Israel Lobby Pays the Political Piper

Exclusive: The Israel Lobby is so powerful that for years it insisted it didn’t exist – and Official Washington went along with the lie. Today, President Trump scrambles to secure the lobby’s blessings, Jonathan Marshall observes.

By Jonathan Marshall (This is the third part of a series on foreign lobbying.)

In this age of rancorous hyper-partisanship, getting members of Congress to agree on anything beyond the naming of a post office is a challenge. Yet in late April, all 100 members of the U.S. Senate signed a tough letter to the U.N. Secretary General, demanding that the organization end its “unwarranted attacks” on Israel’s human rights record.

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at joint press conference on Feb. 15. 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)

Three months earlier, members of the House voted overwhelmingly to condemn a U.N. Security Council resolution critical of Israel’s relentless expansion of settlements on occupied lands. Like dozens of other Democrats, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland blasted President Obama for abstaining from the U.N. vote, saying it “sent the wrong signal to our ally Israel.” In the Senate, leading progressives like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders offered no support for President Obama, either.

Their votes and rhetoric did not simply reflect public opinion. Although Americans sympathize with Israel far more than the Palestinians, two-thirds of adults surveyed in in 2015 said the United States should not take sides in the Middle East conflict. Fewer than half say they consider Israel an ally.

Those congressional actions instead illustrated the power of the pro-Israel Lobby, a highly organized and well-funded coalition that works to give Israeli leaders freedom to operate with unquestioned U.S. diplomatic, economic and military support. Its influence helps account for the quarter trillion dollars in aid (adjusted for inflation) that the United States has given Israel since 1948.

When it comes to influencing American politics, Russia runs far behind highly motivated supporters of Israel. President Obama experienced that first hand when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, representing a state of just 8.6 million people, received rousing, bipartisan acclaim in no fewer than three addresses before Congress and nearly blocked approval of the Iran nuclear deal, perhaps the signature foreign policy initiative of Obama’s administration.

The pro-Israel Lobby has been the subject of much informal comment and a critical academic study by two of America’s most distinguished political scientists, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, an ardent disparager of their work, recently offered a backhanded acknowledgement of its thesis during a talk to an Orthodox synagogue in affluent Scarsdale, New York:

“People write a book called the Israel lobby and complain that AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] is one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington. My response to that is, that’s not good enough. We should be the most powerful lobby in Washington. . . . We are entitled to use our power. We have contributed disproportionately to the success of this country. . . . We are a very influential community. We deserve our influence.”

Contrary to the implication of his remarks, however, AIPAC and similar organizations do not comprise an ethnic Jewish lobby, though major Jewish organizations are primary constituents. Many U.S. Jews either question Israeli government policies or have little interest in promoting them.

A 2013 Pew survey found that only 30 percent of American Jews were “very attached” emotionally to Israel, and a substantial plurality believed that continued building of Jewish settlements hurts Israel’s security. A large majority of Jews voted for President Obama, despite his strained relations with the Israeli government. Most American Jews also supported his nuclear deal with Iran, in defiance of most pro-Israel organizations.

Further reflecting the pro-Israel lobby’s political rather than ethnic focus, it derives much support from Christian Zionists, some of them outright anti-Semites, who believe that the return of Jews to Israel foreshadows the Second Coming of Christ.

The pro-Israel camp today features even the likes of White House counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka, “despite his controversial ties to allies of the Nazis,” and Austria’s Freedom Party, “a movement of anti-immigrant, right-wing nationalists founded in part by former Nazis.”

Follow the Money

Unlike most other foreign lobbies, the pro-Israel lobby draws much of its strength from grass-roots support. With little organized opposition, it can influence Congress more readily than better-funded business lobbies that face stiff competition. However, the single biggest source of its power is not voters — only a tiny percentage make Israel their top political priority — but campaign funds.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressing the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016. (Photo credit: AIPAC)

In a revealing comment, Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List confessed last year, “the money … is a big piece of this story and cannot be overlooked at all.”

“I have written more Israel papers that you can imagine,” she explained. “I’m from Montana. I barely knew where Israel was until I looked at a map, and the poor campaign manager would come in, or the policy director, and I’d be like, ‘Here is your paper on Israel. This is our policy.’ We’ve sent it all over the country because this is how we raise money. … This means that these candidates who were farmers, school teachers, or businesswomen, ended up having an Israel position without having any significant conversations with anybody.”

