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Mort Zuckerman

It is difficult to understand why anyone would take Mort Zuckerman seriously. He is a New York based but Canadian born Israel firster who made a fortune in real estate before buying The New York Daily News and the US News and World Report. He now fancies himself as a leading journalist and political commentator. Zuckerman is frequently spotted on the television talking head circuit where he dispenses analysis of international events that could have been crafted in Tel Aviv or Herzliya, where the Israeli intelligence service Mossad has its headquarters.

Zuckerman’s latest contribution to international harmony is a lengthy piece in the US News & World Report entitled “Israel Is a Key Ally and Deserves US Support.” It is a propaganda piece that promotes one of the most persistent fictions put out by the mainstream media, that the relationship with Israel somehow benefits the United States. To give the devil his due, it is not often that an article in a national publication includes an out-and-out lie in its first few words, but Zuckerman succeeds in doing just that. As he is a smart man who went to Harvard Law School before becoming a propagandist for Israel, he must know that words have meanings. But the significance of the word “ally” must have somehow eluded his grasp. Israel is not now and never has been an ally of the United States. As Zuckerman is a lawyer he should know that to be an ally requires an agreement in writing that spells out the conditions and reciprocity of the relationship. Israel has never been an ally of any country because it would force it to restrain its aggressive behavior, requiring consultation with its ally before attacking other nations. It is also unable to define its own borders, which have been expanding ever since it was founded in 1948. Without defined borders it is impossible to enter into an alliance because most alliances are established so that one country will come to the aid of another if it is attacked, which normally means having its territorial integrity violated. Since Israel intends to continue expanding its borders it cannot commit to an alliance with anyone and has, in fact, rebuffed several bids by Washington to enter into some kind of formal arrangement.

The article’s spin begins almost immediately thereafter in paragraph one, where the reader is informed that “the Israelis have agreed to [a Palestinian state] in principle.” Zuckerman conveniently overlooks that Tel Aviv has in fact obstructed every move toward creation of a Palestinian state because that would stop its continued colonization of the West Bank and Jerusalem. He then proceeds to lay it on really thick in the next two paragraphs, where one learns that the Palestinians need to “do what the Israelis have done for decades, which is to declare…that both sides have genuine claims to this land,” that the “Palestinian leadership has all along made an honorable peace impossible,” and that the Palestinians are not prepared to live with an Israeli state along their borders. The Palestinians also “beat the drums of hate” and only the Israelis guarantee freedom of religion in Jerusalem. Without wishing to be too contentious, it is safe to say that everything Zuckerman writes blaming the Palestinians can easily be disputed and should be challenged.

Zuckerman then launches into one of his major themes, that poor little Israel, always willing to take risks and do what is right in the cause of peace, has been betrayed by Washington. Zuckerman opines that Tel Aviv is right to hold on to the West Bank because if it gives it up Israel will not be “secure and defensible” against Arab terrorism. He also provides a hagiography of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, who apparently is “serious about making peace” and has done lots of good things for the Palestinians that he is not given credit for (except by Zuckerman). Bibi is also reported to be “disturbingly” under-appreciated by the White House.

According to Zuckerman, Netanyahu and Israel are “not to blame for trouble in the Middle East,” and one also learns that “The Islamists are not enemies of America because of Israel. They are fighting America because they see the whole West…as antithetical to their own beliefs.” Yes, this is the new version of they hate us because of our freedom bumper sticker. Israeli bestiality toward the Arab population that it dominates, seen on television nightly all over the world except in the US, has nothing to do with it.

