Well before the birth of the first Zionists, Jewish bankers and capitalists had established themselves in Europe and the United States so it was not surprising that a number of them, beginning with Lord Rothschild in the early part of the century, became supporters of the Zionist project. Now, far and away, they make up the largest segment of individual donors to both political parties.

Jeffrey Blankfort is an American photojournalist, radio producer and Middle East analyst. He currently hosts radio programs on KZYX in Mendocino, CA and KPOO in San Francisco. Blankfort was formerly the editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin and co-founder of the Labor Committee of the Middle East. In February 2002, he won a lawsuit against the Zionist organization Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which was found to have been spying on the American citizens critical of Israel and its expansionistic policies.

Jeffrey joined me in an exclusive interview to discuss the influence of Israeli lobby on the decision-makers of the U.S. government, Israel’s illegal, underground nuclear program, the prospect of Israeli – Palestinian conflict and the imminent threat of an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Blankfort is quite outspoken in his criticism of the apartheid regime of Israel and believes that Israel is the most immediate threat to the future of our planet.

Kourosh Ziabari: In your article “The Israel Lobby and the Left: Uneasy Questions”, you elaborately explore the dominance of Israeli lobby over the U.S. administration and cite good examples of the influence of well-off Zionists on the multinational companies and mainstream media in America. My question is that, what are the root causes of this enormous power and immense wealth which the Zionists have possessed?
How did the Jews take over the vast resources of power and money that has made them capable of framing, modifying and overturning the political equations in the United States?

Jeffrey Blankfort: That question requires a long and complicated answer. In short, an important, well organized segment of the American Jewish community emerged after World War II that has been dedicated to the establishment and prospering of a Jewish state in historic Palestine in which the lives and well being of the indigenous Palestinian Arabs were of no consequence.

That this segment did not and has never represented the majority of American Jews has been more than been made up for by its concerted activity on Israel’s behalf in every critical sector of U.S. society and at every level of the nation’s political life. Its success would not have been possible, however, were it not for the fact that within its ranks have been a sizeable number of wealthy Jewish businessmen who have been quite willing to expend the funds necessary to either purchase the support of the U.S. Congress as well as virtually all of the state legislatures or intimidate Israel’s would-be critics into silence.

  • Well before the birth of the first Zionists, Jewish bankers and capitalists had established themselves in Europe and the United States so it was not surprising that a number of them, beginning with Lord Rothschild in the early part of the century, became supporters of the Zionist project. Now, far and away, they make up the largest segment of individual donors to both political parties.
  • The media, as could be expected, was one of its primary targets, and that avowedly pro-Israel interests, although not exclusively Jewish, such as Rupert Murdoch, now thoroughly dominate it at every level is, unfortunately proved on a daily basis.
  • While there should be no question that this Israel support network, euphemistically described as a “lobby,” has been a major force in shaping U.S. Middle East policies overall, and the determinant factor in dealing with the Israel-Palestine conflict, its power has its limits. While it was able, through its agents in the White House and the Pentagon, to push the U.S. into a war on Iraq, it has yet to get Washington to bomb Iran or, apparently, to sanction an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities. It is clear that there are important elements within the Pentagon as well as the intelligence agencies which know that an attack by either the U.S. or Israel on Iran would more likely than not lead to a global catastrophe.

KZ: In your articles, you’ve alluded to the conflicts and struggles between the U.S. and Israel administrations during the past decades in which the U.S. Presidents, starting from Richard Nixon, tried to curb the expansionistic policies of Israel and bring about an improved living condition for the oppressed nation of Palestine. Should you believe that there have been such efforts on the side of U.S. administration, what has led to their failure, having in mind that they’ve repeatedly proclaimed their commitment to the security of Israel?

JB: There has not been the slightest interest on the part of any US president, I suspect, in improving the living conditions for the Palestinians. Halting Israeli expansion and getting Tel Aviv to withdraw from all the territories it conquered in 1967 has been seen as being in the U.S. national interest.

All the past efforts have failed because none of the presidents have been willing to spend the domestic political capital that would be necessary to force an Israeli withdrawal and particularly so when they know their efforts will be opposed by the overwhelming majority of both houses of Congress irrespective of party affiliations as well as by the Zionist dominated media.

The only one who made a serious effort and who was willing to confront the Zionist network and Congress was George Bush Sr., when he denied Israel its request for $10 billion in loan guarantees in 1991 and again in 1992 but even he was eventually forced to surrender.