Hillary Clinton’s pandering to the pro-Israel lobby during the 2016 election — promising AIPAC that she would take relations with Israel “to the next level” and that she would meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during her first month in office — reflected her financial dependence on pro-Israel funders. Chief among them was billionaire donor Haim Saban, a hawkish Israeli-American who famously said, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

New Yorker correspondent Connie Bruck reported that Saban, speaking at a 2009 conference in Israel, described the “three ways to be influential in American politics” as donating to political parties, creating think tanks, and buying up influential media.

“In 2002,” she observed, “he contributed seven million dollars toward the cost of a new building for the Democratic National Committee — one of the largest known donations ever made to an American political party. That year, he also founded the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, in Washington, D.C. He . . . tried to buy Time and Newsweek, . . . acquired Univision in 2007, and he has made repeated bids for the Los Angeles Times.”

Mother Jones reported that “After the launch of the Saban Center, the billionaire began pouring more and more of his fortune into Israeli causes. He donated $10 million to support the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. . . . He also made seven-figure gifts to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the hawkish Israeli lobbying group.”

Saban, who was invited to stay overnight in the Lincoln bedroom at the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency, takes credit for helping launch Hillary Clinton’s run for that office as early as 2004. Over the years he hosted several lavish fundraisers for her, including a dinner in 2016. With an entry price of $100,000 per couple, it raised more than $5 million for Clinton’s campaign. Saban and his wife gave more than $10 million to a super-PAC that supported her as well.

And those donations don’t include the $7 million paid by the Saban Family Foundation to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary’s four-year stint in the Obama administration, the $30 million more that it pledged, the $5 million donation to the Clinton Library, or the $250,000 fee paid to Bill Clinton for a 15-minute promotional event in 2015.

The Republican Purse

As Israel pursues ever more extreme policies grounded in ethnic and religious nationalism, the pro-Israel lobby has become increasingly aligned with the Republican Party.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A recent national poll showed sympathy for Israel falling 10 points among Democrats to 33 percent from April 2016 to January 2017. In contrast, a near-record 74 percent of Republican now support Israel. Similarly, a Brookings poll last fall found that just over half of Democrats think that “the Israeli government has too much influence” in the United States, compared to just over a quarter of Republicans.

Republicans, who traditionally looked mainly to big oil, finance, real estate and other business sectors for campaign cash, increasingly rely on billionaires with a passion for Israel, such as Wall Street hedge fund owner Paul Singer, Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and Hobby Lobby founder David Green (a Christian Zionist).

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, mulling over a potential presidential run in 2015, crassly told a reporter, “If I put together a finance team that will make me financially competitive enough to stay in this thing . . . I may have the first all-Jewish cabinet in America because of the pro-Israel funding. [Chuckles.] Bottom line is, I’ve got a lot of support from the pro-Israel funding.”

Graham earned that support the usual way — by promising to put Israel first. During an obligatory visit to Jerusalem the previous December, Graham, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Appropriations Subcommittee, promised Netanyahu that “Congress will follow your lead” on imposing economic sanctions against Iran.

The most notable among the pro-Israel GOP mega-donors is Sheldon Adelson. Blurring the lines between American supporters and Israeli leaders, Adelson also spent millions to buy an election for the American-educated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party.

Adelson, an ideological ally of Netanyahu, reportedly called the Palestinians “an invented people” whose “purpose … is to destroy Israel,” and advocated vaporizing Tehran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Adelson captured the Republican Party’s attention in 2012 by contributing an astonishing $150 million to conservative candidates in that election, including Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

Romney, who promised to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem “if Israel’s leaders thought that a move of that nature would be helpful to their efforts,” also won the favor of Netanyahu’s closest political adviser, the American-born Ron Dermer.

Dermer also liked Gingrich. As a young man, before taking Israeli citizenship, Dermer helped the House Speaker promote his 1994 “Contract With America.”

Dermer became Israel’s ambassador to Washington in 2013. The following year, in a blatant violation of diplomatic protocol, he attended a series of GOP candidate screening sessions held by Adelson in Las Vegas, which became known as the “Adelson primary.”

