The Republican party’s gain of 60 plus House Seats (10 seats, all held by Democrats, are still undecided at press time) and six Senate seats, is the largest Congressional increase for either party since 1948 when the Democrats gained 75 seats in the lower chamber and Harry Truman won the White House. Prior to this week, it was in 1938 that American voters, tiring of the great depression and some of Roosevelt’s expensive new deal initiatives plus unease over FDR’s “Supreme Court packing scheme’ as more than Republicans labeled it, allowed the Grand Old Party to pick up an all time record 80 seats in that year’s midterm elections.

Next January’s 112th Congress is already receiving rave advance reviews. Some coming from the more than half a million settlers in more than 100 illegal colonies in occupied Palestine who are pleased to see President Obama emasculated and the sentiments expressed in his June 2008 Cairo speech long forgotten. Many are hoping he will be replaced by likes of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, or a Mike Huckabee in 2012.

Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha Council, which represents Jewish settlers in the West Bank, and whose representatives are increasingly on the rampage, by word and by deed, spoke for many when he told a post election news conference that he expected the new Congress “will facilitate a more open-minded approach to Israel’s needs (yet more Palestinian land – author) than what we’ve experienced over the last two years.”

AIPAC (American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee), as it does after every Congressional election, offered pro forma congratulations to the winners: “It is abundantly clear that the 112th Congress will continue America’s long tradition of staunch support for a strong, safe and secure Israel and an abiding friendship between the United States and our most reliable ally in the Middle East.”

No sooner had the election results been declared than key winners received what for decades has been a post election ritual, bestowed on new Members of Congress. That would be the delivery of US taxpayer subsidized invitations for all expense paid junkets to Israel. Of this year’s batch, Florida’s new Senator, Marco Rubio, who considers himself a Tea Party leader and who has been called “America’s great Right hope’ will lead the flock and arrive in Israel on Sunday 11/7/10. As Rubio and other members of Congress board planes to fly to Israel they may actually near-miss Israeli officials, including PM Netanyahu, who will be coming the opposite direction for a five day US visit to meet with his personal choice to replace Obama for US President in 2012, Hilary Clinton. Netanyahu will also talk Congressional strategy with key Israeli lobby agents. Those listed on the various passenger manifests between the US and Israel will share the common objective of making sure Israel’s interests are preserved and “remain eternally paramount” to borrow a phrase from VP Joe Biden. They will also try to assure and that the 112th Congress brooks no Obama administration unpleasantness such as increased demands for a broader freeze on Jewish settlements.

The post Congressional election euphoria has not extended to Lebanon and this region.

This is because over here it is widely believed that the new Congress, with respect to Lebanon’s arch foe Israel which has committed serial aggressions against it for half a century, will pick up right where the old Congress left off without missing a beat. Many Lebanese expect the result to be the same as if it had been the Democrats who had collected such a treasure trove of Congressional seats . The unquestioning and blind support for Israel is expected to result in severely curtailing Obama’s pledged drawdown of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, as Senator McCain is again demanding. Many in Lebanon view Obama’s repudiation in the polls as a sign that he will be unable to pressure Israel into concessions in stalled peace talks. They expect the Congressional drum beat for war with Iran, pressure on Syria, deference to Netanyahu-Lieberman, and interference in Lebanon’s internal affairs including the targeting of the national Lebanese Resistance led by Hezbollah to increase.

To many foreigners, Lebanese appear gifted in many ways including their insights into American and Middle East politics even though they seem incapable of doing much about their own. The morning after the US election, at the open-air Café Younnes Coffee Shop off Hamra Street, some Lebanese students were explaining to foreigners, with remarkable grasp of the electoral details, their take on the US midterm election results.

One student explained that she expects the soon to be Speaker of the House, staunchly pro-Israel John Boehner (R-Ohio), with Eric Cantor as Majority Leaders and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)* Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will anchor Israel’s Congressional rule.

Ros-Lehtinen, the all time Congressional record holder for all manner of  anti-Arab congressional initiatives’ over the past two decades. Yesterday she called for all Members of Congress to sign her latest letter to President Obama opposing his administration’s proposed $60 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia, by the end of business on 11/6/10. Ros-Lehtinen is also expected to renew her call to cut off all aid to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. She has also expressed her intention to maintain what are essentially US sanctions against Lebanon by extending her predecessor Howard Berman’s ban on grants to the Lebanese Armed Forces until Hezbollah is disarmed to prevent it from benefiting from the military aid.

Other key committees chairmanships held by Israel loyalists are believed here to mean an even stronger choke hold on the US government starting January.

One Palestinian student who used to live in Nahr al Bared Camp near Tripoli before it was destroyed in 2007, explained how Cantor has already drawn pro-Israel skeptical reaction with his proposal that American assistance  to Israel be taken out of the annual foreign aid bill and be passed separately, on its own. Cantor’s thinking is that, given his party’s intention to heavily cut foreign aid, he wants Israel’s annual $ 3 billion US taxpayer gift to remain untouched even as foreign aid to other nations get slashed. Some pro-Israel lobbyists worry that Cantor’s “going public” with his plan may result in the American public noticing how much aid Israel gets and begin to wonder why Israel’s aid is so sacrosanct. Voters might notice that Israel has received more foreign aid from the United States than any other country since World War II, according to a recent report compiled by the Congressional Research Service.

Voters may begin to learn about and perhaps even question the fact that over the years, multiple lobbying efforts have added countless perks to Israel’s special aid package such that Israel is the only recipient allowed to spend a portion of its military aid on purchases within Israel itself. Usually this kind of aid is designed for procurement of American-made weapon systems. Israel also receives its aid in the first month of the fiscal year as a deposit in an interest-bearing account. Aid to all other recipients is spread out throughout the year.

