Is Israel the Sole Determinant of US Presidential Elections?

They Say They Are…

IsraelAre the elections results of US presidential elections determined by 2% of the population? Can the five million or so Jewish population be counted as the US majority? Does the Israel lobby shape the majority of US voters’ decisions? Is Israel the main determinant of political elections’ results when it comes to high US public offices? I don’t know your take or answers to these questions, but we do have ‘theirs, on the record, loud and clear, and of course, delivered with hubris and cockiness:

Metzger to Obama: Release Pollard or lose reelection
By Jonah Mandel, Jerusalem Post

Chief Ashkenazi rabbi says he's not making prophecy, just reflecting the feelings of US Jews who supported US president's election.

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger wants US President Barack Obama to know that unless he acts to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, he will not be elected for a second time in November 2012.

“If Obama wants another term as president, he must immediately release Pollard,” the rabbi said on Saturday.

I don’t believe the above article is in need of any interpretation or explanation. It is pretty straightforward: Mr. President if you do A, we won’t let you get reelected, but if you do B, we will; yes, we have that much power and influence. The condition put on this one way negotiation has nothing to do with the topic I am discussing here. Period. In this case it is about Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy who betrayed his nation and endangered lives. It could very well be about Iran: Mr. Obama you either attack or advocate for an attack on country X, and we’ll ensure you get reelected, or, stand against it, and lose your chance of getting reelected. Why? Because ‘we’ have that power. Because ‘we’ perceive country X as a threat to ‘us,’, and ‘we’ want you to put your nation at war for ‘us.’ 

Now you may say, ‘hey, that’s a ludicrous empty threat! Give or take two percent of the voting population can’t carry that level of influence over a United States President!’ And, you will be wrong; flat out wrong. It is true that the population of American adherents of Judaism was around 5 million, 1.7% of the total US population in 2007, and including those who identify themselves culturally as Jewish (but not necessarily religiously), around 6.5  million, 2.2% as of 2008. But who ever claimed that these things are all about size, and that only size matters?!!! If you don’t have the size you go about compensating for it; don’t you? Well, that’s exactly what ‘they’ have been doing, and doing successfully. How? In more than one way:

Shape the Voters’ Votes

So you want power and influence but there are too few of you, and you want your ‘men and women’ to get elected to high and mighty offices. You can’t multiply your 3 or 4 million votes by 30 or so. That option is out. But if you are shrewd and clever enough, if you are dedicated enough, and if you are rich and willing to pay for it enough, you can get the number of votes you need for your candidate. All you have to do is: shape the voters’ votes. And how do you shape the voters’ votes? One major way is to get ownership and or control and or management and or influence of the media. And ‘they’ have done exactly that, and have been doing ‘that’:

Declassified files from a Senate investigation into Israeli-funded covert public relations and lobbying activity in the United States were released by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on July 23rd, 2010. The subpoenaed documents reveal Israel's clandestine programs for "cultivation of editors," the "stimulation and placement of suitable articles in the major consumer magazines" as well as U.S. reporting about sensitive subjects such as the Dimona nuclear weapons facility.

Click here if you want to read the report detailing how ‘they’ successfully control, direct  and shape American media.

So, what else can you do?

Pay What it Takes- Every Candidate Has a Price

ObamaAIPACDo I even need to expand upon this particular means of getting one’s candidate of choice? Come on people, I don’t have to tell you how far big dollars will get you when put inside political candidates’ pockets , enabling them to successfully and fruitfully campaign. And that’s another means ‘they’ have been successfully pursuing. In 2006 The Washington Post had a fairly sanitized report on the Israel Lobby’s ‘known & direct’ donations between1990-2006:

Pro-Israel interests have contributed $56.8 million in individual, group and soft money donations to federal candidates and party committees since 1990, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. (By contrast, the center says, pro-Arab and pro-Muslim groups donated $297,000 during the same period.) Between the 2000 and the 2004 elections, the 50 members of AIPAC's board donated an average of $72,000 each to campaigns and political action committees. One in every five board members was a top fundraiser for President Bush or John Kerry.

