Sunday, March 26, 2006

America takes side of Israel

That's the headline of Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe Columnist's column this week. He says,

"More than two-thirds of Americans say their overall view of Israel is favorable. Only 11 percent, by contrast, have a favorable opinion of the Palestinian Authority. While 22 percent of the public wants Washington to conduct diplomatic relations with the Hamas-controlled Palestinian government even if it refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist as a sovereign state, 44 percent say recognition of Israel must be a precondition to relations with the United States. Another 25 percent -- one American in four -- oppose any US dealings with Hamas at all.

In short, solidarity with Israel is an abiding feature of American public opinion. Because the American people are pro-Israel, the American government is pro-Israel. And because Americans so strongly support Israel in its conflict with the Arabs, American policy in the Middle East is committed to Israel's defense."
So, if this is true, why are we getting this nonsense from a couple of Harvard Profs?

The idea that the American public and US policy makers dance to a tune played by an all-powerful ''Israel Lobby" is an old canard. Neo-Nazis like Duke have long described Capitol Hill as part of the ZOG, or Zionist Occupation Government. Right-wing nativist Pat Buchanan notoriously charged ''the Israeli defense ministry and its 'amen corner' in the United States" with ''beating the drums for war" in 1990.
Read it all here

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