…by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor

We have reported last week that the Israelis are just scared because they fear that Joe Biden would challenge the Israeli machination of the Palestinians. Keep in mind that Biden was the US vice president when the Obama administration called Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.”[1] Expanding on the chickenshit phraseology, one unnamed official in the Obama administration said:

“The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat.”[2]

The Obama administration’s anger, the Atlantic told us, was “‘red-hot’ over Israel’s settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East.”[3] In December of 2016, just a little over a month before he left the White House, Obama decided “not to block a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements…”[4]

Netanyahu, of course, was sad and mad. He responded: “We have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed.”[5] Whenever Netanyahu attempted to give Obama the finger,[6] Obama returned the favor by calling the mad man in Tel Aviv a “chickenshit.”

Netanyahu forgot that Obama, as journalist Ethan Sherwood Strauss put it in a different context, was “the finger wager in chief.”  When Netanyahu showed up in the U.S. to talk about the so-called peace process, Obama had more important things to do:

“‘Let me know if there is anything new,’ Obama reportedly tells Netanyahu. While the details of Obama’s exit are disputed, the Israeli media widely describes the episode as a humiliation.”

In short, it was pretty clear that Obama criticized the Israeli policies with respect to the Palestinians, and it was pretty clear that Obama himself rejected the notion that if one criticizes Israel, then that person is by definition an anti-Semite or anti-Jewish or anti-Israel.[7] Obama declared then:

“So if you are questioning settlement policy, that indicates you’re anti-Israeli, or that indicates you’re anti-Jewish. If you express compassion or empathy towards Palestinian youth, who are dealing with checkpoints or restrictions on their ability to travel, then you are suspect in terms of your support of Israel.

“But what I did say is that, when going into an election, Prime Minister Netanyahu said a Palestinian state would not happen under his watch, or there [was] discussion in which it appeared that Arab-Israeli citizens were somehow portrayed as an invading force that might vote, and that this should be guarded against.

“This is contrary to the very language of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which explicitly states that all people regardless of race or religion are full participants in the democracy. When something like that happens, that has foreign-policy consequences, and precisely because we’re so close to Israel, for us to simply stand there and say nothing would have meant that this office, the Oval Office, lost credibility when it came to speaking out on these issues.”[8]

Whatever else we may want to say about the Obama administration, we can say for certain that he did challenge the Israeli regime. In fact, virtually every politician in the White House knew this. One “pro-Israel congressional aide” told Foreign Policy’s John Hudson, “There is a limit to how much you can shit all over the White House and expect to get every meeting you want.”[9]

Obama even ignored meeting with Netanyahu when Netanyahu came to the United States and requested that the president should listen to him.[10] Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid even lamented then: “There is a crisis with the U.S. and we should treat it as a crisis.”[11]

Israel still fears that Joe Biden will pick up where Obama left off. Settlements Minister Tzachi has recently declared: “Biden has said openly for a long time that he will go back to the nuclear agreement. I see that as something that will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran.”[12]

If Biden goes back to the Iran deal which Obama put on the political table years ago,[13] then Israel can be sure that there won’t be a US/Iran conflict. So, if that is the case, then will Netanyahu become a political basket case when it comes to Iran?

It would be nice to see how this plays out in the political sphere.


  • [1] Jeffrey Goldberg, “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here,” Atlantic, October 18, 2014.
  • [2] Ibid.
  • [3] Ibid.
  • [4] Peter Baker, “For Obama and Netanyahu, a Final Clash After Years of Conflict,” NY Times, December 23, 2016.
  • [5] “Inside Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Strained Relationship,” ABC News, December 28, 2016.
  • [6] Gil Hoffman, “Gal-On: Netanyahu’s giving Obama the finger,” Jerusalem Post, December 26, 2013.
  • [7] “Obama: US must criticize Israel if it is to defend it,” Times of Israel, May 21, 2015.
  • [8] “Likud MK says Obama’s criticism of Netanyahu has ‘a bit of hypocrisy,’” Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2015.
  • [9] Joshua Keating, “Why the Obama Administration Is Calling Benjamin Netanyahu “Chickenshit” Behind Closed Doors,” Slate, October 29, 2014.
  • [10] “Obama Avoids Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meeting,” Huffington Post, September 9, 2012.
  • [11] Keating, “Why the Obama Administration Is Calling Benjamin Netanyahu “Chickenshit” Behind Closed Doors,” Slate, October 29, 2014.
  • [12] Lahav Harkov, “Israeli minister warns of war if Biden returns to Iran Deal,” Jerusalem Post, November 5, 2020.
  • [13] See Trita Parsi, A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011); Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007); Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

Biography
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, history of Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book Zionism vs. the West: How Talmudic Ideology is Undermining Western Culture. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled, Kevin MacDonald’s Abject Failure: A Philosophical and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and White Identity. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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  1. It is A Question of Balance for Ascendancy into A New World. As above so below. Two interlocking triangles. Let’s get it straight from the Horus’s mouth- Alaister Crowley Magick In Theory and in Practice-

    “There is a Magical operation of maximum importance: the Initiation of a New Aeon. When it becomes necessary to utter a Word, the whole Planet must be bathed in blood. Before man is ready to accept the Law of Thelema, the Great War must be fought. This Bloody Sacrifice is the critical point of the World-Ceremony of the Proclamation of Horus, the Crowned and conquering Child, as Lord of the Aeon”.
    “In this way let every idea go forth as a triangle on the base of two opposites, making an apex transcending their contradiction in a higher harmony”.
    “Aeon of Horus.” Two sexes in one person.”
    “ABRAHADABRA is a word to be studied in Equinox I, V., “The Temple of Solomon the King”. It represents the Great Work complete, and it is therefore an archetype of all lesser magical operations…  “The Temple of Solomon the King”, where an invocation of Horus on this formula is given in full..”.

