Republicans Tell Israel: US Will Back Strike Against Iran – OpEd


Yisrael HaYom, Israel’s bought and paid for (by Sheldon Adelson, to the tune of $3-million in losses monthly) propaganda sheet on behalf of Bibi Netanyahu, writes (Hebrew) that U.S. Republicans have been reassuring Israel that if the latter attacks Iran, the U.S. will stand behind it 100%.  The article claims that Congressional Republicans are attempting to “pre-empt” Obama administration opposition to such a strike with legislation that will obligate the government to stand behind Israel as it defends itself against the Iranian nuclear threat, up to, and including an Israeli attack.

The legislation calls upon the U.S. to support Israel’s right to defend its sovereignty, lives and security of its citizens, and its use of all necessary means to defend against and eliminate the Iranian threat, including the use of force in the event that diplomatic means are found lacking in the near term.  Israeli MKs who met with the Republican junket (er, delegation) said that its support for Israel put the lie to claims by the Opposition and Israeli left that Israel stands internationally isolated on this issue.

If only the U.S. Constitution allowed Congress to implement its own foreign policy!  Alas for the Republicans they’ll have to muddle along for quite a while under a president who refuses to be heel and sit when the Lobby commands it to.  Not that the administration isn’t obedient, it’s just doesn’t always ask “how high” when the ringmaster barks for it to jump through the circus hoop.

This article appeared at Tikun Olam

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

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