Anti-Defamation League Goes After Gen. Petraeus

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Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

The Anti-Defamation League takes the unexpected step of criticizing Gen. David Petraeus, the widely respected commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East and South Asia, for his recent comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee that lack of progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace sets the “strategic context” for U.S. security fortunes in the region. “Gen. Petraeus has simply erred in linking the challenges faced by the U.S. and coalition forces in the region to a solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and blaming extremist activities on the absence of peace and the perceived U.S. favoritism for Israel,” the ADL’s Abraham Foxman says in a just-released statement. “This linkage is dangerous and counterproductive.”

Not quite a General Betray-Us ad, but this is the first time a lobby group has gone after Petraeus since MoveOn attacked his integrity during the 2007 Iraq debate. All Petraeus did was acknowledge the uncontroversial truth that “conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in [the Middle East and South Asia] and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaida and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.” For this, Foxman labels Petraeus’ views “dangerous” while taking care to call him a “patriot and hero.”

The ADL’s full statement:

The assumptions Gen. Petraeus presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee wrongly attribute “insufficient progress” in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and “a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel” as significantly impeding the U.S. military mission in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and in dealing with the Iranian influences in the region. It is that much more of a concern to hear this coming from such a great American patriot and hero.

The General’s assertions lead to the illusory conclusion that if only there was a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the U.S. could successfully complete its mission in the region.

Gen. Petraeus has simply erred in linking the challenges faced by the U.S. and coalition forces in the region to a solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and blaming extremist activities on the absence of peace and the perceived U.S. favoritism for Israel. This linkage is dangerous and counterproductive.

Whenever the Israeli-Arab conflict is made a focal point, Israel comes to be seen as the problem. If only Israel would stop settlements, if only Israel would talk with Hamas, if only Israel would make concessions on refugees, if only it would share Jerusalem, everything in the region would then fall into line.

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Andrew
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

Thank you for posting this, I was having trouble accessing it on their website. Perhaps they're reconsidering such a hilariously misguided move.


tagimaucia
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

The ADL should lose all credibility from this nonsense. But they won't.


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RubyLou
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

Abraham Foxman yet again shows where his real sympathies lie. Well, that's fine for Mr. Foxman, since I also have great sympathy and affection for Norway, but not at the cost of so many American lives, both actual and potential.

It seems to elude Mr. Foxman that General Petraeus is *doing his job.* The general's statement is no surprise to those of us who have been honestly aware of the tensions that surround the United States' support of Israel and its policies. Shooting the messenger (something that Mr. Foxman is always willing to do in the cause of Israel) is pointless.

Perhaps Mr. Foxman should do his own job, and track the activities of actual anti-Semites, rather than tarring anybody with whom he disagrees with that same brush.


mantis
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

I look forward to hearing from all the people who were apoplectic over MoveOn's “Betray Us” ad. I'm sure they will be just as critical of the ADL.

Oh wait, nevermind.


Citta
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

Israelis and their ilk such as Foxman are pathalogical liars. Somehow their brain is wired to not tell the truth, to not see the truth, and to no hear the truth. Israel and friends remind me of the famous three little monkeys.


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strangely_enough
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

The debate over Israeli politics, policy, and the relationship between Israel and the U.S. is actually far more permissive in Israel than it is in the U.S., i.e. they can actually talk about things that are proscribed and UnSerious here.
While they have plenty of fools like Foxman (hey Avigdor and Bibi! How's the ethnic cleansing going?), they're allowed to call them such in polite society.


strangely_enough
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

Well, that was wholly predictable.

So when can we expect that “Sense of the Senate” denouncement of the ADL for this?


Steve
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

Most of you misunderstand our relationship with israel we send them bilions > they expect us to thank them for accepting it They are think the are chosen and that goims were put on earth to serve them


Jezreel2
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

Foxman is on the wrong side of this issue. Americans don't take kindly to anyone compromising the safety of our troops because of blind, ideological support of a foreign government. Nor do we appreciate the ADL's dismissive, self-serving criticism of our CENTCOM Commander.

