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The Politics of Foreign Policy

The Politics of Foreign Policy—

In the past, despite ideological disagreements, Democrats and Republicans presented a united front on foreign policy issues. However for this Congress the anti-Obama doctrine takes precedence over national and international interests. The politicizing of foreign policy reached a new low when Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu without informing the administration, and later, 47 of its members wrote to the Iranian Ayatollah declaring their intention to derail the deal.

All this was done to please the prime minister of Israel and his hardline electorate in the United States. Interestingly, during a speech to Congress in 2002 Netanyahu had also encouraged invading Iraq because of its WMDs.

Before the 2012 election, many Israelis were concerned that in case Obama won, he would retaliate by suspending aid to Israel because of Netanyahu’s behavior. Still, this administration continues to support Israel by vetoing resolutions against Israel in the United Nations Security Council. And it has not cut the arms welfare to Israel. Only two presidents had the courage to temporarily suspend armaments—Presidents Ford and Reagan. Israeli leaders have tried to dictate US foreign policy with other administrations too. During GHW Bush’s administration, Secretary Baker had to ban Netanyahu from the state department. Once after Netanyahu’s visit to the White House President Clinton remarked, “He thinks he is the superpower and we are here to do what he requires.”

Although Israel and United States are sovereign nations, U.S .leaders go to Israel to impress their American voters and the Israeli prime minister comes to the U.S. before elections in his country to improve his ratings. The U.S. foreign policy, such as a nuclear deal with Iran in collaboration with other world powers, shouldn’t be based on what the Israeli prime minister and the military-industrial complex wants.