The recent “Netanyahu is a chickenshit” uproar is actually a childish incident but reveals the power of the Israel lobby which strictly controls American politics, Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government has said.
Writing in the Foreign Policy journal, Professor Walt, who is most famous for coauthoring the book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy with John Mearsheimer, said that “this minor incident mostly confirms the unhealthy effects of the ‘special relationship’” between Israel and America.
The sad truth is that top U.S. officials still can’t say openly what they really think about Israel’s behavior, or what they really think about the relationship itself, Professor Walt wrote.
The mildest criticism invites automatic abuse from the lobby, and of course, anyone aspiring to a top foreign-policy position still has to mouth embarrassing platitudes and repudiate any previous criticisms in order to get appointed and confirmed. Just ask Samantha Power and Chuck Hagel how this process works, he said, referring to the infamous forced policy reversals of both of those people in the face of the Zio-lobby.
Professor Walt continued by saying that the anonymous comment in The Atlantic magazine which caused the “uproar” was actually meaningless in the grand scheme of things—something which we here at DavidDuke.com have previously pointed out—but, more importantly, that it:
[R]eminds us that no two states have identical interests, no matter what U.S. politicians may say in their pandering speeches at AIPAC’s annual conference.
Confirming this site’s original analysis of the “uproar”—namely that it was little more than a spat between Labor Party and Likud Party supporting Zionist extremists—Professor Walt went on to say:
The [current] United States wants a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a meaningful détente with Iran, the Netanyahu government opposes both, and this gap is likely to become increasingly apparent over time.
However, Professor Walt said, if there is a “crisis” in U.S.-Israeli relations—as the Atlantic newspaper which started the fuss claimed—it is “surely an odd one.
“Normally, the term crisis refers to a clash of interests that involves real dangers, as in the July Crisis that led to World War I, or the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. But there’s little of substance in this little flare-up: The United States is still giving a wealthy and powerful Israel several billion dollars of military and economic aid each year; it is still selling Israel some of the most advanced weapons in the U.S. arsenal; and U.S. officials continue to provide diplomatic cover in the United Nations and other international forums.
The United States even took Israel’s side when it pummeled Gaza again a few months back, despite official concerns about the wisdom and morality of Israel’s actions. And White House officials are now doing damage control by reaffirming the “effective partnership” between the two countries and their leaders.
Finally, Professor Walt once again pointed out that the Jewish Lobby still controls the US government’s foreign policy, and that the “chickenshit” comment is merely the result of increasing frustration within government ranks of the continuous control of US policy by the Zio-fanatics:
U.S. officials are prevented from taking this obvious step [of putting pressure on Israel] by the lingering political clout of AIPAC and other groups in the lobby, Professor Walt continued.
When they speak in public or on the record, they have to pretend that the “special relationship” is hunky-dory, even when it is obvious to even casual observers that it is not.
But when well-meaning U.S. officials are stymied, insulted, and forced to engage in repeated acts of self-censorship, frustration is bound to build and eventually spill out in public. It’s unprofessional and unhelpful, but also entirely human.