There is an article in the August 28th edition of Foreign Policy Journal entitled, “US Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East.” The source for the leaked document described in the article is referred to as a Central Intelligence Agency staffer, and the document was allegedly commissioned by the US Intelligence Community, comprised of all four branches of the military, the Coast Guard, the Departments of State, Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Ministry of Magic. Just kidding about that last one.
The document allegedly reveals that the CIA has concluded that tiny Israel is the greatest threat on the face of the Earth to the interests of the United States.
What? Is the article credible? Is anyone paying attention to it?
Well, the truth is that few serious people are paying attention to it. Nevertheless, the title of the article, and the general uneasiness felt by the strongly pro-Israel crowd about this US administration’s support for Israel, has kept the article skimming along on the Internet waves. It has bobbled to the surface every so often and continues being swept forward in a gush of email distribution lists.
Why does the article not pass the smell test? The problems are manifest: the way the scenario is written, the author, the lack of sources, the litany of over-the-top accusations against Israel, and the poor writing and editing. For that last problem, just read the article.
What the author does is not use his article to reveal the existence of the Post-Israel World document, but instead skips right over the veracity step and goes on to suggest that the document will be used by right wing Republicans to scare Jews into voting against President Obama. That’s clever.
The article states that Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl), chairwoman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, with an assist by William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, will be using the CIA document to frighten Jews into believing president Obama is bad for Israel, and that the Republican party is their only hope.
What is in the alleged report? Just about every anti-Israel canard of recent vintage, but stated as fact:
- Israel is an Apartheid State with a “segregationist, occupation infrastructure” of “legalized discrimination” and “separate and unequal justice systems”
- the current Israeli government is completely aligned with the “illegal” settlers who are “violent racists” who kill and brutalize ‘Palestinians’
- Israel interferes with the “internal affairs of the United States through spying and illegal arms transfers,” by use of “more than 60 front organizations” and “approximately 7,500 US officials” who are controlled by the Jewish State.
The drafters allegedly note that not only Jews in the United States, but also the entire rest of the world, now find they can no longer countenance their entanglement with the illegal Israeli regime which “condemns American citizens to endure the consequences” of that entanglement. Just for good measure, the document allegedly recommends that the United States undertake to repair “relations with Arab and Muslim countries,” including the reduction in use of drone aircraft.
It is difficult to take the article seriously both because of the excessive number of misspellings and poor editing, the lowly regard with which the publication is held (although easily confused with, it is not the influential Foreign Policy magazine), and because of the author, Franklin Lamb.
A pro-Israel blogger pointed out that Lamb has written before about the impending disappearance of Israel, also by suggesting he had access to secret CIA documents. Another time Lamb insisted there was a burgeoning and irreparable rift between the United States and Israel.
And there is much more to hoist the eyebrows. Lamb’s inconsistent biographies at various times state that he has been a professor at the American University of Beirut, has three degrees, including a PhD, from the London School of Economics, had a fellowship at the Harvard East Asian Legal Studies, was Assistant Counsel of the US House Judiciary Committee, was a Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon, is board member of the Sabra and Shatilla Foundation, and was a volunteer with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign, Lebanon.
None of the prestigious accomplishments could be verified, but it is clear that Lamb never met an anti-Israel terrorist he didn’t love. A cursory glance at the places at which Lamb’s writing is published, and where he appears as a media commentator, makes clear his nasty bedfellows. He appears regularly on Iran’s Press TV, and Al-Manar. His writing appears in Intifada Palestine, Electronic Intifada, CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Lebanon’s Daily Star and Al Ahram.
Several years ago this reporter began receiving email correspondence from Lamb, who was determined to convert her from her “misguided Zionism.” In a quirky effort to impress, Lamb sent various pictures of himself in and around Hezbollah bunkers. In his piece de resistance, Lamb proudly sent a picture of himself with one of the most evil men to walk the planet, Samir Kuntar.
At age 16, Kuntar led a group of terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon. They killed a police officer, and then kidnapped a man and his 4 year old daughter. When the Israelis closed in, Kuntar shot the father in the back of the head, in front of the child, and then smashed the child’s head against a rock, using his rifle butt. Kuntar was released by Israel in 2008, in exchange for the bodies of Eldad Regev and Udi Goldwasser, whose kidnapping helped spark the Second Lebanon War.
Anyone who thinks it increases his stature to be photographed next to Kuntar (a) is morally challenged, (b) hates Israel enough to do anything he can to smear the Jewish State, and (c) could not credibly be trusted by anyone in the US government with sensitive material.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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