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Netanyahu's hypocrisy about intervening in other countries' affairs

What would happen if a foreign country started lobbying for bills in the Israeli Knesset, going so far as to seek the insertion of specific clauses into them?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress, May 24, 2011. (Photo by Avi Ohayun/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress, May 24, 2011. (Photo by Avi Ohayun/GPO)

The Right in Israel isn’t the biggest fan of foreign countries getting involved in its affairs. It’s true when it comes to the European Union providing shelter for Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, or supporting human rights organizations that challenge aspects of Israeli legislation in Israeli courts, or Netanyahu’s unproven allegations that European states funded campaigns to increase Arab voter participation in hopes of ousting him as prime minister.

None of that stops the same right-wing Israeli politicians getting involved in other countries’ internal affairs. Three months after Netanyahu urged French Jews to emigrate to Israel, and a month after he broke diplomatic protocol by speaking to Congress to denounce President Obama’s policies without first coordinating with the White House, Netanyahu is now planning to get involved in shaping American legislation.

Haaretz on Tuesday cited a “senior [Israeli] official” saying that the Israeli government is planning to try and rally support for a bill in Congress that will make it difficult for Obama to sign a final nuclear agreement with Iran. Not only that, Israel plans to try and shape the legislation itself, according to the report, urging legislators to insert a specific clause into the bill.

What would happen if a foreign country started lobbying for bills in the Israeli Knesset, going so far as to seek the insertion of specific clauses into them? It’s safe to assume that Netanyahu would be the first one screaming bloody murder about the whole process and anyone involved in it. We would very quickly see Likud and Jewish Home-sponsored legislation aimed a curbing such activity.

And let’s not forget: the European Union’s (uninvited) attempts at intervention in Israeli policy deal almost exclusively with the question of the occupation. For example, Israel’s illegal actions in the territories beyond its borders (establishing settlements, exploiting natural resources, preventing Palestinian development, and more), the way it treats millions of non-citizens who don’t enjoy its — or anyone else’s — protection. Israel’s current intervention in American legislation, on the other hand, is intended to sabotage a legitimate international agreement advancing peace between two sovereign states.

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    1. Danny

      Scumbagyahu thinks that the American political system is his personal playground, and that he gets to play in it by divine right. The day will come when America will throw Israel to the dogs, and be done with it once and for all. It’s just a matter of time before even the most corrupt American politicians will say: Enough!

      In the meantime, Scumbagyahu and his Las Vegas mob boss benefactor can continue on their path of destruction of American-Israeli relations, one egregious action at a time.

      Scumbagyahu is a Godsend to everyone who thinks that Israel’s “special” relationship with America is a farce and needs to end ASAP.

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    2. Whiplash

      What Netanyahu is doing is called diplomacy. Americans have had their fingers in every other country’s business. So it is only fair play that Netanyahu has been beating Obama at the diplomacy game in Obama’s back yard. I hear that the Republican and Democratic senators are only 2 to 3 votes short of veto proofing their Iran legislation. The United States and the world can thank Netanyahu.

      BTW every time I watch America’s top ranked news network they are ranking Obama as the worst president in American history. Now I wonder why that is.

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      • Ray

        Because you watch nothing but the talking heads on Faux News and think it represents the final word on what the American People think?

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      • Danny

        “What Netanyahu is doing is called diplomacy.”

        Good one. So in your fantasy world making the entire world loathe Israel is called diplomacy. I would hate to see Scumbagyahu’s version of war mongering.

        “BTW every time I watch America’s top ranked news network they are ranking Obama as the worst president in American history. Now I wonder why that is.”

        Fox News doesn’t count as a real news network. Sorry.

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    3. Average American

      Ok, most people agree Israel is not welcome meddling in our government and Milekowsky (the real name of the Pole impostor who is Israel’s prime minister) speaking at it like he is a member of our government. But the real question is WHY is he being allowed to do it? What sway does Israel have over us? It’s not that we’re huge trading partners. It’s not that Israel has any natural resources. It’s not that Jews welcome and embrace Christians. What then? Jewish banks? USA has to borrow 90% of what it spends, will the Jews cut off our credit if we don’t do what they want? Is that the big stick?

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