UFPPC (www.ufppc.org) Digging Deeper XXXI: May 14, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
The Power of Israel in the United States
(Atlanta & Halifax:Clarity Press, 2006).Introduction.
The suppression of Hamas’s democratic victory on Jan. 25,2006, and the “Israeli state terror”unleashed after a Palestinian suicideattack on Apr. 17, 2006, were supportedby propaganda of “the Jewish Lobby” —“as practically all Israeli commentatorsfondly refer to it” (11-12)
[Comment:This is an exaggeration. Haaretz andYediot Aharonot do not appear to use theterm “the Jewish lobby”; the JerusalemPost does (e.g., most recently, YossiKlein Halevi of the Shalem Center, in aforum published by Shira Teger as“Coming Together, Falling Apart,” Jerusalem Post, Apr. 23, 2007: “What weknow today as the Jewish lobby largely owes its empowerment to the Six Day War.”]
“This book is about the power of the Jewish Lobby to influence US MiddleEastern policy” (13). “[T]he majority of
for the Democratic Party andthe minority financiers of the RepublicanParty” are “Jewish-funded Political ActionCommittees (PACs),” citing J.J. Goldberg,
Jewish Power: Inside the JewishEstablishment
(Basic Books, 1997) and“[a] more recent survey by RichardCohen of the
[Comment: The former source is not cited by Mearsheimer & Walt; noreference for the latter is given by Petras, but he may be referring to anarticle cited by them, entitled “GOP UsesRemarks to Court Jews,” WashingtonPost (March 13, 2003), Page A01, inwhich Thomas B. Edsall and AlanCooperman wrote that “In presidentialelections, Democratic candidates dependon Jewish supporters to supply as muchas 60 percent of the money raised from private sources.”]
Petras insinuates thatU.S. aid to Israel is recycled into thepolitical fundraising (14). “The basis of the Lobby’s PAC power is rooted in thehigh proportion of Jewish families amongthe wealthiest families in the UnitedStates” and Canada (14). “The tyrannyof Israel over the US” results in gravethreats to world peace (14). Intellectualshave a responsibility to confront this(15). “More specifically, activistintellectuals must challenge peacemovements that refuse to criticize theLobby or Israel’s militarist policies” (15).Outline of book (15-16).
[Comment:“The tyranny of Israel over the US” and“the Jewish lobby” are terms that areinadequately justified here and are not supported by the available evidence.]
PART I: ZIONIST POWER IN AMERICA— Ch. 1: Who Fabricated the IraqWar Threat?
“[T]he OSP [thePentagon’s Office of Special Plans] andits directors, Feith and Wolfowitz, werespecifically responsible for the fabricatedevidence of the ‘Weapons of MassDestruction’ that justified the war on Iraq(20). The OSP was part of a “network” of “political appointees” who “shared arightwing pro-militarist ideology andwere fanatically pro-Israel” (20). Big Oildid not promote the war on Iraq (21).Iran warmongering demonstrates that“the US-Jewish-Israeli lobby” is actuallyacting “counter to the interests of all theworld’s major oil companies” (22).Attacks “Zionist policymakers” in U.S.government (23-24). Minimizes thenumber of “progressive Jews” critical of “Zionist zealots in the Pentagon” (25).
Ch. 2: The US-Iraq-Israel-ZionistConnection.
[At 35 pp., the longestchapter in the book.] “The only majorbeneficiary of the war has been the Stateof Israel” by eliminating an importantopponent of “Greater Israel” (27-28).Israel was “able to influence the USimperial state” through “key pro-Zionistofficials in and around the most