And a more recent report had this finding:

Since 1990 the Israel lobby has contributed $78 million to congressional incumbents and $94 million when including non-incumbents. The pro-Israel lobby ranks 40 in total campaign giving as compared to more than 80 other industries, reports the Center for Responsive Politics.

I want to emphasize: these dollar figures are only known and above board donations. There are many indirect and or under the table and illegal ways of getting big dollars into your candidates’ pockets. While working at the FBI I had the pleasure (Not!) of learning about a few of these scams. And the Israel lobby is a pretty well-known participant in ‘these’ practices in the United States.

I am not writing this piece to attack anyone. I am not attacking Israel or the Israel lobby. Not really. In fact, I am giving them credit due: They are clever and shrewd, they are rich and successful, and they are dedicated (not to the United States) enough to put shrewdness and cleverness and richness to work for ‘what’ they believe in, and ‘who/what’ they are loyal to. Good for them. Terrible for us whom I am directing this article to. This is about us, the American voters. You may say, ‘hey, I ain’t got the money, and I ain’t got the position or means necessary to influence the media. So I can neither buy politicians nor use the media marketing platform!

And my response to you is:  I am not asking you to. All I am doing here is letting you see what I see, and letting you know what is out there in front of us; that is, if you haven’t already seen and don’t already know. Then, I’ll let you decide for yourself: Do I sit back, buy the things the media is marketing and selling, and let ‘them’ shape my vote easily? Or do I treat the media’s marketing campaign as I do Nike’s super performance ads when it comes to deciding on the candidate who will be getting my vote? Do I become enamored of the candidates with the glitziest and fanciest campaigns, or, do I direct my attention to the ones’ whose pockets have been left empty by foreign and special interests?

After all, it is your vote, and I am not going to spend more words or time trying to shape it, so please don’t let ‘them’ either.

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  1. jschoneboom says:

    Hmmm. Interesting. But Metzger’s still blowing smoke, don’t you think? Influence, of course. But absolute deterministic influence? I suppose I don’t really know but it seems to me he’s gotten a bit carried away with himself. In any case, I don’t think I let “them” shape my vote easily but I also don’t think we get many candidates on offer who aren’t just products of the machine. The system fails to produce them. It seems really not to matter who we elect any more. What we need is an outraged population. And it’s so hard to get people outraged enough. I mean, how bad does it have to get, people? It’s like the population is information-proof. How did we get here?

  2. @jschoneboom: Good points, and reasonable. For example: Pollard remained inside through several presidents, and ‘some’ got reelected;-) Another question this raises: What if a figurehead China or Saudi Arabia…or even France said something arrogant like this? Imagine the outrage; embassies burning, mosques getting torched…What I;m trying to say is: why this group is tolerated (and obeyed) to this extent?! Isn’t it time to say enough is enough?

    How did we get there? Excellent question with a very lengthy list of possible answers. Thank you for the comment (and the other one;-)

  3. “The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.” – Gustave Le Bon

  4. Remo, excellent quote!

  5. jschoneboom says:

    That is a good quote! And Sibel, great point about “what if” Metzger’s threat was made by China or someone else. It’s strange that we do tolerate it. Again, we live in an outrage-free society it seems. Indignez-vous! (as Stephane Hessel says).

  6. I am a Jew, and I am not counted among the “6.5 million” that influence “elections results of US presidential elections.” I do think maybe you shouldn’t have included ALL “Jews” in this piece. Just as 9/11 was not a muslim crime…

    I do see how this could be misconstrued as an attack.

    Though I know Sibel is anything but “bigoted.”

    I have no say about the media either. Unfortunately. If I did, I would have won the fight for 9/11 Justice years ago.

  7. One aspect Sibel neglected is the bible belt which greatly outnumbers the Jews loyal to Israel. The “Christian Zionists” who believe Israel needs to be “fruitful and multiply” in order for Jesus to return. They are targeted and used by our politicians all of the time.

