US billionaires could destroy the Israel Lobby, but they won’t
The Sordid Truth about Israel’s Leaders that the Billionaires Keep Secret
I have created here a document, with referenced sources, listing some of the ways that Israeli rulers have betrayed ordinary Jews from the days of the Nazi Holocaust to recent times. If the American public knew the facts in this document they would be appalled. I have personally experienced that even pro-Israel Jews would be appalled, so much so that they change from viewing people like myself as anti-Semites to viewing us as well-intentioned bearers of the truth.
I experienced this when a Jewish colleague of mine at work declared that I was “close to Hitler” when he saw me collecting signatures supporting the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland inside the 78% of Palestine now called Israel. When I began recounting to him the facts about how Israel’s leaders had betrayed ordinary Jews, he was stunned, and then became very friendly towards me–no longer viewing me as anti-Semitic but rather as both pro-ordinary Jew and pro-Palestinian.
The document cited above relates how:
1. Israel’s leaders during the Holocaust sabotaged all efforts to rescue Jews from the Nazis if the rescue didn’t entail sending the Jews to Palestine (to be ruled over by the (future) Israeli ruling class);
2. How Israel’s leaders collaborated with the Nazis;
3. How Israel’s leaders used violence against Jews in the Displaced Persons camps at the war’s end to force them against their will to go to Palestine to fight Arabs;
4. How Israel’s leaders orchestrated the horrible Achille Lauro murder of an Israeli wheelchair-bound passenger by a Palestinian to paint all Palestinians as evil;
5. How Israel’s leaders allied with and helped Argentina’s fascist rulers murder 3,000 Argentinian Jews; and the list goes on and on through more recent years.
A billionaire could hire talented film directors and authors, etc., to create T.V. documentaries and films and books to tell the public the truth about Israel’s ruling elite, and do it with the persuasive power of, for example, the eloquent T.V. documentary, Roots, or the masterful film Schindler’s List or the deceitful novel, Exodus: there’s plenty of talent to let the public know the sordid truth about the Israeli ruling class; the problem is that nobody with the big bucks hires them to do it. The Big Money goes to those who produce what Big Money wants produced.
If a billionaire told the American public the truth about the Israeli ruling class’s contempt for, and betrayal of, ordinary Jews (as well as its horrible ethnic cleansing of Palestinians), the result would be a sea change in how Americans viewed the Israeli government. The Israel Lobby would have as much influence on who got elected to Congress as the Church of Satan! The pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy would be viewed by the American public the same way it came to view the pro-South African Apartheid foreign policy–disgusting! The Israel Lobby would be dead in the water in about three months.
Why Don’t Any Billionaires Destroy the Israel Lobby?
What Is NOT the Reason?
Before I say what the reason is why no billionaires lift a finger to destroy the Israel Lobby, I need to dismiss a wrong explanation that many foes of Israel’s ethnic cleansing give. They say, “The billionaires (at least the non-Jewish ones, [who are 52% of all U.S. billionaires, by the way]) would love to destroy the Israel Lobby because the pro-Israel foreign policy is against their interest (a.k.a against the “national interest”), but they dare not say anything against the Lobby because they fear being accused of anti-Semitism.”
Please stop for a second and consider the absurdity of this “explanation.” According to this “explanation,” people like myself and many other similar people–people who are not independently wealthy and who depend for our living on keeping our jobs, and who lack the financial means to effectively publicly refute a campaign to smear us as anti-Semitic–we are able to publicly oppose (with our meager resources) Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. But according to this same “explanation,” billionaires–who ARE independently wealth and thus have total economic security plus the means to publicly refute a slander campaign against them–are supposedly too frightened to speak the truth. According to this “explanation,” billionaires (the non-Jewish ones at least) prefer to yield to the Israel Lobby and let it force them (i.e. the actual U.S. rulers) to go against their own self-interest by supporting Israel. Really? Does this make any sense at all?
This crazy “theory” has a name among its advocates: “Tail wags dog” (the Israeli tail wags the U.S. dog.) But as everybody knows, in real life tails don’t wag dogs. So why do people opposed to Israel think they do? There are two reasons that come to mind.
One reason is that pro-Israel (often Jewish) people are heavily represented in the foreign-policy-making part of the Executive branch of the government, there are virtually no opponents of Israel in Congress, and the Israel Lobby works hard to make sure this remains so. Also, American presidents and would-be presidents all attend and speak at the Israel Lobby’s main organization, AIPAC. The “tail-wags-dog”-ers point this out (often saying that “Congress is Israeli-occupied territory”) to make their case. I will shortly address what’s wrong with their logic on this point, how they have reversed cause and effect.