KZ: Israelis are used to employing the label anti-Semitism to defame and vilify whoever dares criticize their belligerent, aggressive policies and actions. They accuse whoever criticizes them of being anti-Semitist. This makes the politicians and opinion-makers hesitant and demoralized in talking of Israel negatively. Is there any solution to reveal the futility of anti-Semitism label and educate the public that the criticism of Israel is different from criticizing Judaism?

JB: The allegation of “anti-Semitism” leveled against critics of Israel does not carry the weight it once did but it still is extremely effective, particularly, when the accused is employed by the mainstream media as we have seen recently in the case of Helen Thomas, Octavia Nasr and Rick Sanchez, and in the film industry which has long been a Zionist bastion and which was brought into existence by Jews in the last century, although none at the time were Zionists.

The power of the accusation of anti-Semitism to bring public figures to their knees will continue to exist until there is a sufficient number of prominent Americans who are willing to challenge it. When that will be I won’t begin to speculate.

KZ: Although undeclared, it’s confirmed by the Federation of American Scientists that Israel possesses up to 200 nuclear warheads. Being a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel has never allowed the IAEA to probe into its nuclear arsenal. We already know about the destiny of Mordecai Vanunu who swapped his freedom with the expression of truth. What’s your viewpoint about the destiny of Israel’s nuclear program? Will Tel Aviv continue enjoying immunity from responsibility?

JB: As long as the Zionist support network controls Congress and as long as no American president as the courage to even mention the existence of Israel’s nuclear weapons, and while the U.S. continues to hold the purse strings to the UN, Israel will continue to enjoy both immunity and impunity. Had the leadership of the now non-existent anti-nuclear movement in the US, like the “peace movement” not been also Zionist-dominated, there might have been some debate on the issue but because it was, the subject was considered off limits.

KZ: Let’s turn to Iran. Iran’s is being portrayed by the U.S. mainstream media in a distorted and hypocritical way. Many Americans who even hadn’t heard the name of Iran before are now exposed to a horrifying and dreadful image of the country presented to them by the Zionist-led media outlets. They aren’t aware of the historical civilization of Iran and its unique cultural, social features. How is it possible to unveil the concealed realities of Iran for the Americans who don’t find the proper opportunities to get familiarized with the misrepresented Iran?

JB: Most American would have a problem finding Iran or any other country in the Middle East, or for that matter, anywhere in the world on a map. They are, for the most part, what can be called “geographically challenged,” as well as historically challenged. There is no antidote to that on the horizon which is why Washington is able to get away with making war on countries and peoples that have never done them harm. If there was a military draft as there was during the Vietnam War, neither the war in Iraq or Afghanistan would have gone on as long as they have and there would be opposition to an attack on Iran.

When Nixon cleverly halted the draft of 18-year olds in the early 70s, that took the backbone out of the anti-war movement and that is the reason that as hard pressed as the U.S. is today to maintain an army large enough to fight multiple wars, Washington will not bring back the draft. Hiring private contractors became the alternative. Without the fear of 18-year olds that they will be taken into the army, there is no anti-war movement and there is none worthy of the name at this moment in the United States.

KZ: Many people around the world have come to believe that the media in the United States are unrestrictedly free and can express whatever they want to, without any impediment or obstruction imposed on them by the administration. It’s almost accurate to say that the U.S. government does not have any direct involvement in the media-related affairs; however, there seems to be an implicit pressure on the media not to cross the red lines and violate the unwritten laws, including the criticism of Israel. Can you elaborate on this more precisely?

JB: It is not the government that prevents criticism from Israel in the media but fear of the repercussions that are guaranteed to follow any genuine criticism be it written or in cartoon form in the U.S. media, even when that criticism is leveled by a Jewish journalist. There are several organizations, most prominently the Anti-Defamation League, CAMERA, and HonestReporting which are able to unleash at a moment’s notice a torrent of emails and letters to the editor, and in certain cases, visits to the offices of an offending newspaper, to make sure those in the media know what they can and cannot write. Since there is no corresponding pressure from Israel’s critics in the public, most editors choose to avoid a fight.

There was a time when a number of columnists in the mainstream press did write critically of Israel and got away with it. But that was 20 years ago and they are no longer around

KZ: As the final question, what’s your prediction for the future of Israel? Will it continue to determine the U.S. foreign policy and rule the American politicians? Is it capable of maintaining the blockade of Gaza? After all, will Israel succeed in surviving politically?