After making sure that everyone knows who is completely to blame for the Middle East imbroglio, Zuckerman arrives at the argument that he knows will crush all opposition. “Israel has been an ally that has paid dividends exceeding its cost.” Zuckerman asserts that seventy per cent of Washington’s military aid, now exceeding $3 billion per year, is used to buy equipment made in the USA, providing thousands of jobs and making sure that Lockheed and other struggling defense contractors don’t go bust. And the Israelis not only provide “access to the Red Sea,” they also permit US forces to stockpile equipment in Israel for contingencies. Furthermore, Israel has been “working jointly” and “cooperating” with the US to protect America’s troops all over the Middle East. And then there is all that good intelligence that Tel Aviv hands over to Washington on the many bad guys in the Near East region.

Israeli tunnel vision means that most of the actual intelligence that Tel Aviv collects is on organizations that resent being occupied or bombed by Israel, not groups that actually threaten the US, a point ignored by Zuckerman. And to those who argue that using billions of American taxpayers dollars to buy US military equipment for Israel is not necessarily money well spent in the middle of a financial crisis or that Washington’s unlimited support for Tel Aviv is precisely the reason why the United States is in trouble around the world, Zuckerman delivers a final, devastating retort. Israel has an unrivaled location on the Mediterranean. Per Zuckerman “One analyst has described Israel as a ’strategic aircraft carrier’…”

Well, Mort Zuckerman is certainly entitled to his own opinion and I suppose he can use the magazine he owns to spread Israeli hasbara, but the notion that Israel is some kind of strategic asset for the United States is nonsense, a complete fabrication. Most recently, Chas Freeman has pointed out that Israel is useless for the projection of American power. The US has numerous bases in Arab countries but is not allowed to use any military base in Israel. Washington’s own carrier groups and other forces in place all over the Middle East, including the Red Sea, have capabilities that far exceed those of the Israel Defense Forces. Israel has never been a strategic asset or any asset at all, always a liability. Even the stockpiles of US equipment in Israel are a typical bit of bonus support for Tel Aviv from Congress, placed there for the Israelis to use “in emergencies” while making it appear that they are for American forces. The supplies are, in fact, regularly looted by the Israelis, leaving largely unusable or picked over equipment for US forces if it should ever be needed.

Make no mistake, Tel Aviv is always carefully calculating how it can use Washington to further its own objectives with little regard for possible American interests. In 1967 the Israelis attacked the USS Liberty in international waters with the intention of sinking the ship and killing all the crew. During the first Gulf War Israel had to be defended by the United States. In the Cold War Israel spied aggressively on the US while cutting deals with both the Soviets and Chinese. The intelligence provided by Israel that Zuckerman praises is generally fabricated and completely self serving, intended to shape a narrative about the Middle East that makes the Israelis look good and virtually everyone else look bad – ask any intelligence officer who has seen the stuff. Israel as a key ally and security asset? A “strategic aircraft carrier”? Completely ridiculous.

This article originally appeared in: antiwar.com


Philip M. Giraldi, PhD, is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer. He was also foreign policy advisor to Ron Paul during his last presidential run.

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2 Comments

  1. D Costa on the 23. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    How can a Harvard educated lawyer like Mort Zukerman can say such a lie as “Israel Is a Key Ally and Deserves US Support” and what is the value of a Harvard education if Harvard produces such liars?–Not to forget the liar Larry Summers who was the president at Harvard not so long ago.

    When it comes to lying and deceiving and other atrocious crime on humanity people who call themselves “Jews” [who are really Ashkenazi Mongolians] seem to have a special unique talent. This needs to be looked into scientifically–which will bring to light if there is a genetic predisposition indeed–in this 2% of the population where there is abundant white collar crime.

