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Rep. Ilhan Omar Surrenders to Israel Lobby

By Philip Giraldi | American Free Press | June 1, 2020

The nearly complete corruption of the U.S. republican form of government has largely come about due to the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court in January 2010 that basically permitted unlimited donor-spending on political campaigns based on the principle that providing money, normally through a political action committee (PAC), is a form of free speech. The decision paved the way for agenda-driven plutocrats and corporations to largely seize control of the formulation process for certain policies being promoted by the two national parties.

No one has benefited from the new rules more than the state of Israel, whose hundreds of support organizations and principal billionaire funders euphemized as the “Israel Lobby” have entrenched pro-Israel donors as the principal financial resources of both major political parties. Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has become relatively well known as the major funder of the Republican Party, having contributed an estimated $100 million to the 2018 midterm election, while Haim Saban, a billionaire Israeli/ American movie producer has filled a similar role for the Democrats. Adelson, who once upon a time served as a draftee in the U.S. Army, has described how he wishes it had been the Israel Defense Force instead. He has also stated that he would be proud to have a son who is an Israeli Army sniper. Haim Saban in a somewhat similar vein has said that he is a one-issue guy, and his issue is Israel.

No one should be surprised that the Jewish donor and activist base is paying particular attention to certain congressional races in 2020, most particularly of the three of the four women comprising the so-called “squad,” namely Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, who have been most critical of the U.S.- Israeli connection. Tlaib, a congresswoman representing Detroit who is of Palestinian descent, is already being targeted by fellow Democrat Brenda Jones, who is currently the Detroit City Council president.

Jones almost certainly has made her positive views of Israel known to Anti-Defamation League (ADL) inquisitors, and she will be showered with money and favorable press in a possibly successful bid to overthrow Tlaib. Prospective candidates for Congress and even state level offices are approached by supporters of Israel and are routinely asked to fill out a form explicitly detailing their view of Israel. It is frequently fatal in political terms to respond incorrectly. Play the game and one has money and press support. Do otherwise, and all that vanishes.

The highly controversial Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also no friend of the Israel Lobby, is likewise being challenged by her own party in the Bronx. She is being confronted by no fewer than five Democratic Party challengers but is well placed to prevail due to her popularity in her district.

The red lines established around the issue of Israel are something that every American politician understands. But perhaps the biggest surprise, and an indication of the reach of Jewish power in the United States, is the flip-flop recently performed by Ilhan Omar, the ethnic Somali congresswoman who represents Minneapolis.

Omar clearly would like to remain in Congress but, not surprisingly, a strong and well-funded Democratic primary candidate named Antone Melton-Meaux, an African-American lawyer, has surfaced. He has raised $500,000 for his campaign chest, much of it coming from outside sources. He has publicly stated that Omar is not connected to her district, has done nothing for Minnesota, and, perhaps the biggest sin of all, she “… has repeatedly made divisive statements that have been hurtful to members of our Jewish community. She creates distraction and drama, not results. Rep. Omar believes that sanctions are economic warfare and is a vocal advocate for abolishing them, particularly for Iran. Yet she supports sanctions on Israel. She has repeatedly refused to explain this inconsistency. That doesn’t work for us.”

Not surprisingly, Melton-Meaux has been described by the Jewish Insider as having the endorsement of “pro-Israel America.” Decisively progressive Muslim-American Omar is indeed a magnet for controversy. She is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea on specific issues, but she has up until now been one of the most powerful voices criticizing the lopsided relationship of the United States with the Jewish state. She was the one who coined the phrase “It’s the Benjamins” when linking Israel’s grip over Congress to hundred-dollar bills, implying very clearly that it is Jewish money that has bought America’s legislators as well as the White House. Omar also dared to condemn her fellow congressmen as having “dual loyalty” when they supported legislation abridging freedom of speech for anyone who criticizes Israel. For her pains, she was accused of being an anti-Semite by both President Trump and Nancy Pelosi as well as by numerous Republicans and other members of her own party in Congress. Under intense pressure, she apologized to Pelosi and expressed appreciation to her “Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”

To her discredit, Omar has recently surrendered to force majeure, joining 389 of her colleagues in signing on to a House of Representatives letter supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that demands the continuation of the United Nations sanctions regime against Iran, a policy that essentially treats the Persians as if they were a country having no rights beyond what Washington will allow them. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the overall policy one of “maximum pressure,” punishment of the Iranian people to compel them to rise up against their rulers.

