The man who once served as chief of staff for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and who was tapped in 2015 to be an adviser for Sen. Bernie Sanders – retired U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson – rocked Israeli media by claiming the Jewish state is on a path toward annihilation.
He also claimed America was bought and paid for by far-right Jewish interests during an interview on The Real News Network.
“The ultra-right wing of Israel has captured AIPAC,” he said, of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Israel National News reported. “And AIPAC has captured the United States Congress. And to a certain extent, the Oval Office as well.”
Wilkerson criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for taking the nation on a sharp turn to the ideological right and said Jewish interests are trying to dominate the Middle East.
“So for the future for Israel, as contemplated by Netanyahu, is a greater Israel,” he said, the news outlet reported. “Having secured the West Bank, Jerusalem as its capital, perhaps gotten Gaza back, parts of Lebanon, parts of Syria that’s not looking like it’s falling apart. And parts, if not all, of Jordan. This is Netanyahu’s ultimate goal. This is the Zionist ultimate goal. And so, that’s very dangerous because it’s not tenable.”
He warned Israel was on a path toward destruction.
“What you’re going to have is you’re going to have a one state solution,” Wilkerson said, the Israel National News reported. “That state is going to be increasingly apartheid as the West Bank and Jerusalem are now. … And as Israel proper is becoming more and more alike, that state’s going to be apartheid [like South Africa]. It’s going to be untenable, it’s going to be eliminated by the international community if not the 350 to 400 million people around it who are opposed to it.”
Wilkerson also seemed to fault Netanyahu and his Likud Party for the 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
“The current ultra-right wing leadership in Israel under Bibi Netanyahu, to give a historical context, actually probably contributed to the tension and the incredible shift in political momentum in Israel that led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin,” he said. “It’s not going too far to say that Netanyahu and his group created the circumstances that produced the assassin.”
History records Rabin’s assassination as due to Yigal Amir, who was not tied to the Likud Party.
Wilkerson has a record of making claims that paint Israel in a poor light.
In 2013, he suggested Israel was at fault for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. And in 2007, he said on a Dutch documentary that U.S. foreign policy was usurped by “the Jewish lobby.” In 2015, however, the Sanders campaign tapped him for a foreign policy advising role – though as Israel National News noted, he just lost that spot due to his controversial statements.
“The last time I spoke this way on your show,” Wilkerson told the Real News Network, just this week, “I compromised by ability to work for the Bernie Sanders campaign. So now I’ve probably foreclosed my ability to work for anyone.”