As I have written and said on more than a few occasions in the past, Zionism’s key players know how to play the cards they were dealt and Arab leaders don’t.

On 25 September I wrote a piece headlined Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to peace. Since then I’ve seen no need for me to contribute to the debate about the farce that President Obama’s push for peace is and was always going to be. But the Arab League’s decision to give Obama a one-month deadline to rescue the direct talks between Abbas and his quisling administration and Netanyahu and his deluded coalition government demands a comment or two.

Arab leaders know that with America’s mid-term elections fast approaching, there is no way a humiliated, increasingly desperate and isolated Obama can even think about applying real pressure on Israel. (I am still of the opinion that he did not enter the Oval Office programmed to do Zionism’s bidding. His real problem was that he was too inexperienced and naïve. As a consequence of that he was bound to become the prisoner of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress. At the time of writing, and given his counter-productive escalation of targeted assassinations by armed drones, I am beginning to wonder if Obama will go down in history as one of the worst presidents America has ever had).

So why are they, Arab leaders, going through the motions?

The short answer is that once again they are seeking to cover the ugly nakedness of their impotence.

The most relevant question, it seems to me, is what, in theory, could Arab leaders still do to give themselves a reasonable chance of countering Zionism’s influence on American policy for the Middle East?

Prefaced by a summary statement of all the initiatives the Arabs including the Palestinians have taken for peace on terms which any rational government and people in Israel would have accepted with relief, they could threaten to

  • Sever their diplomatic relations with the U.S.
  • Withdraw their financial support for America’s broken economy
  • Turn off the oil taps

As I have written and said on more than a few occasions in the past, Zionism’s key players know how to play the cards they were dealt and Arab leaders don’t.

Zionism’s four main cards were and are the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust for blackmail purposes; money (virtually unlimited funds) and the influence it buys; the organized Jewish vote; and, more generally speaking, breathtakingly, brilliant organization and co-ordination.

The Arabs have always had an ace that would trump all of Zionism’s cards. OIL.

Imagine what would have happened in the immediate aftermarth of the 1967 war if Arab leaders had put their act together and sent one of their number secretly to Washington DC to say something very like the following to President Johnson behind closed doors: “If you don’t get Israel back behind its pre-war borders, we’ll turn off the oil taps.”

If Johnson had believed that Arab leaders were united and serious, he would have replied with something very like the following: “I can’t guarantee swift action on Jerusalem but give me two or three weeks for the rest.”

If the Zionists had been in the Arab position, that IS how they would have played their hand. And that is not pure speculation on my part. Over the years I have been told so by a number of Israeli leaders including former Directors of Military Intelligence.

The main point I’m making is that if Johnson had believed that Arab leaders were united and serious, they would not have had to turn off the oil taps. A secret, credible threat to do so would have been enough to cause Johnson (or any president) to put America’s own best interests first.

Will Arab leaders ever learn how to play their cards (if only to best protect their own longer term, real interests)?

I fear not.

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.

His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition.  He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor.

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  1. Rehmat on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Saudi ‘royals’ secret mission to Syria


  2. Debbie on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    I wrote this in Jan.2009, some of it is still relevant…

    Can Arabs do the MLK thing, and start marching?

    By: Debbie Menon

    “Will things ever change?” A typical Arab question.

    The kind asked by those predestinationists who believe in preordination, who thank God or a god for all that went well, and take refuge in absolving themselves from blame for anything which did not. Few on this planet inherited oil fields from God! Arabs and Muslims did! Look what they have done with all of this power! As has been said so many times by so many pundits. I have written about it, in terms of oil – “Curse or Blessing?” “Life is what you make of it.” God provides… but Man decides! Our track record is not very good!

    I do not believe in destiny, or pre-destination. “Inshallah,” “si Dios quiere,” “as God wills,” are all cop-outs used by ignorant, weak people to absolve themselves from the ravages of their own ignorance and incompetence, deny accountability, and blame someone else!