    In my opinion, people need to stop equating religions with the people we are dealing with. The people we are dealing with are murderers, thieves and thugs, and no religion that I’m aware of condones murder and thievery. We need to start focusing on the individuals themselves, unless we want to see people that aren’t responsible for the world’s problems held accountable for them (ala 9/11 was a “Muslim crime” and look how well that’s working out for Muslims).

  8. ZicaTanka says:

    @Jon Gold: I think she was trying to show that a religious/cultural leader shouldn’t be able to sway an election if the possible number of followers only comprised 2.2% of the population. Not that all American Jews are actually represented by Metzger.

    Showing the percentage of American Jews to point out the disproportionate amount of power Metzger threatens to wield.

  9. ZicaTanka says:

    Also, I agree with your comments about the bible belt and not using religious association with crimes.

    I grew up in a place that, to this day, is full of billboards that say “Get ready to meet your maker” and other freaky scary stuff like that. There are some pretty mentally ill people out there. (I tend to think that any religious thought represents a degree of mental illness.)

    And associating any group of people with crime is just an easy way to create an enemy that’s bigger and scarier than the actual criminal(s).

  10. @jon: “One aspect Sibel neglected is the bible belt which greatly outnumbers the Jews loyal to Israel.” You have a good point. With some twisted interpretation & extrimist take, they pushed for the Iraq war… Anyway, thank you for bringing this up.

    @ Zica: Makes me happy to see how my regular readers totally get my points:-) Right on!

  11. I am disappointed Sibel that you let yourself be tempted by the apples of anti-semitism. The Jews are not responsible for the problems of the world. All humans are. Instead of blaming the Jews for “influence”, why don’t you talk about the massive reinvestments in the American economy of Saudi petro dollars, which count by the billions, notably in places like AOL and News Corp? Ever heard of Prince Al-Waleed? And why don’t you talk about the ownership of the american publishing house Random House, owned by Bertelsmann, the same company that published nazi propaganda and books before and during WWII? If you want to talk about control of the media, that’s the place to start. The money the Jews offer are peanuts for the American economy. Only those who control oil and weapons can have a real influence on the world. I don’t know where you are going what that but I don’t like it. As always, it is easier to blame the Jews than to look at reality for what it is trufully.

  12. Hey Claude. Leave the anti semitism accusation somewhere else. Its pretty tiring hearing this hurled at any legitimate criticism of the zionists. Political Israel/zionists arent all semitic nor jewish for that matter. conflating criticism of them with racism is bogus and the jig is up.
    She did not say jews were responsible for the problems of the world. She states that a primarily jewish/zionist controlled media is responsible for shrewdly shaping the thought process/votes of a dumbed down and intentionally misled American public. If the only news you get only promotes one vision of a country then inevitably most will follow this line. Unfortunately, most Americans are too lazy to question the media and do their own research. If they werent they might find that ‘america’s best friend’, in reality, isnt.

  13. @Claude: I’ve been getting similar comments by e-mail. For example: ‘They’ say, this rabbi doesn’t represent us…’Then, why are they sending these e-mails to me? The man’s title is: Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi. He is the chief of all Ashkenazi Rabbi, and if he says: ‘WE won’t get XYZ reelected,’ he means ‘we the Ashkenazi Jewish people whom I represent.’ So, he should be getting tons of e-mails/comments etc. from you and others…Where are the editorials/comments by the groups this man says he’s representing to all these publications?
    What I’m trying to say: I hope to see many Jewish people speak up and object to AIPACs and alike; I would love to see Jewish people strongly respond this guy’s arrogant claim/confession. BUT then again, whenever a Jewish person does that, he or she is attacked similarly as SELF0HATING JEW.

    Any time, any factual/resoned criticism is validly directed towards Israel & Its lobby, there comes the ‘ANTISEMITE’ attacks. And if the one who does the criticism happens to be Jewish, then it is the ‘Self-Hating Jew.’

    Those labeling, attacks, have really lost their effect. In fact, it’s been back firing. And that’s why we are seeing more and more people speaking out on Israel, Israel Lobby, and arrogant little … like this Rabbi. Please leave the religion out of it, instead focus on the attitudes of people who are giving this religion a bad name, a bad rep. They are the ones you should be going after; be disappointed with.

