With the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defence one of he main issues that Neo-Conservatives have is his approach to Israel. They take issue with his statements: “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator” and also “I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States, not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel.”

Israeli journalist, Uri Avnery wrote, “America controls the world, we control America. Never before have Jews exerted such an immense influence on the centre of world power.” In his youth, Averny was an Irgun member and later sat in the Knesset from 1965–74 and 1979–81. Now he runs a peace movement in Israel. His writings are well worth reading and I have used his quote above in my book AN UNQUIET AMERICAN as one of my characters – a former Republican Senator, Jew and former Mossad Agent –  tries to reconcile his life and his politics.

Neo-Conservatives have dominated the Republican Party from the day George “Dubya” Bush became President. The British Foreign Secretary of the time, Jack Straw, the son of Jewish immigrants, said of Dick Cheney’s infamous Chief-of-Staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby “It’s a toss-up whether Libby is working for the Israelis or the Americans on any given day.” One wonders whether the same can be said of Eric Cantor, who no doubt will be one of those leading the charge to ensure that Chuck Hagel is not confirmed as the Secretary of Defence, perhaps because Hagel has called for a ‘Pragmatic’ approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a move that would not suit the Israeli hawks.

And pragmatism certainly seems to be something that neither Binyamin Netanyahu or Avigdor Lieberman, the two most powerful men in Israel and both extreme right-wingers, will embrace any time soon.

So is Israel once again trying to manipulate American politics through its ‘friends’ in the Republican Party to ensure that they can still control America as Uri Averny says? And is this something that the American People know anything about? Or do we have a chance to really run our own affairs and not be dictated to by a tiny country several thousand miles away?

The argument is not about Anti-Semitism, Racism or any other ‘ism’, it is about the Government of the United States of America being able to make its own policies after careful thought and not as a result of the manipulation of a small minority in this country by those who work for the Government of Israel.

Chuck Hagel said it like it should be. “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.”  That should be reason enough for any Politician in this country to confirm him as Secretary of State for Defence.

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