The Lebanese students verdict on the 2010 US midterm election:

Netanyahu and Israel won again.

Obama and America lost again.

Source:  Saturday Mideast Report, BEIRUT ( Al-ManarTV :: News )

Franklin Lamb is doing research in Lebanon. He can be contacted c/o [email protected]

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  1. x  November 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    this doesnt really go together you know. fighting zionist beast illuminati terrorists and murderer the creators of all terror wars poverty misery on the planet and weapons propaganda.

  2. x  November 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    but why is your webpage selling weapons propaganda?

    • Gordon Duff  November 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Google controls the ads

  3. x  November 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    god bless you people for dedicating your lifetime to expose and track this scum not made of human flesh. but the end is near and we cant help it we all will leave with them because the scum need to face extinction.

  4. x  November 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    they call murderers in zionist facade circuses “demoncracy” ghaha

  5. x  November 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    zionist beast bombed iraq today again. iraqi government are zionists too

  6. x  November 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    two on the sides are already smilling haha for more zionist beast illuminati murder

  7. x  November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    zionist beast illuminati political puppets look at them haha. what a dinosaur parade haha

  8. Lese Majeste  November 7, 2010 at 1:26 am

    AIPAC Congratulates Itself for the Slaughter in Lebanon</b?

    “My fellow American,” Howard Friedman, President of AIPAC, begins his letter of July 30 to friends and supporters of AIPAC, “Look what you’ve done”! After warning that “Israel is fighting a pivotal war for its life,” by which he means Israel’s wanton slaughter and all-out destruction in Lebanon, Freiedman condemns “the expected chorus of international condemnation of Israel’s actions” and Europe’s call for “a cease-fire immediately.” Then he exults: “only ONE nation in the world came out and flatly declared: Let Israel finish the job. . That nation is the United States of America–and the reason it had such a clear, unambiguous view of the situation is YOU and the rest of America Jewry.”

    “How do we do it”? President Friedman asks a little further on. The answer is “decades of long hard work which never ends.” Not only is it hard work–but it’s eternal. However, President Friedman is not content with generalities and gives us some of AIPAC’s trade secrets. Here are two notables:

    “AIPAC meets with every candidate running for Congress. These candidates receive in-depth briefings to help them completely understand the complexities of Israel’s predicament and that of the Middle East as a whole. We even ask each candidate to author a ‘position paper’ on their views of the U.S.-Israel relationship–so it’s clear where they stand on the subject.” (Would it not be great to see these “position papers”? I wonder how many candidates would release them? And what do the candidates get for all this effort? A pat on the back?)

    “Members of Congress, staffers and administration officials have come to rely on AIPACs memos. They are VERY busy people and they know that they can count on AIPAC for clear-eyed analysis.. We present this information in concise form to elected officials. The information and analyses are impeccable–after all our reputation is at stake. This results in policy and legislation that make up Israel’s lifeline.” (Another way to read this is that the pea-brained hillbillies who make up most of the Congress can be led by the nose if the memos are simple enough.)

    When’s the last time your Representative or Senator ‘authored’ a position paper on what he/she was going to do for America?

  9. uncomfortablynumb  November 6, 2010 at 11:03 am

    The 1967 Liberty Ship reawakening + questionable 9/11 involvement + Gaza atrocities = AIPAC + congressional payola liabilities to be marked possibly for further action.

    • o1OpTiMuS1o  November 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      Questionable 9-11 yeah thats funny more like factional

  10. rachel  November 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Unless Israel plans on nuking itself in some grand exist, I do not think the American public will want another war. Even my neo-con, anti-arab, hubby doesn’t want another invasion. (he still think Israel is a poor little country that needs us to defend off nasty Arab masterminds that would enslave us all. LOL.)

    Israel may have the money and power but they are losing the hearts and minds of the American people at an alarming rate. Especially with 9/11 connections. 9/11 will eventually sink the little state. It was good for Israel when it first happened but as more people connect the dots and realize just what a threat they really are it will be the worst thing that could ever happen for Israel. For the American people will not forget the treason done to us that day. It’s a festering sore that will not go away and when the majority realize the hoodwink and that Israel participated in it with our own treasonous government there will be hell to pay.

    9/11 will be the end of Israel as we know it. It’s already begun. Israel is a dying state and no amount of political payoffs, lobbying, ect. will stop it. The people are waking up…at an alarming rate.

    • kelli  November 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      Rachel, Your husband sounds like mine. We could be great friends! My husband says Israel has the best military force in the world. He doesn’t seem to make the connection that if it were so, why do they need us to do the fighting for them and why do they need our financial aid? Also, why do they feel so threatened by Iran, Iraq, etc.? I say keep watching your football and don’t worry your little mind by such things. GAG!

  11. fixthefuture911  November 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

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  12. fixthefuture911  November 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    At this time they’re all on double secret probation,
    and all who are expelled will be elgible for
    the Eastern front draft, this Winter

  13. fixthefuture911  November 6, 2010 at 8:30 am

    The ISRAELI CONGRESS, oblivious to the danger they’re in, are having a great time, steeped in irreverence, severe debauchery, and constant drunkenness, led by Zionists War mongering seniors and “depends” pledge master barney “Bluto”,.proving that “fat, drunk, and stupid” may not get you through life, but it is one way to get through The ISRAELI CONGRESS…
    They’re given enough rope to hang themselves,

    I’ve got their disciplinary files right here……
    rumors abound………….they’re in trouble. I just checked with the guys at the Patriot house and they said that every one of they’re answers on the Psych test were wrong.

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