The pro-israel lobby in the US
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L ast December, I spoke to the nonpartisan Jamestown Foundation's annual conference on al-Qaeda.
For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel.
“Controversial.” —Terry Gross, Fresh Air , NPR
Five years ago this week, John Mearsheimer and I published The Israel Lobby in the London Review of Books. Our goal in writing the article (and subsequent book ) was to break the taboo on discussions of the lobby's impact on U.S. foreign policy and to transform it into a topic that people could talk about openly and calmly. Because we believed the "special relationship" that the lobby had promoted was harmful to the United States and Israel (not to mention the Palestinians), we hoped that a more open discourse on this topic would move U.S. Middle East policy in a direction that would be better for almost everyone.
OAKLAND , California, 3 Jan ( IPS ) - After raising more than two hundred million dollars for various projects in Israel, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews ( IFCJ ), the organization he founded and is president of, has hit pay-dirt.
War and terrorism directed against Jews has been a fact of life for Israel ever since the modern Zionist movement began to bring Jews from around the world to resettle their biblical and ancestral homeland.
Christians United for Israel
Middle East Forum
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†These numbers show how the industry ranks in total campaign giving as compared to more than 80 other industries.
Walt and Mearsheimer's 2006 article
Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation is on a roll, doing his best to help the United States move toward a more sensible Middle East policy and to conduct a more civilized public discourse on that difficult topic. He made two important contributions in the past week, and I want to call your attention to both. Item No. 1: Steve and several of his associates have sponsored an important open letter , co-signed by an impressive list of former government officials, journalists, and academics. The letter calls for the United States government to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's continued efforts to build or expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The normal U.S. practice is to veto such resolutions, even though the official U.S. government position is that settlement construction is illegal and an obstacle to peace.
Washington, DC - Almost all the criticism of (and controversy about) Peter Beinart's The Crisis of Zionism comes down to two major complaints: The first is that he is a "liberal Zionist" which, by some definitions, means he is just as indifferent to Palestinian rights as a right-wing Zionist.
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I'm not a lawyer by training, but I know one when I see one.
This week, following that tumultuous reception for Prime Minister Netanyahu at the congressional joint meeting, I want to share a personal recollection of how the Middle East status quo is preserved on Capitol Hill. It was in 1988 and I was a foreign policy aide to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI).
The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, is facing an intense campaign by hard-line pro-Israel voices in the U.S. who want him fired over remarks he made about anti-Semitism late last month. Gutman, an Obama fundraiser turned ambassador, as well as a Jew and child of a Holocaust survivor, was addressing a Brussels conference devoted to combating anti-Semitism in Europe last month when he launched into a discussion of the relationship between the Israel-Palestine conflict and tensions between Muslims and Jews. The first thing to note about the Gutman affair – which has now prompted Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich , as well as pundits at Commentary and elsewhere to call for his firing – is that the initial reaction was based on a woefully inaccurate account of his remarks.
December 5, 2011, 4:10am