    And finally, thank you for voicing your criticism in a fairly civil way. I don’t mind criticism, as long as they are done fairly respectfully.

  14. When I lived/worked in Japan, a former friend (and my former newspaper editor) was struggling to establish his paper in the major city we lived in and become “a name”. He kept writing really favorable articles about a mutual foreigner businessman friend. Finally, I asked him, so, how long have you been writing press releases for ____?

    While I’m sure the editor doesn’t have any CIA/Mossad connections, it made me more aware of content placement and trying to recruit others (in every sense of the word).

    That’s one thing I don’t understand. If you’re the Israeli govt. and you’re trying to get more American support (money and power), why would take a blanket approach to your marketing (for lack of a better phrase)? Every time you see a ” Middle East Debate” on corporate MSM, it’s always the same boring screaming heads approach. Norman Finklestein or Noam Chomsky vs. Alan Dershowitz or the usual Israeli Embassy or Foreign Ministry spokespeople who all have British accents.

    Why do these people think that this shout-them-down approach will work with the Stateside public? Do they seriously think that nobody actually pays attention and tries to find out actual facts instead of propaganda? If that’s true, they need to get a new pr firm in D.C.

    Now, more of the progressive media is turning corporate and using this same approach. Which means when I do read about the Middle East, that’s usually it. Almost no Western radio and no TV because what’s the point? At times though I have watched TV in places ranging from Egypt to Jordan, Libya, Syria and Iraq. While I’m not fluent in Arabic, that’s ok. The point is to try and find actual facts.

    Can AIPAC and the Israeli govt. buy elections? Of coruse they can.

  15. Don’t underestimate the strident ignorance of the majority of the U.S. public, and that includes those who consider themselves ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive.’ American Exceptionalism (and its pro-Israel corollary) is a bipartisan disorder.

  16. When I first read that article with Metzger’s very belligerent statement telling the US president what’s what…. I did background research on him….and can only WONDER at his bottomless CHUTZPAH! I went to Haaretz and did a search on Metzger’s name…(and there is no shortage of SCANDALOUS reports on many of the so-called chief rabbis there, Ashkenazic or Sephardic)…but this guy has been investigated there by their attorney general for Fraud, harassment, sexual harassment–sued by 4 men…conspiracy and a variety of other charges, smaller or larger…I did not look far nor deeply…there were PAGES and PAGES or articles, from 2002 forward about his sociopathic behavior….Have to wonder if personality disorders are not “Qualifying characteristics” for Senior leadership in that entity.
    And I willingly disclose that I was raised in a conservative jewish/zionist family….but decided a long time ago that I chose to be fully American, integrated within this society and remain loyal to THIS country….and that was before I ever travelled to Palestine-Israel. Needless to say seeing the Reality of what zionist nationalism really is, enabled me to move forward and become another activist for JUSTICE for Palestine. Let there be no doubt, the situation is dire and requires self evaluation and rejection of a comfy sort of “tribalism” & mental “shtetl-ism”. The clearest examples of anti-Semitic behavior has to be coming from fanatical (American) Jews who occupy West Bank settlements. And their leading “rabbis” encourage and endorse their ascendent racist violent actions…people like Metzger and, sadly many others over there and in the US. Dont know if any readers here got to see the “Hoaxed” Subaru/Hebrew advert this past week…though the advertisement itself was a hoax the actual VIDEO of a settler driving INTO a group of young boys was ACTUAL. That driver turned out to be former commando, David Be’eri, Director of ELAD taking over Silwan, an E. Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood. His action would be called “hit and run” in the US. they’ve taken down one youtube but here’s another on JPOST:

  17. @ Miriam: So very nice to have you and your comment here. Many thanks for the info on Metzger-I didn’t know! Hope to see your comment here more frequently, and please consider writing commentaries/editorial on this topic; you are a needed voice, and I’d be interested in publishing work in this area…

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