    Those whom God or whoever has blessed or cursed with oil have done very little to make His gift a blessing, except to indulge themselves and act like bickering street gangs from different ‘hoods, cruising about and conducting drive-by shootings from diamond studded Mercedes! It is sickening to read about the dichotomy and disorganization among these petty squabbling little princely states in the Arab league, with their petty egos and soiled manners, while their subjects are being murdered everyday in a deadly blitz, in broad daylight by the occupiers of their lands.

    The Jews in the diaspora did not have much to work with, but, they have learned to use it well, and in concert with each other. And, they are raping the rest of the world!

    In this context, nothing will change.

    Nothing will change, that is, until someone does something different which changes it. The Israelis change their strategy? Hardly likely, I would think.

    The Palestinians change or do something different? The Arab “Leaders”? The UN? The US? The EU? God?

    Well, someone? Who?

    The same people have been asking the same question for a long time now. Perhaps they should ask who is going to make the first step toward change, or get off their duffs and take it instead of waiting for fates, destiny, or “Someone Else” to take charge and do it?

    How many have to die before….. ?

    How many times must we ask how many have to die before…?


    It’s time for Arabs and Muslims to move beyond complaints and and whinging and acquire a genuine clout.

    1. Why do other countries not use the General Assembly’s “Uniting for Peace” approach to circumvent the US veto on the Security Council and take action in Palestine? Really straightforward: a total embargo on Israel itself, and then on any countries that trade with Israel. How long would the staggering US economy make it without imports and technical support from China and India, for instance?

    2. No sacrifice of troops needed just no trade. It could work….as these writers suggest:

    Want to End the Violence in Gaza? Boycott Israel. By Naomi Klein
    Hit them in their pocket books!

    For Boycott to Be Effective, an International Coalition Is Indispensable. By Ramzy Baroud

    It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody and merciless occupation of Palestinian lands is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.”

    In the USA, it’s illegal to boycott Israel. See the following government website:
    http://www.bis.doc.gov/ complianc…tcompliance.htm

    The law prohibits anyone in government from informing you of the ownership and organization of Israeli companies and products. How can you ensure that you are in compliance with this law if the Bureau of Commerce will not send you a list of which companies and products you deal with are Israeli, so that you can make sure you are in compliance?
    Government of the people, by the people, and for the people (the Israeli business people) ?

    An equity in Law observation:

    I wonder what would happen if you went down to the KLCC and sat in front of the Marx & Spencer Emporium with your little Boycott Israel sign?

    When a complete list is compiled, I suspect a great many people are going to be shocked and surprised at how much of the world in which they shop is owned, managed, and profitable to Israeli/Jewish interests. They will find it inconvenient, if not downright difficult; to feed, clothe and house their families, or to borrow the money with which they do all of this.

    The first small step to achieving this goal would be to first get ‘the List’ and start publishing it and circulating it in your neighbourhoods. Some European countries and Malaysia have already spearheaded campaigns to boycott Israeli products by canceling orders and stopping shipments until Israel ceases its murderous expansionist policy towards Palestine.

    “Apartheid government was an exclusively South African endeavor, made resonantly and repeatedly by the African National Council (ANC)” says Baroud. True! The ANC was not formed overnight; So about time, get the Palestinian Youth onboard and backed by the various resistance movements in Palestine and in exile, and form a coalition of the willing. If nothing else atleast make the “Resistance” pleasantly visible, the masks and the rifles notwithstanding. The message communicated to the international community should be a clear, simple, united and persuasive one:

    “An end to Apartheid”

    Baroud correctly laments, “The wait has been too long and arduous. To achieve this, one must not dwell on specifics ( the debate of one vs. two states, armed struggle vs passive resistance, Hamas vs Fatah, are cases in point.) but search for unifying themes… The conflict in Palestine is at a very critical juncture. Israel, brazenly aided by the two remaining imperialist forces, the US and the UK, is in the final stages of crafting its Bantustanization of the disconnected pockets that remain of historic Palestine. Martin Luther King Jr. once said ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’.”

