Will Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO, advocate anti-war policies in the Middle East and elsewhere? Is that one reason he’s under attack? Contrary to the narrative that Big Oil was the driving force behind the Iraq war, the oil industry opposed the Iraq war, the economic sanctions that preceded it, and Iran sanctions.
Journalists, scientists, human rights activists and even a clown are among the Palestinians currently in Israeli jails. Since the Israeli occupation began in 1967, Israel has jailed between half a million and 800,000 Palestinians. The conviction rate is about 99 percent. Among the arrestees are also those in administrative detention, an Israeli speciality: over the previous year, 1,742 orders for detention without trial were served against Palestinians; some held year after year.
Israel and its American partisans played a major role – perhaps the decisive role – in pushing the U.S. to invade Iraq, because they considered Iraq a potential threat to Israel – an invasion that has resulted in the deaths of half a million Iraqis, 7,000 Americans, will cost Americans trillions of dollars, and led to the regional chaos we see today
Phil Giraldi criticizes those who place Israeli interests above American needs, e.g. Alan Dershowitz, John Krauthammer, John Bolton, Brookings, WINEP, JINSA, AIPAC, FDD, “and the rest of the alphabet soup that depend on the generosity of pro-Israel donors to keep the lights on.”
The Forward reports: “For the Jewish left, Friedman appointment has quickly emerged as a banner for rallying troops already concerned with the impact the Trump presidency will have on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. On the right, Trump’s choice of a pro-settlement bankruptcy lawyer as chief envoy to Israel is seen as ushering in a new era of settlement expansion and changing the fundamentals of American policy toward the conflict.
During Israel’s July-August, 2014 onslaught against Gaza, members of Congress eagerly supported Israel’s “right” to slaughter a couple of thousand Palestinians and level much of Gaza’s infrastructure in the name of “self-defense.” At least 8 bills and resolutions were introduced, and no fewer 7 letters were sent to President Barack Obama or U.N. officials. The Washington Report reported the details in the article originally published in fall 2014…