President Obama’s Opportunity to Speak Truth to Power

Part 2 – Rahm Emanuel Does It for Him

When I wrote and posted Part 1 of this article, I was, of course, aware that there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of President Obama speaking truth to the power of Jewish America as it was represented at the General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America. The words I put into his mouth could only have been spoken by him if he was going to be true to his statement to Netanyahu and Abbas – “We must all take risks for peace”.

As it happened, Obama cancelled his scheduled contribution to the proceedings in order to address the memorial service for the 13 who were killed in the shooting on the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood in Texas. (At the risk of giving offense where none is intended, I have to say that I think the conference agenda could easily have been re-arranged to provide the President with an alternative podium slot if he had wanted it. He did, in fact, put in an appearance at a reception for Jewish leaders attending the conference, but he didn’t talk about foreign policy. Instead he delivered a 20-minute homily on Jewish values of charity and the importance of health care reform).

Obama’s place as the main speaker was taken by his chief of staff (and Zionism’s number one minder in the White House) Rahm Emanuel. Reviewing his address to conference as a whole, I saw no reason to disagree with what Paul Craig Roberts wrote. Emanuel “surrendered for his boss”.

It would seem that a very similar thought was in the mind of Uriel Heilman who wrote an analysis piece for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency). Under the headline “Obama shifts to Israel’s corner, but tries not to show it,” Heilman noted that “when the chief of staff took to the podium… he sounded almost exactly like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a day earlier”.

It’s true that Emanuel did say that “Israel must halt settlement construction on the West Bank” (not the occupied West Bank, just the West Bank); but in the context of his whole speech, that was mere lip-service to a presidential call that had been rejected by Netanyahu and served only to confirm that it’s Zionism’s stooges in Congress who call the policy shots on Israel/Palestine, not the White House.

According to Emanuel, Israel seeks a lasting peace. The truth telling of that day was left to French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. He said, in Paris, “Israel’s desire for peace seems to have completely vanished.” (That, of course, is not completely true. Israel does want peace, but not on terms virtually all Palestinians and most other Arabs and Muslims everywhere could accept).

Emanuel went on: “Make no mistake, the path toward peace is not one that Israel should be asked to walk alone” (my emphasis added). That, it seemed to me, was the chief of staff’s coded way of saying, “The Arabs are to blame for the fact the President’s efforts to kick-start a peace process are going nowhere”.

At the time of writing there are signs that the growing despair of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians will trigger a third intifada at a not too distant point in a foreseeable future.

In terms of realpolitik, there’s a case or saying that could be a good thing to the extent that Israel’s brutal suppression of it would probably inspire more global sympathy and support for the Palestinian claim for an acceptable amount of justice. But there’s a much stronger case for saying that it could be catastrophic for the Palestinians. A third intifada could give Zionism’s in-Israel mad men the pretext they will one day invent if they are not presented with it on a plate to complete the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

The price of President Obama’s refusal to tell truth to Jewish power might well be blood and destruction on a scale not yet seen in Israel/Palestine and far beyond.

Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and globally as a researcher, author, and a correspondent for ITN and the BBC. Read other articles by Alan, or visit Alan's website.

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  1. bozh said on November 14th, 2009 at 10:35am #

    If alan hart wld have cast the widest look possible, he, hopefully, wld have sighted also this: US infallible constitution, the greatest terrorist org ever [cia]; 180 US wars, interventions, skirmishes; healthneglect, israel as near-total dependency on US/nato. etc.
    And if a dependency controls US, then, that is constitutionally ok. So what is it, Constitution being wrong or right?
    If US constitution-interpreters of it allow a foreign weakling to render US empire a near-total or total dependency, then the problem is the constitution.
    And if there are too many ‘Jews’ in US gov’t, senate, media, and congress then once again constitution can be emended or amendmends added to ensure that no foreign land guides US.
    Is this really the case of , Tell them the biggest lie? tnx

  2. Michael Dawson said on November 15th, 2009 at 6:02pm #

    Israel does not control the United States! How in the world could that be possible. Hell, even James Z.P.C. Petras admits that Jews are a distinct minority of the US ruling class.

    The United States needs Israel acting crazy. It provides great cover for everything we do there to retain our disproportionate influence over the world’s most important natural resource.