    MLK also did most of his talkin’ whilst a’ walkin’. As long as it is allowed to remain in the debate stage. We have a good chance of winning a debate. This is more than a debate; at least that is what Baroud and other writers seem to be saying. So, if it is a battle, then let’s do the MLK thing, and let’s start marching. Lets get ‘the list’ out, unify and start publishing it.

    And at the political level, only a determined Resistance Movement like Hamas can solve the Palestinian question. The PA should be dismantled, Hamas must take over West Bank, reconstitute the PLO where there are still some honest nationalists left, declare Independence, and seek immediate admission to the UN. They should organize their rank around the principles of resistance, not necessarily as a violent concept, but as the only reasonable retort.

    Colonialism can only be resisted; If the price that Israel has to pay for its occupation and colonialism is not higher than that of its many benefits, and as long as the sources of power that feed that colonial project are not confronted, and stopped: we shall gather here years from now, reiterating the exact same points, offering more or less a similar analysis and bemoaning the exact same grievances.

    There are two sides to every coin. Might is not always right, but it is easier to side with the mighty! Cowards and lackeys usually do so!

    Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at: debbiemenon@gmail.com

  3. Debbie on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    What about the Arab and Muslim people ? Twenty three Arab nations with 300 Million people cannot even begin to offset Israel’s influence in the west, whether politically, economically, or even in the most important weapon Israel has: Lobbying. In the 63 years, they have not even developed one Lobby worth a mention. The Arab League is a pitiful, pseudo symbol of Arab Unity. Arab leaders have been visiting America in their “Gucci suits,” to take orders, get some aid, and leave without ever speaking to the the American people or the American Press or the American Congress. They are afraid to face the American press for obvious reasons, being used to their own “national” media who’s daily pathetic job is to tell them “how great they are” and whinge about how helpless they are against Israel’s might. Ironically the American people today seem to be finding themselves in the same helpless position as the Arab masses. But, the majority of the American people simply do not know what is happening, they have been confused by the Zionist media for decades and while ignorance is not always an excuse, it is an explanation. But, what are the rest of the world’s governments and people doing ? Why don’t the Arabs and Muslims lobby these governments ?

    As one commenter points out…
    When are the rest of the world going to have the guts to stand up and say anything? The rest of the world had at least three opportunities over the past two years to do so in the UNGA, and ONLY one — Turkey — did so, although Brazil did weigh in after Turkey, to its credit. All the rest — the EU, India, China, Russia, Japan, the works, just sat on their diplomatic asses afraid even to squeak. They have the resources and the votes to deliver a diplomatic knockout blow to the US-Israel political gut that even the MSM in America and elsewhere could not conceal or pass off, and they do — nothing.”

    I am tired of repeating myself, we keep going around and around in circles without achieving any results due to lack of sincere Arab leadership…I wrote this in 2008, nothing has changed,
    the killing continues and the world watches.

    Insane Israeli leadership and Arab leaders lassitude

    By Debbie Menon

    Just taking a look at the morning headlines from ICH (Information Clearing House) it is apparent that there is plenty of “news” happening in the world this morning and people are out and about and talking about it.

    But, it is all in the “Alternative Media!”

    Most of it critical of Israel, the US, the UN, and other countries that either support or take a passive attitude toward what the rest of the “legitimate” media describe in general terms as Israel’s “right to defend itself against terrorism.”

    It is all hype, politics and make-believe, anyway. Only the bullet holes, body parts, and the dead babies are real.

    How many must they kill before….?

    How many times must we ask….?

    How many times must we repeat….?

    Alice chased a rabbit down a hole, to find Reality!

