Zheng Junfeng, a Chinese journalist and a pundit for official Chinese broadcaster in English CGTN TV, discussed U.S.-Israeli relations against the backdrop of the Hamas-Israel clashes. During his show, Bizbeat, Zunfeng claimed that the U.S. acts as Israel's "diplomatic shield." He said that some people believe this is traceable to the activity of wealthy Jews and the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. and added that Israel serves as the U.S.'s "beachhead" in the region and carries out attacks and policies that serve the American interests. The show was aired on May 18, and was removed from all CGTN platforms after the Israeli Embassy in China protested, making headlines.
Zhen Junfeng: "Why does the U.S. act as a diplomatic shield for Israel?
"Some people believe that U.S. pro-Israel policy is traceable to the influence of wealthy Jews in the U.S. and the Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy makers. Indeed, there are over 5 million Jewish people in the U.S. On the rich list of Forbes there are 18 Jews in the top 40 in the U.S. Jews dominated finance, media and Internet sectors. So do they have powerful lobbies like some say? Possible.
"The U.S. has used Israel as an instrument for advancing its geopolitical interest in the Middle East since 1960s. In 1967, the self-proclaimed Jewish state defeated Arab nationalism in the June War. Arab nationalism is an idea that the Arab world should exist for the Arabs not Jewish settlers and U.S. oil companies. Apparently, the U.S. did not like that idea and Israel did a great service to Washington and U.S. oil interests. Ever since, Israel has become a U.S. "beachhead" or its battlefront, in the Arab world. Israel facilitated the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Syria and bombed Iranian military assets in Syria. It functioned as a U.S. proxy when Pentagon was constrained by the U.S. law. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his country as the 'West's outpost in the Middle East'. So the friendship between the U.S. and Israel is not really about 'shared values' but 'shared interests' which has helped Israel become a Middle East power with a military that no other country there can match. It also helped the U.S. project its influence in the oil-rich gulf where it legally has no authority. So, turning a blind eye to the Palestine-Israel issue where Israel has an absolute advantage becomes only natural for the U.S. to serve its hegemonism."