Israel and the lobby against the US: A Perfect Storm in Washington

UPDATE: CNN viewer responses below

A perfect storm is brewing in Washington today. Gen. Petraeus has given many mainstream commentators cover with his comments about Israel’s actions endangering US lives around the world. It is no longer only our good friends at everyone from Joe Klein (Time), Roger Cohen (New York Times), Glenn Greenwald (Salon), Andrew Bacevich (Salon), Col. Pat Lang, John Mearsheimer (LRB), Jim Lobe (IPS), Stephen Walt (CNN), to Robert Dreyfuss (The Nation) is talking about it. Juan Cole has also abandoned his overly cautious approach take on the Israel lobby’s chief media doberman: Cpl. Jeffrey Goldberg. Meanwhile, the left is once again proving its irrelevance. Instead of covering the issue seriously Democracy Now! for example focused on the obligatory diplomatic niceties to dismiss the whole issue. (You can picture DN covering Caesar’s assassination and dimissing all of Mark Antony’s concerns because he called Brutus and the conspirators ‘honourable men’).

But here is the true indicator of the changing winds in Washington: even CNN is talking about it! (To be fair to Rick Sanchez, he did some courageous reporting even during the Gaza conflict, giving platform to our friend Diana Buttu to debunk Zionist hasbara).

CNN viewers: Time for the US to get tough with Israel (via Adam Horowitz)

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

18 thoughts on “Israel and the lobby against the US: A Perfect Storm in Washington”

  1. The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel by Stephen J. Sniegoski, predicted this would be happening.

    Prof. Sniegoski’s achievement in writing his book is to show how the neocons left the Democratic Party, which of course was mother’s milk to all Zionists, and joined the Republicans over the issue of an aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East!

    I like how straightforward Sniegoski is about the neocons’ Jewishness and Israel-centric agenda. Most non-Jews won’t be able to stretch their ego to accept the power Jewish groups have over their lives and who calls the shots in the United States in the political arena.

    The fact is that 40% of the billionaires in the United States are Jewish or come from interfaith backgrounds where one side of the family is Jewish. This in a nation that represents 25-30% of the global economy.

    According to J. J. Goldberg (the former editor of the Forward) in his book Jewish Power he boasts that 45% of the fundraising for the Democratic Party and 25% of the funding for the Republican Party come from Jewish funded Political Action Committees. Richard Cohen of the Washington Post has recently updated this data to read 60% for the Democrats and 35% for the Republicans fundraising come from Jewish funded Political Action Committees-PACs.

    Since the 1930s according to Forbes business magazine, 25%-30% of the
    wealthiest families in America have been Jewish.

    In Canada the sixth biggest economy in the world, Jewish-Canadian billionaires represent 49% of the Canadian stock market. And Jewish-Canadians of wealth are notorious heavyweights for political donations in U.S. politics, in effect helping the cause for the Zionist entity, through the military might of the U.S.

    The U.S. Jewish population is only 1.8%, less than 2%. BUT who REALLY knows? The Jewish lobby is so powerful, that they are the only group to have successfully petitioned the U.S. Census Bureau not to be counted in their compilation!

    Historically, Jews wherever they have resided have always wanted and have been officially undercounted for political purposes.

    It is my contention they are one of the most powerful groups in the world. And should be studied and understood by books such as “The Transparent Cabal”. Read it NOW as a Kindle book on your computer.

    Michael Santomauro

  2. “Many rabbis and professionals have told me recently that they fear for their jobs should they even begin to articulate their doubts about Israeli policy–much less give explicit support to calls for an end to the occupation.”

    – Rabbi Michael Lerner
    April 28, 2002 in the Los Angeles Times

  3. *** You can picture DN covering Caesar’s assassination and dimissing all of Mark Antony’s concerns because he called Brutus and the conspirators ‘honourable men’ ***

    “Buh-dum, tss.”

    That was good Idrees.

    I too am surprised by CNN. A while ago, CNN was supposed to interview Norm Finkelstein for a special report on the Israeli-Palestine conflict and they wanted to see him at DePaul (back in the day) to conduct an interview. Finkelstein told them they’re wasting their time because they’ll never run it. The CNN reporter assured him the opposite, so he agreed to do it. They came in and set up their cameras and everything and interviewed him. Finkelstein finds out later that CNN chose not to run it. So I’m surprised CNN is jumping on the bandwagon now… when it’s safe to do.

    That’s the American media for you.

    1. That may not be that much of a surprise as Corporate America , as well as the Military realise support for Israel is bad for business.

      The concern , and hence the desperation for the Israel lobby is the Centre Right are the on scene as stormtroopers of the corporate backlash, and not for any altruistic or even non-imperialist sentiments.

      So it is not so much a matter the lobby has been rumbled , but the side squaring up to them can also muster the resources needed to do so.

  4. Re: Israel and the Lobby against the U.S.

    About time our “leaders” woke up to the
    machinations of the “democracy” of Israel.

    It’s been exceedingly expensive to pander
    to that racist state year after year.