    Meanwhile, the premise of this series is a non-starter. You speak truth about power to the people. Power doesn’t care or listen to truths it doesn’t like. And Barack Obama who need years of intensive psychotherapy before he’d be able to tell anybody the truth about anything. It ain’t going to happen.

  3. lichen said on November 15th, 2009 at 7:17pm #

    What about our oppurtunity to have war criminals like obama tried at the Hague? That is all I’m interested in; he is war criminal corporatist scum, and will do nothing good BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO.

  4. dan e said on November 15th, 2009 at 7:17pm #

    Sorry, Mr Dawson, no stogie. Well, you got one thing right: “Power doesn’t care or listen to truths it doesn’t like.” But the rest of your argument is fallacious.
    The fact that the number of individual persons we can identify as both members of the Ruling Class and as Zionist Jews is less than half the total number of persons we can identify as members of said Class proves nothing, since in this Capitalist world it is not the number of bodies which counts, but the number of US dollars.
    And being in the key positions to control the mechanisms for accumulation of additional dollars, shekels, Euros, SDRs, Yen, rupees, rubles etc.
    A sizable fraction of which are presently devoted to efforts to keep discussion of the role of Zionism and it’s US/Euro backers off the table.
    Organized Zionism, of which the State of “Israel” is one key expression, has been “acting crazy” since 1897, but from your post I guess we’re supposed to blame the whole thing on T. Roosevelt:)

  5. Mary said on November 17th, 2009 at 10:24am #

    A two fingered salute here from Netanyahu to Obama and his stooges Mitchell and Clinton.

    Page last updated at 17:06 GMT, Tuesday, 17 November 2009

    Israel approves 900 settler homes

    The Israeli government considers Gilo an integral part of Jerusalem.

    The Israeli interior ministry has approved planning applications for 900 new housing units at a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.

    The planning and construction committee authorised the expansion of Gilo, which is built on land captured in 1967 and annexed to the Jerusalem municipality.

    The project still faces review and the public will be able to make objections.

    Settlements on occupied territory are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

    Israeli media reported earlier that the government had rejected a request from Washington to freeze the construction work at Gilo.

    US President Barack Obama’s Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, is said to have made the request to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting in London on Monday.

    ‘Netanyahu is showing again that he is spoiling any chance to start negotiations by continuing to create new provocations in Jerusalem’ – Hagit Ofran, Peace Now

    Mr Netanyahu replied that the project did not require government approval and that Gilo was “an integral part of Jerusalem”, according to Israel Army Radio.

    His spokesman, Mark Regev, declined to comment on the reports, but repeated Israel’s refusal to include areas annexed to Jerusalem as part of any accommodation of Mr Obama’s call for “restraint” in settlement construction.

    “Prime Minister Netanyahu… is willing to adopt the policy of the greatest possible restraint concerning growth in the West Bank, but this applies to the West Bank,” he told the Reuters news agency. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and will remain as such.”

    The US has pressed for a resumption of peace talks, which were suspended last year, but the Palestinian Authority has demanded that all settlement construction is halted before it will again attend.

    ‘Not ready for peace’

    The BBC’s Tim Franks in Jerusalem says Tuesday’s announcement represents by far the largest batch of planning approvals for building on occupied territory since Mr Netanyahu became prime minister.

    The 900 housing units, which will be built in the form of 4-5 bedroom apartments, will account for a significant expansion of Gilo. The interior ministry said construction work would be unlikely to start for another three or four years once the plans gained final authorisation.

    A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the planning approval was “yet another step that shows and proves Israel is not ready for peace”.

    “This step will ruin every single attempt – European or American – to preserve the peace process,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.

    Israel’s Peace Now movement, which opposes Jewish settlement activity, said Mr Netanyahu was “showing again that he is spoiling any chance to start negotiations by continuing to create new provocations in Jerusalem”.

    “This development is intended to torpedo progress that is taking place between US and Palestinians and Israelis on renewing the talks,” said Peace Now’s Hagit Ofran.

    The UK Foreign Office also said it opposed the decision on Gilo.

    “A credible [peace] deal involves Jerusalem as a shared capital. Expanding settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem makes that deal much harder,” a statement said.