    Robert Fisk lays it on the line…

    Leaders Lie, Civilians Die, and Lessons of History are Ignored

    By Robert Fisk

    The Bush administration, not to mention the pusillanimous reaction of Gordon Brown, reaffirm for Arabs what they have known for decades: however they struggle against their antagonists, the West will take Israel’s side. As usual, the bloodbath was the fault of the Arabs – who, as we all know, only understand force. Continue

    If Israel’s objectives are as stated, it is an obvious conclusion that they are destined to failure. They have never worked elsewhere for anyone else, or at any other time in history and, they have been failing for Israel for sixty years now.

    May We No Longer Be Silent

    By Paul Craig Roberts

    “How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal?” Pinter’s question can also be asked of Israel. Israel has been in violation of international law since 1967, protected by the United States’ veto of UN Resolutions condemning Israel for its violent, inhumane, barbaric, and illegal acts. Continue

    Ron Paul: No Such Thing as an Independent Israel

    By Jihan Hafiz

    I don’t think there is such a thing as an independent Israel doing anything, because I think no matter what they do its our money, its our weapons, and their not going to do it without us approving it and if they get into trouble we’re going to bail them out, so there is no separation between the two. Continue

    Anarchy In The UK

    (and the birth of SGS – STOP GAZA SLAUGHTER)

    By Yvonne Ridley

    THE murderous military campaign which has been unleashed by Israel has provoked people across the world to demonstrate, rally and protest in their hundreds of thousands. Continue

    Arab World Losing Tolerance For Indifferent Leaders

    By Roshan Muhammed Salih

    When people feel there is no justice in the world and no legitimate outlet for their justified frustration, things tend to boil over. And that’s what happened at a huge anti-Israel, pro-Hamas demonstration in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. Continue

    Resistance to Israeli occupation – a right?

    Palestinians are a people under occupation who has the right to self-determination under the UN Charter.

    The use of force as part of resisting occupation in the Palestinian case is therefore derived from the international legitimacy to recourse to armed struggle in order to obtain the right to self-determination. Continue

    US Veto Blocks UN Anti-Israel Resolution

    By Press TV

    Washington once again used its veto powers on Sunday to block a resolution calling for an end to the massive ongoing Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip. Continue

    Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni ordered the Ministry to “take emergency measures to open an aggressive and diplomatic international public relations campaign,” according to Haaretz. In other words, Israel will spin its wanton aggression into justifiable self-defense and get dominant mainstream media help to sell it, writes Stephen Lendman at Global Research, ca.

    On December 27, The New York Times took the lead. It reported that “Israeli air strikes hit Hamas security facilities in Gaza on Saturday in a crushing response to the group’s rocket fire. Israeli military officials called the attack an effort to force Hamas to end its rocket barrages into southern Israel. Thousands of Israelis hurried into bomb shelters amid the hail of rockets,” making it seem like Israel resembled London during the blitz, when, in fact, Hamas attacks are mere pin pricks and only respond to first-strike Israeli attacks writes Lendman.

    After many months of siege compounded by ongoing attacks, Gaza is gravely affected, and so is the West Bank. Under the Fatah government, no rockets are launched, yet Israel maintains a violent occupation, continues to seize Palestinian land, expand its illegal settlements, and lets its residents terrorize Palestinians with impunity, even in cases of wanton killings and destruction of property.”

    Hamas was democratically elected. It’s the legitimate Palestinian government. It’s falsely called a terrorist organization, and it has every right to resist an illegal occupation under international law. It observed a unilateral ceasefire for months and extended peace overtures numerous times in the past. Israel spurned them by dividing Gaza and the West Bank, co-opting Mamoud Abbas, inciting Fatah against Hamas, isolating Gaza, and pursuing a policy of aggression, killings, targeted assassinations, mass incarcerations, and torture with full support from Washington.

    I do not know what Israel expects to accomplish by bombing, attacking, or even by invading Gaza.

    They cannot kill them all (or can they?), and unless they do, their outrageous killing and brutality against humanity is going to leave such hot smoldering hatred and blood debt behind,that guerilla warfare, rocket bombing, suicide bombing and sniping will be a threat against all Israelis for as long as a single one lives on Palestinian land.

