Hi Shmuel, you make good points, though I make the argument that the “interest” represented here is, fundamentally, the interest of the majority of Jews in this country. Such interest stems from deeply imbedded cultural convictions within the Tribe, albeit many of which may be the result of trickery by Zionists. It’s not a secret that there’s a huge American Jewish interest in Israel, and indeed, if it weren’t for that interest, US policy would be very different. The Israel Lobby exists in the Interest of American Jews, and if it weren’t for American Jews, this lobby wouldn’t exist. For typical examples of such interest, with attendant coercive behavior, I refer you to Alex Kane’s article in today’s Mondoweiss. Thus, using the word “Israel” to describe this lobby is superficial. Israel is the Jewish State. The Jewish State is in the interest of a vast majority of American Jews, as illustrated by the dozens of well organized Jewish groups, some with Jewish funding amounting to over a hundred million dollars per year, which make up the vast bulk of the Israel Lobby. Thus, the Jewish Lobby is the real power in the Israel lobby.
I also think there is precedence for my suggestion. During WWII, there was known to be the Italian Lobby, which advocated favorable treatment of Italy, when it switched sides during the conflict. There was also the Chinese Lobby, which advocated that the US support the nationalist movement in China. In Florida, there is a lobby that many refer to as the Cuban Lobby. It’s true that some people may refer to these lobbies as the Italy Lobby, the China Lobby, and the Cuba Lobby, but I don’t think there was, or is, the kind of prejudice you refer to in your last paragraph. I believe your insistence that my suggestion taints “all Jews” is an oversimplification and untrue, simply because most any label has exceptions, and it seems you want to force everyone to treat Jews differently from how we treat other groups of people. Why would you do that?