An American presidential candidate seeking the approval of a foreign government? (Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/AFP/GettyImages)
KUALA LUMPUR: The manner in which US presidential candidates have to seek approval from Israel if they do not want to risk losing the elections gives credence to accusations that Israel rules the world by proxy, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wrote in his latest blog posting today.
Previously, in 2003, in a speech during the OIC summit in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Mahathir had raised the issue of Israel ruling the world by proxy and it had sparked a controversy with Israel lobby groups censuring him and declaring him anti-Semitic.
“Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for President has just made the pilgrimage,” Dr Mohamad said, referring to Romney’s visit to Israel in July. “And he has made a public pledge that he will be even tougher against the Palestinians and Iran than Obama.”
Dr Mahathir said Obama would probably make the same “pilgrimage” and make similar pledges to fight on Israel’s behalf.
Such behaviour is odd, Dr Mahathir said, because when Malaysian politicians seek support as candidates, they seek it from Malaysians, not from foreign governments.
“What other countries think of our Government’s policies is irrelevant,” he said.
“Apparently it is not the case with America. All candidates must literally pledge loyalty to Israel or risk losing the elections. It is not about what is good for the Unites States which counts,” he said.
“Clearly the Unites States cannot ignore Israel’s views when reacting to anything of concern by Israel,” he said, adding that it “looks like the tail is wagging the dog”.
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