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Originally published Dec 1996 when MER began:


                  By Mark A. Bruzonsky*

 It's front-page news! Bill Clinton says Israeli settlements are an
 "obstacle" to peace. But this isn't the real story; nor are settlements
 the real obstacle.

 The tragic reality is that the Clinton Administration is the most
 pro-Israeli and anti-Islamic government in U.S. history. Never in U.S.
 history has there been a Cabinet more rife with personalities whose
 loyalties and sympathies are to Israel, as well as to the U.S. And in
 many cases these persons wouldn't be where they are but for the
 political and financial intervention of the infamous "Israeli/Jewish
 lobby", a collection of some 40 different interlocking organizations
 that together make-up this powerful entity which continues to have a
 stranglehold over U.S. policies in the Middle East.

 And all this is not an accident.

 Most people, and nearly everyone in the press, seem to have
 forgotten that just a few years ago during the election campaign of
 1992, no less than the President of the main coordinating
 organization of this Israeli/Jewish lobby (the President of the
 American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC]) was secretly
 recorded bragging that he and  the Israelis had at least a dozen
 operatives in Little Rock working for Clinton and that when Bill
 became President he would be Israel's man in the White House. There
 was even going to be a kosher kitchen!

 The disinformation agents quickly went to work of course. The
 AIPAC President was promptly removed (said to be over-worked
 and maybe abit delusional) and new policies of not talking so openly
 (i.e. truthfully) on the phone were instituted. The cover-up worked
 well, especially in a town where the institutional memory of the
 press on matters of this kind is notoriously lacking...along with
 the courage to speak up of course.

 Now it was Israel's Labor Party, led for years by Yitzhak Rabin and
 Shimon Peres, that originally launched and maintained Israel's
 expansion and settlement policies in the West Bank and Gaza.
 Indeed, in the Jerusalem area Labor has even been worse than
 Likud. But most of all Likud has simply spoken openly and forthrightly
 about Zionist intentions; while Labor and its "Peace Now" subterfuge
 have smiled, lied, and tried to deceptively charm their ways forward.

 Overall Labor and Likud have pretty much played out the "good
 cop/bad cop" game when it comes to the Palestinians. And with the
 panoply of yes-men, thugs and self-serving businessmen that
 surround Yasser Arafat, the Zionist movement has been able to play
 the Palestinians soothing tunes while continuing to mug, rape, and
 plunder Palestinian society.

 The biggest "obstacle" to peace is not the Likud, nor Bibi, nor new
 settlements. It's long-past time for the U.S. to stop funding Israel's
 multitude of abuses with ever-larger amounts of money and guns.
 The real "obstacle" to a just and fair (and thus lasting) Middle East
 peace between Israel and the Palestinians is the United States of

 * Mark Bruzonsky has visited the Middle East more than 150 times.
 He hosts the weekly TV program, MID-EAST REALITIES, which shows on
 all the major cable systems in the Washington, DC area.  He can be
 reached at MAB@MiddleEast.Org

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