Another reason that the tail-wags-dog theory has some credibility is that it appeals to the old anti-Semitic canard about Jews having some mysterious power to control non-Jews (Gentiles). It has to be a mysterious power indeed to enable a tail to wag a dog! This old canard was famously popularized by the fraudulent document known as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Advocates of tail-wags-dog usually don’t explicitly or even knowingly appeal to this anti-Semitic canard, but they are often perceived by others as employing it because the tail-wags-dog theory lacks any credible basis otherwise (i.e., there is another explanation for why pro-Israel politicians dominate our government.)
What IS the Reason?
The reason no billionaires destroy the Israel Lobby, even though they easily could, is because they don’t want to; they have no self-interested reason for doing it. On the contrary, the billionaires benefit enormously from Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Why?
The billionaires can only enjoy their immense wealth and power and privilege as long as our society remains one based on class inequality. And since most people do not like class inequality, and would abolish it if they could, the billionaires need to control ordinary people. The most effective way the American ruling class has controlled ordinary people and made them obey it (however grudgingly) is by making them fear some foreign enemy and making them believe that their ruling class is defending them from that enemy. This is what an Orwellian war of social control does. It’s how the rich control “We the People.”
The American upper/ruling class has been controlling Americans with Orwellian wars of social control for a very long time. It began with the Native Americans made to be the bogeyman enemy. The European colonialist upper class rulers did this by deciding to ethnicly cleanse the Native Americans instead of treating them as the sovereign nations in North America that they actually were, the way reasonable visitors from abroad would normally treat a nation they were visiting or even wishing immigrate to. Ordinary Europeans arriving in North America, on the contrary, when not under the control of their upper class rulers, frequently “went native” with no intention of carrying out ethnic cleansing, as I discuss here.
Some of us living today remember the recent bogeyman enemy–Communists. I say “bogeyman” because the fact is that the American ruling class secretly provided enormous amounts of industrial and military technology and equipment to the Soviet Union from the beginning of the Bolshevik revolution straight through the Cold War, as I discuss here. The U.S. ruling class needed a bogeyman enemy to make Americans accept (grudgingly) a military-industrial complex, sucking social wealth away from things like better schools and hospitals, and depositing it instead into the pockets of the major owners of weapons manufacturers. U.S. rulers also need a bogeyman enemy to use as a pretext for invading nations and/or overthrowing their rulers whenever Big Money desired.
As we all know, the Communists very rudely decided to stop playing the game and forced U.S. rulers to come up with a new bogeyman enemy. (Now you know what the Soviet Union’s last Premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, meant when, as the Soviet Union was abolishing its communist self, he told American diplomats, “I will do something very terrible to you America–I am going to take away your enemy.”)
And as we know, President G.W. Bush, acting on behalf of the American ruling class, gave the honor of being the new bogeyman enemy to Muslims, declaring Muslim Terrorism to be the enemy of the new all-encompassing War on Terror–an Orwellian war of social control if ever there was one!
But an Orwellian war of social control, to be effective, requires a credible enemy, one that is scary and about which the necessary lies can be told in the Western media. The Israeli government, for its own reasons, just so happens to have created exactly such a bogeyman enemy. It does this with its ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. The ethnic cleansing makes the Palestinians very angry, naturally. Israeli rulers are experts at making their Jewish population believe falsely that the anger is anti-Semitism and that the ethnic cleansing is a necessary defensive move in response to that anti-Semitic anger and related violence. (Another example of reversing cause and effect.)
Long before the War on Terror, the Israeli ruling class used the bogeyman enemy of Palestinian terrorism to control its Jewish population. But the anti-democratic Arab/Muslim rulers of the Middle East also benefited from Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. How?
That ethnic cleansing polarized the region along non-class lines: Israel (Jewish) versus anti-Israel (Muslim/Arab). Without this polarization, the Middle Eastern rulers feared that the polarization would revert to the one reflecting the actual conflict inside the Middle Eastern nations, namely between ordinary people versus the rich ruling elites who oppressed them. This had to be avoided because it could lead to democratic revolutions. The U.S. rulers shared the same fear, because they had cozy oil (etc.) deals with the Middle Eastern elites and didn’t want popular democratic movements to turn the tables and cause the natural resources of the region to be used to benefit ordinary people instead of the likes of the Saudi Royal family and American Big Oil companies.
