Why I Dislike Israel


Even those pundits who seem to want to distance U.S. foreign policy from Tel Aviv’s demands and begin treating Israel like any other country sometimes feel compelled to make excuses and apologies before getting down to the nitty-gritty. The self-lacerating prologues generally describe how much the writer really has a lot of Jewish friends and how he or she thinks Israelis are great people and that Israel is a wonderful country before launching into what is usually a fairly mild critique.

Well, I don’t feel that way. I don’t like Israel very much. Whether or not I have Jewish friends does not define how I see Israel and is irrelevant to the argument. And as for the Israelis, when I was a CIA officer overseas, I certainly encountered many of them. Some were fine people and some were not so fine, just like the general run of people everywhere else in the world. But even the existence of good upstanding Israelis doesn’t alter the fact that the governments that they have elected are essentially part of a long-running criminal enterprise judging by the serial convictions of former presidents and prime ministers. Most recently, former President Moshe Katsav was convicted of rape, while almost every recent head of government, including the current one, has been investigated for corruption. Further, the Israeli government is a rogue regime by most international standards, engaging as it does in torture, arbitrary imprisonment, and continued occupation of territories seized by its military. Worse still, it has successfully manipulated my country, the United States, and has done terrible damage both to our political system and to the American people, a crime that I just cannot forgive, condone, or explain away.

The most recent outrage is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s direct interference in U.S. domestic politics through his appearance in a television ad appearing in Florida that serves as an endorsement of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The Netanyahu ad and his involvement in the election has been widely reported in the media and has even been condemned by several leading Jewish congressmen, but it has elicited no response from either Obama or Romney. Both should be condemning in the strongest terms the completely unprecedented intervention by a foreign head of government in an American election. That they are saying nothing is a testament to the power that Israel and its friends in Congress and the media have over the U.S. political establishment. Romney might even privately approve of the ads, as he has basically promised to cede to Netanyahu the right to set the limits for U.S. policy in the Middle East.

And why is Benjamin Netanyahu in such a lather? It is because President Barack Obama will not concede to him a “red line” that would automatically trigger a U.S. attack on Iran. Consider for a moment the hubris of Netanyahu in demanding that Washington meet his conditions for going to war with Iran, a nation that for all its frequently described faults has not attacked anyone, has not threatened to attack anyone, and has not made the political decision to acquire a nuclear weapon in spite of what one reads in the U.S. press. At the U.N., Netanyahu’s chart showing a cartoon bomb with a sputtering fuse reminiscent of something that might have been employed by an anarchist in the 1870s failed to pass any credibility test even for the inevitable cheerleaders in the U.S. media. If the U.S. is to go to war based on a Netanyahu cartoon then it deserves everything it gets when the venture turns sour, most likely Iraq Redux, only 10 times worse.

Even more outrageous, and a lot less reported in the media, were the comments made by Patrick Clawson, director of research for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), an organization founded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). WINEP is widely viewed as a major component of the Israel Lobby in Washington and is closely tied to the Israeli government, with which it communicates on a regular basis. Clawson heads WINEP’s Iran Security Initiative. At a briefing on Sept. 24 he said, “I frankly think that crisis initiation is really tough, and it’s very hard for me to see how the United States … uh … president can get us to war with Iran.… The traditional way America gets to war is what would be best for U.S. interests.”

Note that Clawson states his conviction that initiating a crisis to get the U.S. involved in a war with Iran and thereby fooling the American people into thinking that it is the right thing to do is actually a “U.S. interest.” He cites Pearl Harbor, Fort Sumter, theLusitania, and the Gulf of Tonkin as models for how to get engaged. Which inevitably leads to Clawson’s solution: “if the Iranians aren’t going to compromise it would be best if someone else started the war … Iranian submarines periodically go down. Some day one of them may not come up…. We are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier at that.” Clawson is clearly approving of Israel’s staging an incident that would lead to war, possibly even a false-flag operation carried out by Israel that would implicate the United States directly, or he is urging the White House to do the job itself.