JB: As long as Israel’s supporters, or agents in the U.S., are able to control the U.S. Congress and intimidate whoever happens to be president and as long as those same forces dominate the media there will be no change in the U.S. or in the situation in Gaza. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, while slowly growing in the U.S., does not have the intensity that it has elsewhere and its targets are limited to what Israel and U.S. companies do in the West Bank so, realistically, there is unlikely to be any meaningful pressure coming from the U.S.

What Israel does, however, may produce changes that are unpredictable at the moment. Having twice been defeated by Hezbollah, Israeli officials keep threatening another war on Lebanon and since the U.S., Europe and the UN have let them get away with all their previous wars on Lebanon, they are likely to try again.

Unlike the Palestinians, the Lebanese are able and willing to aggressively fight back as the Israeli soldiers know all too well, from their resistance to occupation and their halting of the vaunted Israeli wehrmacht in 2006. Should Israel find a way to attack Iran, the repercussions from that might be sufficient to send Israel on the road to what will ultimately be viewed as self-destruction. At the moment, thanks to the unconditional backing by the U.S. for all it crimes, and given its arsenal of nuclear weapons, I consider Israel to be the most immediate threat to the future of the planet.

Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian freelance journalist and interviewer. He has received the national medal of Superior Iranian Youth from the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his journalistic activities.

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  1. Equalizer  October 31, 2010 at 12:24 am

    “ADL Sidles Up To Anti-Muslim Bigotry”, by Morgan Strong 10/25/10:

  2. john  October 29, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Excellent interview! Hitler was never the threat to the world we have been told to believe. He wanted Communism abolished in Europe. There are no Protocols of Hitlerism. The American mind has been polluted with Hollywood’s version of history. The Zionists want world domain not the Germans. Hitler was a threat to the plans of the Zionist World Order. And now the new so called Hitlers are these leaders who presently oppose Zionist World Order. Don’t you all get it here, you’ve been “played”.

  3. wolf  October 28, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    thanks for the tip EQ. There’s also an article on John Kaminski’s site: ‘Who Brought the Slaves to America’ which is worth checking out. A real eye opener. Your comment to LD was almost cliche and bordering on a cheap shot…and it wasn’t even all that funny, but for some reason when I read it, I almost sprayed my beverage all over the computer screen…it just struck me that way…lol

  4. wolf  October 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Good point Penumbra. That’s why I put anti-semitic in quotation marks. You know it and I know it. These people have NOTHING to do with being actual semites. The real truth is as you say, ‘anti-Khazarian’….maybe ‘anti-Rothschild’.

    My meaning was that when one comes to an awareness, usually through research, of what this world is really about in terms of who is pulling the strings, etc…then one realizes that everything associated with control of the masses and evil intent seems to point to these “people”. (Whoever the heck they are…and from wherever their insidious bloodline originated).

  5. Penumbra  October 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    The truth isn’t anti-Semitic, wolf.

    Those that the truth reveals as the actual culprits are NOT Semites, they are merely liars and con-artists who have misappropriated terms for their own protection and endeavored to corrupt their meanings over generations in the public mind.

    If anything, the truth is “anti-Khazar” or “Anti-Caucasian” for that is all that these fraudsters truly are, the descendants of a vanquished Indo-Turkic people. Some, however, have adopted an age-old quest for vengeance and have subsequently endeavored, employing fortunes and power amassed by seditious deceit, to ensure that many others are similarly indoctrinated to their cause and far more kept ignorant.

  6. Penumbra  October 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    This is the tactic of the Sabbateans/Frankists (following the example set by their sect progenitor Sabbatai Zevi who masqueraded as a Muslim “convert” in the 17th century). Insofar as they are Luciferian Theosophists by conviction, they have plied their deceptions in many forms to infiltrate and corrupt movements, religions and entire nations.

    Amongst the roster of such deceptions (and one reason that ascertaining the truth of history is such a arduous task) there is evidence available in the public domain to suggest that, for example, the great national icon of the Turks, Attaturk, was such a covert “Jew” intent on secularizing Turkish society and orienting it away from its religious principles.

    His organization “The Young Turks” have also been cited as the root of many brutal events both inside Turkey and towards its neighbors such as the slaughter/expulsion of Turkish Greek Christians and the Armenian Massacre.

