Israel has suddenly recognized the "sovereignty" of native American tribes in the United States. Israel's interest has little to do with native American sovereign rights and everything to do with the establishment of casinos in the Indian reservations. Israel has long sought to use special sovereignty status to expand casinos, two cases in point being a planned casino, since abandoned, in Jericho in the contested West Bank and the flocking of Israeli interests to the now-defunct South African Bantustan of Bophuthatswana and its Sun City casino complex, owned by South African Zionist billionaire Sir Sol Kerzner.
Israel has now established close links to the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. Last month, a tribal delegation visited Israel as part of a Louisiana trade mission to Israel. The mission was organized by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu was a member of the delegation. The Coushatta Tribe was the first U.S. tribe to recognize the State of Israel and officially welcome an Israeli delegation to the reservation.
Kevin and David Sickey, the chairman and vice chairman of the Coushatta Tribe, respectively, see their tribe and the "tribes" of Israel as having a commonality. The Sickeys believe the Coushattas returned to their homeland in 1972 and 1973 after being recognized by Louisiana and the U.S. government just as the Israelis returned to their "homeland" in 1948. In 2008, the Coushatta Tribe issued an "Affirmation of Friendship" with Israel, recognizing May 14, the Israeli date of independence, as a Coushatta national holiday. The Israeli Consulate General in Houston maintains contact with the tribe and it has sought to expand trade and agricultural links between the Coushattas and Israel.
Israeli companies are already staking a claim in the 700-acre Coushatta reservation in Louisiana. There are smaller Coushatta reservations in Texas and Oklahoma. Coushatta Global Enterprises LLC, a subsidiary of the tribe, has agreed to exclusively market in the United States, Galilean olive oil skin care products manufactured by Israel's Aya Natural company. Israeli-owned mall kiosks across the United States and Canada, selling other Israeli skin care products made from Dead Sea salts, are believed by U.S. counter-intelligence officials to be fronts for Israeli intelligence.
But the real reason for Israeli interest in the Coushatta's is the operation of the Coushatta Casino Resort, complete with golf course and luxury hotel, in Kinder, Louisiana.
WMR's sources in Louisiana report that an aircraft owned by the Coushatta Tribe, a 15-seat, two-engine Hawker 800-P based in Elton, Louisiana, has been flying to some interesting locations as of late, not least of which is Israel. Don't bother checking its travels on flight tracking websites, the Coushattas have ordered aircraft N800PL not to be available for tracking purposes. WMR has been told the tribe is planning to obtain additional aircraft in deals involving Israeli "partners."
In 2001, The Coushatta Tribe retained the lobbying services of GOP uber-lobbyist and noted Israel supporter Jack Abramoff. Abramoff squeezed money out of the tribe for himself and the GOP by double-crossing the Coushatta's into believing they would be spared from competing with native gambling casinos nearby in Texas if they donated money to anti-gambling GOP Christian conservatives....