The same year, Ambassador Dermer publicly endorsed Netanyahu’s reelection as prime minister, for which he was reprimanded by Israel’s Civil Service Commission. He then went on in 2015 to arrange the infamous invitation from Republican leaders to Netanyahu to address Congress on the perils of dealing with Iran, a speech that was arranged without consulting the White House.

Onward with Donald Trump

Through Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a major contributor to AIPAC, Dermer influenced the Republican candidate’s tough speech to that organization during the 2016 campaign. AIPAC attendees cheered when Trump applauded the end of President Obama’s administration and called him “maybe the worst thing to ever happen to Israel.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking to the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016. (Photo credit: AIPAC)

Adelson soon endorsed Trump in an email to dozens of Republican Jewish donors, saying “he will be a tremendous president when it comes to the safety and security of Israel.” Playing the odds shrewdly, Adelson donated $35 million or more to the Trump campaign.

Israel and its U.S. supporters have since discovered, like everyone else, that Trump is mercurial and not easily managed. After swearing fealty to the Jewish state during the campaign, he has put the brakes on his promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, called for restraint on further building of settlements, and met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

On the other hand, he appointed the most right-wing, pro-settlements ambassador in history, and will make Israel the second foreign visit of his presidency, just after Saudi Arabia.

Far more important to the Netanyahu government, and to its neoconservative supporters in the United States, is the fact that Trump has surrounded himself with anti-Iran hardliners. He himself has falsely called into question Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, contrary to the State Department’s own certification.

As Brookings analyst Suzanne Maloney commented recently, “Donald Trump has the Islamic Republic of Iran in his sights . . . neither restraint nor continuity on Iran is really in the offing. . . . Trump has elevated a national security team that shares an Iran-centric interpretation of the problems that plague the Middle East and threaten vital American interests there. . . . The Trump administration has begun to replace accommodation with confrontation as the guiding principle of U.S. policy toward Tehran, seeking to counter Iran through a multi-front campaign of diplomatic, economic, and military pressure.”

No one, presumably including Trump himself, can predict where this hostility will lead. But the hard-liners in Israel and the United States who lost out to President Obama on Iran — their first significant defeat in many years — are back in the saddle. Never count the pro-Israel lobby out.

[This is the third in a series on foreign lobbying. The previous installments were “The Open Secret of Foreign Lobbying” and “How China Lobby Shaped America.” Next: The Saudi Lobby.]

Jonathan Marshall is a regular contributor to ConsortiumNews.com.

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44 comments for “Israel Lobby Pays the Political Piper

  1. Tom Welsh
    May 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Of course, it’s racist to say that Jewish people are, on average, much richer than Gentiles. But unless that is true, how can you explain the waterfalls of cash that Zionists contribute to their political causes?

    • John P
      May 21, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Zionist have a common political ambition Tom which most of us don’t. Their aim, to further the cause of Zionism, whereas most of us have no equivalent campaign and thus don’t contribute. Zionists, big business and a foreign powers gain. A system must be devised where monies are provided equitably from a pool and not from outside influences.
      The vulgar tribulations poured over Trump in Saudi Arabia where absolutely disgusting too. No doubt it thrilled the beast.
      Perhaps the beast will blindly fulfill the Israeli necessities of the Yinon Plan for them.

      For further insights into the secrets of the Syrian war I recommend Robert Fisk’s insights:

      This is the Aim of Donald Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

      http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-saudi-arabia-iran-iraq-kurdish-population-shia-muslims-a7742276.html
      —————————–
      US Airstrikes in Syria: Why America really Attacked Pro-Assad Militia Convoy

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/us-syria-airstrikes-why-bashar-al-assad-militia-convoy-iraq-border-training-camp-rebels-a7744091.html

      As for the The Long Ordeal of Julian Assage, it was a real gem.

      • May 22, 2017 at 12:14 am

        John P
        “Zionist have a common political ambition … to further the cause of Zionism” hits the nail on the head.
        Most nations across the globe seem to be infected with … this parasite.
        The Only nations who are not infected which are capable of shooting this Zombie in the head, are China, Russia, and Iran.
        That is what is going to end this thing, but then China, Russia, and Iran will become the dominant centres of global influence.
        That will be a saga for the next generations to write.
        Confucius said;
        “if one plans for a year, one must plant rice,
        if one plans for ten years, one should plant trees,
        if one plans for one hundred years, then one should educate one’s children.”
        The zionist program has been a generational one, this has been passed down through generations for at least the last 115 years.
        The zionist could learn from Confucius, I have no doubt we all can.

