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Throwing America Under the Bus for Israel

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This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Israel spied on American diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear capability, and then distributed the classified documents to its Republican allies in the U.S. Congress.

The following day, a WSJ editorial hammered President Obama, questioning his commitment to Middle East peace and his loyalty to a foreign country, Israel.

I'm having a hard time deciding if the owners of the WSJ hate Obama because he is a Democrat, is critical of Israel's right-wing government, or, more likely, because the president is African-American and racism is as strong in America's corporate boardrooms as it is comfortable in Israeli politics.

With the help of his right-wing Republican allies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was manipulating politics in the United States in order to enhance his chances of winning another term as Israel's most right-wing, anti-peace leader.

Netanyahu's lobbyists pushed House Speaker John Boehner to invite Netanyahu to address an unofficial joint session of the U.S. Congress, without even a courtesy call to President Obama, the black man in the White House, just a week before Israel's elections.

Then, Netanyahu declared in no uncertain terms that he was opposed to recognizing a Palestine state and declared the two-state solution, the only real plan to bring peace to the Holy Land, was no longer relevant. He said he repudiated his statement endorsing the two-state solution that he made during a speech at Bar-Ilan University in 2009, when he was re-elected prime minister after losing the post in 1999.

Under the 1993 peace process, Palestinians recognized Israel's right to exist, surrendered claims to lands occupied by Israel in 1948, and even agreed to swap land for the illegal Israeli settlements. Yet Netanyahu, who has historically opposed peace with the Palestinians, as "Islamic terrorists," comparing them to the so-called "Islamic State" terrorists who have chopped off heads and burned prisoners alive in a replication of 17th-century American society.

The editorial is not really surprising given the WSJ's right-wing history and its long-standing opposition to civil rights, social welfare and anything that might cost the nation's greedy corporate robber barons their excessive profits.

The WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch, whose newspapers have been convicted of criminal conduct in the past, such as the 2014 phone-hacking scandal, and ethical violations, including violating its promise to preserve journalistic integrity when he purchased the newspaper from Dow Jones and lying to inflate circulation to overcharge advertisers in Europe.

That's just the tip of the iceberg.

Murdoch also owns the FOX News channel, which spews violently hateful racist rhetoric against blacks, liberals, Democrats, and most of all President Obama, reflecting the editorial line across his huge media empire.

The irony is that Israeli extremists are relishing the support of Boehner and the extreme conservative right, forgetting that historically it was the extreme conservative right in America that fueled anti-Semitism and lynching blacks from trees.

The extreme conservative right, which includes the right-wing Christian Evangelical movement, isn't in love with Israel, either.

They're just using Israel as a weapon against Obama, civil rights, liberalism and free thought.

That's why they had no hesitation bashing J Street, the left-leaning pro-Israel lobby that advocates the two-state solution and pushing Israel back to its peaceful left.

And that's why they don't think there is anything wrong with insulting the office of the president of the United States, spying on Americans, or trying to stop negotiations for a non-violent end to world differences with Iran over the issue of nuclear energy.

Once he realized his political party took the most seats in Israel's elections, giving him the mandate to try to form a coalition, Netanyahu tried to step back from his public attack against the two-state solution.

The truth is Netanyahu has never supported peace with the Palestinians. His government has been filled with rabid racists who have advocated the mass expulsion of Christians and Muslims from the Holy Land to create a pure Jewish state. They're tried to undermine democracy while claiming to be a democracy, denying minorities fair representative in their government, and they continue to use their military to attack Palestinians targets which provoke extremist reactions that Netanyahu cites as examples of "Palestinian terrorism."

It was a disciple of Netanyahu who in 1995 assassinated predecessor Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, specifically because Rabin, an Israeli war hero, had negotiated a peace accord with Palestine leader Yasser Arafat.

Netanyahu has never respected the United States, which provides Israel with more than $5 billion in financial aid that comes directly out of the pockets of American taxpayers, and has isolated itself internationally by vetoing every United Nations resolution challenging Israel's terrorism and violent policies, it's land thefts from Christians and Muslims in the West Bank, and its military occupation.

The WSJ asked its readers to "forgive" the American president for his "tantrum" against Israel, as if Israel, a foreign country, is more important than the president of the United States.

For the WSJ, facts are irrelevant, civil rights is a nuisance, and peace in the Middle East doesn't help its right-wing political bottom line.

Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian American columnist managing editor of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @RayHanania. To find out more about Ray Hanania and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.

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