Israel lobby, Jewish billionaires immediately trash Iran deal
I thought there was no such thing as an “Israel lobby”? Isn’t that a “bigoted, anti-Semitic canard”? The Jewish Daily Forward reports:
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement it was “deeply concerned” that the deal “would fail to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror.”
The considerable clout of pro-Israel interests on Capitol Hill will play an important role in deciding the fate of the pact, hammered out in Vienna after many months by Iran, the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany.
Congressional votes on the deal, which got a rough initial reception from Republican lawmakers, were not expected until September. Regardless of Israeli lobbying, however, odds were slim that U.S. lawmakers would be able to derail the deal.
AIPAC has 11 registered lobbyists in Washington and spends about $3 million a year on lobbying, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, a watchdog group that monitors lobbying expenditures and campaign finance.
AIPAC is widely viewed as the most influential group in the United States advancing the Israeli government’s agenda.
“Few lobbies dedicated to international issues are so active and well-financed as the Israel lobby,” the center said of pro-Israel organizations generally.
Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, speaking to Israel’s Army Radio, said his government “must focus and explain all of the holes in this agreement” and “hopefully the Congress and Senate will see the truth.” […]
Some of the lobbying will be aimed at Jewish members of Congress, who will be influential voices in the upcoming debate. Two of them are so far withholding judgment: Senator Benjamin Cardin, the senior Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrat; and Senator Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat.
Besides lobbying, 2016 political campaign contributions to members of the U.S. Congress are expected to be dangled.
In 2014, pro-Israel groups contributed $11.9 million to congressional candidates, with $6.8 million going to Democrats and $5.1 million to Republicans, according to the center.
Among the top recipients were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, and Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat.
Meanwhile, Sheldon Adelson, a U.S. billionaire businessman and outspoken critic of the Iran negotiations, could also use his vast financial resources to try to influence Congress.
In 2012, Adelson pumped $92.8 million into Republican “super PACs,” the center said, making him the single highest contributor to outside groups that year. […]
According to professional Jewish advocates, such as Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, the very idea that there is such a thing as “the Israel lobby” or that it wields enormous, dominating influence in Washington, DC and American politics generally is an “anti-Semitic canard.”
And yet here we have a well-established and respected Jewish newspaper – The Jewish Daily Forward – openly reporting on the network of pro-Israel political lobbying organizations, along with a number of plutocratic Jewish billionaires who finance and fund the election campaigns of major political candidates (especially at the presidential level), who are determined to undermine and derail the internationally negotiated deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Jewish state of Israel and its international network of advocates and partisans are determined to undermine any sort of peaceful, respectable, and diplomatic solution to any of the problems between America and the wider Western world on one hand, and the Islamic world on the other.
The Jewish strategy of the 21st century is to pit the West against the Islamic world in a never-ending “clash of civilizations,” where the American military and her NATO allies are to be engaged in a “Global War on Terrorism” – a paradigm of foreign policy conjured up entirely by Jewish intellectuals and Israeli military and geopolitical strategists in the late 1970s – against a faceless, manufactured “enemy” known as “radical Islam” in an effort to advance Israel’s geopolitical agenda in the Middle East.
Unfortunately, this Jewish strategy has been highly successful, especially following 9/11, a false flag attack organized and executed by Jewish criminals in key positions of power and influence in the American government and mass media, an event that was used to initiate and institutionalize the fraudulent “Global War on Terrorism”.
It is past time that the American people recognize these basic facts.
NB: This article was originally published on July 15, 2015.