Foxman needs to reconsider the object of his national allegiance. If he views Israel's illegal settlements and occupation of Palestinians as more deserving of his support than American soldiers then perhaps he should move.


fluffytuna
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

The ADL lost all credibility years ago. Just about a day after Foxman took over. Only the MSM cares about them now.

A Jew who has and will seriously harm true anti-Semites.


fnord
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

I think it is fascinating that Foxman speaks in a public capacity as the head of the ADL. And that nobody seems to be going after him for it.


fnord
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

Those interested in the root-meme wich is making them more and more crazy can read this one and ponder what exactly is going on in well-educated circles over there. And here.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article…


Rob
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 2:52 am

Wait…Petraeus is just figuring out NOW that our unalloyed support for Israel threatens our security and endangers American lives??? I had that all figured out on 9/11/01.


Acharn0
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 5:06 am

Exactly how is this unexpected? The next obvious thing is for Norman Podhoretz to denounce him as anti-semitic. Then AIPAC will get twenty congressmen to announce they have no confidence in him. I mean, we've been seeing the same playbook for thirty, forty years. What would be unexpected would be for HRC to announce a complete halt of all aid to Israel until they halt all construction of illegal settlements. Then have Obama announce he's going to lift all sanctions on Iran until Israel demonstrates more willingness to cooperate with us in solving this problem. Then we might hope for some progress.


gdriver
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 7:02 am

It is not a question of Israel 'sharing' Jerusalem! Jerusalem is, by resolution of the United Nations, an international city. It cannot merely be expropriated by Israel. It is not and never can be Israel's capital and the sooner that the Likud government absorb and accept this fact, then the sooner peace negotiations can progress.

The Israel government must learn that it cannot rule the world and that it must abide by the UNSC. And the sooner that AIPAC and the ADL realize that they do not speak for 300 million Americans, the better.


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Acharn0
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 8:48 am

Why would anybody go after him for it? The whole Israel Lobby will be going after Petraeus. It's what they do. During the Bush years not one person on Capitol Hill dared to suggest that Israel's strategy might not be in the best interest of the U.S. Petreaus is going to be denounced as an anti-semite and a traitor to the U.S. who doesn't understand we're at war. Oh, yeah, and an Al Qaeda lover, too.


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Ajai Burns
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

Who actually recognizes Jerusalem as an international city? This idea failed in 1948 when the UNSC failed to protect the city and the arabs attacked the new jewish state and east jerusalem. Why do all the mainstream newspapers call east jerusalem “Arab East Jerusalem” instead of international East Jerusalem. It wasnt merely expropriated, it was captured from Jordan in a war that Jordan chose to make on israel where the UN did nothing. During Jordans ownership it destroyed every synagogue and defiled all jewish sites and used the land to attack the west side of the city and the UN did nothing. If the UNSC was able to enforce its claimed mandate over Jerusalem maybe the world would be a different place but to blame Israel for defending their rights and their interests in the face of utter UN failure is unrealistic.


Jason
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

Most of you people are fucking nuts. Arab hatred of America began long before the establishment of the modern state of Israel. Arabs have hated us for over 500 years. It is not Israel's occupation that causes the hatred, that is just their modern day excuse.


JoeP
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

Yes, America will be celebrating its 501st year as a country soon.

Obviously haven't gotten out of your house, neighborhood or country, let alone the ME. The most racist country in the world is israel (lived and worked there).

What the hell're “….security fortunes….” anyway?

Foxman is never countered 'cause the sayanim media ensure everyone else is always the big bad guy.


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Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

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sdemetri
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 1:47 am

Foxman's comments are presumptuous. Petraeus, who has always struck me as a realist, I trust has a much more nuanced understanding of the attitudes in the region of his command than what Foxman claims to possess. Foxman's broad brush exaggerations in the last graph hardly compare to either the tenor or the substance of Petraeus' Senate testimony. To imply otherwise is presumptuous if not entirely foolhardy.


Maciano
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

The ADL really doesn't even try to hide their motives any more, do they?