    Pinter was Jewish, a critic of Israel’s illegal occupation, and its brutality inflicted on Gazans. He was one of 105 prominent Jewish signers of an April 2008 “We’re not celebrating Israel’s 60th Anniversary” petition. Its last paragraph read:

    “We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on (Gaza) civilians and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations.”

    This kind of action is not a path to peace. It is just a recipe, and a guarantee for everlasting warfare, and yet more revenge.

    Palestinians will never have military or armed force to compare or compete with the Israelis in pitched battle. But, a guerilla needs but one weapon, one man, and one bullet to kill one enemy.

    It is difficult to believe that Israel’s leadership is so disconnected from reality that they do not understand this!

    So… what is their actual agenda? Dare anyone ask? Or suggest?

    It is so obvious, and I just cannot fathom why anyone would be so stupid or blind to deliberately follow such a policy. Unless they want everlasting warfare! As Israel has maneuvered America into fighting its wars in the rest of the Middle East, so has it maneuvered or bought Abbas into fighting its battles in Palestine.

    I have long said that when the absurd and the outrageous happens in such a big way, to everyone’s disadvantage and cost, one of the best ways to identify who did it is to look to see who benefits the most.

    Guess who the beneficiary is!

    The cupidity of man is understandable, that is the way some are… but the sheer stupidity of some who think they are invisible or can get away with blatant daylight theft, that no one will notice, is remarkable.

    For example, Bernie Madoff may have had great vision, in scope. But he, too, was incapable of seeing past the large pile of money. Just how much can you steal for how long, before someone notices?

    In such cases it is not a question of how much, but simply when! Stupid!

    Just like Insane Israeli leadership, and Arab leaders lassitude.

    About the author: Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at debbiemenon@gmail.com.

  4. Dawoodi Morkas on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Israel is buying time and is waiting the outcome of the Mid-term election in the USA. Once the results are out and the position of the Democratic Party weakens as is forecasted, the Israelis will return to their old tactics of Building on the Arab lands and Killing the innocent Palestinians.

    Moreover, Sir, Abbas has lost the confidence of the People of Palestine and is considered a lackey of the West. There is no credibility in the talks as the people of Palestine are going to loose more of their freedom, Land and dignity, as Abbas will sign on dotted lines, as an obedient servant of the White House.

    Unless Hamas are inducted in the peace process and their views accommodated, what ever resolution is imposed on the Palestinians is sure to backfire and make the Muslim world more agitated against the perpetrators of dismay and gloom amongst the people observing the Islamic faith.

    The atrocities committed by Israel are too horror some for any Muslim to accept the loss of image and land at the hands of the Israelis under the garb of the talks which are only held to give more time and concessions to Israel.

  5. Earlaiman on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    A few years ago the highly respected PM of Muslim Malaysia, Dr. Mahathit Muhammad, suggested that the League of Arab Nations adopt and develop some of the practices of the Jews and their Zionist leaders by forming a United body of Arab/Islamic Nations who stood in union and accord, and spoke as one from a position of economic organization and power, presumably based upon their oil reserves.

    He was immediatly assailed from what appeared to be both sides of the fence as both a “jew Hater and Baiter,” and a “Jew Lover” by what was designed to loook likeboth sides of the Arab/Islamic – Jesish/Zionist sidesof the fence.

    I suspect that most of the “noise” came from the well-organized and effective Jewish/Zionist organization he was speaking about, and very little, if any, came from the Arab/Muslim side of the fense where most Arab nations were still bickering and sniping at each other over petty prerogatives, prayer issues, the lengths of limousines, the height of monumental towers, oil revenues and markets!

    This is the power he was talking abuot. The power to destroy the wise counsel and the public charactrof a good and wise man.

    It was, and still is, effective,in any event, for the Union of Arab Nations remains disunified, and has done nothing at all to follow up on his suggestions.


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