(WMR) -- The
take down by the FBI of a group of Syrian-Jewish rabbis who have held fund
raisers for the Binyamin Netanyahu coalition partner, the ultra-Orthodox Shas
party, has highlighted the financing of the expansion of Jewish building in East
Jerusalem, which is not recognized as part of Israel by the United Nations.
The key financier is a wealthy American Jewish bingo parlor
and gambling tycoon named Irving Moskowitz, a noted neoconservative who
has also backed such neocon operations as the Hudson Institute, Jewish
Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), American Enterprise Institute,
and the Center for Security Policy.
Moskowitz has also been responsible for purchasing land from
Arabs mostly in East Jerusalem to turn the city into an exclusive Jewish city.
More troubling for long-term Middle East peace is Moskowitz�s funding of the
right-wing Ateret Cohanim movement, which seeks to tear down Jerusalem�s
Al Aqsa mosque, Islam�s third holiest shrine, also known as the Dome of the
Rock, to rebuild the Jewish temple.
Of more immediate concern, however, is Moskowitz�s purchase
of East Jerusalem�s Shepherd Hotel, which overlooks Mount
Scopus, in 1985 and reportedly with the support of Henry
Kissinger. The hotel, which is still considered the property of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan and was seized as �war booty� after the
1967 Israeli-Arab war, is at the center of the expansion controversy
between the Obama administration and Netanyahu�s government over plans to turn
the hotel into apartments exclusively for Jews.
In a July 27 op-ed in the Jerusalem Post by Jeff
Baraq, a former editor-in-chief of the newspaper, it is stated: �The fact is
that while American Jews like Irving Moskowitz can buy land in East Jerusalem
Arab neighborhoods, a Palestinian resident of, say, Sheikh Jarrah [where the
Shepherd Hotel is located] cannot purchase an apartment in many parts of West
Jerusalem, because the Israel Lands Administration, which owns the land, will
only enter into a contract with Israeli citizens or persons entitled to
citizenship under the Law of Return.� Noting the political instability of the
Netanyahu government, Baraq titles his op-ed �Netanyahu Gov�t Unstable, Crisis
With US Self-Inflicted.�
With Netanyahu coalition partner Shas now front-and-center
in the Syrian-Jewish rabbi scandal, any new revelations about criminal activity
by the party in the money laundering escapades in New Jersey and New York could
bring down the Netanyahu government. WMR has learned from a White House press
corps source that the hidden hand of Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was
behind the Justice Department�s move against the Syrian Jews, major funders of
Shas, and was meant as a warning shot across Netanyahu�s bow of his
increasingly precarious ship of state.
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