Indeed, the Arab rulers even wanted the United States to make sure that Israel was militarily armed to the teeth and clearly undefeatable. Why? Because this gave the Arab rulers the perfect situation for control of their own populations: on the one hand they could rhetorically denounce Israel and pose as champions of the Palestinians to gain support from their own people, while on the other hand they could point to the overwhelming military strength of Israel as the perfect excuse for not actually waging a serious war against Israel to end its ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. I discuss how this played out in Saudi Arabia here.
This explains why a Saudi prince, Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, is the second largest shareholder (at least he owns 5%) in the over-the-top pro-Israel Fox News parent company, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corporation. And it explains why the Saudi billionaires (back when the price of oil was much higher than today and they were swimming in petro-dollars) did not use any of that money to destroy the Israel Lobby, as they surely could have by telling the American public the truth about the Israeli ruling class (and don’t tell me that their failure to do this was due to their being afraid of being called anti-Semitic!!)
Now that the War on Terror is the #1 strategy of social control for the United States ruling class, it is a no-brainer for the American billionaires (at least for their smart advisors) to keep Israel in business using ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to make sure Muslims/Arabs remain the credible, scary, angry and sometimes violent bogeymen enemy that the War on Terror requires. The War on Terror needs an enemy that can make credible the Big Lie that Muslims in general are irrationally anti-Semitic and hate Israel (and its U.S. gallant defender) and want to kill us all because they hate our freedom (or some such nonsense). Israel does the job!
The U.S. foreign policy of supporting Israel is thus a policy that enormously benefits the American ruling class–Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Obviously, the people who have not only a real-politic reason for supporting Israel but also an emotional and sentimental one, i.e., who are the most eager to get involved in implementing U.S. support for Israel, are the Ameican Jews (who often have Israeli citizenship also) aiming to rise up in the American social hierarchy. THIS is why there are so many Jews in the Executive branch of government dealing with the U.S. Middle East foreign policy. The ruling class’s need for supporting Israel is the CAUSE, and the prevalence of Jews in implementing that policy is the EFFECT, not the other way around as the “tail-wags-dog”-ers mistakenly believe.
Likewise, the reason the Israel Lobby is powerful and has so much support from American politicians is because the American ruling class WANTS it to be powerful; it uses the Lobby to punish any aspiring politician who might wander off the approved path and say something critical about Israel’s ethnic cleansing. The fact that the entire U.S. ruling class wants Congress to be pro-Israel is the CAUSE, and the fact that virtually all its members are pro-Israel is the EFFECT, not the other way around. As shown above, if any billionaires wanted to destroy the Israel Lobby they could, and would, Congress be damned! They simply don’t want to. They have no reason to. The Lobby is doing their bidding. And Congress is just the way they like it.
The Dog That Didn’t Bark
The fact that not a single American billionaire has lifted a finger (“barked”) to destroy the Israel Lobby–even though they could easily do so by just telling the public the sordid truth about Israel’s ruling class–is the dog that didn’t bark (the meaning of which is discussed here if you don’t already know it.) There is no way that the “tail-wags-dog” theory can persuasively explain this dog not barking. The failure of this dog to bark proves that the “tail wags dog” theory is false. I challenge any advocate of “tail wags dog” to come up with a half-way plausible explanation for why no American billionaire uses their ability to destroy the Israel Lobby when they are supposedly being “wagged” by it against their will.
Why Do People Like the “Tail Wags Dog” Theory?
I think some people like the tail-wags-dog theory because, unlike the truth, it is comforting. Here’s what I mean. The truth is non-comforting because it means that the problem is the entire American ruling class (Jewish or not), rather than just a foreign lobby. The tail-wags-dog theory says that the non-Jewish billionaires of the United States are harmed by U.S. support for Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and are thus at least potential allies in our effort to end U.S. support of it. That’s a comforting thought; so comforting that it induces a willingness to believe that a tail can wag a dog.
The fact is, however, that the entire ruling class CAN be removed from power. That’s what my books are about. If we really want to help the Palestinians abolish the ethnic cleansing project they suffer under, the best thing Americans can do is to build a movement that aims to remove the American ruling plutocracy (all of it!) from power. Such a movement is strengthened by explaining to Americans how the plutocracy’s support for Israel has nothing to do with any concern for ordinary Jews or coercion by the Israel Lobby, and everything to do with controlling and oppressing ordinary Americans and ordinary people in the Middle East.