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  •  A very informative interview, heathlander; I hope (8+ / 0-)

    everyone here will follow your link to the whole thing.

    This isn't news, but it's very well expressed:

    Israel's business elite is desperate for at least the illusion of a peace process, because it can feel an international boycott campaign building against it. But it won't be able to change the course of the government on this. Israel is locked in a self-destructive trap common to all colonial powers, holding on to its empire even when it's clear that it's a doomed project, because anyone who objects is immediately branded a traitor.
    The breakdown of where different European countries stand on sanctioning Israel was also illuminating.

    But the answer that most challenged the general progressive views on Israel was Hever's account of the real power relations between the US, the Military Industrial Complex, and Israel:

    U.S. influence over Israel is immense. But it is convenient for a lot of people—for instance, right-wing extremists in the U.S. who speak of their Zionist Occupied Government— to cultivate an image of Israel manipulating the U.S. from behind the scenes.

    In the recent Congressional political battle over the nomination of Chuck Hagel as U.S. Secretary of Defense, the Republican senators played the part very well, as if the most important thing if you want to be vetted for high office in the U.S. is to demonstrate your support Israel. But 'Israel' in this sense actually serves as a symbol, a proxy. The U.S. transfers to Israel billions of dollars a year, but it doesn't give Israel any money. It gives Israel vouchers, which Israel can only redeem by purchasing weapons from American companies. What's called 'U.S. aid to Israel' is in fact an annual state subsidy for the American arms industry. Israel lobby groups like AIPAC have a lot of money at their disposal. But the lobby of Lockheed Martin, which produces the fighter planes that Israel is buying with its U.S. vouchers, is many times larger. . . .

    I've read you interviewing before. You bring so much knowledge and understanding of all these issues to the table, and you frame your questions most astutely.

    It's great to see you around these parts again, heathlander.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 09:58:13 AM PDT

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