massive air assault on Iran has pushed petroleum prices to world records. This spring
2008, the most powerful pro-Israel Jewish Lobby in the US, AIPAC held their annual conference and
secured the support and commitment of both major US
Presidential candidates and the majority of US members of Congress for an
Israeli initiative to impose extreme economic sanctions on Iran with
threats of a US/Israeli military attack. In early summer 2008, the AIPAC
operatives, who wrote this US
Congressional resolution, successfully rounded up Congressional leaders'
support of an air and naval blockade of all critical imports into Iran – a
blatant act of war.
Israel adopts a `peace policy'
designed to isolate Iran
in preparation for an attack – and then immediately violates its terms. The
entire spectrum of major Jewish organizations unquestioningly and
unconditionally give their active support, as they have in the past, to AIPAC's domination of the US Presidential candidates as
well as to the twists and turns in Israel's war preparations via military
exercises and phony peace gestures.
In the entire history of US
relations with oil and gas-producing countries, there is not a single previous
case in which it sacrificed profitable investments by its major oil companies
at the behest of a foreign power (Israel) and its "lobby" –
the Zionist Power Configuration.
Israel's Two Track Policy Toward Iran
Israel's policy to obliterate Iran, in much the same war that the US has devastated Iraq, has followed a carefully
planned multi-prong strategy. Israel
has relied on direct military attacks, all out wars, economic blockades and the
use of overseas Zionist front organizations to destroy Iran's allies
and strangle its economy.
The Israeli strategy is
directed at undermining, weakening
and enticing Iranian allies to politically and militarily isolate Tehran, in order to
facilitate a full-scale massive air assault without having to deal with
military fallout from Iranian allies on its borders.
In pursuit of this `isolate
and destroy' strategy, Israel launched a full-scale invasion and massive air
and missile bombing of Lebanon knocking out critical civilian infrastructure in
the hopes of obliterating Hezbollah, a staunch Iranian ally. Israeli
preparation for its Lebanese war began a full year before its sneak attack,
using a common minor border incident to invade Hezbollah strongholds in Southern Lebanon. Israel's offensive against
Hezbollah made no sense from the point of view of its border security. No
Israeli military official ever envisioned Hezbollah being any kind of military
threat to its national security. At most Israel
saw Hezbollah as a serious counterweight to its anemic puppet allies in Beirut.
From the perspective of Israel's regional hegemonic perspective, an
attack and destruction of Hezbollah would isolate Iran
and allow Israel to develop
a strategic Middle East client in Beirut,
facilitating an air attack.
Hezbollah's defeat of the
Israeli invasion seriously weakened
Tel Aviv's military based strategy to `isolate Iran'
and strengthened Hezbollah's power in Lebanon, raising its prestige
immensely among the Arab and Muslim populations.
The second prong in Israel's strategy was to destroy the
democratically elected Hamas government in Palestine by financing
and arming a coup attempt by its Arab clients in the Palestinian Authority,Abbas and Dahlens. Hamas successfully
routed the putschists and proceeded to consolidate
its rule in Gaza.
Israel turned toward a
destructive blockade to starve the 1.5 million Palestinian civilians in Gaza into revolt against Hamas. Israel's
allies in the US and EU
poured hundreds of millions of dollars and euros to prop up the corrupt Israeli
client regime in the West Bank. Once again Israel failed to militarily or economically
destroy Hamas, but that didn't prevent the Jewish
state from turning to its third target – Syria.
In 2007 Israel launched an air invasion of Syria, bombing what it described as a `military
target', a low-grade non-military nuclear facility in order to intimidate Syria and weaken
the Assad regime's ties to Iran. While Israel
demonstrated its military capacity to violate Syrian sovereignty with impunity,
its action did not have any major impact on Iran-Syrian ties.
In response to the repeated
failures of the Israeli military strategy of undermining Iran's allies,
Tel Aviv turned toward a different `divide and conquer' approach. Israel, through its Turkish ally, began `peace
negotiations' with Syria,
offering to discuss the return of the Israeli-occupied Golan
Heights. The trade off for Israel
takes the form of peace talks over the Golan in exchange for lessening Damascus'
military dependence on Iran. Since the
Israeli public and most of the Knesset are overwhelmingly opposed to returning
the Golan, the peace talks are not intended to end Israeli occupation, but to
give the Assad regime a certain
credibility among the Western imperial powers and lessen its isolation. The
Israeli regime had no trouble selling its new line on Syria to its
highly subservient and disciplined supporters among the Presidents of the
fifty-two leading American-Jewish organizations. They are well practiced in
following the zig-zag of Israeli policy, switching
policy of demonizing Syria
one day and acknowledging its pragmatism the next. French President Sarkozy followed up the Israeli initiative by inviting
Syrian President Assad to Paris with all the pomp and honors of a chief
Two years after its failed
military invasion of Lebanon,
Tel Aviv sought and pursued negotiations with Hezbollah to exchange prisoners
(and/or their remains) as part of a tactical mini-`détente'. Once again, the US
Zionist Power Configuration, after years of denouncing Hezbollah as a mere tool
accommodated the new Israeli line of recognizing Hezbollah as an independent
At about the same time (June
2, 2008), Israel finally and perhaps temporarily recognized it could not
militarily or economically destroy Hamas, or prevent
its military retaliation against Israeli attacks or undermine its mass base of
support and signed a military truce to end armed incursions and open entry
points in exchange for the end of retaliatory rocket attacks on Israeli towns.
