“Random Quotations – Israel – June 8th, 2019

Five items in total…

“Certainly, the voting record in Congress would suggest that there are a lot of congress critters who embrace dual loyalty, with evidence that the loyalty is not so much dual as skewed in favor of Israel. Any bill relating to Israel or to Jewish collective interests, like the currently fashionable topic of anti-Semitism, is guaranteed a 90% plus approval rating no matter what it says or how much it damages actual U.S. interests.” – Philip Giraldi, “No, dual loyalty isn’t okay” – The Unz Review, March 12th, 2019.

“On May 31, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and universities throughout the state. However, the legislation also equates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, effectively censoring the advocacy of Palestinian rights… Two days before DeSantis officially signed HB 741 into law in Florida, he carried out a symbolic signing during a ceremonial state cabinet meeting in Israel. The session featured a variety of Israeli speakers and culminated with Florida lawmakers issuing a declaration of support for the country.” – Michael Arria, “Florida’s Governor just signed a bill that will censor criticism of Israel throughout the state’s public schools” – Mondoweiss, June 6th, 2019.

“Israel works hard to influence the United States at all levels. Its tentacles dig deep, now extending to local and state government levels where candidates for office can expect to be grilled by Jewish constituents regarding their views on the Middle East. The constituents often insist that the responses be provided in writing. The candidates being grilled understand perfectly well that their answers will determine what kind of press coverage and level of donations they will receive in return.” – Philip Giraldi, “Yet another senator from Israel” – The Unz Review, April 9th, 2019.

“Israel’s three largest banks – Hapoalim Bank, Leumi Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank – have all been ordered to pay record fines, which collectively are set to total over $1 billion, to the U.S. government after the banks were found to have actively colluded with thousands of wealthy Americans in massive tax-evasion schemes… The scandal, though it has been reported on in Israeli media, has garnered little attention in the United States. The media black-out has been so surprising it was even directly mentioned by the Times of Israel, given that similar revelations about other banks and offshore tax-evasion schemes – such as those contained within the Panama Papers – led to global protests and even the resignations of some world leaders.” – Bradford Hanson, “Israel’s biggest banks helped US Jews break tax laws” – National Vanguard, March 25th, 2019.

“AIPAC (the American Israel Political Action Committee) is a seriously threatening organization with income of more than $100 million per annum, nearly 400 employees, 100,000 members, seventeen regional offices, and a ‘vast pool of donors.’ It clearly includes a lot of smart and savvy folks who know a lot about what is going on in the Middle East, but its panels will not include a single word about shooting unarmed protesters, declaring Israel to be a ‘nation state for Jews alone,’ its own acceptance of laws attacking freedom of speech, or its use of Jewish donated money to corrupt the American political system encouraging ‘allegiance to a foreign country’ on the part of U.S. citizens.” – Philip Giraldi, “AIPAC is coming to town – again!” – The Unz Review, March 19th, 2019.