Ironically, the continuation of the embargo on arms sales, which is what the letter deals with, would seem to be superfluous currently, as Iran has been suffering for some time due to U.S. pressure, a process that has been exacerbated by the arrival of the COVID virus. The U.S. has already effectively blocked Iranian oil sales, the country’s only major source of income, and the medical system is broken, with no money for medical equipment and pharmaceuticals as the virus continues to rage.

Omar’s reversal, for such it is, is particularly remarkable as she denounced on humanitarian grounds the U.S. use of sanctions to pressure other governments as recently as late April. After the story of the letter broke, Omar tried to justify her action by stating that she “has consistently, for a long time, supported arms embargoes against human rights abusers. . . . It was just a narrow ask that we couldn’t find anything wrong with.”

What is wrong with the narrow ask is that it is aimed at allowing the U.S. to intercede to block the sunset provision of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that kicks in this fall, which will again allow Iran to buy weapons. Ironically, of course, the U.S. withdrew from the agreement in 2017 but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now claiming that it is still part of the arrangement, allowing it to press a case against Iran for non-compliance. Even if the U.S. fails in its gambit to interfere directly, the JCPOA will likely come apart, leaving the sanctions in place. Either way AIPAC and Israel win.

Omar’s signature on the AIPAC letter was in reality little more than a surrender to the Israel Lobby by a congresswoman who is under siege and wants to get re-elected. She has undoubtedly done so against her better judgement, as do many of the congressmen who blindly support Israel, because she doesn’t want any problems. In this case, she is aiding the hawks in Congress and the administration who want unrelenting extreme pressure on the Iranian people until the government falls. Or alternatively, an Iran driven against the wall to the point where it does something foolish, enabling the United States and Israel to attack and destroy it. Either way, Ilhan Omar will almost certainly regret placing her signature on the AIPAC letter.

June 6, 2020 - Posted by | Corruption, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Wars for Israel | , , ,

21 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the insights Philip. How political bribery by a foreign body is linked to US citizens’ free speech stretches credibility. Is there nothing in the Constitution barring foreign lobbies corrupting the system, especially those with racist, militaristic and anti-US plots like using the ‘US Army to destroy the Iraqi Army in the Iraqi Desert…’ and similar abuses of American personnel. The Constitution was partly drafted to stop Great Britain from interfering in American politics, was it not? So why does it not bar an alien faction doing so?

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    Comment by jbthring | June 6, 2020 | Reply

    • There’s the Foreign Agents Registration Act. But it is deliberately and systematically not applied to the malign activities of the Zionist Lobby (prime AIPAC and various and sundry dual-loyalty/Israel-first billionaires of the ilk valiantly outed by Phil….).

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      Comment by roberthstiver | June 6, 2020 | Reply

  2. Depressing…. This seems to be another “nail” driving Ilhan into the grasping arms of the Zioduopoly establishment. I recently responded to an alternative-news release about Ilhan and the “Black Lives Matter” topic of the day with these words: “I’m going to donate my small amount to the courageous Ilhan Omar. But I admit that I am disappointed, from what I read here and haven’t yet encountered at any venue featuring Ms. Omar or anyone else, that she didn’t articulate (an opportunistic) conjoining of the overall/ingrained/endemic culture of violence in US society with racism, injustice, incarceration, immigration, American “exceptionalism,” poverty, poor health, nutrition-deficiency, the silence/inaction/complicity of Christian and other religious leadership, the occupation of America by Zionism, foreign-affairs misadventures to include war and sanctions and belligerence, etc. Ms. Omar, for example and up front, should have brought *guns* into the mix. We need — must have — gun control, and we need to confront and pursue the need for gun control not only the day after the next or next, inevitable, explosion of gun violence but *every day*. Ms. Omar missed an opportunity…and I wish she, inter alia, would at the next opportunity make a case I’ve been making recently in response to the freaks who bellow “Guns don’t kill people! People kill people!”: why can’t we begin from “Guns and people kill people!”?” I received only a milquetoast reply from the moderator “You’re right: Guns and people kill people.”