        • May 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

          “if one plans for one hundred years, then one should educate one’s children.”

          Hmmmm since the overwhelming majority of children in the USA are Gentiles, could the almost total destruction of the public education system be part of a Zionist plot? If almost 100% of the Gentiles are poorly educated, then they are easily brainwashed and easily led, would that not make it much easier for the well educated Zionist splinter group in the US to control the political leadership of that country, and con the population into blind support of of the Zionist Cause?

          AIPAC controls Congress, The Senate and the White House and all three branches of goverment appoint the Supreme Court then the Israeli Lobby has the Supreme Court in it´s corner as well. All four branches of the Government are plotting against the education system in the US. does the Israeli lobby have something to do with that? After all keeping them stupid and ill informed was the way Goebbles controlled the population of Germany and the US Government seems to be a practitioner of the Goebbles Doctrine.

          I know that sounds paranoid and just like other conspiracy theories, but how else to explain the Government attacks on public education? After all the key to a country´s success and future lies in it´s availability of free education to the masses. But if the long term success of that country is instead only funnelled into it´s Military and not into it´s overall well being and if that military is just being used as the muscle to support a foreign country, then the question should at least be raised.

          • Joe B
            May 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm

            The zionist control of US mass media is sufficient to control US political “education.” The goal of defunding public education is shared among many selfish and naive groups. The goal of directing public education toward technical rather than humanities studies is similarly shared by naive, short-term-results groupthinkers of various ideologies.

            Advertising is also substantially zionist controlled, and one of the means of zionist control of mass media. It is uniformly directed toward encouraging the celebration, rationalization, and indulgence of stupidity. Indeed, there is a culture of Dumbth (Woody Allen’s term), which celebrates and even competes and truly believes in stupidity, for where else would we find people to run the government? We can’t have these rocket scientists coming in here and ordering everyone around, yah know.

      • Peter Loeb
        May 23, 2017 at 7:10 am

        OLD POINTS

        Mr. Marshall has written a good article but adds little to what
        many who have followed available sources closely already know.

        1. Thomas Suarez: THE TERROR STATE ( Olive Branch Press, 2017)

        Addresses comprehensively the nature of Zionism and the nature
        of our so-called “allies”.

        2. Norman Finklestein, THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY ( Verso, 2001)

        See in particular Chapters l and 2.

        3. Naseer H. Aruri, DISHONEST BROKER: THE US ROLE IN ISRAEL AND
        PALESTINE (South End Press, Cambridge, MA, 2003)

        Analyzes Palestine-Israeli agreements only to 2000 but provides
        a detailed discussion of meetings, agreements as basis for
        any future “agreements”.

        4. William G. Hartung, PROPHETS OF WAR: LOCKHEED MARTIN AND
        THE MAKING OF THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
        (Nation Books, 2011)

        Provides and inside look at another giant lobbying system.

        Citations from these sources would not do justice to the works and would
        undoubtedly clash with copyright laws.

        —-Peter Loeb, Boston, MA, USA

      • Nick Yea
        May 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        “Zionist[s] have a common political ambition Tom which most of us don’t.”

        And so do Jews. Jews by definition are people loyal to a group identity defined largely by Jewish religion, tradition and history. And from the Torah to the Talmud to the Radanite slavers to the Transatlantic slavers to the Cheka to the IDF to the neocons, this is a religion, tradition and history defined by little else besides racial supremacism and genocide. No other group has an identity than can factually be described this way. Zionists are just one more example of loyal Jews.

    • James R Coyle
      May 25, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Zionism is a project of the Banking Cabal.

    • Mr. Deeds
      May 26, 2017 at 7:42 am

      They don’t bother to call you an anti-semite unless you are telling the truth

  2. mike k
    May 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Power, money, and selfishness guide the US government. Morality has no role at all, except as a phony fig leaf for their murders and piracy. Our negative karma is even larger than our uncollectible national debt. Every citizen of Earth suffers from America’s crimes, including those who live here.

