Just a reminder there also are tens of millions of gentile Americans, many of them pro-peace, who are opposed to Israeli influence in our political system, it’s threatening and driving from office politicians who oppose it, and its machinations to drive us into wars, in Iraq, now in Syria, and of course against Iran. These are wars that already have cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives and could lead to nuclear war.
Were all glad to see that nonviolent action by groups like If Not Now are informing Jews of a different perspective on the occupation and sowing necessary division in the Jewish community that provides room for new power centers. (Though it is a bit troubling one long video of the event showed that many INN participants stated they were “not supposed” to talk to media and only media people should be interviewed; other Jews obviously ignored that mandate and freely opined.)
So let us make it clear Americans of many stripes, left, right and libertarian, do intend to keep strongly criticizing Israel’s undue influence in United States foreign policy. And we do intend investigate historical and political issues that may make INN and other groups uncomfortable. We may come up with new strategies that anger some Jewish activists, as even our local DC peace group faced opposition for supporting the right of return during our first regular AIPAC conference in 2005. Happily most Jews, left, right and libertarian, are strong and brave enough to handle this and support our efforts.