US-Israel: Unsettled dispute

Our friend Ali and John Mearsheimer on Al Jazeera International’s Inside Story.

It is the annual conference of the pro-Israel lobby in the US (AIPAC), where Israel and the US have been keen to take the heat off the settlement dispute and re-emphasising their friendship. Can differences be reconciled, will Israel take the US advice or will it impose its will? And how powerful is the Israeli lobby?

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.

3 thoughts on “US-Israel: Unsettled dispute”

  1. Good stuff. The hasbaranik didn’t hold a candle to both John M. and Ali A. Also check out Ralph Nader who asks why the blight unto nations (my description) receives the gargantuan US military aid it does given its economic status, and in a pleasant surprise, the NYT — notably in the blogs section — has a good piece by Robert Wright: Against ‘Pro-Israel‘.

  2. I remembered when we were interviewed for this as we protested outside the AIPAC conference. It amazed me how many young, college-aged people (people my age) were there. When we tried to engage them it was clear that these people were (just like Ms. Buren in the report) completely blinded by their nationalistic egotism and arrogance. I asked one young lady, “Why do you support Israel and the state of Israel’s interests?” She only responded by snapping at me, “Why? Why not?!”

    I wrote about our experience here:

    (Not to toot my own horn, but I’m the person interviewed at the 14:42 mark.)

  3. Yes, it’s the Jews with their secret Powerful Jewish Mind Control as detailed over the centuries which are now controlling the US government, despite their low numbers and profoundly progressive/liberal orientation. The proof of it is the election of George Bush, overwhelmingly favored by White American Christians, while American Jews and Blacks were the only ethnicities which voted against him, twice. (American Arabs voted for Bush in 2000; that’s how powerful the Powerful Jewish Mind Control is).

    Because the alternative would be that the fabled “Israel Lobby” is just a bunch of rightwingers with a rightwing agenda towards everything, Israel included, less powerful than, for instance, the rightwing Cuba Lobby which has provided us with such delights as, well, President George Bush, once again.

    And that would mean that we in America couldn’t really just wash our hands and say that we, as a nation, are just innocent dupes, not at all complicit in the suffering of the Palestinians, or all the other Middle East Arabs; it’s the Israel Lobby made us do it. Just like we in America didn’t really elect George Bush and didn’t really support en masse his half-assed explanations of the need to atack Iraq and the ensuing destruction; it was the Israel Lobby made us do it. Matter of fact, nowadays you can’t find anyone on the right or the left who was in favor of attacking Iraq; it was the Israel Lobby who gave us the impression that even liberal media were cheerleading the drive to “liberate Iraq” and save us from 9/11 retroactively.

    This explains, of course, why the American position towards the Palestinians is so different than the positions America has taken towards other third-world peoples, particularly if they happen to be in our way; Native Americans, Africans, Cubans (more than once),
    Nicaraguans, Chinese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Mexicans… we’ve treated them all very kindly, it’s just the Palestinians we’re screwing, because of the Israeli Lobby. We’re good people, really, and we wouldn’t dream of putting the boot to some skinny brown guy on the other side of the world in order to keep the cost of filling up our SUV within reasonable limits, if the Jews didn’t make us do it.

    “The thesis M-W [Mearsheimer and Walt] propose [i.e. the Israel Lobby] does however have plenty of appeal. The reason, I think, is that it leaves the US government untouched on its high pinnacle of nobility, “Wilsonian idealism,” etc., merely in the grip of an all-powerful force that it cannot escape. It’s rather like attributing the crimes of the past 60 years to “exaggerated Cold War illusions,” etc. Convenient, but not too convincing. In either case.”
    -The Israel Lobby?
    Noam Chomsky
    March 28, 2006

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