  3. Bill Bodden
    May 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Those congressional actions instead illustrated the power of the pro-Israel Lobby, a highly organized and well-funded coalition that works to give Israeli leaders freedom to operate with unquestioned U.S. diplomatic, economic and military support.

    Let’s not give the Israel lobby all the credit or blame. The lobby wouldn’t be nearly as successful if it were not for the craven wretches in Congress selling their souls for reelection. If there were a profile in courage in the U.S. capitol who spoke truthfully then the lobby might be less successful and eventually relegated to the scrap bin of history. Unfortunately, the lobby has the party oligarchs in its pocket and they work to crush any anti-Israel criticism.

    • Chet Roman
      May 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      While it’s true that the politicians are opportunists and are easily bought, primarily blaming them is like blaming the producer in The Godfather for finally accepting Don Vito Corleone’s offer, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

      A lobby is such an innocuous and misleading description, let’s start calling it what it is, the Kosher Nostra.

      • Bill Bodden
        May 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

        Chet: I wasn’t primarily blaming the politicians but pointing to the fact they are complicit or as the old cliche puts it, “It takes two to tango. In some cases, politicians are more than willing accomplices. In others, they fail to live up to their oaths of office and to uphold the Constitution without guns put to their heads. Holding their disgraced offices is their primary concern.

      • JWalters
        May 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm

        Kosher Nostra is about right. The Zionist regime and its agents function essentially as a Jewish mafia. They commit highly profitable crimes based on land theft and manufactured wars, and maintain their operation by various threats and other crimes. For readers who haven’t seen it, “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”.
        http://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com

    • Sam F
      May 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Yes, a single courageous spokesperson, supported by adequate evidence implying many others, could blow the whistle on economic influence buying. Indeed party oligarchs are part of the problem, and of course control elections.

      It is odd that no other nationality to my knowledge has found ways to simply feed their money or foreign aid grants from the US back to US politicians, first to get more foreign aid, and then to buy all kinds of favors. The US gives many times its campaign budgets to Israel for no apparent reason, and not surprisingly the largest campaign donors are zionists.

      The Saudis could do the same, without foreign aid, but have far fewer “citizen donors” in the US to front for the bribes, and far fewer potential political candidates and spoils appointees.

      I have found that the Republican party or factions thereof (and no doubt the Democrats), at least in Florida, Georgia and DC, and probably in Massachusetts, Maine, California, and elsewhere, systematically feeds bribes to politicians and judges in return for favors to businesses and rich “donors.” So the Saudis can bribe that way, or directly to operations like the Clinton foundation.

      But those bribes to parties primarily buy mass media airtime. So the decisive factor is the zionist control of mass media and thereby elections, because that is where any political party bribes would be spent.

      Where the judiciary are primary targets of corrupt influence, and are already universally corrupt, law is useless in opposing such corruption. A federal racketeering lawsuit against partisans is a dangerous tricky game, for they have supporters in law enforcement who know endless criminals big and small, and the politicians and crooked judges all claim immunity. nearly all judges state and federal firmly and truly believe in political gangsterism (not far from the Repub definition of a republic), and can penalize or counterattack complainants. It is very laborious to get evidence, and corrupt judges dump such cases with mere gestures and no mention of law or evidence, so it becomes a costly symbolic gesture to prosecute them.

    • jim
      May 29, 2017 at 12:57 am

      It would be extremely difficult for anyone who is not craven to successfully run for public office.THEY can scrutinize anything you have said or done (publically or privately) for the last 20 years to find out if you can be easily manipulated. If you are nationalistic and patriotic American who cannot be blackmailed or controlled, THEY will shovel money at your opponent and use the media to launch a non-stop, hate-filled onslaught against you. Rand Paul’s campaign is a great example of this tactic. If it wasn’t for the reputation of his father, he simply could not have overcome the establishment’s attacks against him.
      Throughout history, politicians were probably never the best among us but it is no accident that today our Senators and congressmen are mostly a pack of treasonous, crooked cretins that represent the absolute worst among us.

  4. jfl
    May 21, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    this series is just what the doctor ordered as antidote to bogus ‘the russians are coming’ by the dnc/cia anti-russian lobby. these are the real sources of foreign lever and influence and direction of american foreign policy, pursued to the detriment of the interests of the american people and, due to the size and reach of the usofa, to the detriment of the interests of the global population.

    my personal thanks go out to robert parry and, certainly, to jonathan miller for this series. i’m copying and saving it as it appears. i found The Reporter’s ‘The China Lobby’ at the unz site and recommend it to all, as well.

    thanks again.

