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US-Israel Dual Citizens Can Serve in Congress But Not Knesset

December 21, 2017


As Trump's unhinged threat to cut off nations that refuse to recognize Jerusalem illustrates, Americans are Zionists prisoners. There were 40 Israeli-US dual citizens in Congress in 2014.   
The current list includes Dem. Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Diane Feinstein. 
A list of former administration officials with dual citizenship includes Henry Kissinger and Janet Yellin. Where do their loyalties lie? Greater Israel? When are Americans going to realize that their independence has been lost?

by Richard Edmonston
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A few weeks ago I posted an article entitled Zionists Form Group to Promote Kurdish Statehood, about the latest efforts underway to carve up the Middle East. In the course of researching that article I made a rather interesting discovery: that Israel has a law prohibiting holders of dual citizenship from serving in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

Needless to say, we need such a law here in the US, but of course anyone who suggests this gets accused of anti-Semitism.

A couple of years ago when talk show host Diane Rhem interjected a discussion about dual Israeli citizenship into an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, Rhem was subjected to withering criticism. The ADL, among others, jumped into the fray, accusing Rhem of playing into "classic anti-Semitic charges of dual loyalty," and the talk show host was forced to issue an apology.

And this kind of thing doesn't just happen in America. When an official in South Africa proposed a law that would revoke South African citizenship under certain circumstances, one of them being if dual citizens were to serve in the armed forces of the other country, the reaction from South African Jews was about what you'd expectSouth African Jewish community leaders have expressed outrage at an African National Congress (ANC) official's recent announcement of possible plans to ban dual citizenship.

While Obed Bapela, head of the ANC's national executive committee's subcommittee on international relations, has countered that the idea includes anybody with dual citizenship without discrimination, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and South African Zionist Federation have issued a joint communication condemning the move as discriminatory towards Jews.

But dual citizens are banned from serving in the Israeli Knesset and no one seems to get too upset over it.

In my article of a few days ago, I mentioned a Knesset member by the name of Ksenia Svetlova, who is passionately advocating the formation of a Kurdish state. According to a Times of Israel article, Svetlova held dual Israeli-Russian citizenship until 2015, when she was elected to the Knesset, at which time she was forced to formally renounce her Russian citizenship.

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"While Israelis may hold dual citizenship, a Basic Law passed in 1958 states that Knesset members cannot pledge allegiance as parliamentarians unless their foreign citizenship has been revoked under the laws of that country," the article states.

Another Israeli politician, who was elected at the same time as Svetlova is Rachel Azaria, who was also forced to renounce her foreign citizenship-in the US! Again from the Times of Israel:

Azaria, a 38-year-old Jerusalem deputy mayor, renounced her American citizenship, which she had held by virtue of her mother having been born in the US.

It is astounding, is it not? Israel gets billions of dollars per year courtesy of US taxpayers-but anyone holding US citizenship is barred from serving in the Knesset! But we are not allowed to have a similar law here in the US banning Israeli citizens from serving in Congress!

And not only do we not have a similar in the US, but apparently Freedom of Information Act requests aimed at finding out which Congress members do in fact hold dual citizenship-are denied. The following is a 2015 article that was published at Counterpunch.


Dual Citizens in Congress?
By L. Michael Hager

Is dual citizenship in the U.S. Congress and administration creating potentially  serious conflicts of interest?

My Counterpunch piece of November 12, 2014 described a failed effort to identify members of Congress who hold dual citizenship and to ascertain the second nationality of those members.  I mentioned the then outstanding Freedom of Information Act request that I filed with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) last October.

This week I received the information I sought, in the form of a telephone call from a legal officer of the Library of Congress.   After reminding me that Congress (and the CRS by its connection with Congress) is exempt from FOIA requests, he verbally confirmed my suspicion that CRS does not currently collect dual citizenship data.

That's bad news for those of us who believe that citizens should know if their representatives in Congress (and senior government officials and judges, for that matter) owe allegiance to any other nation.  For example, when a Senator, a House Member or a high USG official speaks out, submits bills or determines policy on an issue of importance to a second country, shouldn't constituents (and citizens at large) be able to judge whether there is or is not a conflict (or apparent) conflict of interest?...

Secondly, we need more media attention to the subject of dual citizenship.  Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Michelle Bachman both received wide press coverage, when they renounced their Canadian and Swiss nationalities, respectively.