Clawson not surprisingly has never served in the U.S. military and has a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research, which would at first glance seem to disqualify him from figuring out how to set up a covert operation to sink a submarine and thereby start a war. He might be seen as moderately ridiculous, but like many of his neoconservative colleagues he is well wired into the system. He writes regularly for The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal; appears on television as an “expert”; and is a colleague at WINEP of the ubiquitous Dennis Ross, sometimes called “Israel’s lawyer,” who was until recently President Obama’s point man on the Middle East. Clawson is a useful idiot who would be registered as an agent of the Israeli government if the Justice Department were doing its job, but instead he is feted as a man who tells it like it is in terms of American interests. The distortion of the foreign-policy decision-making in this country is something that can be attributed to Clawson and his host of fellow travelers, all of whom promote Israel’s perceived interests at the expense of the United States. And they do it with their eyes wide open.

I will deliberately avoid belaboring another Israel Firster Pamela Geller and her New York subway posters calling Palestinians savages and Israelis civilized, as I am sure the point has been made about how any lie that can serve the cause of Israel will be aggressively defended as “free speech.” A poster excoriating Jews or blacks in similar terms as “savages” would not have seen the light of day in New York City, another indication of the power of the Lobby and its friends to control the debate about the Middle East and game the system.

And then there are the reasons to dislike Israel and what it represents that go way back. In 1952’s Lavon Affair, the Israelis were prepared to blow up a U.S. Information Center in Alexandria and blame it on the Egyptians. In 1967, the Israelis attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty, killing 34 crewmen, and then used their power over President Lyndon Johnson to block an investigation into what had occurred. In 1987, Jonathan Pollard was convicted of spying for Israel with investigators determining that he had been the most damaging spy in the history of the United States. In the 1960s, Israelis stole uranium from a lab in Pennsylvania to construct a secret nuclear arsenal. And the spying and theft of U.S. technology continues. Israel is the most active “friendly nation” when it comes to stealing U.S. secrets, and when its spies are caught, they are either sent home or, if they are Americans, receive a slap on the wrist.

And Israel gets away with killing American citizens — literally — in the cases of Rachel Corrie and Furkan Dogan of the Mavi Marmara. And let’s not forget Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians which has made the United States complicit in a crime against humanity. Tel Aviv has also played a key role in Washington’s going to war against Iraq, in promulgating a U.S.-led global war on terror against the Muslim world, and in crying wolf over Iran, all of which have served no U.S. interest. Through it all, Congress and the media are oblivious to what is taking place. Israel is a net recipient of over $123 billion in U.S. aid and continues to get $3 billion a year even though its per capita income is higher than that of Spain or Italy. No one questions anything having to do with Israel while Congress rubber-stamps resolution after resolution virtually promising to go to war on Israel’s behalf.

I have to admit that I don’t like what my own government is doing these days, but I like Israel even less and it is past time to do something about it. No more money, no more political support, no more tolerance of spying, and no more having to listen to demands for red lines to go to war. No more favorable press when the demented Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a cartoon at the U.N. The United States government exists to serve the American people, no more, no less, and it is time that our elected representatives begin to remember that fact.

  1. #1 by Al on 10/04/2012 - 9:34

    It is up to the American people to wake up and react to this corruption or messy situation. We should not expect any change in internal and foreign policies of this country as long as people are so silent or careless about these corruptions & crimes…

  2. #2 by ruby22-kate on 10/04/2012 - 9:34

    I’m with you Mr. Giraldi. Think of journalists who criticize the rogue state, Pat Buchannon(sp) has been regularly smeared as anti-semite for daring to put the USA first, and of course the treachery perpetrated against Helen Thomas & Rick Sanchez, etc.

    And though the US is not blameless, the relationship between Iz & US reminds me of my youth, when I was admonished to avoid the ‘bad crowd’ on the theory birds of a feather flock together. Since the US has become so entwined with the zionist crowd their bad behavior has been copied by the US.

    Public talk of the pros & cons of torture, indefinite imprisonment, targetted assassination, these tactics were all pioneered by the zionists. The US may have done all of these crimes secretly but they now are so bold that they actually boast of these crimes.

