by Gordon Duff, New Eastern Outlook:
A series of scandals have come together, mostly around Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and threaten the world. While under criminal indictment in Israel, Netanyahu is running for re-election, telling the people of Israel that he has the full backing of American and Russian leaders. More than that, his claims intimate that both Trump and Putin support Israel against Iran and even Syria, claims that are not credible.
Worse still, Netanyahu’s lawyer, famed Israel promoter Alan Dershowitz, now 80, is under investigation in the US for crimes related to child rape. From the Daily Beast:
“Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz was accused of involvement in billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking ring by an attorney for one of Epstein’s victims, who claimed in federal court on Wednesday that the release of sealed documents will prove it.
Paul Cassell, who represents Virginia Roberts Giuffre, told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the testimony of other witnesses will show Dershowitz’s involvement in the alleged trafficking of ‘his close friend Jeffrey Epstein.’
‘When all the records come out it will show that Epstein and [Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine] Maxwell were trafficking girls to the benefit of his friends, including Mr. Dershowitz,’ Cassell said in oral arguments for a case filed by the Miami Herald to unseal a collection of court documents relating to Giuffre’s now settled lawsuit against Maxwell.”
Then we turn to Politico, where Trump Labor Secretary, Alex Acosta, long considered “highly unqualified” for his position, is tied to the criminal coverup. It was Acosta that ordered the records of 30 child rapes sealed, rapes where not only Epstein is accused but also Alan Dershowitz and Donald Trump. From Politico:
“A federal appeals court panel signaled Wednesday that it is strongly inclined to set in motion a process likely to expose more sordid details in the politically charged scandal surrounding Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier and philanthropist whose relatively cushy plea deal on underage-sex charges a decade ago has become a political liability for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.
Sparks flew during arguments before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan as a lawyer for Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an Epstein accuser, repeatedly reiterated his client’s claim leveled several years ago that the Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz not only defended Epstein but also had sex with some of the women Epstein victimized.
About 20 Democratic lawmakers have called for Acosta’s resignation, saying Acosta’s involvement in what they view as a sweetheart deal for Epstein makes Acosta unsuitable for a Cabinet post.
The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has also opened an investigation into the matter.”
As the runup to the Israeli elections enters high gear, Netanyahu, under indictment for numerous corruption charges, becomes more and more a threat.
Regionally, one thing is clear, his program of attacks on Palestinian civilians, his manipulation of tensions with Iran and his attacks on Syria are tied to his personal legal problems and, at home, Netanyahu is being buried.
First of all, he has the worst lawyer in the world, as even the Israeli papers are recognizing Alan Dershowitz as a liability even though they have yet to acknowledge how Israel’s greatest supporter is now an alleged child rapist as well, if US mainstream media reports are to be believed. From Haaretz:
“For the four years Netanyahu has been under criminal investigation, Dershowitz – once a great defender of Israel’s values – has been his number one fan, serving up increasingly desperate and sleaze-appeasing apologetics. Why?
If there is anything more pitiful than Benjamin Netanyahu’s desperate attempt to hang on to his office and avoid criminal charges, it is Alan Dershowitz’s desperate attempt to provide cover for the cynical, paranoid, ego-driven prime minister.
For 50 years, Dershowitz has been an articulate and effective advocate for Israel, often American Jewry’s most visible and powerful defender of the Jewish state. Why then, at age 80, has he come to the defense of a Prime Minister who has become almost completely unhinged?
Bibi, after all, is the leader who not only toys with corruption but, among a long list of other offenses, fawns over Polish and Hungarian anti-Semites, viciously demonizes his political opponents, and advances the interests of a Kahane-supporting right-wing party.
Bibi’s has more than a few accomplishments, to be sure. But they all begin to fade when set against his stomach-turning antics of recent years. Has it not occurred to Mr. Dershowitz that his enthusiastic backing of Bibi undermines rather than advances Israel’s cause, undoing what has been his life’s work on behalf of Israel?
One possible explanation is that Dershowitz has been prodded to defend Bibi by Sheldon Adelson, the Prime Minister’s long-time patron. As Dershowitz acknowledges in his Haaretz article, he has been providing legal services for Adelson – the same Adelson who has poured tens of millions of dollars into backing Bibi and supporting a free newspaper, Israel Hayom, that is devoted to a no-questions-asked defense of Bibi’s every move.”
Ah, here we begin to define the problem, Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is the world’s largest gambling and “hospitality” operator, not just in the US but around the world and by “hospitality,” we mean “human trafficking.” He is also the largest contributor to Netanyahu politically but also the largest Trump contributor as well.
We might also add that both Netanyahu and Trump “work for” Adelson, meaning they represent Adelson’s “business interests,” including the unseemly ones, when they travel as heads of state. This is part of Netanyahu’s legal problems and may eventually send Donald Trump to prison as well.
Then there is this other issue in the US. There is increasing pressure to criminalize any criticism of Israel or any defense of the Palestinian people. According to Wikipedia, there have been between 300 and 400 UN resolutions considered “against” Israel, all involving issues of violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the rights of the Palestinian people.
Moves in the US, in 23 states, and now in proposed laws, will criminalize any mention of these UN actions or open criticism of Israel, even in the press. Academics can be jailed for reporting on Israel’s long record of human rights abuses, the UN lists them as “number one rights abuser in the world,” as a veil of censorship now descends across the US.
What we seem to have is a world spinning into the abyss, with much of the responsibility lying with Benjamin Netanyahu and his personal “overreach” to the point of delusions of grandeur.
His biggest failure is American public opinion, now increasingly termed as “anti-Semitic,” charges thrown around against Poland, Hungary and other nations as well. The broad hatred of Donald Trump by large sectors of the US population and Trump’s ties to Israel through his son in law, Jared Kushner, perhaps the most resented individual in Washington history, has now crossed party lines.
Where Israel still has broad support from both parties, even where American interests are damaged, that support is increasingly being questioned from both the left and right by those who see Israeli influence as a major factor in America’s defense spending morass and the series of unending wars that have lowered America’s standard of living.
Israel, in some ways, is the easy target to blame, as it “ham handedly” pushes politicians and media around through smears and threats, increasingly easy to recognize and increasingly resented by the public.
Behind this, of course, is the gulf between rich and everyone else in the US, with the middle class slowly disappearing as capital rapidly moves into the hands of the few. Wages and benefits, social protections commonplace in Europe, are disappearing in the US. Attacks on Obama’s health care reforms, which were only stop-gap measures at best, have pushed medical care out of reach for tens of millions.