  5. jfl
    May 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    jonathan marshall … please fix my error in moderation!

  6. jfl
    May 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    to me the most salient point made in the series so far was from the china lobby …

    In 1949, two members of Congress called for an investigation of the lobby’s “brazen power.” Rep. Mike Mansfield, a Montana Democrat who would later become Senate majority leader, accused Nationalist Chinese officials — who had fled the mainland for Taiwan that year in the wake of the communist revolution — of diverting U.S. aid to fund political propaganda in the United States.

    Ironically, a timely dispensation of $800,000 from Nationalist Chinese officials in Taiwan to their New York office financed a successful campaign to squelch that proposed investigation.

    … because that quote highlights the independence of 5th columnism: it is parasitic on both the country it infects and the agent of infection whose salaries the 5th columnists draw.

    all the 5th columnists siphon off, first and foremost, for their own defense and continued well-being ‘their’ share of the money and power they have been ‘licensed’ to procure for their sponsor du jour.

    each and every one of the 5th columnists – whether they work for israel, saudi arabia, turkey, one of the trans-national corporations – is working first and foremost for number #, and playing off both the infector and infectee against each other.

    atomism. hooray for me to hell with everyone else, is the real face of the neo-liberal enemy. fake patriotism, fake commitment are what’s driving the interests of the criminal, extractive minorities worldwide before the interests of the earth and her peoples as a whole.

  7. backwardsevolution
    May 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Israel very much stays below the radar in the public’s mind (because politicians are too afraid to speak up), and their lobbies and think tanks have been instrumental in forming U.S. domestic policy (multiculturalism, immigration, speech laws, political correctness) against the wishes of the majority of the people. Paul Craig Roberts:

    “Here is a minuscule two-bit punk country demanding explanations from its sole protector and its sole benefactor. Amazing! Yet Washington trembles. Any American Diplomat Who States the Truth Is on Israel’s List to Be Out of a Job.”

    That nice Congresswoman (Cynthia McKinney) from Georgia found out first-hand that you must pledge allegiance to the Jewish lobbies or you are toast because they just pour all of their money into the person who ends up running against you in the next election, vilify you in the media, and they win. Which is exactly what happened to her.

    Thomas L. Are:

    “When I thought I had heard it all, I was jolted to read that there were nearly 700 “Friends of…” organizations operating in the United States raising billions of dollars every year for Israel.[1]. Their influence is not limited to fund raising. They bribe politicians, intimidate the media and threaten academia.”

    The last three Chairmen of the Federal Reserve have been Jewish, and if that wasn’t enough, they brought over Stanley Fischer (from Israel) to be the Vice-Chair. Were there no economists at the Fed who could have done the job?

    They own the media, the banks, academia, Hollywood, the Fed, Congress, the Senate, and are over-represented on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    I mean, this is like Taiwan owning Israel, threatening their politicians, making policy. How do you think that would go down in Israel?

    All money has to come out of politics. Take any money, you’re going to jail. Split up the banks and the media.

  8. Pft
    May 21, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    The lobby predates Israel. It was actually instrumental in getting us into WWI and I believe in convincing FDR to recognize Stalins Russia. At the time Stalin was antisemitic or at least anti-religious Jews , as he and Communism was anti religion including anti-Christian , but he was pro-Zionist which was more important to the lobby. Some say they helped pressure FDR to restrict immigration of Jews fleeing Europe , wanting them to go to Palestine or add to the body count which they could use to gain support for Israel. Not sure I believe the latter but never did hear a good explanation for closing the doors (also the British) .Their money and support also is said to have got Truman elected in return for recognizing Israel.

    Sounds like a lot of influence for a small group but NY was the center of finance and media and their representation there was not proportional to the numbers. Other non Jewish business interests surely saw having a Jewish state in the midst of an Arob hoard beneficial given the oil in the area. Many Jews before WWII were anti-Zionists. That changed of course.