While the new Israeli turn
toward peace negotiations, cease fire agreements and prisoner negotiations
seems to augur a less belligerent and more realistic assessment of the Middle
East balance of power, in fact the new policy is linked with a more extremist,
aggressive and war-threatening military policy toward Iran. In late May and
early June 2008, while Israel
was proposing a more conciliatory approach toward Iran's
allies, it engaged in a massive military exercise, involving over a hundred
warplanes and thousands of commandos in an unmistaken
dress rehearsal for an offensive war against Iran. Top officials from the
Israeli military command, cabinet and Knesset publicly pronounced their
intention to bomb Iran
if it proceeded in its entirely legal and non-military uranium enrichment
Israeli officials secured
the tacit and overt approval of US and European Union for its military posture.
More important Israel
practically dictated the terms of debate in the United Nations Security Council
by insisting that it would launch a war unless the harshest economic sanctions
(and even a military-economic blockade) were not implemented and enforced by
the United Nations.
Israeli policy was operating
on several parallel and reinforcing
tracks: The `peace track' to
engage and neutralize Iran's
Middle East allies, to isolate Iran
and polish up its image in the Western mass media; the `military track' to
prepare for war, which remains its defining strategy in order to destroy an
isolated (from its allies) and economically weakened
(by US/EU/UN sanctions) Iran.
In pursuit of its relentless drive for Middle East supremacy and the
implementation of its two-track strategy, the Israeli state depends on the
power of the major American Jewish organizations to promote the policies of the
Jewish state in the US.
The Centrality of the ZPC in
Israel's Pursuit of the
Destruction of Iran
The Zionist Power
Configuration (ZPC), through its dominant role in making US-Middle East policy,
plays a central part in the implementation of all aspects of Israeli foreign
policy goals in the region. Israel's
principle goal over the past five years is the destruction of Iran, to end its opposition to Israel's domination
of the region. In pursuit of the Israeli agenda, the ZPC led by AIPAC (the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee) has exploited its control and
influence over the US Congress and Executive branches.
AIPAC has leveraged the
presence of highly placed Israel-Firsters in key
positions in Treasury, the Pentagon, Commerce, the National Security Council,
the Justice Department and Homeland Security to design and pursue economic and
military policies in line with Israel's war policies toward Iran. AIPAC,
through its media and economic leverage undermined domestic opposition.
Israel's power over US bellicose policy toward Iran is so complete that even
critics of Washington's military posture toward Iran refrain from mentioning
the powerful role of the ZPC in designing and implementing that policy.
Zionist power was on open
display at its annual conference in Washington.
At the 2008 AIPAC Conference, over 7,000 delegates
representing 100,000 members, met to discuss how to force Washington
to implement Israel's Middle
East priorities, overwhelmingly focused on the Jewish State's stated objective
of militarily destroying Iran.
Over 300 US Congress members
attended (over 60% of all members of both
houses) along with the three major
presidential candidates, major cabinet members, including the Secretary of
State, Vice President Cheney from the White House and a host of Hollywood celebrities, media moguls and prominent
financial and real estate billionaires from Wall Street and its environs.
competed with each other in swearing their total and unconditional servility to
swearing their utmost to back any and all past, present and future Israeli
Hillary Clinton promised to
implement the equivalent of twelve holocausts against Iran's 70 million citizens in her rant to
`obliterate Iran' if it
Obama backed the ultra-orthodox Jewish demand to give
Israel sole control over Jerusalem, and joined John McCain and Clinton
in promising to bomb Iran if
it continued its uranium enrichment program (which they equated with a nuclear
weapon – despite the objections of the IAEA and the US intelligence community). All
endorsed Israel's starvation
of Gaza's 1.5 million inhabitants and rejected
any concessions or negotiations with Hamas,
Syria and Hezbollah – even
was already engaged in negotiations for tactical reasons. AIPAC's
entire agenda has been endorsed by the US Congress, the Executive and both
parties, including a military blockade of Iran, harsher world sanctions against
all global oil and gas corporations, banks and industries dealing with Iran,
the immediate transfer of the most advanced missile and attack technology to
Israel to facilitate an attack on Iran, and a substantial increase in yearly US
military grants to Israel totaling an additional $30 billion dollars over the
next decade. The top Israeli officials present, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Olmert took the opportunity to reiterate and re-affirm
their will to use military power to force Iran to submit or face destruction,
to standing ovations and wild cheering from the ecstatic AIPAC delegates,
deriving delirious pleasure from these blood thirsty
calls for US military and economic sacrifice!
