Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Israel lobby flexes its muscles, Obama gives a massage

Attacks on professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt have continued to proliferate over their book and essay. They express dismay that America has tilted too far in favor of Israel under the influence of a coalition of hawkish pro-Israeli groups and individuals to the detriment of both countries.

Saying that Israeli is ghettoizing and mistreating Palestinians does not make one anti-Semitic. To note Israel's poor treatment of Palestinians is not to support Palestinian suicide bombers. To say that there is an incredibly strong pro-Israel lobby is merely to state the obvious.

Barack Obama has distanced himself from the book and attacked the author's conclusions over the influence of the Israel lobby seemingly to beef up his Jewish support.

Threading the needle on contentious issues seems one of a Washington politician's most important jobs. If Obama is trying to appease the Israel lobby he is also reducing his standing as a fresh voice and outsider candidate.

Amazon: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Rep. James Moran is also under fire again for mentioning we have a powerful Israel lobby in Washington. Is it supposed to be a secret?
Moran said the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is "the most powerful lobby and has pushed this war from the beginning. I don't think they represent the mainstream of American Jewish thinking at all, but because they are so well organized, and their members are extraordinarily powerful -- most of them are quite wealthy -- they have been able to exert power."
Disclosure, right now Obama is only my second choice among Democratic presidential candidates.

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