    Again, this Frankish deception is found in evidence suggesting that a considerable number of the villainous figures of the Nazi regime such as Himmler, Goebbels, Eichmann, and others were actually of “Jewish” lineage but, in the Frankish/Sabbatean vein, played their role -behind the “Aryan” Nazi guise- against their own “brethren” (“lesser brethren” as the common Zionist motif goes), likely in behind the scenes coordination with their well documented Zionist Party political partners.

    Given that the brutality of the Third Reich was aimed even more so at Slavic Catholics (the far numerous population) than German Jews, the goals can be argued to be equally an effort to visit destruction upon those holding to faiths diametrically opposed to their narcissistic Satanic notions of earthly power and supremacy as they were in the interest of furthering the neo-Colonial political objectives of their Zionist counterparts against an initially comfortably integrated Jewish community.

    And today, though with less immediately available corroborative evidence the hallmarks are present to suggest that key actors (Neocons, Neolibs) of ostensibly “Jewish” alignment are merely the latest manifestation of this centuries old Frankish/Sabbatean (Luciferian) cabal behind their publicly-perceived personas.

    A tree is known by its fruit. The synagogue of Satan.

  7. Equalizer  October 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Debbie, thank you for posting this article/interview with Jeffrey Blankfort. Congratulations Mr. Blankfort for prevailing against the virulent thugs at the ADL. I am wondering who your attorney was in this action. I am being targeted and live in California. Gordon Duff, most likely, knows how to reach me.

    Indeed, Israel IS the most immediate threat to the future of OUR planet.

  8. Equalizer  October 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    wolf, you might enjoy reading, “The Last Crusader: Isabella of Spain, 1451-1504; by William Thomas Walsh.

    ps. glad you like my comment to larry!

  9. Equalizer  October 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I believe this information came from, “The Ugly Truth About The ADL” by the Editors of Executive Intelligence Review.

  10. Equalizer  October 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “slave trade”

    The jews engaging in the slave trade here in America went to Wall Street after the emancipation proclamation was passed.

  11. Equalizer  October 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    ray; what you’ve written is sad, but true.

  12. ray  October 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Does anyone know how the strong unity of Islam broke into two. It wasnt due to external threat or political fight over power….but it is said a character named

    “Abdullah Ibn Saba ” A Jew/ ZIONIST who embraced Islam during the reign of Uthman was the real cause. His hate for Muslims got him to devise a the perfect plan to destroy the unity. At the same time he enjoyed the properity and rise of the new empire whil at the same time creating trouble.

    He simply preteneded to be a muslim and went around gossiping and wishpereing evil into the hearts of real muslims to create discord among the strong unity.

    We have folks like this present today too…–nothing has changed.
    Folks like this create the false centres as place of worship not to worship but make plans against the believers….and nobody can tell the difference…

    They claim to be true beleivers but in reality they are the worst of all.

  13. Ken Rechtstein  October 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Basicly the hijacking of USA-EU’s Gov.-Foreign Policy-Monopolization of its Media-Infiltration of its Military/Intel Agencies are the works of an International MAFIA, whose Dons happen to be Zion Talmudic, i.e. a KOSHER MAFIA that found it CONVENIENT ‘nd SELFSERVING to use the TALMUDIC LAWS as a mean to exclude outsiders from competition on the loot, ‘n as a CODEX to subdue-control-robb blind, by deceit-infiltration, the GOYIM ,i.e. Non-Jews,’n make them kill each other for the benefit of Israel’s-Overlords

  14. wolf  October 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Great, insightful comments AJ.

    In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

    “The story of the slaves in America begins with Christopher Columbus. His voyage to America was not financed by Queen Isabella, but by Luis de Santangelo, who advanced the sum of 17,000 ducats (about 5,000 pounds-today equal to 50,000 pounds) to finance the voyage, which began on August 3, 1492.

    Columbus was accompanied by five ‘maranos’ (Jews who had foresworn their religion and supposedly became Catholics), Luis de Torres, interpreter, Marco, the surgeon, Bemal, the physician, Alonzo de la Calle and Gabriel Sanchez ( Ref. The International Jew by Henry Ford ).