It's ironic, the neocons' success in influencing US foreign policy led the US into Middle Eastern wars. They hoped it would make Israel safe. Now, because of this involvement, the US is re-evaluating the 'special bond' with Israel and books like “Palestine Peace not Apartheid” are coming out every week. If only, the neocons had never existed or shut up all their lives, the ADL would have
had a much stronger case today.

Commenters, like “Jason” who write stuff like this would win most conversations: “Most of you people are fucking nuts. Arab hatred of America began long before the establishment of the modern state of Israel. Arabs have hated us for over 500 years. It is not Israel's occupation that causes the hatred, that is just their modern day excuse.

Now, they just look stupid, dishonest, ignorant or worse. Racist even, to some — not me. I don't care either way, I wish I'd never hear about Israel, Palestine, Iraq or any Middle Eastern country ever. I'd be more than happy to leave the Middle East to the Arabs, Persians and whatever other folks live there. Good luck.

The ADL better wise up. If they go on like this, they'll be viewed similarly as neo-Confederate segregationists or South Africa supporters during apartheid today. The times are changing folks.


GDriver
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

AIPAC RESOLUTION
To urge members of the House and Senate to call upon ISRAEL to reaffirm its relationship with the US and to work closely with its primary funder and trading partner and not to further treat the American presidency with contempt.
And to adhere to international law in relation to illegal settlements and Jerusalem.


Knight
Comment posted March 22, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

Hey Jason you dumb faark – the U.S. is not 500 years old you deek! Sayanim shill fark waad!


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Bill Edwards
Comment posted April 7, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

I'll credit what General Petraeus says and not what ADL with it's obvious bias asserts.

For way too long the US has been in lockstep with Israel — currently the greatest threat to peace in the Near East.


Edwin Rowe
Comment posted April 26, 2010 @ 4:44 am

Most comments I read on the Mideast indicate to me that the commenter has a superficial understanding at best of the subject. US policy has been terribly unfocused and short-sighted. Many mistakes have been made and continue to be made. The biggest mistake is to underestimate Israeli resolve. Lack of support or tepid support by Europe and now the same under Obama has emboldened the most radical Muslim elements, will increase the chances for war, and will in the end cause the use of nuclear weapons. It's easy for some here to tell Israelis what to do (as though you really know) to achieve peace, but the Israelis would have to live with the result and they cannot afford such mistakes. It's life and death. You are tired of hearing about anti-Semitism and, face it, you are tired of Jews. You know who you are. Sorry. They have to live somewhere, too. You may not care if they live or die (at best), but Israeli leaders and Jews (and others) who know the score will call a spade a spade whether you like it or not. Foxman was dead-on with his statement about Petraeus. He did not insult the general, but said that he erred. I believe that falls under the rules of civil discourse.


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Giovanni
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 4:55 am

''The General’s assertions lead to the illusory conclusion that if only there was a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the U.S. could successfully complete its mission in the region.''

Wrong.

That's not what he is asserting.

Listen neoconservatives: Whether Jews deserve to live there or not is irrelevant: We don't belong there.

Agree or not, our foreign policy WILL come to an end, whether we want to or not. It will end for financial reasons. So all you little boys who like to move tanks across the map with disregard to the millions of innocent people who get slaughtered – your dream land will end soon.

By the way, maybe you neocons should read up on a CIA term called BLOWBACK. Yuu guys are so brain dead.

This isn't American. None of this is. To be an American means to have a foreign policy of FREEDOM. This means, we do not make alliances or form entanglements. Why? So that colossal crap like WORLD WAR 1 do not happen (Which led to WW2).

Support of Israel makes us a target. This is called R E A L I T Y. Arabs hate Americans because we support their enemy, Israel.

What part of that do not understand?

Are you brain dead?


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ADL said, “Gen. Petraeus has simply erred in linking the challenges faced by the U.S. and coalition forces in the region to a solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and blaming extremist activities on the absence of peace and the perceived U.S. favoritism for Israel. This linkage is dangerous and counterproductive.” If WORLD AFRICAN FEDERATION, WAFED can understand this, why is it that US Senate and others could not? CHAIRMAN BENNEY IKOKWU, WAFED, IN AMERICA


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