  3. #3 by Blake on 10/04/2012 - 9:34

    Cannot argue with that Mr Giraldi

  4. #4 by annebeck58 on 10/04/2012 - 9:34

    Yes. I agree.
    And, we dislike Israel for the same reasons; with friends like that, who needs enemies?

  5. #5 by Media Censorship on 10/04/2012 - 9:34

    I agree with you, but if you want to know why the U.S. press blindly reports anything Israel says as truth, you should look up how many people with dual Israeli citizenship are in the media. And as long as the Media supports Israel no matter what they do nothing will really change, if the media started reporting their crimes things would change will quick.

  6. #6 by Matthew/Boston on 10/04/2012 - 9:34

    Philip Giraldi doesn’t like Israel. Well, thank you for expressing your thoughts, Mr. Giraldi. And what honest man or woman could blame him?

    I viewed the ad Mr. Giraldi referrences running in Florida (probably the Miami area, being America’s
    second Jewish capitol). The ad displays no reason or logic, but just attempts to elicit unjustified fear.
    The threatening back round music is a wonderful touch. And the (Jewish) group Secure America
    Now, that produced the commercial has the nerve to infer attacking Iran would be in America’s interest or national security whensuch an attack would very likely devastate our economy shows blatant deceit.

    Giraldi’s assertion that there is so much Jewish influence and control in the media that it precludes any criticism of the ad by Obama or Romney is right on the mark. Once again, the Jews are the exception. Stop and think of the abject gall of Israel-firsters in the U.S. to claim that Obama has, “thrown Israel under the bus” when Obama is nothing less than an outright servant to Israel and the Jews. Those that make that remark are blatant liars. They’re not being critical; they are lying.

    The Jews capture the media. They undermine Washington, DC. They lobby to enact laws that show favoritism (blind unquestioned obedience) to Israel at America’s expense. They have laws passed that limit free speech so there will be no public criticism of Israel, a criminal state. They bullshit dumbed-down American’s with their Jew-filtered and Jew-slanted news.

    Israel spies on America. They steal classified military information and proprietary commercial information. Israel attacks and murders American’s at home and abroad. (9-11 being their masterpiece.) AIPAC corrupts the weak, selfish, and unprincipled representatives in Washington,DC. They contribute to turning America’s police forces into aggressive and repressive militarized monsters. Washington’s support of the Israeli regime does tremendous damage to the image of America around the world, in both Arab and non-Arab countries. The Israel lobby contributes greatly to the bankrupting of America by having instigated war against Afghanistan and Iraq. And what does Israel get for all the destruction they have visited on America and her people? Additional tens of billions of dollars in aid and armaments.

    No Mr. Netanyahu, you are not our “friend and ally”, you are a liability and a curse and a potentially fatal malady.

    Conclusion: It is long past time for an American Intifada.

  7. #7 by Gary on 10/04/2012 - 9:34

    israel is nothing but an invention created by the sick,evil jew race which has been a thorn in civilized society for ages.