    Mort Zukerman and so many others in his tribe of Mongolian Ashkenazis constantly talk about Israel being America’s greatest ally–when in fact Israel is America’s foremost enemy–based on all factual information. Israel bombed USS Liberty and got caught although USS Liberty veterans and their families are still waiting for justice. Israel also bombed USS Cole and did not get caught. Israel killed JFK and did not get caught. Israel perpetrated the Lavon affair and got caught, did 9/11 and did not get caught but there is plenty of evidence and Israel in fact did it. Israel spies on America stealing America’s security information and Israeli spy Pollard’s spying led to the murder of over 1000 US Federal agents in addition to other damages to US [military and economic], Israel is preparing to expand its police state in America by training Jewish criminals including Kitat Kohenut groups to round up Americans. Mossad linked ITRR [among other secret things] have been caught spying on American citizens. Talk to Mark Dankof about Kitat Kohenut while remembering that they use deception and you will not know what they really want is to kill Americans while pretending to be engaging in various military practices “to protect Jews from Muslim terrorists”. They and other criminal groups have plenty of funding from various Jewish groups including banker gangsters and they are training various groups of minorities including various gang members [and somebody needs to investigate these people before more white males get beaten up. The Zionist Jews want to make white people get angry with Muslim and other minorities and use these minorities to beat up white young men and other white people. To get white people angry with Muslims is also in their favor to get America start another war with Iran and white people should not fall for this]–and not to forget the Jewish Mafia–the Mafia that controls all mafia.

    “According to Zuckerman, Netanyahu and Israel are “not to blame for trouble in the Middle East,” and one also learns that “The Islamists are not enemies of America because of Israel. They are fighting America because they see the whole West…as antithetical to their own beliefs.” Yes, this is the new version of they hate us because of our freedom bumper sticker. Israeli bestiality toward the Arab population that it dominates, seen on television nightly all over the world except in the US, has nothing to do with it.”

    “Make no mistake, Tel Aviv is always carefully calculating how it can use Washington to further its own objectives with little regard for possible American interests. In 1967 the Israelis attacked the USS Liberty in international waters with the intention of sinking the ship and killing all the crew. During the first Gulf War Israel had to be defended by the United States. In the Cold War Israel spied aggressively on the US while cutting deals with both the Soviets and Chinese. The intelligence provided by Israel that Zuckerman praises is generally fabricated and completely self serving, intended to shape a narrative about the Middle East that makes the Israelis look good and virtually everyone else look bad – ask any intelligence officer who has seen the stuff. Israel as a key ally and security asset? A “strategic aircraft carrier”? Completely ridiculous.”
    –Writes Philip Giraldi in the article “”The strategic ally myth” on Mycatbirdseat.com

    There is one candidate: Jim Condit who is seeking the 8th congressional seat in Ohio and he is the only one talking about the USS Liberty bombing, 9/11, Jewish lobby buying out US politicians, Jewish banker gangsters forclosure and other fraud.

    Jim Condit for congress 2010.com and The Rest of the Story 2010.com. Please go to his website and thank you for supporting him.

    Ny first attempt to post this failed because of sabotage and this is my second effort. Mort Zukerman and his tribe do not face these obstacles because criminals involved in this type of sabotage are the same white collar criminals. These criminals have a distinct advantage that they are among decent people who will not resort to such mean tactics. I am well aware of Mort Zukerman’s tribal relatives because these are the only enemies I have since 2006–who became my enemies when I started to expose their corruption, fraud, deception, lies, crime, cover up etc.

    Read “Spy trade” by Grant Smith and “The Transparent Cabal” by Stephen Sniegoski.

    Read other astute articles by Philip Giraldi.

  2. D Costa on the 23. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Here is a great link to many things you may not know:

    http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/zionist%20crime%2ohistory.htm

    “What I saw that day” by Phil Turney and Mark Glenn is the latest book on one of the most atrocious Israeli crimes on America namely the bombing of USS Liberty killing 34 sailors and injuring another 174.

    Here are few related articles from Mycatbirdseat.com

    “Dark Face of Zionism” by Alan Sabrosky

    “Maidhc O’Cathail: The US fights and pays for Israel wars” with Kourosh Ziabari

    Jeff Gates: “Sayanim–Israeli operatives inthe US”

    “Our enemies the Israelis–when wll we wake up to the truth” by Justine Raimondo

    Philip Giraldi: “Mossad pretends to be Us Intelligence”

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