Wednesday, 18 March 2009

The 'pro-Israel lobby': its true nature and influence

There is a quite brilliant article from Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian this morning on the so-called 'pro-Israel lobby.' The headline was extremely confusing but the piece itself was excellent: his argument is that (i) there is a 'pro-Israel lobby'- if you doubt this then read the masthead on Aipac's website; (ii) There are other lobbies who are more powerful in American politics; (iii) The US has its own interests and is more than capable of pursuing them; (iv) Where the 'pro-Israel lobby' is powerful it misdirects US policy towards Israel in a way that is contrary to the interests of Israel itself. It's not a conspiracy. It's all very open. And it's largely detrimental to Israel.

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