A nice little test for a Sunday morning. Who’s the anti-Semite? This one is multiple choice.
The one place where there’s less criticism of Israel is in the United States Congress, and that’s because there is a very strong lobby that lobbies Congress–and this is not true for the executive branch– that’s pro-Israel.
2. Tom Friedman, writing in the New York Times:
I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.
3. John Heilemann, “The First Jewish President” in New York Magazine:
And among the high-dollar Jewish donors who were essential to fueling the great Obama money machine last time around, stories of dismay and disaffection are legion. “There’s no question,” says one of the president’s most prolific fund-raisers. “We have a big-time Jewish problem.”… And many Jewish voters, like those Wall Street financiers… who flocked to Obama and were then chagrined when he called them out as “fat cats,” have all too often focused more on the president’s words than his deeds—and come away with the impression that he doesn’t seem to “feel Israel” in his bones.
4. Ehud Olmert, on CNN:
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said millions of dollars from the “extreme right wing” in the United States helped oust him from government and derailed a peace plan with the Palestinians… “I had to fight against superior powers, including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country (the United States) by figures which were from the extreme right wing that were aimed to topple me as prime minister of Israel. There is no question about it.”
5. Peter Beinart, in The Crisis of Zionism:
[In the 2008 Obama campaign] advisers were judged not merely on their policy acumen, but on their ability to assuage the organized Jewish community’s fears. Advisers who aggravated those fears were dealt with ruthlessly… [In the subsequent administration, George Mitchell lost out to Dennis Ross as a policymaker because] as in the campaign, the capacity to reassure American Jewish leaders had become a crucial test of a staffer’s effectiveness, and in that contest Ross has no equal.”
6. John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, “The Israel Lobby,” in the London Review of Books:
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. In other words, one of the three main branches of the government is firmly committed to supporting Israel.