    Nearly 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built on occupied territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

  6. Shabnam said on November 17th, 2009 at 11:36am #

    Thank you Mary. I add my finger to it and send it to Obama A ZIONIST PUPPET to give him a message from the fed up people around the world that they will not accept the corrupt American empire and soon will send it to hell. Get out of the Middle East and Africa.

    Obama on the one hand, carries out Zionist’s orders, and the other hand goes after Iran to confirm he is not IMPOTENCE.

    Obama: Iran Must Prove Peaceful Nuclear Aims or Face Consequences
    By VOA News

    U.S. President Barack Obama says Iran will face consequences if it fails to show its nuclear program is peaceful and transparent.

    President Obama told reporters in Beijing Tuesday that the U.S and China agree that Iran must provide assurance of its peaceful intentions to the international community.

    China and the U.S. are among six world powers (known as the P5+1) seeking a negotiated end to Iran’s nuclear program.
    Mr. Obama said Sunday that Iran is running out of time to respond to a U.N.-backed proposal to ship its low-enriched uranium to Russia for further processing.

    Indian media reports quote Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying Tehran would take a positive view of the plan as long as the uranium swap happens inside Iran.

    Mr. Mottaki was quoted as saying Iran is not willing to send its own nuclear fuel out of the country before receiving the fuel for its Tehran nuclear reactor.


  7. b99 said on November 17th, 2009 at 12:13pm #

    Michael Dawson – It’s not about sheer numbers – it’s about organizing with purpose. The Israel-Firsters in the US are extremely well-organized, and their aims are very narrowly focused. They are also well placed politically and economically. That’s how they can play congress so well – and both parties. And if both parties fall in line – the US media will not chart and independent course.

  8. b99 said on November 17th, 2009 at 12:13pm #

    Michael Dawson – It’s not about sheer numbers – it’s about organizing with purpose. The Israel-Firsters in the US are extremely well-organized, and their aims are very narrowly focused. They are also well placed politically and economically. That’s how they can play congress so well – and both parties. And if both parties fall in line – the US media will not chart and independent course.

  9. Shabnam said on November 17th, 2009 at 12:26pm #

    Sorry should have been:

    Obama on the one hand, carries out Zionist’s orders, and the other hand goes after Iran to confirm he is not IMPOTENT.

  10. Shabnam said on November 17th, 2009 at 12:55pm #


    How can I watch TV program on ‘Israel Lobby’ by Peter Oborne? The
    following address says the service is not currently available.

  11. Mary said on November 17th, 2009 at 4:04pm #

    Shabnam – The programme is on a You Tube here

    Gilad Atzmon is spot on in this comment –


    ‘However, there is a single observation that must be added. People out there must never forget that Britain was taken into a war that cost more than a million Iraqi lives and at the time Lord Levy was the Number 1 Labour fund-raiser. Putting the two together: an illegal war that only serves Israeli interests and Sir Richard Dalton’s observation that Zionist ‘contribution’ comes with ‘strings attached’, leaves a very bitter taste. Due to its heavily corrupted politicians, Britain is now willingly serving the darkest possible racist national ideology and supporting a criminal terrorist state.’

    Peter Oborne also wrote this earlier article.


  12. Mary said on November 17th, 2009 at 4:35pm #

    US raps settlement plan.

    The US is dismayed. Not half as dismayed as the Palestinians whose land and water is being stolen.

  13. Shabnam said on November 17th, 2009 at 4:42pm #

    Mary – Thanks a lot for your information.

    Now, I don’t know what are the closet Zionists going to say when Israel made it public that is going to build 900 more houses in the occupied East Jerusalem despite the warning from Obama, the Zionist puppet, was sent to Israel. Meanwhile, Obama has perfected his bowing technique by practicing more often in front of the reactionary ‘leaders.’ While he has given a blank cheque to Zionists, he goes after LEGAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM of Iran and leaves 300 Israeli bombs untouched and then insults Iranian people by telling them you should violate the International Law and follow our illegal orders otherwise face the consequences. That’s why he receives a lot of fingers thrown at him to tell him go to hell. Now, those Zionist liars who say Israel is just a client state must prove it or shut up.