  8. #8 by SEARCHLIGHT on 10/05/2012 - 9:34

    @ Phillip Giraldi : every thing you stated, is right on the mark, however i fell that for an ex-C.I.A agent you come very short of what PARASITE ISRAEL is doing not only doing to AMERIKA but to the whole civilised and unsivilised nations of the world, these criminals are a pest like death, that has managed through indoctrination of all media across the board not only in amerika but around the world, by the ownership of it, and the rights that once a good american government, shose to give them the right to be the owners of all printed and air wave media, a tool they have used to sit in power for their own benefit, with out a flinch of shame nor guilt, for all lies transmited to humanity.
    Indoctrination that has not stoped with the secular and ungodly portion of humanity, but even by the infiltration of these criminal parasites, into the mid stream christian churches, where they have been sloughter the spiritual lams before reaching spiritual maturity, preaching CROSS THE BOARD THEIR LIES OF PROSPERITY IF THEY JUST FALL AT THE FEET OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL A ROUGE, GODLESS NATION.
    That is why the birth of the so called zionist christians,men and women that have forsaken their first love, under the indoctrination provided, to never leave and learning to follow false teachers and pastors, who willingly sell the sheep to the ZIONIST BUTCHERS, for the love of money.
    now if MR PHILLIP WAS TRUTHFULL, ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE WITH THE C.I.A. one would think that he should know our representative government is not americans redpresenting americans , even an uneducated man like myself, have learned on my own, that more than 2/3 rds of our senate and congress, are of jewish decent wheter by both parents been jews of one of the two been a jew,so how can any body belive a complete message provided by an ex-C.I.A member without knowing this facts, even the administrations have been JEWS SINCE BEFORE JOHN F. KENNEDYAND AFTER HIS DEATH CAUSED BY HIS OWN WIFE THE JEWESS JAQUELIN , WHO WAS THE ONE THAT SHOT HIM FROM BEHIND HIS HEAD IN THE CAR WHILE IN DALLAS TEXAS, BECAUSE THE JEW LYNDON B. JOHNSON WAS READY TO COVER THEIR TRAKS AND ABOLISH THE TRUTH FROM COMING OUT, IN ORDER FOR THE FEDERAL RESERVE AGENCY OF CRIMES INCORPORATED TO CONTINUE FUNCTIONING IN THE DESMANTALING OF AMERIKA, AND NO BODY HAS DONE ANY THING ABOUT IT NEITHER RHE F.B.I NOR ANY OTHER AGENT OF LAW THEY KEPT THEIR PEACE WHILE WATCHING FROM INSIDE HOW AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL WAS BEEN SMEARD WITH ZIONIST POISON AROUND THE WORLD TO BE CONSIDERED THE WHORE OF ISRAEL.

  9. #9 by Dave on 10/05/2012 - 9:34

    Lets examine the root of the problem, lets break it down to its elemental form… WHY have the Jews always been so destructive? The Jew has always been nomadic.. They never had place they can truly call home. The Jew is NEVER a nationalist. They don’t derive their genius from the soil, they can only manipulate markets, buy and sell… The Jew claims he wants to be left alone, but that’s not true… The Jew thrives on opposition. The more we oppose the Jew, they stronger he gets.

  10. #10 by daytonariverside on 10/05/2012 - 9:34

    I have many Jewish friends – I do not believe that Israel represents them or their faith. The Israel regime has broken every humanitarian law that has been written – they have violated every right a government can – the openly steal, cheat, lie, create weapons of mass destruction and cry that they are the victims – this reminds me of NAZI Germany’s tactics – where the NAZI’s committed acts such as the Israel’s do today – and claimed they were the ones being victimized – The Israel’s learned well from their past history.

  11. #11 by Ingrid B on 10/06/2012 - 9:34

    ” it is past time to do something about it. No more money, no more political support, no more tolerance of spying, and no more having to listen to demands for red lines to go to war. No more favorable press when the demented Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a cartoon at the U.N. The United States government exists to serve the American people, no more, no less, and it is time that our elected representatives begin to remember that fact.” : good luck to those who try, hope they succeed..

    This morning, regional TV here in Norway, reported that Norway is gearing up to lead NATO in war games off the horn of Africa..

  12. #12 by Yusuf bin Jussac on 10/06/2012 - 9:34

    Hi all!
    Let me repeat here re “Prime Sinister” Seytan(SATAN!)yahu: he is an INSANE “half-man”. Why I too HATE the Zionists? Kindly take a peek at “my” Page www,scribd.com/tjoaginsing

    Or, simply SEARCH Tjoaginsing or Yusuf bin Jussac or Joe Jussac, Jr.

    and hence the MOSSAD hate me very much! So WAS the CIA, the US N.S.A. and the PENTAGON!

  13. #13 by Pip Power on 10/07/2012 - 9:34


    I was watching a video on the CFR, The Council on Foreign Relations & a quarter ways into it, it stopped. No Matter what I did, I could not get it going again or any other videos on The UnJustMedia,com website.

    This is the DEMONIC Group that you need to expose to JEW & MUSLIM alike, because its these people who are dying because of these EVIL people.

    GOOGLE: Professor Carroll Quiqley & The Council on Foreign Relations. These are the people that are corrupting the NEWS from around the world.

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