Obama’s Zionist Wannabe Veep

If I were a Jew, I would be a Zionist. I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.

— Senator Joseph Biden

Considering the last eight years and the current (viable) options, I’ll admit to wanting Barak Obama in the White House in January. Undoubtedly, more people around the world will have a better chance of surviving the next four years with his finger on — or rather off — the button. However . . .

For all of Obama’s campaign promises of “change,” his choice of Joseph Biden as his running mate sends a clear signal to Israel’s lobby in Washington and its right-wing government in Jerusalem that for the next four years there will be no change in the United States’ unconditional support or its annual $6 billion in direct and indirect aid.

Predictably, neither will there be a change in the hopelessness and the impotent rage of the Arabs suffering under a US-supported Zionist ideology in Palestine.

Senator Biden is the ardently pro-Israel chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. He is a 36-year veteran politician whose specialty is foreign policy. When he told a reporter from the Jewish cable network, Shalom TV, that he is a Zionist, he knew the implications of that admission for the Palestinians, the entirety of the Arab world, and America’s global “war on terror.”

Matt Dorf, the Jewish outreach coordinator for the Democratic National Committee, said that “Israel would have no better friend in the vice president’s office than Joe Biden.” Dorf might just as easily — and as honestly — have said, “Palestinians would have no greater foe in the vice president’s office than Joe Biden.”

Commenting on the unrest in Palestine in 2007, Biden planted his flag deep in Israel’s camp: “The responsibility rests on those who will not acknowledge the right of Israel to exist, will not play fair, will not deal, will not renounce terror.”

Obama’s running mate has chosen his side. He cannot be a neutral American statesman brokering a Middle East peace or he cannot be a Zionist.

One cannot be a Zionist and place the suffering of Palestinians on the same moral plane as that of Israeli Jews.

One cannot be a Zionist and demand that Israel dismantle its illegal settlements that co-opt nearly half the land in the Gaza Strip and Occupied West Bank.

One cannot be a Zionist and place the blame for sixty years of violence and the deaths of innocent thousands — both Palestinian and Israeli — on the cold-blooded determination with which the Zionist cadre executed the ethic cleansing of 800,000 Palestinians from the land they had inhabited for untold generations.

One cannot be a Zionist and contemplate the return of Palestinians to their homes that are now occupied by Israeli Jews or the rebuilding of the 500 Palestinian villages destroyed during the great Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948.

One cannot be a Zionist and abandon the dream of Eretz Israel in order to live as equals with an Arab neighbor in a truly democratic Palestine-Israel.

One cannot be a Zionist and demand that Israel’s apartheid wall be torn down.

One can be a Jew. One can be an Israeli. But one cannot be a Zionist.

Joseph Biden is neither a Jew nor an Israeli. He is the Democratic vice presidential candidate who unabashedly declared, “The Democrats’ support for Israel comes from our gut . . . and ends up in our heads.” Sound familiar? Haven’t we already had eight years of a president who “thinks” with his gut and expects the rest of us to behave like dung beetle larvae? Speaking strictly for myself, I’m tired of their balls of poo.

Could it be there is no difference, no possibility of change as Obama promises, between the Democratic and Republican parties’ subservience to Israel’s shadow government on K Street or their tacit support of Israel’s internationally condemned policies toward the Palestinians?

Could it be that the two parties’ overt support for Israel’s regional aggression exacerbates the “war on terror” and makes the people their candidates swear to God to protect and defend less safe?

Could it be that the “ball of dung” being fed to the American people by both parties conceals the obvious truth that there is no strategic value in our irrational alliance with Israel?

Commenting on the unrest in Palestine in 1921, Winston Churchill, one of the architects of the modern Middle East, told the House of Commons: “The cause of unrest in Palestine, and the only cause, arises from the Zionist movement, and from our promises and pledges in regard to it.”

Joseph Biden’s self-professed Zionism plays well on Shalom TV, but it is a liability for the United States in the global “war on terror” and a death warrant for Palestinian and Israeli innocents.

Robert Weitzel is a contributing editor to Media With a Conscience. His essays regularly appear in The Capital Times in Madison, WI. He can be contacted at: robertweitzel@mac.com. Read other articles by Robert, or visit Robert's website.

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  1. bozhidar balkas said on September 2nd, 2008 at 9:30am #

    uncle sam is a zionist. so, biden, clinton, obama, nearly all christians are more zionistic that zionists.
    maxizionits want all the land betwn the two rivers. amer zionists want at least the planet.
    and amers are just at the beginning of settling it. that was seen ages ago by some people. i.e., by those standing outside looking in. thanx

  2. rosemarie jackowski said on September 2nd, 2008 at 11:58am #

    In case you missed it on C-span – a couple of hours ago at a retirement village in in Florida, Biden repeated his statement, “…you don’t have to be Jew to be a Zionist…”.

  3. Deadbeat said on September 2nd, 2008 at 12:04pm #

    And yet there is still a denial by the Left that Zionism’s influence on our body politic is not a problem. Articles like this pointing out this problem is a necessary wake-up call.

  4. Hugh said on September 2nd, 2008 at 12:37pm #

    Well you can always vote for Ron Paul.

  5. bozhidar balkas said on September 2nd, 2008 at 2:40pm #

    there is no doubt in my mind that zionism/israel is by far more important to the ruling class than amer working class.
    but to conclude that israel is more important to the ruling class of america (which also includes euroasians with judaic faith) than the US, is to me not realistic.
    everything is possible. may be members of the ruling class have indeed gone mad. thank u

  6. Max Shields said on September 2nd, 2008 at 7:26pm #

    Deadbeat “And yet there is still a denial by the Left that Zionism’s influence on our body politic is not a problem. Articles like this pointing out this problem is a necessary wake-up call.”

