by Danny Haiphong
The Republicans have no monopoly on warmongering and support for apartheid. “Hillary Clinton's stance on Israel is further to the right of the US left's primary target at the moment, Donald Trump.” Clinton vows to take the U.S.-Israeli alliance to the “next level,” through deepening Washington’s military footprint in the Middle East and closer collaboration with the Zionist State, whose ultimate goal is extermination of the Palestinians.
Hillary Clinton: Predictably Zionist
by Danny Haiphong
“On Israel, Clinton “trumps” the Right.”
War is a product of imperialist expansion. The capitalist class utilizes the state to wage war as a means to increase the accumulation of profit. War enriches oil corporations, military contractors, and Wall Street speculators generally. Capitalists measure the costs of war not in casualties or national devastation, but in dollar amounts. This is why the US subsidizes Israel with billions of dollars per year to serve as imperialism's largest military base in the Middle East.
Wall Street's most favored candidate, Hilary Clinton, gave a speech in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 21st to pledge allegiance to the settler-colonial state of Israel. Clinton predictably spat on the mass graves of Palestinians produced by the Zionist regime and dehumanized living Palestinians as "terrorists." Clinton's speech also targeted Donald Trump for his supposedly neutral position on Israeli-Palestinian relations. Clinton has long backed Israel as a necessary strategic imperative of US imperialism. Her speech makes clear that regardless of which party takes the oval office in November, Washington's subservience to Israel will go unaltered.
Hillary Clinton's stance on Israel is further to the right of the US left's primary target at the moment, Donald Trump. Clinton criticized Donald Trump’s "neutral" position on Israel to signal to the Zionist establishment that she would ensure Washington's continued subservience to the settler colony more effectively than the Republican Party. Clinton claimed that the US and Israel are "stronger together" and denounced the BDS movement as "anti-Semetic." And, similar to her 2008 campaign, Clinton assured the power brokers of the Zionist state that she was willing to take the US-Israeli imperialist alliance to "the next level."
“Regardless of which party takes the oval office in November, Washington's subservience to Israel will go unaltered.”
This should trouble the left, as the US-Israeli alliance is the strongest it has ever been. Washington currently spends 10.2 million USD per day on military aid to Israel. Israel's military apparatus enforces the brutal occupation of Palestine. Since the formation of Israel in 1948, millions of Palestinians have been displaced by Zionist expansion. Nearly six hundred thousand Israeli settlers live in occupied territories and the Zionist regime has no plans of halting the occupation.
In 2009, 2012, and 2014, the Israeli military killed thousands upon thousands of Palestinians in Gaza as a purported response to Hamas "rocket fire." Each military attack on Gaza was followed by an increase of settlements in the West Bank. Israel's ultimate plan has been the same since 1948: to exterminate the Palestinians. Washington has assisted Israel in this process all along the way.
But this is the current level of the US-Israeli alliance, not the next. The “next level” in US-Israeli relations refers to an escalation in Washington's military footprint in the Middle East. Since the 1980's, Israel has harbored desires to expand beyond Palestine. In both the Yinon Plan and Clean Break policy documents, Israeli officials have openly supported and sponsored proxy wars and sectarian, colonial divisions throughout the region. Israel has played a direct role in the destabilization campaigns of independent nations such as Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria. These nations have historically given critical support to Palestine and have been the primary targets of US imperial warfare in the 21st century.
More specifically, Hillary Clinton has a long a record of service to Israel's expansionist dreams. As a Senator, Clinton voted in favor of the invasion of Iraq that destabilized the country and helped spur the rise of ISIS. As Secretary of State, Clinton collaborated with NATO, Israel, and the Gulf monarchies to destroy socialist Libya. She then helped carry the jihadist struggle into Syria. Hilary Clinton's leadership in conducting large scale wars of destabilization has aligned nicely with Israel's goal to erase all independent resistance to its rule.
“Israel has played a direct role in the destabilization campaigns of independent nations such as Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria.”
The candidate who has received the most opposition from the US left, Donald Trump, also attempted to court the Zionist lobby's support. His speech exclusively targeted Iran and the recent nuclear deal negotiated by the P5+1 and defended by the Obama Administration. But even Trump's war-mongering rant against Iran couldn't outmatch Hillary Clinton's right wing love of Zionism. Israel despises the nuclear deal and has criticized the Democratic Party harshly for it. In a mad dog war for Israel's patronage, Hillary Clinton promised AIPAC that she would "watch" Iran closely and has said in prior years that she would "obliterate" Iran if necessary. On Israel, Clinton "trumps" the Right.
It should come as no surprise that Wall Street's favorite candidate is also the most rabid Zionist in the race. Every US President and politician in Washington since 1948 has been compelled to kneel before the Israeli state. The genocidal and colonial foundations of the US paved the way for Israel's existence as the world's last formal apartheid regime. Hilary Clinton was right when she stated that Israel and the US share a special bond, one replete with the blood and rape of the indigenous and "non-white" peoples of the world. It is this bond that makes Hillary Clinton predictably pro-Zionist.
Danny Haiphong is an Asian activist and political analyst in the Boston area. He can be reached at [email protected].