Stanley Fischer, who currently serves as vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, became an Israeli citizen in 2005 while retaining his American citizenship.  Prior to his appointment to the Fed in 2014, he served for eight years as governor of the Bank of Israel.  Although the New York Times article of March 13, 2014 reporting on his then upcoming confirmation hearings, disclosed his dual nationality, it failed to ask the obvious question of why one appointed to such a senior policy position should not be required to renounce his Israeli citizenship.  Why has the mainstream media largely ignored the potential conflict of interest inherent in dual citizen Members of Congress and Executive Branch officers?

What about those members and government officials who fail even to disclose their second or more nationalities?  As mentioned in my previous article on this subject, U.S. officials and government officers with Jewish identity may acquire Israeli citizenship without much or any formality under the Israeli Law of Return.  Thus it is possible, if not probable, that some of such officials hold Israeli citizenship.

Beyond the threshold issue of transparency are equally important questions of whether a dual citizen elected to Congress or appointed to a senior USG position should be required to renounce his or her citizenship in the second nation.  Even if American law continues to allow the government service of dual citizens, should it not require such persons at least to recuse themselves from participating in decisions or policy debates that relate to their second nationality?...

It's time to bring this issue  into open debate.

 L. Michael Hager is co-founder and former director general of the International Development Law Organization, Rome

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Comments for "US-Israel Dual Citizens Can Serve in Congress But Not Knesset"

Mac said (December 21, 2017):

I saw a photo of 2 Israeli children carrying a poster celebrating (Israel's role in the fall of) the 911 towers in NY from a Jewish holiday where they proudly acknowledge their "sins" against the goyim. I will never forget it.

Remember they were there in time to dance and record the event on camera. They were present in the attack on the USS Liberty. Israeli's are not our friends, and Zionists are not friends of America. Although I hope for the best from our president, it is impossible to deny that he has Zionist sympathies and is a Freemason who apparently has dual loyalties himself. To allow these conflicting loyalties to influence him may make it difficult to keep his oath to support our nation and constitution.

The only proof of this potential failure would be to allow Israel to engage with America in ANY types of warfare, anywhere in the world that advances the Zionist agenda. In general terms, only dual citizens, and essentially nobody else in America wants any part of any war supporting Israel's agenda to subdue the goyim of America, and place them in service of the Khazarian Zionist Jewish State.

Robert K said (December 21, 2017):

Just how ridiculous this situation can become is demonstrated by the fact that in recent years two leaders of major Canadian political parties (Thomas Mulcair and St├ęphane Dion) who were seriously vying for the Prime Ministership were dual citizens of Canada and France.

George said (December 21, 2017):

The article about dual citizenship of Israel and the US misses the point, IMHO. Every Jew is automatically an Israeli citizen according to the Law of Return. They don't have to hold an Israeli passport.


I think you missed the point. These bi national Jews can't be members of the Knesset.


JG said (December 21, 2017):

Part of the New World Order plot is to de-nationalize the nations. Israel today exists as an independent state and not a nation.The rest of the countries of the world are considered the nations.

As far as Israeli dual citizenship existing in the governmental agencies of it's political "allies" like America is not unusual by today's standards of political conflict of interest. In case you haven't noticed America is now being mostly governed by the whole concept of conflict of interest. The only cases where conflict of interest is not tolerated is with Christians who run for political office.

Unfortunately nationalism today is equated as a form of anti semitism. World Orderism forbids a nationalism that does not put them first. They only time they permit and promote nationalism is when they want the nations to war against each other.

Troy said (December 21, 2017):

Wow, ironic. I was just researching this topic last week for myself. I came to the conclusion and decided that I will not work with anyone who has dual citizenship in the future. I am in real estate and look at it as both loyalty and trust issues. By playing both sides of the fence they can never be focused on one thing solely. If they are wishy-washy on their citizenship why should I believe that they would stay supportive of me in my business dealings. To me it's a core integrity issue and I've added it to my list of 'won't's'. I also do not do business with Chinese nationals because I will not willingly sell off my country to residents of another country. A lot of people can't understand this because they believe I'm being stupid for throwing away tens of thousands of dollar in income by doing it. Really, it's kind of like Soros...he decided to go ahead and act selfishly by helping the Nazi's instead of supporting his people and standing on principle.

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