    In 1949 after Israel was recognized rather than register as a foreign agent under FARA they changed the name to AIPAC and restructured it but it is what it is, an agent representing Israels interests although they argue American Jewish interest and Israels are aligned.

    Legislation being proposed would make this article illegal. In fact schools risk Federal Funding for permitting such ideas to be printed on campus.

    • John P
      May 21, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      Pft, there were two reasons that Jewish refugee ships were prevented from allowing Jews to disembark. Established American Jews worried that a large influx of “impoverished, embittered and radical Jews of Eastern European origin, might put their own security at risk.”, by provoking anti-Semitism. Another point is that Zionist were more concerned with the Zionist project, get Jews into Palestine, than the refugees safety.

      Page 166-167 “Zionism: the Real Enemy of the Jew” Volume 1, by Alan Hart

    • Irene
      May 25, 2017 at 12:13 am

      What was the lobby’s name before it was AIPAC?

  9. backwardsevolution
    May 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    John P – “Another point is that Zionist were more concerned with the Zionist project, get Jews into Palestine, than the refugees safety.”

    I would bet money that the above was the MAIN reason (99%), and not the fear of provoking anti-Semitism.

  10. tina
    May 21, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Trump is not here, so for once in the last 8 months we can enjoy the weekend.

    HALLELUYA

  11. Christian Yates
    May 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I love you, Johnathon marshall. Keep telling the truth about israel. Wish there were more of you doing just that.

  12. May 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    You just have to take a couple of steps back for these meetings to appear like mafia get-togethers where mobsters forge alliances, stake out territories and promise not to step on one another’s toes. We, the people, are treated as sources of income to be exploited and extorted, our lives of little importance to the godfathers of the planet. God save us if we step out of line. It really has got that bad.

    • mike k
      May 22, 2017 at 9:58 am

      It’s been that way for a long time, Bryan. It is just becoming more obvious now – at least to some of us. We need to increase that number!

  13. May 22, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This article is spot on, and gives us yet another example of the corrupting influence of money in American politics.
    We so often hear how the muslim community should speak out against islamic terrorism and denounce the terrorists, but we never hear how the Jewish community should denounce the Israeli government and the zionists. Their obsession with creating utter chaos in the middle east, and breaking the “shiite crescent” is far more dangerous than islamic terrorism. They are guiding the USA straight into a nuclear war with Russia.

  14. Herman
    May 22, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Once again politicians beholden to big money and power “trumps” the national interest. The comment made by Dershowitz really expresses the arrogance of the lobby that yes we have influence but we deserve it because we have done so much for the rest of you. Hard to believe what our elites and the people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries accomplished without such help. The article provides greater clarity of the understanding Zionists have of how power is wielded and the comments about buying up media and the Adelson primaries reflects that.

    The only answer and one to be fiercely resisted is the reforming of the election process where politicians no longer have to behave as prostitutes to powerful pimps. It can be don’t but will it be done.

  15. May 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Very good article, thanks, and “Kosher Nostra” is great, Chet, pass it on! The comments by PFT on the Israel Lobby’s history and influence even on WWI US entrance through Wilson and Stalin being Zionist are very interesting and would be another great article, does this come from Mearsheimer and Walt’s book on the Israel Lobby? And now, prior to visiting Israel by Trump, Iran is getting re-branded as the source of terrorism, as Israel would like it.

    Awhile back someone commented on CN that a painting of a milkmaid leading a cow with a ring in its nose by a rope down the road was a perfect description of the US/Israel relationship; Israel is the milkmaid leading the dumb cow, the US down the road (although I don’t really like insulting cows but it fits here to call the US a derogatory name).

  16. evelync
    May 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

    After reading Kite Runner, I became sympathetic to the (underdog) Shia. (I am aware that some countries are mainly Shia and have the reins of power and therefore would not be seen as underdogs and that there are some Shia in those countries – e.g. Ahmadinejad in Iran who seems as crazed and dazed as our Neocons )
    And I suspect that there are Sunnis with whom I might feel sympatico.

    But in Kite Runner there was a character who was kind, gentle and vulnerable. and there was a dominant class of Sunnis that was brutal to the Shia and considered them “lesser” people.

