[Marxism] Must see article on the Israel Lobby
lueko.willms at t-online.de
Thu Mar 23 01:13:01 MST 2006
On Wed, 22 Mar 2006 18:34:54 -0600, Austin, Andrew wrote:
> The Israel Lobby
> John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
> Read more here: <http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/print/mear01_.html>
See also this remarkable sentence:
"Israel is thus seen as a crucial ally in the war on terror, because
its enemies are America's enemies. In fact, Israel is a liability in the
war on terror and the broader effort to deal with rogue states."
This is the type of article which argues against US support for the
state of Israel not from the standpoint of those people oppressed by
that colonial settler state, but from the standpoint of furthering the
US imperial interests, for which Israel is seen more as a liability than
as an asset:
"The bottom line is that AIPAC, a de facto agent for a foreign
government, has a stranglehold on Congress, with the result that US
policy towards Israel is not debated there, even though that policy has
important consequences for the entire world."
"Although the Lobby remains a powerful force, the adverse effects of
its influence are increasingly difficult to hide. Powerful states can
maintain flawed policies for quite some time, but reality cannot be
ignored for ever. What is needed is a candid discussion of the Lobby's
influence and a more open debate about US interests in this vital
region. Israel's well-being is one of those interests, but its continued
occupation of the West Bank and its broader regional agenda are not.
Open debate will expose the limits of the strategic and moral case for
one-sided US support and could move the US to a position more consistent
with its own national interest, with the interests of the other states
in the region, and with Israel's long-term interests as well."
And note this:
"Thanks in part to the influence Jewish voters have on presidential
elections, the Lobby also has significant leverage over the executive
branch. Although they make up fewer than 3 per cent of the population,
they make large campaign donations to candidates from both parties."
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