    Gabriel Sanchez, abetted by the other four Jews, sold Columbus on the idea of capturing 500 Indians and selling them as slaves in Seville, Spain, which was done. Columbus did not receive any of the money from the sale of the slaves, but he became the victim of a conspiracy fostered by Bemal, the ship’s doctor. He, Columbus, suffered injustice and imprisonment as his reward. Betrayed by the five maranos (Jews) whom he had trusted and helped. This, ironically, was the beginning of slavery in the Americas ( Ref. Adventures of an African Slaver by Malcolm Cowley, 1928, p.11 ). ”

    The Jews were expelled from Spain on August 2, 1492, and from Portugal in 1497. Many of these Jews emigrated to Holland, where they set up the Dutch West Indies Company to exploit the new world.”
    –Walter White Jr., 1968

    Geez. How come the truth always seems to be “anti-semitic”

  15. AJHenry  October 26, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Should mention that Ramsay wes jailed for his temerity, much like those who dare to ask intelligent questions about the Holocaust.

    Were the revolutions of 1848 “the people” throwing off decrepit monarchy’s as the history books bleat, or were the they work of other forces who felt “democracy” was less constricting. The overthrow of the Romanovs was supposedly a “peoples” reaction but turns out to have been a Jewish plot financed by Jacob Schiff.

    Bloody Nicholas was a piker when it came to slaughter. Pity the Jewish Bolsheviks don’t get the credit they deserve for butchery; it all goes to Hitler for some reason.

  16. AJHenry  October 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I think the only real question is how far back does it go? Certainly they’ve controlled all sides during the 20th century (see Benjamin Freedman, Churchill, Reed, Ramsay et al in the archives at

    Some have posited that they were behind the revolutions in the 18th and 19th centuries. See Ramsay’s Nameless War for a start.

    The notion that Jews were “forced” to take up usury is bunk. A quick look at the expulsion of Jews across the centuries and across the planet shows that they have consistently worn out there welcome. What I’ve seen shows that it’s the same old economic domination and exploitation plus the occasional exposition of the contents of the filthy Talmud which were the cause NOT the evils of intolerant Christians.

    Tacitus and others have documented that Jews have run the slave trade since at least Roman times and a brief effort will show that Russian and Israeli Jews are doing the same these days. Go figure.

    People who have questions should try and Lots to read

  17. sam  October 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Your history lesson regarding US Presidents does not even mention the real reason for the JFK murder.JFK was not going to allow Israel to continue it’s nuclear program and he was also taking on the Federal Reserve by printing, 7 billion dollars of US Notes. See executive order 11111 or 11110 regarding the US Notes. You can also research the Mossad and JFK murder. His father was no fan of Israel.Now you know who killed him! Do your research..

  18. Nelson_2008  October 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Ross said:

    “We have to realise this home truths.If it wasn’t Zionist bankers who monopolised world currencies and enslaved people this planet,then it could have been also Islamist facists or Nazis, given the same opportunity to inflict likewise oppression.”


    Nonsense. Nazism and Islamic extremism were a reaction to Jewish treachery.

    Ross said:

    “Every culture has this fanitical obsession driven by the weakness of insecurity.”


    Nonsense. Some countries e.g. Panama, don’t even have an Army.

    Ross said:

    “Any country will be a threat to the security of the planet with too much power and arrogrance.”


    That’s like saying, any armed and dangerous psychopath will be dangerous; it’s just a meaningless tautology.

  19. Ross  October 26, 2010 at 5:04 am

    We have to realise this home truths.If it wasn’t Zionist bankers who monopolised world currencies and enslaved people this planet,then it could have been also Islamist facists or Nazis, given the same opportunity to inflict likewise oppression.Every culture has this fanitical obsession driven by the weakness of insecurity.

    Any country will be a threat to the security of the planet with too much power and arrogrance.

  20. Dawoodi Morkas  October 26, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Israel is the illegitimate child of the West, born on the soils of the Arab heartland. The West has abandoned it to be on their own Continent or the Continent of America since it would always embarrass them.

    This filthy child is expanding its fangs in the Arab lands and occupying more and more of the Arab lands on the basis of its military and the nuclear power capabilities.

    Iran is the true answer to this Zionist regime as Iran has the force and the resolve to thwart the designs of the Zionist and it is the only Muslim country that has given open challenge to the Zionist State for a confrontation of ‘do unto death’.

    Let’s see Israel die. The West has just censored a well meaning desire of the Arabs and Muslim countries. West should now ensure that as they are exposed so is their crocodile tears for the Palestinians.

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