    It was an eye opener for me to hear an Iraqi woman after the horror of Shock and Awe and the chaos afterwords say that she and her husband are a mixed marriage – one’s Shia and one’s Sunni and before George W Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice et al fomented the huge sectarian violence that devastated the country, under Saddam Hussein, people considered themselves first Iraqis, then from Bagdadi, and down the list was whether they were Shia or Sunni. And people got along. (Although Saddam Hussein and his power structure, were Sunni, I guess, so who knows.)

    But this hard on for war with Iran goes back to the relentless quest that Wes Clark referred to when he ran for president and warned us of the list of 7 countries that the neocons were itching to dominate.

    Such ruthless hypocrisy. Their people and our soldiers are dispensable so these guys can live their horrific wet dream for money and power. It’s disgusting.

    As Clark said – Iran is a multicultural country of 80 million people- but we create some bogeyman and harp and hap till we drive ourselves to war. and some people get really rich over it while everyone else suffers….

    I have always thought that we are not much different than ants…..especially when I watch ants run amok and go to war against other colonies of ants…..

    And vulnerable people are killed, displaced, destroyed and the neocons and neoliberals rejoice with phrases like “we came, we saw, he died”

  17. Dan Maguire
    May 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    AIPAC is a major source of “anti-Semitism” by confusing Judaism with Zionism. Zionism rejects the central moral teaching of Judaism. cf. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSn0NS9Uhpw (The Beauty of Judaism: the Perils of Zionism)

  18. Michael K Rohde
    May 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    That’s great. Do we have an order of battle for Iran that gives the launch date yet.

  19. Stiv
    May 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Thank for this series.

  20. euhuguenin
    May 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t know about you, but I am fed up with looking around at the hunger, homelessness, joblessness, and decayed infrastructure of our nation while seeing government constantly whining about how they must take care of this Neo-Nazi Israeli Regime.

    I think it is time to take all the friends of Israel in government, put them on a cargo ship, and send them to this land they clearly love so much more than their own!

    No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot, does not, and will not serve the American people. A friend of Israel is no friend of America. In these dark times America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third!

    • Bruce Swearingen
      May 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      ???????????

  21. Sababu A. Sanyika
    May 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

    PEACE IN…
    From all that’s known about the critical and fatal problems caused our nation and humanity by Babylonian Talmud mindset of zionazis Jewry, isn’t it time for a prioritized and organized massive open exposure of this to the public mass and a direct confrontation with all organizations that represent and support the problem, especially zionazist orgs., media, Hollywood, the FED, dual citizen Israeli Americans, congress, etc.??? Volunteers can apply persistent pressure daily wherever needed.

    With TRUTH there’s power to defeat this entrenched enemy. Full exposure of 911 and USS Liberty attacks on our nation must be given to American people. An audit of FED must be made as Ron Paul has been calling for.

    A movement to end this problem must have honest, trustworthy, and knowledgeable religious leaders to give full support to effort. Torah True Jewry can be an exceptional help in educating on Zionism, errant/evil/ and blasphemous Talmud teachings, the meaning of the “chosen people concept”, etcetera.

    The USA has no sovereign independence. There must be a united effort from all patriotic Americans to free our nation from the evil clutch of zionazis Jewry.

    Our lives and destiny must be liberated to establish a world community we need, desire, and deserve as a United One Human Family.
    PEACE IN…PEACE OUT…

    • Bruce Swearingen
      May 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Well stated..long OVERDUE

  22. Maria S Calef
    May 23, 2017 at 9:47 am

    USA views Zionist regime as the mainstay of imperiliast domination in the Middle East.

  23. Maria S Calef
    May 23, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Israel is USA national priority since 1948.

  24. Bruce Swearingen
    May 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Reinforcing my beliefs..with new names of contributioners

  25. Stefan
    May 24, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Sometimes semantics are very important.
    The “Israel” part of the lobby is not informative, and I believe deliberately used to mislead and muddy the waters.

    It is the “Jewish” Lobby
    The state of Israel calls itself the “Jewish State”, and the lobby doesn’t focus on a state entirely, but for what is good for Jewry all over the world, even if a minority of Jews wouldn’t want to identify with the lobby.

  26. George Rizk
    May 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    The US is no longer a sovereign state since its leadership think in terms of Israel interest comes ahead of America. Therefore, listening to most Americans pounding their chest with pride saying that we are the land of the free, and that our military is fighting for our freedoms can be a major let down.

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