    • “…(T)he formula of Abrahadabra concerns us, as men, principally because each of us represents the pentagram or microcosm; and our equilibration must therefore be with the hexagram or macrocosm”.
      ” It is not safe to use any thought in Magick, unless that thought has been thus equilibrated and destroyed”.
      “But the bloody sacrifice, though more dangerous, is more efficacious; and for nearly all purposes human sacrifice is the best”.
      “If he invoke Severity, let him recount that Severity is the instrument of Mercy”

      Interestingly, Horus is the ePortfolio for Foundation Doctors in England.
      Biochemistry-
      “Transmembrane Ion Channels Formed by a Star of David Catenane and a Molecular Pentafoil Knot”
      ʿOlam (עוֹלָם‎), a Hebrew word which means “world” or “eon”

  2. According to Ramin Mazaheri’s “Blacklist of Iranian media by Bernie’s DSA suggests no Iran change with Biden,” the Democratic Socialists are refusing to talk with PressTV. When a “more progressive” part of the Dems will not have discussions with Iranians, should there be any confidence “Biden goes back to the Iran deal”?

    • If I may, US political apparatus in the hands of Republicans is vindictive. They still want blood for their den of spies being shutdown in Tehran. They will never reach out for diplomacy. Heck they even think diplomacy is for the weak. They are so lodged in the derrière of Likud that a crowbar will not do.

      Zarif knows full well what Biden is made of. Give it a little time. Democrats have to learn how to avoid making the same mistakes twice. That was Obama’s era of reaching out while the Neocons were still on their high horses from an 8 year of Bush’s wars.
      Times have changed and even McConnell is older and more senile, which is a good thing.

    • Adrian, Newt: If those suggestions were built on the premise that Biden and the Dems would work against the Bankster Empire and support better, you might have a point.

      Yet as I have brought up before, how is Obama and Biden pretending to be predominantly Shiite Iran’s friend while genociding predominantly Shiite Yemen an example of “credibility on foreign policy”? Inevitably, this “diplomacy” results in more bankster warmongering, the same as Trump’s more direct warmongering.

    • Please don’t get into the Shia Sunni CIA Mossad divide and conquer failed strategy that only satisfies the outside observer. Is Hamas Shia ?
      Obama did like Biden will have an uphill battle with pentagon and likud to stop the Saudi warmongering. As I said Obama’s era was different. Saudis were rich, Israel was able to machinate terror in many parts of the ME. All of that has changed and bankers will have a very rough times ahead. Covid has hit everyone’s pocket. And oil is cheap.

    • Newt: I agree that the geopolitical situation changed over the Obama years to now, but did the “Assad gassed people because reasons” story, the “Iran is backing Houthi terrorists” story, etc. failing have anything to do with Obama? Or was Obama trying to sell us those stories while punishing people exposing them, like through the War on Whistleblowers and the anti-Russia Maidan coup?
      And is the “Obama… like Biden will have an uphill battle” excuse any different from the excuses used for Trump when he sells us the warmongers’ stories?

      Adrian: Is attacking your partners’ allies a good way of respecting a deal? If you made a deal with the US while you were also bombing Canada, how long do you think that deal would last?

  3. You have to remember, Israel attacked the USA on 9/11. They got away with it for a number of reasons. All the wars of this century were for Israel. All of the murder and mayhem we have caused in the Middle East was for Israel. Don’t put it past the real perps of 9/11 to do something equally horrible to keep Trump in office.

    The USA Patriot Act is still in place. All Trump has to do is declare a “national emergency” of some sort and over 100 special powers come into play that would enable him to stay in office indefinitely. Trump is increasingly the most dangerous man on the planet. May Heaven help us all.

    • That was great! If only it was that simple. The simpletons in Trump’s base will indeed get blown away, but the Likudniks and Zionists who surround Trump won’t.

    • Tommy you know how Wolf Blitzers of the US changed Khamenei’s “Israel will vanish from the pages of history” to “wipe Israel off the map” … well what Khamenei meant by that was that in due time it will dig its own grave and will be wiped off the map of history.
      Even the war criminal Kissinger knows that.

      Obama’s era was a tough era not only because of the color of his skin but mostly because of fighting a system that was solely based on advancing Israel and its crimes, just like Trump’s era.

      Biden is the other half of Obama ans only right winger hawks put Obama in the same basket as Neocons.

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