Nary a single word of
dissent was heard from the entire Congressional entourage in attendance; the
Presidential candidates assured the zealous Israel-firsters
that for the next 4 years Israeli interests would be the centerpiece of US
Middle East policies.
The AIPAC conference was no
simple `show of force' nor an exercise in `group think' meant
to keep the faith of the zealots. It was the kick-off to a full-scale ZPC
campaign to implement a series of measures designed to accelerate a US and Israeli military assault against Iran.
The Congressmen and women in
attendance at the AIPAC were there for a
purpose: to be instructed on what
Middle East policies Israel
and the ZPC would demand of them. Their presence at the AIPAC conference was
not just a courtesy call intended to `network' with wealthy Jewish campaign
fund contributors. They were there because of long-standing and intense
relations with the ZPC, which made it obligatory to show up and pay obeisance
to demanding paymasters who shortly thereafter visited their offices and
presented them with proposals and resolutions for immediate action.
The Aftermath of the AIPAC
Under AIPAC tutelage, if not
actual authorship, a Congressional resolution was introduced, which called for
a naval blockade of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a deliberate act of war. H.
Con. Res. 362 calls on the President of the United
States to stop all incoming international shipments of
refined petroleum products from reaching Iran by any means. By the middle of
June 2008, three weeks after it was introduced, the resolution had attracted
146 co-sponsors. In the Senate in two weeks time a similar measure secured 19
co-sponsors. The Congressional resolutions use almost the exact wording of an
AIPAC memo issued just prior to the Congressional action. AIPAC got its cue
from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
who, in early May 2008, told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sanctions were not
enough and called a US naval blockade `a good possibility'1 The loyal AIPAC
servants made their Israeli masters' wish a reality – in a matter of days. (Who
says critical issues get `bogged down' in Washington?)
In late June 2008, under
AIPAC leadership and direction, the US Congress added $170,000,000 dollar
increase in military assistance to Israel as part of a 10 year, $30
billion dollar war commitment to the Jewish state. AIPAC was instrumental in
drawing up the bill and openly declared that the addition was designed to
maintain Israel's military
dominance and superiority in the Middle East but specifically designed for its
war preparation against Iran
and the Palestinians. AIPAC pointedly emphasized that, "The US commitment
to maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge is the cornerstone of
American (sic-ZPC) policy in the region…This year's package holds heightened
significance…as the US and Israel face new challenged from Iran's drive to
acquire (sic) nuclear weapons…"2
At a time when the US government faces a major financial crisis and
refuses to refinance millions of Americans facing loss of their homes through
foreclosures, AIPAC secured a 25% increase in military handouts to Israel. Olmert praised his US Zionist agents for improving Israel's take.
The 52 Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations and their million
members and affiliates successfully pursued AIPAC's
proposal to increase economic sanctions on Iran
via its captive US
Congressional bloc, its appointed agents in the Treasury Department and in the
UN Security Council via its influence in the White House. Each and every sanction
introduced by the US
representative in the United Nations is a thinly veiled copy of memos and
resolutions written and powerfully pushed in the Executive branch by AIPAC.
They are backed by several hundred professional lobbyists and scores of pro-Israel
PACs (political action committees) and ten propaganda mills (the so-called
`think tanks') with tight links to AIPAC. Through their influence in the US, the ZPC has
successfully secured the acquiescence of other members of the UN Security
Throughout 2008, a
presidential election year, the ZPC has successfully engaged in sustained
interrogation and pressure on the major candidates, securing pledges of
unconditional support for every aspect of Israel's
murderous policies in Gaza and the West Bank, including its policies of starvation and
assault. All major candidates have echoed the ZPC-Israeli line of labeling the
elected Hamas movement, Hezbollah,
Iran and Syria as `terrorist' organizations and states
and pledged to attack or back an Israeli offensive war against Iran.
In so far as the Middle East
is the center of US foreign
policy, the ZPC has ensured that the next President of the United States
will continue the bellicose pro-Israel policies pursued by George W. Bush.
influence over the next US
President guarantees that the issues of war and peace will be dictated by a
minority of a minority ethno-religious group, comprising less than 3% of the
population and loyal to a foreign state. Whichever party wins the Presidential
election or controls Congress, the ZPC will set the Middle
East agenda, the head of which is the destruction of the Islamic
Republic of Iran.
During the entire run-op to
the November 2008 elections, not a single political leader has raised the issue
of the catastrophic consequences of a war with Iran for the world economy, the
astronomical rise in oil prices, which will result in the conversion of the US
recession into a depression, the killing of hundreds (if not millions) of
Iranian citizens and the loss of American lives. In other words, the greatest
of all ZPC successes is their ability to focus the entire political elite and
mass media on the advantages of launching a preemptive war for Israel and to
distract public and political attention away from any reports relating the
world-shattering destructive consequences.........
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