“Takes on the World” WZYX public radio program broadcast on 9/8/2010.
Host Jeffrey Blankfort interviews Grant F. Smith on the public radio program “Takes on the World” about newly unsealed Senate Foreign Relations Committee files investigating the Israel lobby. The documents reveal quarterly $5,000 payments ($38,000 today) from the Jewish Agency to AIPAC for the lobbying newsletter “Near East Report” and illegal foreign funded covert actions designed to permanently undermine American free speech.
00:00:45 Host Jeffrey Blankfort: peace processing and the Israel lobby
00:01:22 Legitimacy crisis: Abbas in, Hamas out and the US as “neutral” arbitrar
00:02:20 Colonization during the “settlement freeze”
00:03:15 $5 billion F-35 jet fighter potlatch
00:05:10 Massive US JP-8 jet fuel shipment to Israel
00:09:00 Purchase priorities: Iraqi and other ME weapons procurement
00:11:35 In trouble with the lobby EU to US: Stone, Thomas, Nasser, and de Groote
00:14:10 IRmep and Grant Smith’s investigatory work
00:15:45 “Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal” panel at the Spy Museum
00:16:45 1960’s birth of the Israel Lobby: The DOJ and Senate investigate
00:17:25 Key Findings: AIPAC’s 7 year campaign to alter US ME press coverage
00:18:22 The Senate classified findings, because investigation failed
00:19:30 Am. Council for Judaism calls for investigation of Jewish Agency money laundering
00:20:26 AIPAC’s campaign to shut down competing ideas: academia, media and government
00:20:50 Half century of targeting American free speech rights
00:21:16 Abraham Feinberg: Israel’s nuclear weapons program funding coordinator and AIPAC donor
00:21:39 Two prong attack: Dimona propaganda, undermining Kennedy nonproliferation drive
00:22:03 The AIPAC media cover-up: Israel’s Dimona nuclear weapons plant as “peaceful”
00:25:00 The mobsters who funded AIPAC when legitimate donors wouldn’t
00:26:23 The American Council for Judaism’s moral and legal challenges to AIPAC
00:27:18 The Israel lobby’s hidden business model: global swaps with the Israeli gov’t
00:30:50 The Jewish Agency’s man on the Obama National Security Council: Dennis Ross
00:32:20 NPR turns down preferential access to declassified Israeli media manipulation files
00:34:23 Israel lobby coverage: overseas and alternative news only, forbidden in America
00:35:00 “62 tactics” to undermine American free speech rights in effect for 50 years
00:37:00 Free trips to Israel for opinion leaders, politicians and media personalities
00:38:55 Q&A ……a new movement is building
George Kenneyinterviews Jeff Blankfort on the Israel Lobby at Electric Politics. We’ve only slightly truncated the talk here which you can listen to in full at EP. Jeff is always worth a listen and also comments on the recent developments involving General Petraeus and his report to Admiral Mullen, with this proposition for bringing down the Lobby:
If, flanked by General Petraeus and Admiral Mike Mullen, Obama went before the American people, and told them in so many words what Petraeus told Mullen what Petraeus said in his testiomony – his prepared testimony — to the Senate Armed Services Committee, that the failure of israel to step up to the plate and withdraw from the Occupied [Palestinian] Territories and continue to build [illegal] settlements is against US national interests and is endangering our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. If he did that … the Lobby, if not collapse, it would be a major defeat for them … it would change American politics.
Despite the repeated humiliations suffered during his recent visit to Israel, US Vice President Joe Biden continued to grovel publicly to his Israeli hosts. Yet, according to Yediot Ahronoth, Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Biden had privately complained to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel’s behavior was “starting to get dangerous for us.” “What you’re doing here,” he reportedly said, “undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us, and it endangers regional peace.” That Biden made such a statement has been denied by the White House, but it follows closely an earlier memorandum sent by General Petraeus to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his testimony before a US Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
In his prepared statement, Petraeus depicted the Israeli-Arab conflict as the first “cross cutting challenge to security and stability” in the CENTCOM area of responsibility [AOR]. “The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR.”
Treading in an area where few members of the US military have dared to go before, Petraeus observed that “The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world.” It should be noted that neither the New York Times’s Elizabeth Bumiller nor the Washington Post’s Anne Flaherty included any reference to these comments by Petraeus in their coverage of his testimony.