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    Post What the U.S. Elite Really Thinks About Israel

    Surprising Results of CFR Survey
    What the U.S. Elite Really Thinks About Israel
    by Jeffrey Blankfort*


    The survey of CFR members taken by the Pew Research Center has exposed a surprising breach between the views of the U.S. power elite and the public when it comes to international politics. The CFR members do not perceive Israel as an ally nor do they consider Iran as an enemy, whereas the public essentially adheres to the neo-conservatist and AIPAC mindset. Should one infer that the CFR is powerless or that the AIPAC has lost its grip?

    The Council on Foreign Relations is always near the top of the Left’s list of bogeymen that stand accused of pulling the strings of US foreign policy. It is right up there with the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission, right? Wrong. If that was the case, those arguing that US support for Israel is based on it being a "strategic asset" will have a hard time explaining a Pew Research Center survey on America’s Place in the World, taken of 642 CFR members between October 2 and November 16. The Pew poll not only reveals that the overwhelming majority, two-thirds of the members of this elite foreign policy institution, believes that the United States has gone overboard in favoring Israel, it doesn’t consider Israel to have have much importance to the US in the first place.

    What can be concluded from the answers to questions that dealt with the Israel-Palestine conflict is that the general public forms its opinions from what it hears and reads in the mainstream media which are largely biased towards Israel while CFR members have greater access to as well as interest in obtaining more accurate information and are less susceptible to pro-Israel propaganda. That apparently not a single US newspaper saw fit to report on the opinions of CFR members, under those circumstances, is not surprising. The evidence:

    (1) That on a list of countries that will be the "more important as America’s allies and partners" in the future, just 4 per cent included Israel which placed it in a tie with South Korea and far behinf China, 58 per cent, India, 55 per cent, Brazil,37 per cent, the EU, 19 per cent, Russia, 17 per cent, Japan, 16 per cent, the UK and Turkey, 10 per cent, Germany, 9 per cent, Mexico, 8 per cent, Canada, Indonesia, Australia and France at 5 per cent. CFR voters were allowed to make up to seven selections.(Q19)

    (2) When asked which countries would be less important to the US, Israel, at 9 per cent was behind 22 countries including Canada and Mexico and in the region Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.(Q20)

    (3) What was particularly revealing is that "in the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians," only 26 per cent of the CFR sided with Israel, compared with 51 per cent of 2000 members of the general public who were polled over the same period. While but 16 per cent of CFR members sided with the Palestinians compared to 12 per cent of the public, 41 per cent of the CFRers sided with "both equally" as opposed to 4 per cent of the public. Supporting neither was 12 per cent of the CFR and 14 per cent of the public. (Q33)

    (4) That the CFR has not had a major hand in making US Israel-Palestine policy nor is it in agreement with those who did is strikingly revealed by the response of its members when asked their opinion of US Middle East policies. The problem, according to 67 per cent of CFR members (as compared to 30 per cent of the public) is that the US favored Israeli too much, while only 2 per cent (as opposed to 15 per cent of the public) believed that US policy overly favored the Palestinians.. Twenty-four percent of the CFR believed US policy "struck the right balance" as did 29 per cent of the public. (Q34)

    (5) The overwhelming majority of CFR members, 69 per cent, think that Pres.Obama is "striking the right balance" between the Israelis and Palestinians as compared with a slim majority, 51 per cent of the public. Thirteen percent of the CFR believes that Obama is "favoring Israel too much," as compared with 7 per cent of the public, while 12 per cent thinks he is siding with the Palestinians, a position taken by 16 per cent of the public. (Q35)

    Regarding Iran, one detects the same gap between the CFR and the public. Whereas a 64 per cent-34 per cent majority of the polled CFR members see Iran as a major threat to US interests, compared with a 72-20 per cent per cent majority of the public, only 33 per cent of the CFR would support an attack on Iran should it get a nuclear weapon as contrasted with 63 per cent of the public. (Q7)

    The percentages are almost reversed when it comes to Pakistan with 63 per cent of the CFR supporting US military action were "extremists...poised to take over Pakistan," whereas only 51 per cent of the public would approve such a move. (Q24). This is another indication of the success of Israel’s porte-paroles in the mainstream media in building up the Iran threat while downplaying the potential threats to the stabilty of nuclear-armed Pakistan.
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    http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/S...FR_members.pdf

    *Jeffrey Blankfort

    A United-States Jewish journalist. He is a co-founder of Labor Committee of the Middle East, and the former director of Middle East Labor Bulletin

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article163231.html

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    How strange that three of the top oil importing countries of the US (that is, countries who give oil to the USA) are ranked such poor allies, including Canada (the top importer). Anyway I don't see why Israel should be considered a top ally anyway, so it makes a lot of sense that this council would come to such a conclusion. What does Israel really offer?

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    The CFR members do not perceive Israel as an ally nor do they consider Iran as an enemy, whereas the public essentially adheres to the neo-conservatist and AIPAC mindset.
    Isn't surprising. The agenda of the hidden oligarchy is world government. Read the Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives by Zbigniew Brzezinski. If you can read between the lines you will see him present the geopolitical situation that is presented in Orwell's 1984. He actually associates NATO along with Australasia with the word "Oceania."



    He basically makes it sound like that the position of the United States as a superpower is to be exploited for all its worth to gain control of the disputed territories. That's what the "War on Terror" hoax is all about. They know that everything in the Middle East is nothing a bug to be squashed by the Empire. As far as America and its citizens are concerned, when they accomplish their goals it can dry up and blow away for all they care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svartljos View Post
    What does Israel really offer?


    Perhaps some of the most sophisticated weapons... and credit

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    If this is true then why don't they vote that way? I suppose Jewish power is too strong.
    “success and survival are above all the rule of life. As such it is the highest command of moral law” –Lord Livwell (me)

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