For what it’s worth, here’s my take on Chomsky.
First: it is now an irrefutable fact that Chomsky does not support BDS. That’s a given. The question then becomes whether his refusal to support BDS is (a) a manifestation of some latent zionism (as a lot of people here seem to think), or, (b) he *really* does think BDS is a bad tactic/strategy/whatever, which will do more harm than good to the Palestinian cause.
I vehemently disagree with Chomsky on BDS. I think it’s not only the best tactic available but, contrary to his claims, it’s been successful (and continues to grow), even though not at the rate I would personally would like to see. It’s the *only* tactic so far employed by the Palestinians that really scares Israel, and that’s saying something.
I have too much respect for Chomsky to judge his motives, so I give him the benefit of the doubt on BDS and simply accept that I disagree with him while we both share the same ultimate goal – justice for the Palestinians.
I can not however, in good conscience accept his take on the Israel lobby in which he basically suggests that it barely exists or that it has no influence. I vividly remember reading his comments on the Walt/Mearsheimer thesis as presented in their article (and subsequent book), and I practically fell of my chair when I read his dismissal of its influence. It was a shock – and still is to this day.
Let’s think about this for a moment: The United States is most powerful and most wealthy country that has ever existed. The 100 clowns (also known as US Senators) in the US Congress cannot for the life of them, pass meaningful legislation on even the *simplest of majorities* to provide comprehensive healthcare for the people of this country. That’s right folks, they cannot agree even on the most basic needs of their fellow citizens, yet they will routinely vote 98-2 to pass pro-israel legislation written and submitted by AIPAC staffers. And Chomsky would like me to believe they have no influence. Or that the fact that the US gets involved in every conflict in the Middle East (that’s to the advantage of the Zionists in Israel) is somehow an …imperial US interest that happens irrespective of the Israel lobby??
I just can not trust Chomsky anymore. I appreciate his past contributions, but this is where we part ways. I simply do not understand his take on the israel-lobby and it’s too hurtful to read his nonsense on the issue.