  5. The comments on this blog before the videos are naive at best! People either have a short historical memory or they are covering for the Obama government because they blindly support democrats. This tough stand and rift between the US and Israel is silly. It’s not even that tough or unique, and we only forget because Bush was so unequivocal in his support. We might want to return to a past republican president for a real position on Israel and remember that Bush Sr. actually stopped $10 billion dollars in loan guarantees to Israel – it’s something people dream of today and far from anything Obama is capable of! That was a real position against settlement building. Obama is useless and we might want to remember that before we stand by him every time his government issues a condemnation.

    Its one thing to speak out and I’m not criticizing the videos above. It’s another thing to defend the democratic Obama position as somehow tough. In that sense I agree with Democracy Now (based on your criticism since I haven’t seen what you are talking about). It’s not proving to be irrelevant, its being a bit aware, farsighted and not jumping for joy every time the Obama government speaks.

    And no, I’m not a republican.

  6. America can choose to please Israel or help form stronger relationships with 1.2 billion Muslims who are upset with the one sided peace negotiations.

  7. Nice to see that Americans are finally waking up and starting to question US support for Israel. The one thing I disagree with is the notion that US support for Israel has everything to do with AIPAC; it actually has more to do with keeping the Arabs down and for imperialist reasons (i.e. keeping the Middle East safe for US business). I have to question whether or not the US is really that angry at Israel. If the US was truly against the Israeli settlements they would be voting to condemn them in the UN. The US tries to do everything in its power to appear like the honest broker when in reality it is far from it.

    1. it actually has more to do with keeping the Arabs down and for imperialist reasons (i.e. keeping the Middle East safe for US business)

      That’s conjecture. We have facts that prove otherwise. US busineses have been the biggest losers in this game. They have lost over $80billion from the USIFTA since it was signed in 1986 alone. NO to mention having their intellectual property rights and patents stolent. Israel is now a direct competitor in many fields mainly due to technology it has stolen. Also, US businesses and oil companies have lost much more due to legislation such as ILSA (strongly opposed by US businesses) which cost them major contracts in Iran and Libya (all of them were subsequently picked up by Europeans and Russians).

  8. Blitzer’s question at the end was intentionally framed. “did you get a lot of emails on that? Most of them ANTI ISRAEL?”

    Why didn’t has if most of the emails were critical of US policy towards Israel? That would have been correct. He distorted the issue with that question. McCaferty allowed him to do that.

    So here he clearly implied and framed in the minds of the viewers that questioning or criticizing US policy in regards to Israel is Anti Israel.

    As Blitzer is a former AIPAC Journalist, he has his craft down. Criticism of Israel is Anti and if most emails were critical, they are anti and if so many are anti, the mob may be lining up “against” Israel.

    Then he says that many Israeli’s are unhappy with Bibi’s handling of the Biden visit. Yet this is a different issue he puts into the same pot. This creates confusion in perception.

    The hundreds or thousands of emails received are critical of US policy towards Israel. Yet he frames them as anti Israeli.

    And the many Israeli’s upset, are so with the Israeli Government, but not US policy.

    And on this confusing note of perception, the story was ended.

  9. What fun, watching these Big Media talking heads hyperventilate! VP Biden, Sec. State Clinton, and Gen. Petraeus gave them permission to speak a few words of truth about Israel’s stranglehold on U.S. Middle East foreign policy, and they are positively giddy with astonishment at the opportunity, except for former AIPAC flak Wolf Blitzer, who does his best to put a pro-Israel spin on the controversy. For decades the Big Media news organizations have done their utmost to confuse the American people by presenting a profoundly biased, distorted view of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Israel’s criminal policies in illegally occupied Palestine. So conditioned to spouting misinformation are these so-called journalists that the truth actually seems to make them dizzy! Breathless Rick Sanchez found it necessary to cover his behind by telling his audience again and again that journalist Mark Perry once was an advisor to Yaser Arafat. You can sense their incredulity and fear as they wonder if this controversy actually signals a new media reality, or will they wake up tomorrow or the day after in fear of losing their jobs because they dared to report some hard news that presents Israel in an unsavory light. And they call themselves journalists.

  10. The major problem here is never addressed, even in an article about ‘the problem’:

    Why is EVERY reporter listed in the article as references above , jewish? Where is even any affectation to fairness and diversity? In a nation of 300 million, only jewish reporters report for our publications? Rarely do we wee otherwise except for token appearances. THAT is NUMBER ONE determinant of the outcome, right there.

  11. Has anyone ever counted how many Palistians have killed by Israel, starting immediately in 1948 until today?

    How many Lebanese, when Israel twice destroyed their country?

    How many UN and Americans?

    How much land they have stolen from the Palistians and Syria.

    How many Israeli spys have stolen top secret info from the US?

  12. I personally think that it is time for Israel to make a choice. If they continue to expand into East Jerusalem then they should be forced to relinquish Florida.

  13. obama is not weak Bibi….we got Obamas back. Tell Clinton, Biden and Rahm to stop saying, “we stand with Israel 100%…cuz we don’t”.

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