Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Israel Lobby in The United States

The Israel Lobby is a term a majority of the American people are not familiar with or never heard of. The Israel lobby at times called the Zionist lobby or sometimes the Jewish lobby is a term used to describe the diverse coalition of those who, as individuals and as groups, seek and have sought to influence the foreign policy of the United States in support of Zionism. In simple terms it is a lobby in the United States whose role is to support Israeli policies, even if this policy goes against the interest of the United States. Abe Foxman and The Anti Defamation League were put into place to criticize these facts and claim they do not exsist, even throwing around the term ‘antisemitism’ frequently, when in fact this lobby does exsist. Dr. Charles Jacobs said at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made this statement, ” If you are a enemy of the Jewish people we will fight you with all our might, for us and our children and our childrens, children and we will prevail.”

Starting in 1914, the involvement of Louis Brandeis and his brand of American Zionism made Jewish Zionism a force on the American scene for the first time. The US Congress passed the first joint resolution stating its support for a homeland in Palestine for the Jewish people on September 21, 1922. Zionist lobbying in the United States aided the creation of the State of Israel in 1947-48. The relationship between Israel and the government of the United States began with strong popular support for Israel and governmental reservations about the wisdom of creating a Jewish state around 1967. Since 1976, Israel has been the largest annual recipient of direct economic and military assistance and largest gross recipient of such assistance since World War Two from the United States, a sum amounting to more than $140 billion between 1948 and 2004. The annual $3 billion in direct assistance given to Israel comprises roughly one-fifth of the foreign aid budget of the United States.

The Zionist control for political power in the United States is clear cut if you can see through it’s lies and cover ups. According to former American Israel Public Affairs Committee official, Mitchell Bard, “American Jews recognize the importance of support for Israel because of the dire consequences that could follow from the alternative. Despite the fact that Israel is often referred to now as the fourth most powerful country in the world, the perceived threat to Israel is not military defeat, it is annihilation. At the same time, American Jews are frightened of what might happen in the United States if they do not have political power.”

There are three key formal lobbying groups; Christians United for Israel- is the largest pro-Israel lobby group, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which directly lobbies the United States Congress, The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations- which is the main contact between the Jewish community and the executive branch of the US government. The groups have stated we have asserted that the Israel lobby has undue or pervasive influence over U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Jews have the highest percentage voter turnout of any ethnic group and that of the American Jewish population roughly 94 percent live in thirteen key electoral states which alone are worth enough electoral votes to elect the president. Any United States congressman candidates taking an openly anti-Israel stance will cost in both loss of campaign contributions and votes from Jews alike. The issue of support for Israel by a candidate has proven capable of spurring a sizable portion of Jews to switch parties in large enough numbers to tip the scales in national or statewide elections, this is what is called a “Israel swing vote”. On the other hand, being distinctively unsupportive of Israel can significantly hurt a candidate’s chances. Jews also often “persuade” United States politicians by taking them to Israel on ‘study missions’. Once officials have direct exposure to the country, its leaders, geography, and security dilemmas, they typically return more sympathetic to Israel. Politicians also sometimes travel to Israel specifically to demonstrate to the lobby their interest in Israel. For example, George W. Bush made his one and only trip to Israel before deciding to run for President in what was widely viewed as an effort to win pro-Israel voters support.

Individual people each have their own opinions on how powerful the Israel lobby is. On Capitol Hill, the Israel lobby commands large majorities in both the House and Senate. The truth about America’s Israel lobby is this, it is not all powerful, but it is still far too powerful for the good of the U.S. and its alliances in the Middle East and elsewhere. The Israel Lobby does effect our foreign policy choices, thats what it is designed for. Further more, Israeli pressure does distort the United States and its final decisions that are made. Israeli Lobby will win 60 percent of the time but, if the president supports the lobby it actually won 95 percent of the time.

Any level-headed person can clearly see the Zionist influence that it has over the United States completely. All Israel’s enemies, in many cases, seem to be America’s enemies as well. Meanwhile, people often loath to write about the influence of this organized Zionism- the main obstacle to covering these groups is fear. A former director of foreign policy issues for the AIPAC explained, “The lobby is like a night flower, it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun.”
Derrick Braun


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