May 7th, 2012 12:14 EST
US President Held Hostage by Minority Pressure Group
The gathering storm for the current Netanyahu government is the animus it has engendered amongst millions of people around the globe, asit continues with its illegitimate blockade of essential supplies to a half amillion Palestinian families in Gaza plus its illegal, expanding occupation of the West Bank and its house demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem.
The international community recognizes all too well the arrogance as the Netanyahu government treats President Obama with contempt,with one closed fist, whilst demanding 3 billion dollars every year from the US tax payer,with the other hand outstretched.
It is a scenario without precedent in the modern world: a global super-power of 305 million Americans being manipulated by a small lobby in Washington on behalf of a foreign state in the Middle East.
The consequences of successive American administrations being held hostage by a minority pressure group, is an athema to democratic institutions, both in the US and elsewhere.
The consequences have now become all too manifest. Israel is now estimated to have secretly built between 300-400 nuclear weapons as a now impotent America can only watch silently.
If there were ever a true instance of the tail wagging the dog, this is it: the government of a tiny Middle Eastern state exerting unending pressure upon a mighty nation of over three hundred million, both of which are claimed democracies!
Democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people. Here we have an instance of government of the people, by a lobby and for a foreign state. That in no way represents the will of the electorate.
By Douglas Reed
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