    Nooooo, the problem is Obama’s pick (as well as O) is a mindless Israel firster Zionists. What does that have to do with the left?

  7. Max Shields said on September 2nd, 2008 at 7:42pm #

    bozhidar balkas I think you’ve got a better bead on the power elite than some posters here.

    For over 700 years, from fiedal times with lords and serfs the ruling class has always controlled through patents, licenses and titles natural resources. Privatizing through property rights created “land-lords”. This has been passed down to our so-called democracy, which is not a democracy but a representational form of goverment. When we, the commoners, are allowed to vote between this and that twin, the end results are legislation/laws fashioned by lobbiests and lawyers who then proceed to uphold the rights of the ruling class. Some distribution of wealth has happened here and there, but only to be grabbed back in hast. The levers of power, whether it was the ability to read, or access to legislation, powerful lawyers, control of the media, it has always been titled, nearly vertically for the power elite.

    I am convinced that war is not a natural human condition. It is a condition created by the ruling class – primarily to grab resources for concentrating more and more wealth and power. Our system of law and corporate elitism is premised on this feudalism. It persists and can only be changed when the monopoly over natural resources is eliminated.

    The rest of this ideological schism crap is doggy poop. Those in power pay no mind to. Talk about eliminating the legal licensing of nature and technology – then you’ll get their attention – BIG TIME. That’s because that’s were wealth and poverty, war and peace draw the line.

  8. Deadbeat said on September 3rd, 2008 at 3:20pm #

    Max asks…

    Nooooo, the problem is Obama’s pick (as well as O) is a mindless Israel firster Zionists. What does that have to do with the left?

    Max as you yourself has argued and often times try to obscure is that Zionism is ingrained in U.S. culture and political economy. However this time I agree with you that the problem as you’ve well state IS Obama’s pick. However Max what office may I ask is Obama running for … The Presidency of the United States.

    The denial that has remained rather consistent among the Left refused to see Zionism as an INTERNAL problem within the United States. The Left went as far as to marginalize the anti-war movement in order to not confront this issue.

    One again this goes to cause and effect. Had the Left mounted a real challenge to Zionism then a few things would have been in place for 2008:

    [1] A stronger anti-war movement
    [2] Bringing the problem of Zionism to the forefront of the body politic.
    [3] Providing space for politicians to openly challenging AIPAC.
    [4] A stronger floor for Nader (or McKinney) to run from.

    The Biden pick is symptomatic of the influence of Zionism within the political economy and will require direct confrontation. Sure Obama picked Biden because he is heavily influenced by Zionism AND THAT IS THE POINT.

    The real question to ask is WHY and WHY the Left has been in denial about this issue. Remember Max, even the most celebrated Libertarian Socialist Noam Chomsky, dismissed Mearsheimer and Walt with the claim that AIPAC is just a mere “lobby” group. So there is a real disconnect on the Left that mustn’t be ignored or obscured.

  9. bill rowe said on September 3rd, 2008 at 5:40pm #

    what’cha going to do. reality is Obama is the (just) lesser evil, and that’s the only choice we have. We had better choices (ie Kucinich) but most people through ignorance,indifference, or choice did not like those choices. So maybe most Americans are duisgusting zionists. Would you have Obama commit political suicide and have other zionists like McCain or Clinton? It’s just more distressing than usual because our hopes were unrealistically raised by a politiking early-race Obama. in the end vote for a “baby-step” forward with Obama and hope we get 2 baby steps.want to lay the groundwork for a more real change? confront your neighbor, relative, spouse, church-goers, pastors etc whenever you hear a protestation of disgusting, ignorance, zionism,racism, over-the-top nationalism etc…. you might lose a lot of friends but gain some manner of satisfaction in knowing you are laying the foundation for a better world …someday ….

  10. David Gaines said on September 3rd, 2008 at 10:11pm #

    {{ laying the foundation for a better world …someday …. }}

    And how, exactly, is that going to be accomplished by also advocating the following:

    {{ in the end vote for a “baby-step” forward with Obama and hope we get 2 baby steps. }}

    {{ reality is Obama is the (just) lesser evil, and that’s the only choice we have. }}

    This is the classic tiresome logic of people who keep reinventing the wheel every four years; the people who Ralph Nader says like to “rationalize their own futility.” By not supporting candidates who are calling for wholesale change of the very system itself (Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Brian Moore, Gloria La Riva), instead of marginal tweaking and occasional rotation of the faces at the top, you are contributing to having to go through this agony of yours everytime you step into a voting booth.

    Ironically, judging from his website, Bill Rowe lives in California, a rather safe state. So why is this even an issue for you? You and your fellow Golden Staters could vote for Bozo The Clown for all the difference it makes in terms of where California’s electoral votes go.

  11. bozhidar bob balkas said on September 4th, 2008 at 4:53am #

    let not labels such as “zionism” semantically retard us to any degree.
    we cld just easily use the labels “expansion”, “stealing”, etc., for what US and israel do.
    and so obtain more understanding. these two last labels i just used tell us what had been going in n.america and what ‘rica had been doing and what had been going on in palestine.
    birds of a feather flock together. and boast of their deeds.
    obviously, if we use the label “zionist” , but mean “thief” , etc., biden indeed is a zionist, thief, murderer, etc.
    but he did not need to tell me this; i knew that for a decades.
    it’s at least a twoway street: biden, obama, clinton, bush egg on peres, rabin, barak, meir and vice versa.
    as to who’s the greatest of them all, well, i don’t know? may they’re all equally murderous. thank u