    Thanks, Phil Giraldi, American Free Press, and Aletho News.

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    Comment by roberthstiver | June 6, 2020 | Reply

  3. “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise”…..Voltaire

    Americans(and the rest of us) are not ruled by our elected leaders. Whether we like it or not, “Who controls money controls the World”.. ….Henry Kissinger

    So…..who controls Money?

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 6, 2020 | Reply

    • Thanks, Brian for reminding us who rules us and who controls money. This is so true one dare not even name them for fear of retribution! But your well-known quote “Give me control of a nation’s finances and I care not who makes its laws” came from Mayer Amschel Rothschild in 1790, who then set up (controlled) the Federal Reserve Bank! The family is now one of the dozen who control about half the Global financial wealth (True Activist, ‘Secrets of the Elite’ 2015). One only has to look at their creation of the criminal dictatorship in Palestine to realize their brethren break every law in the book; War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, mass murder, Apartheid, common theft, repressive siege (see ‘Israel’s Crimes against the Palestinians’)… Yet they manage to hide all this from the mass media! And having designed the UN Charter to be duplicitous (per pro.Alger Hiss) and having dominated US law-making and foreign policy at the Security Council, via the Veto, they pass themselves above international laws which seem powerless to bring even the Zionists to justice.

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      Comment by jbthring | June 7, 2020 | Reply

  4. Thank you Robert for reminding us about the Foreign Agents Act. How do they get passed it? I know America is “Israeli Occupied Territory” as Senator Pat Buchanan famously referred to it, another ‘West Bank’. But there must be enough intelligent and independent Representatives to skewer such a malignant virus in the body politick? The Palestinians are all too aware of their oppressive occupiers but apparently the Americans are not.

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    Comment by jbthring | June 6, 2020 | Reply

  5. Right. I’m sure she feels real bad about the whole thing. I’m sure the entire United States Government just feels awful about the whole traitor thing. Poor things.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

    • It’s especially interesting since they all have allegedly taken a vow to uphold the United States Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. How quaint.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

      • I guess dubya was right. The Constitution ain’t nothing but a piece of paper. Now observe as his reputation gets a make-over. Fools, morons, pharisees, hypocrites, vipers, and idiots.

        Obama. Barack Obama. Michelle Obama.
        Democraps are disgusting. Repukes are disgusting. Get with it people!

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        Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

  6. I mean, she wouldn’t want to be left out of this, now would she?

    Or this

    Or this

    While America is apparently being torn to shreds, the U.S. Government is financing Israel, the very people responsible for it.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

  7. Israel is not my fucking ally.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

    • My government does not give a shit about me.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

  8. PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER you damned assholes!

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

    • Stop it with all this bullshit.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

  9. Oh right. By the way, thanks so much for my $1200. Good job.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

    • You’re all fired.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

      • Go fuck yourselves. Let the chips fall where they may. I’m guessing that Israel will be the biggest loser.

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        Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

        • Not sure…it was “they” who picked up the pieces after the prostration of Germany via the Treaty of Versailles, end-WWI. Hitler finally got wise and instituted nationalism as the guiding light of Germany, and that led to the ultimate end of him. There’s not an America pol alive who would sacrifice him/herself for love of country/justice/morality/peace. Paul Findley came close, maybe Cinthia McKinney partially filled his shoes…and they came they paid the price.

          No “Second Declaration of Independence” for us Americans, that’s for sure. (Again, I implore: read Alison Weir’s “Against Our Better Judgment.”)

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          Comment by roberthstiver | June 6, 2020 | Reply

          • …hit the wrong key and got “sent”: “…they came to pay the price.”

            Like

            Comment by roberthstiver | June 6, 2020 | Reply

          • I don’t know where you’re coming from, robert. This is above my pay grade.

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            Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply

        • *chuckle* well I guess they’ve been the biggest loser for a long time, having rejected their Messiah and all.

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          Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 6, 2020 | Reply


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