President Obama may feel besieged by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its allies over their strident opposition to the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran but the American president is but one of a long line of Western leaders who have been faced with an Israeli-directed fifth column in their own countries.
Israel backers shirk off the notion of dual loyalists—those who have divided loyalties between the country of their citizenship and Israel—as anti-Semitic rhetoric but President Obama has a point about AIPAC critics and others, including Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who have opted to support the Israeli government over the Iran deal over their own president. In Schumer’s case, he is also bucking the titular head of his own political party.
In the case of neocon Republican Bible thumpers like Senators Tim Cotton (R-AR) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), both of whom recently served in the military, their “God” is the major “Israel Firster,” billionaire casino magnate and noted Macao gangster Sheldon Adelson. Their military chain-of-command has the Israeli government sitting over President Obama.
In a historic speech at American University, Obama called the Israel Lobby out on their perfidy. “The lobbying that is taking place on the other side is fierce, it is well-financed, it is relentless,” Obama said. Referencing the neocon opponents of the deal, Obama added, “you are going to see the same array of forces that got us into the Iraq War, leading to a situation in which we forgo a historic opportunity and we are back on the path of potential military conflict.”
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