In light of the recent reignition of the Israeli-Palestine conflict I figured it would be important to do a deep dive into the US-Israel relations. A number of issues illuminate today’s Republican Party and conservative movement, but one stands out in particular: the unwavering support for the state of Israel. Spend just a few minutes browsing conservative media and you will be overwhelmed by the amount of pro-Israel content in places like Breitbart, PragerU, the Daily Wire, Fox News, and so on. Take PragerU video entitled, “Israel: The World’s Most Moral Army”, for example; a five minute propaganda piece explaining how Israel is actually a really nice place under attack by savage and brutal Palestenians. I mean it’s like this stuff comes straight from the IDF themselves!
So what is the reason for this? Why should any conservative care so much about some foreign state across the ocean? I’ll tell you why: money. Israel is the number one recipient of foreign aid from the United States of any country in the world, and has been since the 60’s. They receive close to 4 billion dollars a year, and that accounts for about 20% of their defense budget, which is no small figure. On top of that, Egypt and Jordan, the next two highest recipients, only received foreign aid after they signed peace treaties with Israel (1978 and the 1990’s, respectively), and their aid is contingent on maintaining that peace with Israel. Both of which receive about a billion dollars each year.
When Rep. Ilhan Omar was asked about the Israel lobby, she said it’s “…all about the benjamins,” essentially implying that politicians only support Israel because they are paid off. For this she was labeled a rabid antisemite by conservatives, and that comment still follows her around to this day. But was she wrong? The foreign influence lobby “American-Israel Public Affairs Committee” (AIPAC) itself boasts on their website that 98% of candidates backed by their lobby win their elections. It’s no surprise given how they have dished out close to 20 million dollars to defeat candidates opposed to the state of Israel. Moreover, ⅔ of Congress attends the AIPAC conference every year, and many notable Republicans speak at the convention, such as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and so on. Sheldon Adelson, the largest donor to the Trump campaign, was a single issue donor in the 2020 campaign. Can you guess what issue? Yes, Adelson paid 100 million dollars so that Donald Trump would support the state of Israel.
Have you ever wondered why we have so many conflicts in the Middle east? No it’s not for oil as we are all led to believe. Between Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and our tension with Iran, many of these conflicts are also thanks to our ally Israel. To understand this, you have to go back to the development of the Clean Break Memo in 1996. This memo was a strategy developed by Richard Pearl, Douglas Fife, Paul Wolfowitz, David Wurmser and other zionists for Israel to make a “clean break” from the middle east. The plan was to secure the northern border of Israel by means of destroying Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah. This would have been fine if Israel had done this on their own, but after this plan was established, Douglas Fife and Richard Pearl went to work in the Bush Administration for the defense department to create the Office of Special Plans. It was then this very office that concocted the justification for the war in 2003, taking false or misleading intelligence from Israel and using it as a means to take down Iraq. I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t sound like a very good relationship to me. It seems Israel just uses America as a glorified attack dog for its enemies.
Here’s the full truth of the matter: A powerful Israel lobby funds many of our politicians, and in return they are to support foreign aid and wars in the middle east which benefit the state of Israel. Nothing could be more clear than this. In return, America gets next to nothing, except a belligerent “ally” in the middle east that causes conflict and tension, straining our relationship with Muslim countries. Conservatives must shake off this powerful influence lobby by calling out politicians who would put the needs of a foreign nation over those of our own.